Home at last: 2 triplets reunited with their brother
Joshua and Kalie Kuhl and their identical triplet sons finally got their first night at home together Wednesday, although it was almost the next day before they all made it.
Brodin and Trevin were supposed to leave Rockford Memorial Hospital earlier Wednesday to join Gavin, who went home Friday. Brodin was cleared first, but the family waited until nearly midnight so medical staff could be sure Trevin, the smallest, was eating enough on his own.
“The delay was well worth it, because they’re all home,” Kalie said today.
The homecoming wait was a minor glitch compared with the series of obstacles the Kuhls have faced.
Joshua and Kalie’s triplets were born May 20 after surviving a rare and dangerous condition, twin-to-twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. They underwent a risky surgery while still in the womb. And Kalie spent 16 weeks on bed rest before their birth, including six at the hospital.
Gavin was 3 pounds, 15 ounces; Brodin was 3 pounds, 3 ounces; and Trevin was 2 pounds, 14 ounces when they were born at 32 weeks gestation. On Wednesday, Kalie wasn’t sure how much they weighed, although Gavin had gotten up to 5 pounds, 2 ounces late last week.
“They all got to sleep in the same bed last night,” Kalie said today. “Because we got home so late, we just stayed up till their 1 a.m. feeding. By 2:15 we were all done, and then we were back up at 4 for the next feeding. They go back to sleep when they’re done eating.”
Kalie’s aunt, Sandy Gramkowski, was at the house to help for the remainder of the week. Joshua plans to take next week off work so Kalie won’t be flying solo all day with three infants to feed and change.
Life is about to get very busy, Kalie said.
“The main thing is, everybody’s on the same feeding schedule, so everybody gets hungry at the same time. Even with two people it takes an hour to feed all three, from start to finish.”
The Kuhls mark, color-code and premix the tiny 2-ounce feeding bottles so none of the triplets is overfed or underfed, Kalie said.
So far the boys are just eating and sleeping, following the same schedule they’d known all their short lives in the neonatal intensive care unit, she said.
“For now, we will take a couple of weeks and stay home and build up their immune systems.”
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