Just a few short weeks ago, I was in tears over Sydney. She had a mild case of pneumonia and reflux. It pained me to see the color drained from her sweet face and how far behind she was falling. Her neonatologist let me know that she was getting a transpiloric feeding tube to bypass her stomach for several weeks as she outgrew the refulx. He did not want her attempting to bottle feed for two weeks at least. On top of that she would need IV’s of antibiotics for a week. I fought back tears as the doctor told me Sydney would be many weeks coming home behind her siblings. When the doctor left, the floodgates opened.
Later that week, Sydney had a blow out diaper and managed to push her tube out. The neonatologists rotated so a new doctor was in charge. This particular doctor opted to keep the transpiloric tube out and use a regular NG feeding tube through her nose to tummy. As an added bonus, she was responding beautifully to the antibiotics. I knew she felt better because she started fussing furiously when her diaper was left unchanged or if someone disturbed tape on her delicate skin. Due to her improvement, the doctor said she COULD try to bottle feed once a day. I was ecstatic the first time she got the opportunity to bottle feed, but it was an epic fail! Sydney was no more interested in her bottle than I am in fly fishing. We continued to expose her to bottle feeds tirelessly each day to no avail. At best, she sipped 7 or 8 milliliters and that just wouldn’t cut it. The NG tube remained.
When Harper was ready to come home I became very sad for Sydney and concerned about how we could slit time among babies in two places. In a last stitch effort, I brought Sydney a few Dr. Brown’s bottles with a preemie nipple. Most mothers of quads, triplets, or probably any preemie will say they used Dr. Brown’s bottles. This is because they are pretty much the only manufacturer with enough sense to make a preemie nipple. Practical (or lazy) me fought tooth and nail to avoid using Dr. Brown’s bottles. Not because they aren’t fantastic products, but because they are a pain to clean and we have 32 bottles to contend with per day! Each Dr. Brown bottle has a bottle, straw, connector, flange, nipple, and lid. Multiply that by four and you have 24 parts x 8 feedings, which leaves 192 not so easy to clean parts. Thus, I chose the easy to clean Avent bottles. While Rylin and Harper took the to the Avent, they were just too big for tiny Sydney and apparently Mason too. Within days of me bringing a new bottle, Sydney began taking FULL feeds and was expected to come home! When we left Mason’s car seat, we had learned from experience to leave Sydney’s as well. It paid off because Sydney came home just two days after Mason. She was certain that no baby would be left behind!
Now that Sydney is home, our family is complete and it feels so good! Don’t worry, the adventure is far from over. We’ve tackled a high risk pregnancy, birth, and seven week NICU stay, but having babies at home is an all new adventure. Stay tuned!