Another Tuesday means another preemie feature in honor of the upcoming March of Dimes: March for Babies walks that will be happening all around the country in May. This week, the Sanchez Family, or Party of 6 as their blog is titled.
The Sanchez triplets are micro-preemies and have quite a different NICU story than what we experienced with our girls with many surgeries between the three of them and much more time spent in the hospital at birth. Today? Adorable babies who continue to show what fighters they are!
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Being pregnant with triplets, I knew that my pregnancy wouldn’t last 40 weeks. I was told I would be very lucky to make it to 36 weeks. Our goal was 32 weeks. I remember clearly when one doctor said, if we make it past 32 weeks, everyone will be jumping for joy and doing cartwheels. Even knowing this, I never really stopped to think about what this could mean and the complications that come with premature births.
Our triplets are now 10 months actual age, or almost 7 months adjusted. Marcos and Sofia spent 98 long days in the NICU, while Carlos spent 102 days. As hard as it was, I now know that they experienced what most premature babies go through, especially the awful roller coaster ride of ups and downs.
I was a zombie the first month or so. I remember feeling helpless and scared and my faith in God was what pulled me through this difficult time. All three were on ventilators, then SiPAP, CPAP, high flow canula and finally regular canula. All three failed extubation a few times and required the PDA surgery. My 2 boys were on the oscillating vent for about a week. You can read about that here. Carlos and Marcos both had pneumonia during their NICU stay. Sofia had one or two blood infections. She had 2 negative spinal taps done and was on antibiotics a couple of times. All three had multiple blood transfusions; so many that I lost count. All needed ART lines and PICC lines and had plenty of Apnea’s and Bradycardia’s. I saw my babies turn “dusky” way too many times. A couple of times, doctors were called and rushed in to help stabilize them. All three had ROP (Retina of Prematurity) and required surgery. The boys had inguinal hernias that were repaired right before they were released. Sofia and Carlos had umbilical hernias which seem to have repaired themselves. Carlos was my sickest one, and was on the ventilator for eight long weeks. It took over a month for him to receive mommy’s milk because he had blood pressure issues and received dopamine for awhile. At a few weeks old, doctors discovered that his right diaphragm was paralyzed, making it even harder for him to come off the ventilator. The doctors and nurses had already prepared us that most likely he would be coming home on oxygen. About 2 weeks before he came home, he extubated himself and things turned around quickly. Today, he is my healthiest baby and doctors say he learned how to compensate for it by using other muscles to breathe. We are unsure if this has resolved itself but are so thankful no surgery was needed. All three have been diagnosed with chronic lung disease.