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Tips for Bringing Babies Home from the Hospital

Our first night home from the hospital with our triplets was Halloween night. Makenna was 5 lbs. 6 oz, Noah was 4 lbs. 13 oz, and Emma was 5 lbs. 3 oz. Bringing babies home from the hospital was a bit overwhelming…to say the least.

Tips for Bringing Babies Home from the Hospital - and how others can help!   www.GrowingUpTriplets.com #babies #tripletsSuddenly, we were thrust into the decision-making role for not one, but three small babies. Three babies who were completely dependent on me and my husband. There were no more doctors to ask questions of, no more machines telling us if one of them had stopped breathing, no one telling me how much each one had gained the day before.

  • It was up to us to mix bottles and ensure they ate some or all of them.
  • It was up to us to watch over them and be sure they continued to breathe.
  • It was up to use to make sure they gained weight.
  • It was up to us to keep all of them from crying…as much as possible.

And all this on little sleep – on precious little sleep. The memory of this night is a fading, yet vibrant selection of my children’s short lives this far. I recall feeling:

terrified

excited

proud

nervous

anxious

exhausted

happy

overwhelmed

hormonal

bovine-like (take a guess)

alive.

A gamut of emotions, for sure.

Bringing Babies Home from the Hospital

Oh, how overwhelming this season can be! If you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy, and you have the ability to take some time and make plans – you may find yourself able to enjoy a little more and stress a little less.

Tips for Bringing Babies Home from the Hospital    www.GrowingUpTriplets.com #babies #tripletsPrepare to Be Tired

Everyone is saying it to you: “Girrrrrrrl, you’re gonna be exhausted!”

Yes, thank you for that wonderful reminder.

Still, it is a good idea to think through how you can minimize this so you can actually function! Let go of what you absolutely do not need to do during the first weeks and months of bringing babies home from the hospital!

  • Forgot that birthday gift for your girlfriend? Preeeeeetty sure she’ll understand!
  • Lay down the small group you’ve been leading? More than likely they’ll be eager to hear of ways they can serve you now!

Look at your calendar and eliminate any “to-dos,” events, and responsibilities you may have already committed to – and enjoy the time you’ve just gained with your babies!

Hire Household Help

If it’s at all in the budget, hire a house cleaner. Just do it. But you like things a certain way? Most of us do! But having someone mop the floors and scrub the toilets is, for a period of time, a way to gain valuable minutes and hours with your babies or even sleeping!

Tips for Bringing Babies Home from the Hospital   www.GrowingUpTriplets.com #babies #tripletsRequest Meal Service

We were so blessed by our church to have about 3 dozen meals delivered to us over the course of our first several months home! Many nights there were leftovers, so cooking was usually only necessary on the weekends.

Connect with your local multiples group and ask if they could assist you. If your church hasn’t offered – ask. Let family and friends and neighbors know that you could use some meals. Many people are willing to serve, they just don’t know how.

Ask for Childcare

If you have older children, it will most likely come in handy to have some special time(s) set up for them to do something fun and out of the ordinary. This will relieve pressure to be “all things to all {little} people.” Knowing the older ones are having some fun can allow you to take a deep breath.

Tips for Bringing Babies Home from the Hospital   www.GrowingUpTriplets.com #babies #tripletsPut Out an APB for Errands

Use that Facebook account! All those friends of yours are going to be “ooohing” and “ahhing” over the pictures you post. Why not use the opportunity to ask your stalkers friends to pick up the toilet paper you’re running out of? Or refill your banana basket? Or grab your fave carton of ice cream? If you don’t ask, people don’t know how to help!

Consider Overnight Help

This was a hard one for me. I struggled with letting others care for my babies when I wasn’t there. Ours slept in our room for several months, too, so that made it a bit more challenging. But we did find creative ways to get a good night’s sleep about once a month!

One option would be to ask the nurses in the NICU if they would be interested in night-nursing. You could also hire a professional nurse, or a baby nurse. (http://doulamatch.net, http://nurseandnurture.com).

Or have a trusted friend, who has helped during the daytime and/or nighttime, to take over with another trusted friend. Doing this every so often can provide you with just enough of a break to make it through.

Many mamas manage without help – it certainly can be done. But we knew it was good for us to ask for help and to allow others to support us in this unique and crazy season.

Before Bringing Babies Home from the Hospital

And if you have NICU babies, you may find these other posts I wrote helpful:

I also highly recommend these books: When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads and Mothering Multiples.

Makenna, Noah, and Emma – on your second “Homecoming Day” I hope you know how much I love you. I am proud of the little people you’ve become. You melt my heart and make me fall in love with you a thousand times every day. Thank you for the wildest and funnest ride of our lives. I adore you. Love, Mama.

What tips would you add for new moms of multiples?

Comments

  1. I have felt similar this past month as I brought home our 4th child… older kids arguing with a newborn screaming is a lot to handle. Praise the Lord for lots of meals being brought to us, my MOPS group, holistic health knowledge, and my housecleaning friend! :) Great post!

  2. Sarah Mueller says:

    One baby at a time – I can handle that. But more than that – all I can say is wow. :)

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