Something new under the sun(lamp)

November 25, 2008 at 7:49 pm 11 comments

Satch and Sun

Satch and Sun

Little Satch and Levi have jaundice, just like their papa did 38+ years ago. They’re getting a little photosynthesis (okay, I think that’s actually NOT the name of the procedure…) Outside of that, they seem to be improving day by day. Both have spent time off the c-paps today, and for Levi it seems to be holding. He still is getting occasional extra oxygen, but he’s spending a lot of time breathing on his own, and word amongst the angels is he’s gonna get some real food today (courtesy of mama and Big Yellow, the mechanized sucking machine we may re-christen Little Otik before too long). Satch is back on the c-pap now, but his murmur has gotten softer and we’re seeing Pea Balls in his future real soon (my aim is to sprinkle Satchel Paige references throughout this blog like Hirschfeld sprinkled Ninas).

Pablo continues to work at it – he’s still getting a bunch of breathing help, and he has a little murmur of his own now, which is perhaps responsible for his little lung woes. It’s fair to say it’s a unique experience to watch someone so small, so vulnerable and so thoroughly yours struggle with the involuntary business of inhaling and exhaling. Alex and I both want to jump into his little isolate and take the deep breaths for him (and while we’re in there, maybe learn some of his crazy, twitchy dance moves, though he ain’t got nothin’ on brother Satch in that department). Alas we’ll continue to wait for that first official snuggle (pile-on? huddle? mosh pit?). Believe in fairies people, and also summon the ghosts of Casals and Picasso and Neruda to smile down upon this little obstinate brother.

Alex and I eagerly await the chance to report some uplifting news for Baby B – so stay tuned.

-Dan

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late night walk at the NICU Wise old soul

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  • 1. Alan Kaschub  |  November 25, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Dan, Alex, and the boys!

    The whole Kaschub gang is keeping up with the blog all day long. We are so excited for you and our thoughts and prayers are constantly with all five of you!

    -Alan

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  • 2. Jeff  |  November 25, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Lydia, Ernie and I are following along with rapt attention — our thoughts are with you all. I bet someday when you are getting tackled by these boys in a Thanksgiving football game you’ll look back on this and wonder how they were ever so small….

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  • 3. Squidocto  |  November 25, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Love to you all! Keep us posted, be well, grab a little sleep if you can, and give thanks!

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  • 4. shnootre  |  November 26, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Kaschubs, Badgers, Schiickeles!

    You all are great – thanks for the love!

    xo
    Dan and Alex

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  • 5. Cat Anderson  |  November 26, 2008 at 1:35 am

    splan and al,

    tonight i read sam a children’s story called “little bear’s up and down day” and in it his little (rat) friend mentions his satchel three times, and bear plays baseball, and is wearing jeans and and and the book is called LITTLE bear…. you see? A sign from the chidlren’s fairies that all is well in the world of the three wee ones and their loving parents and extended fam.

    loving you all and eager to bring you that lentil soup i promised.
    xx, splat

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  • 6. Carol K. Mack  |  November 26, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Peter and I are tuning into your blog several times a day and thinking of you all all day and evening and hope you get some rest and we send you ALL lots of love.
    xoc

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  • 7. Neilo  |  November 26, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Ah, we remember the blue lights well (that’s what we had to use, anyway). Poor little yellow babies.

    More love and prayers coming y’all’s way. From our hilltop to yours.

    xo,

    Neil and Toni

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  • 8. Rachel Moog  |  November 26, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Alex and Dan,

    Thanks for all of the updates. I was so thrilled to see all of the photos, feels like we’re there with you. I still can’t believe it, triplets! Such a major feat.

    We’ll be giving thanks for your good fortune this week, and sending many positive thoughts over to the boys as they learn how to breath.

    Much love!!!

    xoxox

    Rachel

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  • 9. Yory  |  November 26, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Great photo. I’m amazed at your grace and eloquence in these tough moments–not just during these NICU days but throughout your way here over these past couple of years. Proud to be your brother-in-law.

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  • 10. Ann  |  November 26, 2008 at 4:09 am

    I too am absorbed in every post, with admiration and supportive thoughts. We are all here with you, and sending our breath for little Pablo!

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  • 11. Dan's Mom  |  November 26, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Sorry to embarrass you Dan, but the only thing that moves me more than the miracle of my 3 new grandsons is the miracle of my son.

    Reply

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