We survived the first week at home! Between the constant diaper changes and feedings, our days are flying by. I was just looking at Peyton this morning, thinking that she looks SO big. I even thought, “Boy, she is growing up. I miss her tiny days”. Then I snapped out of it! For months, we stared at a frail little baby. The fact that she is pushing 6 pounds, makes her look like a giant. I forget that many newborns are bigger than she is right now. Peyton is adjusting well to life at home, although I think she misses the constant noises of the Nicu. I find myself turning on a sound machine app on my phone, hoping she will settle down at 2, 3, 4am. Ryan and I spend a lot of our time just staring at her. It still is hard to believe that she is finally home…and we have her all to ourselves!
During many of our moments staring at Peyton, we’ve notice subtle changes over the weeks. From day one, Peyton has looked like Ryan. Parker was also a spitting image of Mr. Skry. So if you’re keeping tally, that means all three triplets look like my husband! Abigail was Peyton’s identical sister, so we know she would look like Peyton. This revelation had us pouring through our baby pictures…thanks to our parents for sending them our way. Babies change so much from week to week, I’m beginning to see little things in Peyton that remind me of myself. I think she has my chin and I see a bit of me when she gets wide-eyed. Lets just hope that she gets Ryan’s height, not mine! Over the months, many of you have commented on who she looks like, most say she’s a lot like dad…but we’ll let you be the judge. I threw in a few other childhood pictures for your entertainment. Isn’t my husband the cutest thing?! He sure liked to ham it up for the camera as a child, entertaining since he comes off as reserved man when you first me him. And if you are a little confused at my childhood picture–yes, I’m sitting in a toilet! I was a tiny thing as a baby, my parents even nicknamed me “Peanut”. So does it surprise you that I fit into a toilet at the age of one? I think I just wanted to go for a dip! At least I was wearing my Sunday best (and note the lovely wallpaper…I’m an early 80’s child!). As for that father-daughter photo–that mustache is stellar!!! You can click on any of the pictures below to open the slideshow or comment
With a new one at home, comes the revolving door of visitors. My mother came to town last week and I don’t think she put Peyton down the entire time. The last time our families saw Peyton, was when Parker passed away. That was more than two months ago. Back then, Peyton was just coming off the vent and breathing through a cpap. She was just over two pounds and still unstable. Boy what a difference a few months make! My mom couldn’t get over how well Peyton looks….like a normal newborn child. It was hard to say goodbye, but she will be back in two weeks with my dad and my brother’s family. And next week my in-laws come to town. It’s great to have some help, especially since we have to lug around an oxygen tank and a monitor. It’s a little stressful for our family to get used to the beeps and alarms, but it just remind Ryan and me of the Nicu. With her being as small as they come, we will be staying indoors for awhile and away from most people. We happen to be home at a time when the flu, RSV and whooping cough will begin to run rampant. So, we aren’t letting many people come to visit and we made sure our families are up-to-date on vaccines. This will be our new normal for a long time….it will take some getting used living in a bubble!
Since we won’t be out trick-or-treating, I’ll be posting a few Halloween pictures. Thanks to viewer Sarah for this adorable skeleton costume–Peyton even glows in the dark! And I had to show off this precious headband from another fellow triplet mom. It was the hit of the Nicu (all of the nurses LOVED it)! The Halloween spider is still a bit big on Peyton…it might even fit next year!
Thanks to everyone for the big welcome home. I was sad thinking that I never got the big celebration of bringing three healthy children home. But, all of your kind words and well wishes make us realize how big of a milestone this past week was and just how many people truly love our daughter. I hear it from her doctors all of the time–she really is a miracle child. And I don’t think I will get tired of hearing that! If you missed Peyton’s television debut, the video is up on the website. Just click the “Capturing Memories” tab and you will find the news-clip. She would rather sleep than be a tv star, but Riley had other plans. He sure loves the camera (and might feel a tad jealous now that someone else is occupying much of our time!). I’ll post more Halloween costume pictures later this week. Let’s just say she may be a princess and a butterfly in the coming days!