Friday, February 29, 2008

The babies are here!

Shelley got to hold Rylie today.

Reese is still intubated.
Ryan on his CPAP.
Rylie last night. He has a pink hat because that was the only one they could find that would fit.

Reese last night.

Ryan last night.

Shelley started having more bleeding yesterday, to the point that she needed blood transfusion. For the sake of her health, the decision was made to go ahead and do the C-section and deliver the babies. We have 2 boys and one girl; their information is as follows:

Rylie Mark Barron was born at 6:32 PM; he weighs 3 pounds and 2 ounces, and is 16 inches long.

Reese Mackenzie was born at 6:34 PM; she weighs 2 pounds and 11 ounces, and is 15 inches long.

Ryan Matthew was born at 6:35 PM; he weighs 3 pounds 5 ounces, and is 14½ inches long.

Rylie is doing the best. He was crying in the delivery room. He is on CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), which helps him breath. He is on 21% oxygen content, which is the same as room air oxygen concentration. He is getting nutrition through his IV, and they are going to start feeding him through a tube today.

Reese aspirated blood during the delivery and was unable to breath on her own. She was intubated in the delivery room. She remains intubated today. When she is resting, she only needs 28% oxygen; but, anytime she gets active, or the nurse has to change her diaper, or perform any other care, her oxygen levels start to fall, and she needs to have her oxygen increased to 40% in order to keep her oxygen saturation levels in the 90's. She is getting nutrition through her IV and she is going to start getting feedings today, as well. Reese has had 2 doses of surfactant (the surfactant is what the lungs need to work properly).

Ryan is also on CPAP, but he needs 27% oxygen. He started on CPAP last night, after the delivery. However, during the night, his oxygen levels started to fall and he had to be intubated. He was given a dose of surfactant, and a short time later, they were able to remove the breathing tube and put him back on CPAP. He is getting IV nutrition and will start feedings today, also.

Shelley got to hold Rylie for about 10 minutes today. We did not get to hold Reese or Ryan, because they were not stable enough. The nurses tell us that each baby has quite a personality, so we are likely to have our hands full.

Shelley is doing well. She able to control her pain with oral medication, and no longer needs IV pain medication. She is eating a full liquid diet without problems. She is able to get to the Neonatal ICU (NICU) in a wheelchair. She is able to walk around in the room with minimal assistance. She still gets very tired very easily. We appreciate all of your concerns, but please keep the telephone calls to a minimum.

I want to repeat a prior request. It is stressing to not be able to be near the babies all the time. We would like for everyone to pray for angels to hold and protect the babies when we are not there.

I had a little trouble loading the images so they are out of order. The bottom set of images are from last night, and the upper images are from today.


lani said...

Congratulations!!! The babies are beautiful and I love all of their names. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers.

Much love,

Gene, Pat and Katherine said...

Randall, Shelley and Racheal: Congratulations on the birth of your babies. Considering how early they were, it sounds as if they are doing really well. You are truly blessed.

Racheal - We know you are going to be a wonderful big sister.

Gene, Pat and Katherine

Kay Eaton said...

Randall, Shelley, and Racheal,
Congratulations!! We will continue to pray for everyone. Randall, it is not just the angels that are with the babies. God showed me HE is in HIS BIG ROCKING ChAIR and each of the babies have their heads resting on HIS chest and He sings to them and comforts them and loves them every moment. Love Kay and family.

Jill Power said...

Yeah for the Barron Triplets! did great! The babies are beautiful! They look very healthy and I pray they will grow stronger every day. From one triplet mom to another....CONGRATULATIONS!

Jill P.