A year after triplets and we're still alive!
3/30/10 the day we found out we were having triplets!
9/28/10 my last day pregnant!
10:35pm on 9/28/10, 1st day of life on the other side
I'm speechless with a tear in my eye....when I can compose myself I'll write something meaningful.
Ok I'm better now
We are not only surviving but thriving a year after triplets. Mom and Dad are doing well and staying somewhat healthy and well rested. We have yet to go out on a date night since the boys were born. Well that's not completely true, Phil's parents watched the boys for about an hour while we went out to sushi once. We have had many many offers from friends and family to babysit but quite honestly we love spending time as a family and there is no real desire to get away from the boys. We've had more than 9 years together without kids and we've thoroughly enjoyed each others company. The boys will only be little once and we have the rest of our lives ahead of us. To be honest whenever I have to be away from them I miss them and can't wait to get back to them.
Phil and I will be 47 years old when the boys turn 18. That's when we can retire and move abroad and finish traveling the world : )
They look so different to me that sometimes I think people won't believe that they are identical but I get enough "how do you tell them apart" comments that it reminds me that most people don't spend day and night with the boys like we do. Of course if anyone spends 5 minutes of quality time with them they'll be able to tell them apart. Before they were born I really stressed out about not being able to tell them apart and mixing them up permanently! As long as I could see them in plain view I never mixed them up, except in pictures were I often mix them up.
The boys have been saying 'mama' for a long time now but at some point, which I failed to notice, they actually started saying it in the right context. They have been able to say dada for a long time as well but we always refer to Phil as papi or papa so they have not yet mastered that one.
They all know their names, for a while I'd call out a name and they'd either all turn around or nobody would turn. They come to me when I call their name and stretch out my arms.
They are all walking now, they started at 11 months. Some kids take their first step and that's all they need, they just start walking. Others are gradual learners as mine have proven to be. Turns out Phil started walking at 10months and I started at 11months, just another example that my boys have hardly ever been behind and are keeping their own with full term-ers.
I forgot to set up an appointment early on for their 12 month well child check up so they won't be seeing their pediatrician until 13 months. I did take them in to a WIC appointment on the 20th and they all got weighed and measured. WIC's percentiles are always different from what they tell me at their pediatricians office so I'll wait to list them later. The WIC nutritionist explained that babies weight gain slows way down when they go from not-crawling to crawling and again from crawling to walking. This is because they are so much more active and use up a lot more energy. Their pounds to height ratio was right in the middle so they have perfect BMI's!
C 18 lbs 27.5in
E 17lbs 9oz 27in
T 18lbs 7oz 27.5in (the heights might be off by an inch, I'm going off of memory since I accidentally tossed out the little paper I scribbled these stats on)
The boys are really doing great at self feeding and are starting to poo-poo the pureed meals I make them, so we are transitioning on to almost complete self feedings. I'm also starting to 'beef up' their meals, my goal is to provide them more balanced meals, I'd like to include a protein, carb and veggie/fruit at every meal. I'm also proud to say that the boys have stayed away from all junk food, no candy, no cookies, no sugary deserts, nothing too processed, and no fast food! I just have to hang in there another year to get to my goal of a good healthy eating start. Oh and did I mention a whole year where mom provided the majority of their milk (75-85%)!
Still my easiest baby, loves to smile and scream with joy. Recently has had the appetite of a champ and gobbles up all his food. Since we got back from California he's been sleeping through the night (two down one to go)! For naps I just put him in his crib fully awake, and he's fast asleep in minutes without crying. No sleep training needed, all on his own. His Spanish nickname, coined by my sister is 'el quita jugetes' or the 'taker of toys.' He's notorious for taking toys away from his bothers.
Eli must have inherited Latin dance genes that seemed to skip me, the boy loves to dance. Since a wee fellow of 4 or 5months he's been dancing. He has his signature dance where he sways from side to side at anything that has a beat. Continues to be my singleton a.k.a. 'most difficult.' I call him the monkey on my back, he would love to live attached to me, he's the 'baby.' Still wakes up once at night to nurse, but the boy needs that extra meal! Eventually though some sleep training may be needed. His spanish nickname is 'el bailador' or 'the dancer.'
Thomas continues to sleep through the night. Still Mr. Confidence and does things only when he knows he can do them well. He's a total daredevil and climbs anything he can. The strawberry (hemangioma) on his head that's now covered by all his luscious hair is actually almost gone, it's completely flush with his scalp and is only a little bit pink. It was so great when his hair came in and people stopped asking me what happened to him or what the heck is that! You wouldn't do that to an adult so why do it to a baby, people are so rude! The little one next to his eye is a lot less red and more pink now so it's also on it's way out. I think Thomas likes the sound of his own voice because he loves to babble really loud. His Spanish nickname is 'el intocable' or 'the untouchable one' because he gets the most annoyed when his brothers crowd him out.