I've been reluctant to call her Maddie. Madison was a name my grandma picked out (one of a dozen) that Charlie liked. It was one of the only girl names we agreed on besides Juniper. Madison was the baby I didn't think I felt in utero. She's been the mellow one, unless it's something she wants. We call her Fire Truck because when she yells, we know exactly which baby it is. She was dubbed Gene Simmons in the NICU and rushed to beat her siblings to 5 lbs and drinking her bottle so she could break out of the NICU jail. She's mastered a lot of other milestones first and is about to crawl all over the house. She's been teething for what seems like forever and we still don't know when her first teeth are going to pop out.
Life hasn’t always been easy for our surviving triplet. After a difficult start, being born more than 17 weeks premature, we weren’t sure whether our daughter would ever walk on her own. She faced a number of challenges and delays in the first few years of life and saw more doctors than many of us see in a lifetime. So imagine the joy we see now that Peyton is on the move and riding a bike, thanks to @striderbikes . .....
Because of her medical issues, Peyton spent years working with several specialists, speech and developmental, as well as occupational and physical therapy. She would fall easily when she would start to run, and often flailed her arms to try and gain her balance. Her therapists had mentioned a balance bike, but we already had a bicycle with training wheels, so we never took their advice. Boy, were we wrong!
Strider sent Peyton their 14x Sports Balance Bike to try. It’s geared towards kids ages 3-7 and converts from a balance bike with no pedals, to an actual bike. Two months of practice and she is obsessed!!! To be honest, I had heard of balance bikes for the past few years, but I never looked into them. For preemies like Peyton, it makes the world of a difference! To read more, click the link in my bio. #balancebike#striderbike#sponsored#preemie#micropreemie#nicugrad
I love looking at Harley’s early days although they were the hardest of my life and I still struggle with the fact that I didn’t get to be excited when I went into labour, we weren’t happy our baby was coming. I only had 6 months of pregnancy and that bothers me sometimes, but the longing for it will never be enough to have another child. We got to have a ‘proper baby’ for 3 months longer than everyone else did and he was the cutest little 3lb guy ever ❤️ here he is opening his eyes having a peek at the world and a break from oxygen. We often called him the boy in the box - cos he was in a warm little box ❤️ #preemie
10 months actual, 7 months adjusted. Zeke has 6 teeth, he’s crawling on all fours now, pulling himself up, cruising around, and trying to stand independently. He babbles up a storm and is starting to grab at foods with his finger and thumb. I have a feeling he’s going to eat us out of house and home because he has been eating solid food so well! So different than how Judah was at first with solids. Baby led weaning for the win! Tomorrow we’re going to see where Zeke is exactly in his cognitive and physical development, and I have a feeling he’s going to be closer to his actually age than his adjusted age, which means he’s catching up. We will see though. At this age Judah was cognitively at his adjusted age and physically at his actual age. If he’s at or above his adjusted age he’s doing good and not delayed in his development at all. That’s what these kind of doctor appointments are for and will continue ever 6 months for 3 years, and it’s just to check if anything is wrong neurologically. Can’t believe he’s going to be a year old soon! Where did this year go?! #ezekielleonardflorey#27weeker#preemie#nicu#lifeafterthenicu#ourlittlepreemie#preemiepower#preemiestrong#letterboarddesigns#nicugrad#nicutonow#grovia#groviababy
I always see people saying grief comes in waves, and I really have felt that over the past few months. Tonight I’m missing my baby boy so much (as always) but I’m feeling the pain of it a lot tonight. I miss holding these teeny tiny but totally perfect hands, and feeling Harrison’s tiny fingers grip mine. I miss touching those teeny tiny, perfect little feet and feeling Harrison flex his foot against my hand and curl his small toes over the edge of my finger. I miss placing my hand on Harrison’s velvety soft back and feeling him breathe gently underneath my touch. One of my biggest hopes is that he knew his Mummy and Daddy were there, and he felt comforted by our touch. Premies don’t like to be touched in the way we’re used to touching people. Your natural instinct is to stroke and comfort a loved one, but premies prefer a light, gentle and still touch. Almost all of Harrison’s immediate family got to hold his hand before he died 💙 I’m acutely aware that not all parents have / will get that experience, so I know we are incredibly lucky, and I’ll never take those moments for granted #neonataldeath#babyloss#babylossawareness#mummytoanangel#nicu#nicubaby#vilomah#dadsgrievetoo#stillamum#grief#missyoutothemoonandback#premature#preterm#23weeker#premie#preemie#winterbear
Does my face show the sheer exhaustion I was feeling when this was taken??!!What a difference a year makes 😂 last year I was 2 stone and 2 babies lighter. I never even contemplated I'd set foot in a 'playgroup' and had never even been down the 'baby aisle' at supermarkets. A bad night for me was usually one that ended in a hangover in the morning. I had a two door car. I had a tiny handbag. But these two have taught me so much, they've taught me patience and love I didn't know I had. And also how much the body can function on so little sleep! 😂 Im never now more than a few seconds away from a baby wipe and can produce a tub of sudacrem on demand at any given time 😂 I sometimes look at old pictures and feel nostalgic but then I look at these two cheeky peanuts we were blessed with and feel so lucky 💕👶🏻👶🏻
Hey guys! In this week’s 🚨blog post🚨 we talk about HAND, FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE 😰🤒! If you want to know what symptoms to look out for, how to treat it and how to reduce the spread click the link in bio 👆🏼
When my daughter was in the NICU the Deacon in my church came to baptize her. Before he left he handed me Rosary Beads that had been blessed by the Pope, and told me to keep them. This same Deacon had actually lost preemie twins a number of years prior to coming to baptize Quinn. I know it was not easy for him to return to the NICU, but his presence was so meaningful to my family and I. To this day of all of the gifts I received this one will always mean the most to me. I prayed the Rosary every single day, and I even hung them up in a plastic bag along with the miraculous metal my mom has gotten for Quinn. By far most meaningful gift I ever received 💕. What was the most meaningful gift you received while your child was in the NICU? #preemie#Preemies#prematurebaby#prematurityawareness#nicu#niculife#nicumom#nicujourney#preemielove#preemiebaby#preemiepower#preemiestrong
#6monthsold : We are rolling pros 👍🏾 , so excited about the new #foods to try 🍠 , close to sitting on our own 💪🏾& have quadrupled our birth weight 😯 this all deserves a #celebration 🎂 🎉 🎊 @twinsandmultiples @worldsofmultiples #joovy 📸: @trillxdholder
This little boy of mine! I’m so happy I get to be his momma.
Family picture day and lunch were kinda crappy. But! I snapped a few of the sweetest pictures of my sun. Kaiden is joy. He’s also all boy. I pray all the time for this little guy. I think I even prayed for him. 😉
I have an OG Cabbage Patch Kid named Michael. He has brown eyes, a button nose, and two dimples just like me. As a girl I always hoped to have a son like Michael.
When I found out I was pregnant I didn’t know what to expect! Let’s just say I was sick ALL the time. Kaiden came into the world earlier than expected. His beginning was full of worry. His present is full of energy and love and giggles. I look at him my heart flutters. I pray his future be full of happiness and love.
We celebrated this little babe's first year of life yesterday 🎂🖤❄ .
Thanks for the birthday wishes, the donations for the Surrey Memorial Hospital NICU, and all of the love that's been showered on our little smiley Isly! We're eternally grateful 🖤🖤🖤🖤
The Christmas countdown is back on in the Thibault house. We finally have our Jag back to his normal self after a scary 2 weeks. We wish we could partake in all of the normal holiday festivities this season. Instead we’re staying nestled inside and creating different holiday memories for the remainder of the year!
Looking cute, if I say so myself, in my new nightgown and cap from big brother. Off that yucky nose cannula, and all meds. Just Mommy's milk and vitamins for me now.
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This morning I was able to just sit and eat breakfast. And drink a whole cup of hot tea. And have a shower and dress whilst my babies all decided they'd have a lie in.
As I write I'm sitting at the dinner table, feeling today's morning sun warm my aching pregnant back and dry my hair.
It's rare we have moments to sit, feel and think. Try it today in a quiet moment. Oh hang on... someone's up! 😉
Today, we hosted a holiday NICU brunch and provided every NICU family a holiday gift bag. Each bag was filled with diapers, onesies, homemade blankets, gas cards, coffee and Walmart gift cards, Usborne books, and hand sanitizer. Thank you to @usborne_sac, @raleys, and all of our generous donors for making this possible. Happy Holidays from all of us at Tiny Feet Foundation!