It’s been one year since Israel and Lynsay Palow checked into the hospital under the assumption that doctors would take care of Lynsay’s cramps and send them home, only to stay under her triplets were delivered.
Lynsay Palow delivered Jacob, Sofia and Madison at , and they spent just over two months in Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU.)
On Wednesday, July 30, the Palows returned to AtlantiCare to celebrate the triplets’ first birthday, and that day just 365 days earlier was now a distant memory.
“Since they were released, the only problem they’ve had has been acid reflux, which we will take over what could have been,” Israel Palow said.
Each of the triplets gained at least 14 pounds since their birth. Madison has grown from 2 pounds, 7.9 ounces to 18 pounds; Sofia has grown from 2 pounds, 5.2 ounces to 17 pounds; and Jacob has grown from 2 pounds, 4.2 ounces to 16 pounds.
“Their growth has been amazing,” Lynsay Palow said. “It amazes me every day. They do things all at the same time. If one of them starts laughing, the other two will chime in. If they’re rolling around in different places, they always end up next to each other.”
The triplets came home at the same time the oldest Palow daughter, Juliana, was starting school. The parents have been impressed with how much Juliana has helped take care of her three younger sisters. They were also impressed at how much the staff at AtlantiCare did for their triplets when they were in the NICU.
“Everything was going so fast,” said Israel as he relived the events of last year. “We were in disbelief, but (the NICU staff) was so good. They knew all the details of what could go wrong. Throughout the whole process, they gave us up-to-the-minute details.”
“When I found out I was in labor, it was very scary,” Lynsay Palow said. “But the NICU prepared us from the very beginning.”
On Monday, they were reunited with Dr. Blair Bergen, , MD, of AtlantiCare Physician Group Pavilion OB/GYN and division director, AtlantiCare Department of OB/GYN, who delivered the triplets. They were reunited with the rest of the staff, including Benedict Asiegbu, MD, Nemours neonatologist, and Jennifer Tioseco, MD, division director, ARMC Department of Neonatology and medical director and Nemours neonatologist.
“They have wonderful parents and they were by the bedside every day,” Asiegbu said. “ … It’s a miracle that they survived without complications.”
According to Asiegbu and Tioseco, there is a high risk of babies being readmitted to the NICU after leaving because of the high number of risks that can impact any premature baby, let alone three.
And yet they didn’t return until Monday, when the staff presented them each with a book for their birthday and a cake for everyone to share. When it was all over, everyone was allowed to go home.
“It’s been a crazy but fun year,” Lynsay Palow said. “Having them home has had its challenges, but we got through them. Everything’s fallen into place.”