June 16, 2017 – 21 Months…

Hey everyone,

Just a quick update this month. Rachel is still recovering from AWR surgery. It is a long recovery and according to her doctors she is making good progress. She had her 8 week follow up appointment on Monday with the surgeon and he recommended light duty for another 2 weeks, e.g. no lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs (i.e. – Kaleo, Makani & Keoni) 😦

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Happy 21 month birthday boys!!!

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Walking home from the pool – Makani, myself, Kaleo, Rachel & Keoni…

Last weekend the boys had a little cold – runny nose, fever & really cranky! Hopefully they are fully recovered in time for the NICU Reunion Party on June 24th at Kaiser Walnut Creek. We have only been back to the hospital once since the boys were transferred to Santa Rosa. It was when our friends Plamen & Cveti welcomed their triplet babies into the world. That visit brought back many fond memories and experiences from when we were there in September of 2015.

Held every other year, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit reunion at Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek brings together NICU patients and their families to reunite with many of the nurses and physicians who cared for them during their stay.

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1 for each baby…

About 3,500 babies are born each year at Kaiser Permanente’s Walnut Creek Medical Center. Roughly 440 of those spend time in the NICU. The Level III NICU has a team of neonatologists, pediatricians, respiratory therapists, and specially trained nurses who provide care for infants with all types of issues, including premature births, infections, and respiratory distress.

We are looking forward to not only seeing the staff, but we are really excited to catch up with a group of families that we have met through our ‘tight knit’ multiples community who also delivered at Kaiser Walnut Creek.

And finally – a huge Shout Out to the 2017 NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors!!!

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What an amazing season!!! DN4L…

Mahalo ke Akua…

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Makani boy, representing the Dubs & Raiders!!!

May 5, 2017 – Cinco de Mayo (19 ½ months)

 

Greetings everybody,

I am sorry for the late post, but so much has happened since the last time I checked in.

Rachel had Abdominal Wall Reconstructive Surgery at Kaiser on April 17th, the day after Easter.

Rachel suffered from a severe case of Diastasis Recti as a result of being pregnant with our triplet boys for 33 weeks 6 days:

Diastasis Recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles are separated and no longer located next to each other. The most common cause of diastasis is pregnancy, and no amount of exercise can reverse the condition. When diastasis is caused by pregnancy there is a significant change in shape of the abdominal wall, even in extremely thin patients. This leaves the abdomen looking swollen. The condition is quite common, and studies have shown that it occurs in 35-62% of women.

The only way to resolve diastasis is through a surgical re-approximation of the muscles.  A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery is the ideal procedure because it not only corrects the separated muscles, but also removes the excess skin that is associated with a diastasis. During tummy tuck surgery, the doctor reconnects the left and right side of the abdominal muscles, recreating abdominal tightness.

The weakening of the abdominal muscles and the reduced force transmission from the stretched linea alba may also make it difficult to lift objects, and cause lower back pain. Additional complications can manifest in weakened pelvic alignment and altered posture

This is considered a Major surgery, it took approximately 3 ½ hours to complete. Rachel was in the hospital for 6 days and now she can not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk during her recovery (estimated 6 to 8 weeks). So 3 – 25 lb. boys are completely out of the question! 🙂

I took 8 days off of work to take care of the boys while Rachel was in the hospital. We had a pretty good time even though we all missed mommy! We were able to take a day trip to the Oakland Zoo and then stopped for lunch at In-N-Out on the way home.

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Train ride at the Oakland Zoo (Kaleo, Makani & Keoni)

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni waiting to eat at In-N-Out

The only bummer is our Big Boy – Keoni got sick the day after Rachel had surgery, then the other 2 guys and myself caught his cold on Saturday. Taking care of 3 – 19 month old boys by yourself is NO JOKE!!! Add a cough/fever to that mix and OMG that was a long week!!!

Hats off to Grandma Anne & our great group of family/friends for dropping off meals and staying with the boys while I visited Rachel in the hospital. We continue to receive a generous outpouring of help from our family and friends – Thank You All!!!

All in all the surgery went well. Rachel is at home recovering and the doctors are really happy with the results!

A couple of side notes – we have had a mini-heat wave (temps up to 90 degrees) the past week and I scored this cool little construction truck sandbox/mini pool for the boys off of Nextdoor.com

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I also received 2 tickets to the GS Warriors vs. Utah Jazz playoff game in Oakland last night – from the owners of the Roaring Donkey (my weekend job) Thanks Brian & Greg!!! It was an unexpected, nice, well deserved break for Daddy!!!

Mahalo ke Akua!

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni rooting for the Dubs!!!

 

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My nephew Joe & I at the Dubs vs. Jazz playoff game…

 

 

 

June 6, 2015 – 19 weeks / Family wedding

Well, we made it to 19 weeks and the babies are starting to move! It is such a crazy emotion to feel your babies moving in your partner’s body. 🙂

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Rachel is beautiful, she is literally glowing! Physically she is feeling a lot better, as far as the nausea goes – she still has it, but it’s not as bad as it was. She gets tired relatively quickly and has some issues moving around, but that is expected at this stage. Her weight gain is going really well, this week she is up to 163 lbs.! We still go for walks, even if they are very short ones!

I have been a huge Golden State Warriors fan all of my life. I remember listening to Warrior’s games on AM radio when I was a kid, back before the NBA was on television. Some of my first memories were of the 1974/75 World Championship team. The Warriors are playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals this year. This is the first time that they have made it to the NBA Finals since 1975! On Sunday June 7th Rachel’s cousin was getting married in Healdsburg, I agreed a couple of months ago to go with her (this was long before I knew the Warriors would be in the playoffs!) Anyway, Game 2 was also scheduled for Sunday – same time as the wedding. WHAT A DILEMMA! I spoke with Rachel on Friday and asked her if I really HAD to go? She is so sweet, she said no – she would make up some excuse why I wasn’t there. Yippee!!! -I got a FREE PASS to watch the game!!! 🙂 Well, on Saturday I thought more about not going to the wedding and how I had manipulated her in to excusing me from attending the event. What a jerk I was for thinking she should/could go without me! I decided it was in my best interests to GO. Besides, I could always record the game and watch it on it DVR when we got home. Rachel was thrilled when I told her! This was the perfect opportunity for me to meet her family (Aunts, Uncles and Cousins) as well as spend some quality time with her. I am Sooo glad that I went. It really was a beautiful wedding! It was nice to see the love and commitment that the couple had for each other and to see them pledge their sacred vows to each other. I really can be a self-centered person at times, I am extremely grateful that I came to my senses before it was TOO LATE!

Besides the fact that I had a great time at the wedding – the Warriors lost 95 – 93 in overtime, it was only game 2 and I will have the opportunity to watch the rest of the series as it unfolds. 🙂

On Wednesday we drive down to San Francisco for the 2nd Trimester appointment at Kaiser with Dr. Wu. – Rachel’s NP Melanie and OBGYN Dr. Spivak have suggested that she go on light duty or disability sooner rather than later, probably within the next 4 weeks. We will discuss what options will be best for her and the babies. I am all for doing whatever is right for her and our babies.

God bless! Until next time 🙂

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