Melanee gave birth to the triplets around 1:00 p.m. on October 13, 2015 at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City. What a MIRACLE. This page is full of the first week of pictures. Curt and Melanee have called us and we were able to Facetime and see the babies and we have certainly enjoyed the up-to-date conversations about their progress. We were able to see them in the NICU even though I have a terrible cold. Technology is great!
Lauren was born first and weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces and was 17 inches long. Even though she was first and biggest, she need to be on a ventilator for a couple of days as her lungs were not functioning as well as they should have. However, by Friday, she joined her two siblings in the NICU Level 2 and is now doing fine.
Brookelyn was born second and weighed 4 pounds 3 ounces and was 16.5 inches. She is the shortest, has not had any problems and is the best eater according to Melanee.
Jesse was born third (we can't say last because he is part of a threesome). He weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces and is 17 inches long. His sisters are picking on him already. This picture is just after he was born and really shows us a true miracle.
How can a small area (I'm sure Melanee didn't thick it was small) pack so much baby and have them all look so great. All are perfect with no defects and even with hair that you can see - our children had such light hair that we couldn't see it for several months.
I have shed a few tears because I would love to hold them at this stage in their lives. But, I will have to turn this over to my parents, Neala and Louis, Adrian, Marc and Brittney for now and of course all the angels in our ward that will be helping. Well, I'll also give Crystal some holding time; congratulations to the McLeans, also.
We are so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who has watched over this pregnancy and these children. He has sent them to a special home and into our hearts to love. Welcome, welcome to our family -- Lauren, Brookelyn and Jesse Schaefermeyer!!!!
The latest update today, Sunday, is that all the IVs have been removed from all the babies. They are eating from bottles with supplemented mother's milk, however each still has a feeding tube in their nose for those times when they are too tired to feed very well.