For those that read my previous entry, I realized after I posted that I left out a few key pieces of information that I had planned to include. So, here are the editor's notes:
Being born on May 7, the Triplets were at a gestational age of 30 weeks and 2 days. The average gestational age for delivering triplets is 32 weeks. "Full term" is 40 weeks, which means our 3 are approximately 10 weeks premature. We are all very impressed that Erin managed to carry these 3 as long as she did.
It is hard to judge exactly how long the NICU stays will last. For most babies, doctors predict they will stay until around their original due date. This is only an estimate as the circumstances of each individual child determine when they are able to go home. In our case, our "official" due date was July 14 (which also happens to be our wedding anniversary). Current thinking is that Maggie and Charlie may be ready to come home around this time. Because of Sophie's much smaller size, she has further to go. Best estimates right now are that she may be ready around 2 weeks after the July 14 date. So while we are officially parents, we have quite a wait before the kids are ready to come home. As difficult as this is to experience, and for others to understand, we have to remember that this is what they need right now. We'll keep driving in to see them and look forward to when they're ready to be home.
I think that's all the revisions I meant to include. I'm sure I'll come up with more as time goes on. Once again, thanks for all the support out there. We really do appreciate it.