Back to School!

Ok so these guys didn’t technically STOP going to school for the summer, but they moved up to a new class. And they had a “first day” of school just like the big kids. James cooperated for pictures more than Lolo and Mason. Mason couldn’t even sit on the couch and leave his shoes on for 2 minutes. He hates me. And pictures. James loves me more. And pictures.

The boys moved up to the “Olive Room” which is basically the room for big boys. They do big boy things like circle time, centers, and POTTY time! What?! That was my reaction. They have potty time every few hours. So . . . we got 3 little potties for home too.
They’re basically grown. Oh, and totally not ready for potty training. But we have potty time in the morning before school and at night time before bed. They’ve all pee peed in the potty at school. And Mason has pee peed in the potty at home. And on my foot. He’s the worst.
Another thing Mason likes to do now . . . take his diaper off. We’ve resorted to duck tape. And he still takes it off. This is how I found him after nap the other day.
The bed was dry though. So whatever makes him happy I guess (not really. I’m still in charge). We find him pantsless in the mornings now too. We need to find something stronger than duck tape I guess.
Now that the boys are big boys we also got them a new big boy table. And guess what? They actually sit there and eat their food. And then they tell me when they’re done. Most of the time. Sometimes they (Mason) throw their food in the floor. Otis loves this obviously. Apparently he does not like quinoa though. Silly picky dog.
We still get cake pops every Friday. The boys know this. I hope Starbucks never stops carrying cake pops! Every Friday when I order the Starbucks guy says “let me check and see if we have 3” and I briefly panic until he confirms that they do in fact have 3 cake pops. He’s never disappointed me, but still I have a moment of panic every week.

The boys also like the help mommy and clean the table! Mom for the win!

And of course they love playing with the chairs. Thanks Mason. This is exactly how they go.

Lolo tries to carry the chairs all over the house to reach light switches. We don’t allow that. But he’s resourceful. And still LOVES lights and fans. Ok it’s a weird obsession. I’m hoping it goes away soon.
They really are big boys though. James one morning helped himself to some cereal. BUT he shared with his brothers. So I had to just let it happen.
We took the boys to the Catholic High School pep rally last week. I’m not sure who loved it more, the boys or Brian. Future Catholic boys!

And little Lolo looked sooooo tiny on the big basketball court!

We’ve also been going to the park lately now that it’s cooler outside (and by cooler I mean it’s 97 instead of 103). The boys love it. Mason especially loves it!

And a park selfie of course!

James has the best cheese face ever! Ha!

So sweet. Mama’s Jamesey

Big boy swings! (Not for James. He’s a scaredy-cat)

Addison started school too! 7th grade! And she has a nun. I didn’t get my first nun until college. But this one seems super sweet. Not like the CBU nuns who asked me to leave class (for no reason at all I swear).
Yep, we have a kid in junior high! Noooooo! But she definitely acts the part. Just by way of example, I’ll share about her new tennis shoes. She really really really wanted some new Nike Frees. So I decided to be nice one night while I was out so I went to the Nike store. We Facetimed and she picked out some that she liked. So I bought them. They were too big. So, Brian, again being very nice, took them back and exchanged them for a different size. End of story right? Wrong. She didn’t like them anymore at that point. Cried. So I took her back to the Nike store so she could get different ones. And she did. She picked out a different pair of Nike Frees. Same colors. They look almost exactly the same as the original pair that she didn’t like anymore. And of course they cost $10 more. So all that to say, yep we have a preteen. And she acts every bit the part. Luckily she still lets me take posed pictures of her at least (and her friend who is maybe my favorite 12 year old other than Addison).

15 Weeks (and 1 Day) Old

Life got a little more hectic this week. In a good way of course. Now that Logan is home I’m being pulled in 4 directions instead of 3. I’m still trying to work some so I can take off more when all 3 boys are home finally. But it’s going really well. (If you missed it, I posted about Logan’s first few days home here.) Needless to say, I’m a day late posting this week. That may be a good thing though because I got some more news to report though. 
Mason and James are still in the NICU. It’s starting to get to me. I don’t know if it’s because we’ve passed the 100 day mark or if it’s because I know what I’m missing now that Logan is home or if it’s because we’ve been in the NICU longer than almost everyone else there right now or if it’s none or all of these things. But what I do know is that I’m ready for my babies to all be home. 
We had the greatest day ever last Wednesday with Logan coming home. I can’t even explain how happy we are to have him here. That makes the struggles from the NICU this week even harder though. We’ve had some steps back this week. But also some triumphs. 
Good news all around – all 3 boys had eye exams today and they all graduated! That means that the blood vessels are fully grown in their eyes so thier ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) will not progress and they don’t have the risk of retinal detachment. They just have normal preemie eye risks like near-sightedness (like lots of people have). Yay!

And Mason and James moved to big boy beds yesterday. They were getting too big for the little plastic bassinets and Brian was worried James would throw himself out of it!
Here’s the weekly update:
Mr. Mason has had an up and down week. Last Thursday his blood gas wasn’t good so the doctor took him off the oral feeding pathway and decreased him to only 4 oral feeds per day. (The oral feeding pathway allows the baby to dictate when he increases his oral feeds. Because Mason’s gas wasn’t good, he doesn’t get to do that and he goes up only when the doctor writes an order for him to go up). But his gas was better Monday so she moved him back to 6 feeds per day again. 
Mason is very opinionated when it comes to eating. He’s doing great with bottles. No problems. Breastfeeding is another story. Mason either fights me and then goes to sleep or he does great. No middle ground with this guy. I’m hoping he doesn’t give up on breastfeeding! 
Ready for the good news? It has to do with the “h” word. IF (that’s right all capitals) Mason has a good gas Thursday he can go to full oral feeds. Then IF (all caps again) he takes all of his feeds AND (more caps) has no other issues, he may go to the place we don’t say out loud (you may prefer to call it the zoo, Disney, or McDonald’s) on Sunday! Mason is notorious for having bad gases though so I’m optimistic but trying not to get my hopes up!
Mason pictures for the week:
Wearing Dad’s hat
Do you see those cheeks?! Mason got put on a diet momentarily (1 day) because he’s gained so much weight this week (10 oz. in 1 week!) but then he went back to 24 calories per ounce. FYI breast milk and regular formula is 20 cal per oz. Preemie formula is 22 cal per oz. We actually use more powder to make the milk (straight formula or breast milk) 24 calories. The doctor thought Mason was gaining too fast but the nutritionist said he’s doing ok and should stay on 24 calories. I hope he doesn’t get too fat! (a little fat is ok though)
Mason weighs 7 lbs. 8 oz. now! He weighs the same as James (but James took his time getting there)!
Logan has spent most of the last week at HOME! After a brief adjustment period (of 1 day) Logan has done really well. I just posted about Logan over the weekend (Logan is Home) so I’ll just give a brief update on Logan. 

Logan went to his first pediatrician appointment on Monday. He weighs 6 lbs. 4 oz. (up only 2 oz. from his discharge weight) and looks great. Logan also had an eye appointment today. As I said above, his eyes look great and he graduated! 
We had some issues with the pulse ox monitor going off all the time so we talked to our neonatologists and ended up increasing his flow to 1/2 liter. That has helped tremendously! Now we can actually sleep! 

Logan has been out of the house several times since he came home. Mostly just to visit his brothers. So far he loves riding in the Mann Van. And this morning I took Logan to the hospital by myself (with his oxygen and pulse ox monitor) because his appointment started at the same time as Addison’s school. I had no trouble so I’m thinking I can do this!

Logan has decided he doesn’t like his crib during the day! He loses it if we put him in there! The good news is that he sleeps great in his crib at night. I think it may be because we swaddle him and turn all the lights off at night and we don’t do that during the day (?) so we may try that for nap time too.
Also thanks to Logan we have already washed the carseat! I’ll spare you the details but I’ll just say my husband is pretty awesome for cleaning up the mess!
Here’s a few more pictures of Logan:
After dinner time
Mr. James has had a rough week. His reflux is really bad. I can tell he’s hurting and it breaks my heart. I wish I could do something to help him. Unfortunately all I can do is hold him and make sure his nurses know what he likes and doesn’t like. 
James took a pretty big step back this week. His gas was bad on Monday so he’s back up to 2 liters on his oxygen (insert frowny face). Hopefully if his gas is better on Thursday he can go back to 1 liter. His doctor told me it may take “a while” to get him better. I asked what “a while” means and she said a few weeks or a month. I’m thinking James will stay in the NICU for at least another month. He hasn’t even gotten to the point where he can even start attempting oral feeds. 
James also started blood pressure medicine this week for hypertension. His blood pressure was higher than mine! The good news is that the meds are working. We think his chronic lung disease is causing the hypertension. (Babies usually have secondary hypertension, meaning that something else is causing high blood pressure). His doctor ordered a renal panel and checked his kidneys and everything came back normal so that’s good news. 
Here’s a few pictures of James:

Addison started school today! 5th grade! I can’t believe she’s that big already!
Here’s our obligatory first day of school picture:
And here’s Addison getting her back to school haircut. She’s not happy with me! If it were up to her she would never get her hair cut. So this once every year haircut (and only trimming off the dead ends) is torture!

And here’s my favorite picture of the week. My sister holding Logan and James who were both crying. So Lizzie cried with them: