Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Not that our lives aren't stressful enough, we decided to host Thanksgiving for both sides of our families only 2 weeks after moving in to our new house.  It was a little overwhelming but turned out really nice.  Everyone brought a dish and helped out.  The girls played outside with their cousins some during the day.  I thought the girls would make it to 6 PM to eat dinner but they were pretty cranky by that time so there was a lot of flying food and sippy cups.  I ate a cold meal, but that comes with being a Mom.  We are so thankful for our healthy little girls and we are so fortunate to have a wonderful family supporting us every step of the way.  Here is the one picture I took on Thanksgiving at the very end of the night.

Triple Play - 18 Months

How old?  18 Months.

Our weights?  S: 20 lbs 1 oz T: 21 lbs 14 oz M: 21 lbs 5 oz
Heights: S: 29.75 inches T: 31.1 inches, M: 29.5 inches
They are wearing 12 months clothes right now.  They are fitting in to some 18 months as well.  Jammies are 18 months.

Our sleeping patterns?  We officially transitioned to 1 nap.  Sam could probably still use two naps but in order for me to at least get some down time, they must nap together.  Sam normally wakes up after 1.5 hours and the other two normally sleep another hour after that.

Sleeping at night has been pretty good lately (besides when they were sick and Mallory woke up more than 10 times one night, ugh).  We transitioned to the new house pretty well.  Normally its not too much trouble to get them back to sleep if someone wakes up.  They typically sleep from 8:30 PM to 8 AM.

 Our eating schedule?  The girls have breakfast at 8:30 AM, Lunch at noon, snack when they wake up from their nap (between 3-4), and dinner at 6.

 Our favorite foods?  String cheese has been a house favorite lately.

Our likes? Being free in the new house to play.  They love their kitchen cabinet that is specifically for them.  They are really attached to their 'babies' now.  Mallory has an orange monkey, Sam has baby Lady from Lady and the Tramp, and Taylor has a little white puppy.  They love to dance when music comes on and really like the Christmas lights.  They also like cartoons (for about 45 seconds) and Mallory even asks for the TV sometimes.

 Our dislikes?  When a sister is hurt or scared.  They really care for each other and are concerned when their sister is sad or crying.  It is so sweet.  They dislike when they want me to hold them or play with them and I have to be in the kitchen cooking or cleaning.

Our favorite games/toys?  The slide (which gets taken away often), running to the wall and back to me, peekaboo is making a comeback, puzzles, Megablocks.

Our milestones?  Language and speech have gotten much better the past month.  They are starting to say each other's names.  Sam has all of the animal sounds down.  Taylor will normally try to repeat what you tell her.  She said "remember" the other day.  Although it sounded more like "memer".  Taylor is always so confident when she says something.  Mallory has her s's and f's pretty good.  She is saying shoe, socks, frog, flower, etc.  Mallory has also learned to climb a ladder, Yikes!

Things we do to make Mom and Dad smile?  I watched Mallory and Sam have a conversation the other day.  It was adorable.  They were babbling and conversing with each other, then Mallory pointed towards the game room, and Sam went sprinting out there to do or get whatever they were talking about.  I love having multiples and being able to experience that.  Another time, I laid Taylor across Mallory's lap in the rock in play and before I said anything, Mallory goes "Baby!".  They do sweet and adorable things all of the time and I wish I could freeze time right now.

Our pictures
(18 months and 10 days)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cute Holiday Clothes for Sale!!!

Hey There!  So... along with being a SAHM (Stay at home Mom), and working my real life job 1-2 days a week, I've now decided to sell some items for the holidays!  I'm so excited about my new opportunity and I wanted to reach out to all of my followers and see if you were interested in these cute clothes I'm selling for the holidays!  I'm thinking Christmas card pictures... photos with Santa... or just playing around the house.  They are just so darn cute for any occasion.

I made these to match some leggings I bought for the girls and I can't wait to see them in these cute outfits.  I'll definitely post pictures.  The Holiday deer shirts are offered in 4 different colors!  Ohh...and if you like a little bling, you can add glitter!

Holiday Deer T-shirt:
Offered in Red, Green, Pink, and Heather Grey
Sizes: 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 2, 3, 4, 5/6, 7, Youth 6/8, 10/12, 14/16, Adult Small, Medium, Large, and XL
Cost:  T-shirt: $12
Glitter!!! $2 extra per shirt

I made these PEACE, LOVE, JOY specially for all of my Triplet Momma friends, but now that I see them, they would be so cute by themselves as well.  They are offered in short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts for babies and kids.

PEACE LOVE JOY Kids T-shirts in red:
Sizes: 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 2, 3, 4, 5/6, 7
T-shirt or Long-sleeve t-shirt
Cost:  Single t-shirt: $12, Single long-sleeve t-shirt: $15
All 3 t-shirts (PEACE, LOVE, and JOY) for $30
All 3 long-sleeve t-shirts for $38

And because Moms of triplets need a little special attention on my blog, I'm also offering these in t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and hoodies!

Mom of Triplets Shirts/Hoodies: 
Offered in Pink and Heather Grey. 
Sizes: AS, AM, AL, AXL
Cost:  T-shirt: $12, Long-sleeve t-shirt: $15, Hoodie $25

And because I'm not computer/blog saavy... if you would like to place an order... please email me at theteampatterson@gmail.com no later than NOVEMBER 30.  Please don’t forget to tell me EXACTLY what you want.  Which item, how many, t-shirt/Long sleeve, sizes of each item, what color, and if you want glitter (deer shirt only).   They will be shipped the week of December 10 in time for the holidays!  Once you have given me your order, you will receive an email with an invoice through PayPal.  In order to assure you receive your order in the time frame listed above, prompt payment is essential. Prices do not include shipping and shipping costs will apply (shipping from Texas). 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Triplets' First Football Game

Although I bleed purple and gold for LSU, I am constantly surrounded by Houston Cougars.  My entire family went to college there and I actually grew up going to U of H football and basketball games.  So, naturally the girls' first collegiate football game would be at U of H.  The timing worked out well and my parents had been begging for us to come, so we went last Saturday when the Cougars played Tulane.  Unfortunately they lost, but we had a exhausting good time.



Friday, November 7, 2014

Triple Play: 17 Months

How old?  17 Months.
Our weights? estimates S: 19 lbs 8 oz T: 21 lbs 8 oz M: 20 lbs 9 oz
They are currently wearing 12 months clothes and need to be wearing 12/18 month jammies but we still squeeze in to some 2 piece 9 months.  Just trying to make it til Christmas...

Our sleeping patterns?  We are at that transition time from 2 naps to 1.  The girls are good either way and it is making doing things outside of the house a little easier.  We can adjust our schedule a little to accommodate and I'm liking that right now.

Sleeping is getting better and better.  We finally occasionally have a night where we put them down and they don't wake up until the morning.  Other nights, I'm getting up once or twice early on and it normally doesn't take much to get them back to sleep.  Day light savings time is killing me though.  Its almost been a week and they still wake up 45 minutes early.

 Our eating schedule?  Not much has changed here.  Still the same schedule.
 Our favorite foods?  I've finally got them to eat string cheese and yogurt and they love it.
Our likes? Our new squeaker shoes (not annoying at all), trick-or-treating, giving hugs, running through the curtain in the closet, being tickled, and going to the park.
 Our dislikes?  Falling down, running in to walls, when they are tired.
Our favorite games/toys?  Puzzles and books.  They absolutely love looking at catalogs.  Their favorite is Fisher Price.
Our milestones?  They all seem to be running better.  They are trying to repeat words that you say. 

Things we do to make Mom and Dad smile?  Play quietly with each other, hug and hold hands, giggle, say "Mama" or "Dada".
Our pictures

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Ending to My Breastfeeding/Pumping Journey

My breastfeeding journey with my triplets was nothing like I expected.  My goal when I was pregnant was to breastfeed for one week and if that worked out I would try to make it to 6 months.  Little did I know that my little ones would never learn to latch (bummer) and that my body would produce MORE than I needed for my 3 babies.  While in the NICU for 12-13 days, my girls were fortunate enough to receive donor breast milk while I was building up my supply.  Our hospital is one of the first in the nation to offer donor breast milk to preemies rather than only offering formula.  Since my girls were little, even for their age, the doctors asked us to give them one bottle of extra calorie formula per day.  They did that for about 6 weeks and by that point my supply had more than caught up to their demand.  So it was solely breast milk, until about 8 months when they were supplemented with about 1-2 oz of formula per day because they were eating more than I could supply.  When they began eating more solids and drinking less milk, my supply caught up and they were only on breast milk again.
I was hungry ALL of the time and never felt full.  I was on a strict no dairy/no soy diet, but I still managed to eat a ton.  I ended up 20 lbs lighter than I was when I got pregnant (I call it the triplet diet).  All of my calories were going to my boobs to make that precious liquid gold for my girls.  I started off pumping 7-8 times per day, by 6 months I was pumping 6 times per day, and by 1 year I was pumping 3-4 times per day.  We had to buy a deep freezer for the extra milk. 
Taylor was weaned to cow's milk at 12 months old since she had no allergies.  At 12 months, I began adding dairy to my diet to make sure Sam and Mallory had outgrown their allergies before giving them whole cow's milk.  At 14 months, they were all weaned.  I continued pumping another month to wean myself and also to add to the stock pile in the freezer. 
In October, I was able to donate two large boxes of breast milk back to Texas Children's Hospital.  I felt like it was the least I could do to give back to the hospital that took such great care of my trio.  It made me feel so good to help out the preemies in the NICU and I'm so proud of myself for sticking to it for so long.  I also have to give much deserved credit to all of those that have helped me out with the girls along the way.  Without someone here to take care of them, I wouldn't have been able to sneak away for that 20 minutes to pump.  So I thank you all very much (and so do the preemie babies :)

The end of my breastfeeding journey was actually bittersweet.  I was happy to drop each and every pump since it would give me that much more time to catch up with things around the house, but it was also sad for me.  As crazy as it sounds, I will miss the sound of that pump and the feeling I got when I would feed my girls.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween from the Patterson Zoo!

Halloween this year was a little different.  We were able to celebrate at our new house!  We haven't even officially moved in and the neighbors are already including us in their block parties.  We had such a fun time and are excited to be a part of this tradition.
We dressed up as The Patterson Zoo!  The girls absolutely love animals and making animal noises right now, so I thought it would be appropriate to dress them as a lion, elephant, and monkey.  Brian and I went as zoo keepers and our parents were our "Zoo Crew".  The girls were very weary at the beginning about their costumes but somehow Mallory and Sam kept their whole costume on ALL night and Taylor's elephant hood came on and off occasionally.  I was very proud of them. 

After having some food at the cul-de-sac on our block, we headed out trick-or-treating with everyone.  We straggled behind but the girls really got the hang of it.  They walked up to the door and would stick out their pumpkins or just dig right in and grab their own candy.  Now, they don't know what candy is nor have they ever tasted it, but they knew they wanted it... lots of it.  Everyone handing out candy thought they were so cute and would keep giving it to them, so most of it was recycled back in to the giver's stash.  The girls lasted a lot longer than we thought as well.  The adults were ready to go home, but the kids kept going for one more block.  They walked so much and did so well.  I'm glad their first trick-or-treating experience was a good one.  Enjoy our pictures :)




Taylor's "Say Cheese" face.


Sam was hoarding her candy.  She was in the wagon all by herself and hiding candy everywhere and then looking at it and putting it back in her bucket.  Then she would take huge handfuls and hide it again.  She was hyper and happy about her candy.  So cute.


Back home checking out their stash of candy.  They got to split half a fun size 3 Musketeers.