Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

I know I'm a little late but I wanted to do a post on Easter.  The girls' first Easter was so much fun. The weather was beautiful in Houston so we spent quite a bit of time outside.  I'm not sure if it was that we were out of the house so much, but the girls were great babies (during the day). 
 
On Friday, we headed to the mall for pictures with the Easter Bunny.  We got there when the bunny was supposed to start pictures for the day, yet we still waited about an hour to get our pictures taken.  Eeek!  And yes, I was super nervous when I saw the line thinking I would shortly have 3 screaming babies.  Surprisingly, the girls did awesome and weren't even fussy in to their nap time when we took the picture.  We even got a cute smile out of Sam.
 
 
On Saturday, we met Brian's family at their neighborhood park to celebrate Easter.  My MIL made a great picnic lunch for all of us.  We set the girls up on a blanket and they were happy campers.
 
 
Our nephew Zachary, giving Taylor a big smooch.
 

 
Bunny Faces!

 

Opening Easter baskets
 

 




 
Saturday was also our 6th Anniversary so Brian and I were able to get out together for a nice dinner.
 
On Easter, we went to my Aunt and Uncle's house.  We were surrounded by family and everyone loved playing with the babies.
 




 The girls did their first Easter egg hunt.  It was pretty cute.  They somewhat grasped the concept of picking up the eggs and putting them in their basket.  The hunt shortly turned in to a really cute photo opportunity.
 







 




 
Taylor has learned to point and points all the time.  It is our first line of actual communication with her since she can point to what she wants.
 
 
First Easter Family Picture
 
 
Me with each of my girls
 
 
At the end of the day, the girls were all pretty tired.  It the end to an amazing weekend.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Six Years

My hubby, Brian, and I celebrate our sixth year anniversary today.  What a wonderful six years it has been... but I have to say, this past year tops them all.  I remember last year on this day, we celebrated from the comfort of my hospital room.  Brian surprised me with bringing Italy to my room... Italian food, Italian music, flowers, and pictures of Italy playing on the TV.  It was as romantic as it could get in our situation at the time (we just had to ignore the beeping monitors, nurses, and me feeling so incredibly preggo).  We were also able to give each other an awesome gift of becoming debt free


I remember just wondering and talking about our future and what the next year was going to be like.  And Wow, this year has been the best year of my life.  From welcoming our three baby girls, to raising those three baby girls, and watching Brian become a father.  A part of him I had never known before.  You feel like you know someone so well and then they become a parent and exceed all expectations.


Although this year has been the best, raising triplets has been no easy task and it comes with its challenges.  The fact that Brian and I have made it through probably the toughest year of our lives amazes me.  Our relationship is stronger and we've learned more about each other.  We have become even better teammates than before.  We communicate, compromise, and work together.  We respect each other and always always always say Thank You.  That is some of our biggest advise to newlyweds.  Appreciate what the other has done for you and acknowledge them for that.  Its so simple and goes such a long way.  With the amount of things we do each day, we say a lot of thank you's.  Brian makes sure I know that what I do each day (stay at home with the babies) is amazing.  I make sure he knows that I appreciate him taking care of the house, going to work, and taking a midnight shift.

 
 

 The babies just love him so much.  I see it in their reactions when they see him.  They are genuinely happy and then cry if they aren't the first to be picked up.  It has been incredible to watch him as a father and I love his relationship with our daughters.  We are so thankful to have him in our lives. Happy Anniversary, Brian! I love you!




 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Triple Play: 10 Months

How old?  10 Months.
 
Our weights? (Estimates) S: 15 lbs T: 17 lbs  M: 15 lbs 8 oz 
The girls are still wearing 6 months clothes and Taylor sometimes needs 9 months.  Jammies are all 9 months.

Our sleeping patterns?  The girls nap at 10:30 and 2:30.  The earlier nap is normally longer for them but it is always unpredictable with these kids.  Sam is usually the first to fall asleep and the first to wake up.  Mallory in the middle and Taylor falls asleep last and I sometimes have to wake her up at feeding time.  Sometimes you lay them down and they fall right to sleep and other times I'm not so lucky.  For instance, on April Fool's Day, they took turns screaming for an hour.  I had Sam asleep and then Ryley barked in their room (thanks, dog) putting Sam and Taylor in to a screaming war.  Once Sam was down again, Mallory began screaming (she was watching the other two cry so she must have been waiting her turn).  Then it was back and forth between Taylor and Mallory's crib trying to get one of them to fall asleep.  I was concentrating on Taylor and would go back to Mallory's crib, pull out her pacifier, and toss it in her crib where her head should be, so she would at least lay down.  Finally, Taylor fell asleep and Mallory decided to scream louder, waking up Samantha again.  Yay!  Sam had just slept for 5 minutes and then another span of 20 minutes so she was going to be hard to get to sleep again.  Finally Mallory calmed down and fell asleep and I was able to walk Sam around for a little while to get her to fall asleep.  Sigh.  Hard work but I got them to nap and that is always good.  Nice joke girls.

Nights are still unpredictable.  They have gotten easier the past month (Knock on wood) but we still haven't gotten a full night's sleep.  At the beginning of the month, Taylor did well sleeping soundly for about 10 days and currently Mallory is sleeping through the night again.  Samantha has slept through the night at random times.  I can't wait until they all decide to do it on the same night.  When they do wake up, we normally feed them and they fall right back asleep, which is an improvement from last month's midnight parties.  It also seems like teething is still part of the problem.
 
Our eating schedule?  This has evolved a little bit since the last update.  They are waking a little earlier so the first bottle (6-7 oz) is between 7:30 and 8 AM.  Around 8:30 or 9 they eat solids including oatmeal and pureed fruit.  Then, after their nap, at noon they eat solids again and bottle immediately after.  They are eating less from this bottle (2-5 oz).  After the next nap, they drink a bottle (6-7 oz) and then solids around 5 or 5:30 PM consisting of pureed fruits and veggies.  They also get a sippy cup at lunch and dinner with water or small amount of juice.  At 7:30 they get their bedtime bottle (6-8 oz).  Overall, they are beginning to like more foods.  We began stage 3 the other day and they did NOT like the chicken and vegetables.  Their facial expressions are pretty funny. 

 Our favorite foods? Oatmeal, Green Beans, Chicken & Apples, and Sweet Potatoes
 
Our likes? Bath time, Running around in our walkers, Playing with Ryley, Being outside, Seeing new places
 
S:  She loves to eat solids, Eskimo kisses, Doorway jumper, keeping up with her sisters, and playing with blocks.

T: She loves to explore and see new things.  She is the best at the walker, going wherever she wants.  Her sisters normally follow her.  She loves her sippy cup and when I read to her.  When she eats something she likes, she goes, "Mmm, mmm, mmm." and opens her mouth for more.

M:  Mallory is beginning to imitate us but also her sisters.  It is so cute.  She likes her sippy cup and most solid foods.  She is the most independent until Momma enters the room, then she cries for me.  She loves to explore and be free to go where she wants. 

 Our dislikes?  They all dislike Stage 3 foods and when I leave the room.  They also hate putting on their jammies at night.  This process reminds me of steer wrestling (I'm from Texas, y'all).  They constantly flip on to their stomachs and try to crawl off the table.  I have to pin them down and button them up as fast as possible.  They may be upside down, standing up, or constantly rolling but I feel like I'm beginning to master this. Its frustrating yet hilarious.

S: Teething, falling down or not being able to get up where she wants to.

T: Teething and stage 3 chicken and veggies baby food.  She thinks she can walk so she lets go of things and falls down which frustrates her.  She is really upset when her Dad leaves the room after holding her when he gets home from work.

M: When I block off their room so they can't crawl into the hallway and getting her face wiped.
 
Our favorite games/toys?  Walkers are the cool toy now.  They race around the hallways playing bumper cars.  They love to be free and crawl around.  Ryley is their best bud and it is so adorable to watch them together.  Their favorite toys are the standing play table and the ball popper.
 
Our milestones? 

S: Three almost 4 teeth, placing blocks in to holes of a toy, pulled up in her crib, scooting.

  T: Crawling, pulling up, saying "Ra ra" to Ryley, pointing, and clapping.

  M: Imitating us and her sisters, Four teeth.

Things we do to make Mom and Dad smile?  Make funny faces, learn something new, run in the walkers and bounce in to each other, laugh, and be totally adorable :)
 
Our pictures