The featured blogger this week is Jessica of The Burkett Family! Jessica is the proud MoM of 16 month old triplets Ashton, Caitlyn and Brittany. Her girls are so incredibly adorable (you need to see them in their Halloween costumes!)
What made you decide to start a blog?
I met another mom of triplets on Facebook and she sent me her blog. Once I read her blog, I decided what a good idea that would be to do so friends and family who don’t have Facebook can see the babies growing up. Gayla Luchetta who was a featured blogger a month or so ago got me into blogging!
How did you react to the news of triplets?
I lost it!! My husband had to calm me down. I lost it because I was scared. The thought of not one but three babies growing inside my stomach was scary. I didn’t know how I was going to be able to do it.
What was your NICU experience like? Do you have any advice to offer fellow NICU families?
We did not have to spend time in the NICU. The babies were born at Norfolk General Hospital. They have a nursery and a Special Care Nursery. The SCN is a step down from the NICU. They had incubators and all the machines as the NICU, but not as intense. Since they were born with no major problems other than weight, the doctor didn’t feel it necessary for them to go to the NICU. The SCN took great care of them and taught us as parents things we probably wouldn’t have known if we had a full term baby. Working with the occupational therapist and teaching the babies to drink from a bottle was probably the most frustrating task. The babies would do great for the therapist and not so good with us. We were taught how to burp, swaddle, feed, change diapers (it was my husbands first time changing a diaper!), how to put them in the car seat and make sure everything was secure. They were in the SCN for a month. Brittany and Ashton came home August 24th and Caitlyn (who was our tinniest) came home August 29th. I was very scared the first few days but I got more comfortable as the time went by. I knew they were in great hands and they are growing like the should be! If your child or children have to go to a SCN or NICU after birth, remember it’s for a good thing and they are going to get stronger and healthier! You will meet other parents in their going through the same thing and it may help to talk to them because they might have some advice or just need someone to talk to that’s going through the same thing.
Your triplets are just over a year old, what have been some of your favorite milestones?
When they started crawling, first tooth, standing on their own, eating table food and now we are getting to the walking stage!
What do you enjoy doing as a family?
We love to camp! We took the babies camping for the first time when they were 3 months old. We have a travel trailer so we have heat and AC! They have been camping at least 10 times! We have even done dry camping. Which some people have said that we are crazy for dry camping for a week with 3 babies, but we did it and didn’t have any problems!
What would you do with an extra hour (kid free) in your day?
I would scrapbook. I haven’t been able to scrapbook in a while. I love to take pictures, so I have plenty of pictures to create my albums.
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