We are lucky. We’ve been home from the Nicu for nearly two months and I’m happy to report that things keep looking up! Peyton is now about 8 1/2 pounds and becoming more alert everyday. This week we got an early Christmas present in the form of her health. Peyton was born with a heart problem that affects some preemies (It’s called PDA). The issue usually resolves itself, but because Peyton was so premature, it remained an issue. She was too small for surgery in the early days, so doctors kept an eye on it. We knew that she may need surgery at some point, when she’s a toddler. Well, I’m happy to report that she should be in the clear!!! Her condition seems to be slowly healing itself. So, her cardiologist will keep an eye on it.
What a relief! Peyton amazes us each and every day. When I look at our little peanut and think about everything she has been through, I’m shocked (and relieved) that she doesn’t have more complications. Peyton is one tough cookie! And I should mention what a wonderful job she did at the Prarie Heart Insitute. Imagine trying to keep your child laying still for an hour to get an echocardiogram. She slept through the entire thing. The ultrasound tech said she was the calmest patient. Phew!
We are getting ready for the holidays around the Skrysak household. This past week, we put up the Christmas tree. We go with the fresh tree…I just love the smell! Peyton dressed the part as “Santa’s Helper”, complete with a tutu.
But, as you can tell by the picture with Ryan and me, she wasn’t too keen on the massive tree in our entryway. Peyton continues to be spoiled by so many people! Two viewers sent us special ornaments for the triplets. Connie sent three, including a beautiful angel. And another viewer made three adorable sets of booties…one for each child. It was so thoughtful and I look forward to the years to come when Peyton will get to put them on the tree herself. We also had a good time going through our collection from over the years. We’ve been together more than 10 years, so we have lots of memories when it comes to our ornaments. Check out the pictures below for some of my favorites.
During our Christmas filled weekend, we got a wonderful surprise–my co-anchor Dawn Sterling came by to meet Peyton! And yes, Peyton is trying to eat her hand during the photo-op. We were pregnant at the same time and her son is just a month younger than my children. I’m so glad she was able to hold and cuddle Peyton. Dawn is a dear friend and it’s been tough living in different towns (otherwise I’d be at her house daily, catching up on the newsroom gossip!).
And one more note of thanks. I mention this all the time–so many people have reached out to help us, many that have never even met us. I’ve learned to accept the generosity and to be grateful for the help people have offered. That includes the multiples community in Springfield, where I live. I’ve talked about the other triplet moms who have been such a good support system since my early days of being pregnant. And now the Springfield Parents of Twins Club has reached out in a big way. Several of the ladies have taken time out of their busy lives to make meals for my family. For the last week, they’ve come by with delicious dinners and desserts so that we don’t have to bother cooking. It has been a life saver and I’m so appreciative! Once Peyton gets a little older, I plan on taking part in the “meals train” to help out other new moms.
It’s a quiet week and I am finally getting some down time to go through emails and Facebook messages. I love reading every comment that comes my way and I like to write back. So, I apologize if you haven’t heard from me yet, I’m trying to catch up. Keep them coming–I love to hear from all of you!