Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A crib for everyone

After a week or so of finding the boys like this:

(Andrew, Parker)

Or finding them all piled in the middle of their shared crib laying almost on top of each other it was time to move everyone to their own space. So now we have this:

(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

The boys don't seem to mind the change. They seem so much bigger in separate cribs. The only challenge is finding the crying baby at 3 am to give someone a paci.

New for this week: all of the boys have discovered that they can suck on their hands and we are getting smiles. It's been hard getting a picture of the boys smiling, but we'll keep trying.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

8 Week checkup and photo shoot

Friday the boys had their 8 week/2 month check up. They are all healthy and doing great. Andrew is now 8 lbs 15 oz and the tallest/longest of the bunch (by a whole quarter of an inch). Parker is our big guy at 9 lbs 6 oz and Nicholas is up to 8 lbs 8 oz. They each gained roughly 2 lbs in the last month and are continuing to be great eaters. Nicholas' acid reflux is under control and he is a much happier little boy.

Friday afternoon we had sunshine, actual sunshine. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal but we've had 20 rainy days (and counting) in a row. To take full advantage of the weather we went to the park for a walk. Not a whole lot of photo opportunities, it's a beautiful park but the mosquitoes were out so the boys stayed in the stroller with the netting.

We are trying to take more pictures of the boys since the days are starting to blur together, so here are a few we took that night.

Okay Parker and Andrew look at Daddy, that black thing making noise is the camera you'll be seeing it a lot.

Okay now really stare at Daddy:

Along with some candid shots we set up another photo shoot over the weekend.
Andrew, Parker, Nicholas. Awake:


After a little while the boys decided they were done posing and we got this. I love it! It says "we're done, can't you see how tired we are?"

Of course we did take advantage of their sleepiness for one last pose.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Our first photo shoot

Saturday we attempted to do a photo shoot with the boys. The plan was to place the boys in a basket on a sheepskin rug in just their diapers to get a picture of all three snuggled together. That was the plan what actually happened did not go so smoothly.

The first attempt the boys had been awake for about 5 hours and we were coming up on feeding time. The boys had just had a bath and were freshly diapered. One at a time we carefully set them in the basket and attempted to get a picture of our sweet little angels snuggling together.

Here is one of my favorite shots that we captured. It's a keeper because it is the perfect example of what we have going on at our house. Parker is fairly calm, Andrew is starting to get upset, and Nicholas is beyond upset. We tried soothing the boys and putting them back in the basket, but they were done. We'll try again later.

We were able to get some nice shots of Parker while he was alone in the basket.

Eventually we'll get a shot of all 3 somewhat calm. It's just going to take a lot of attempts. We thought about hiring a photographer for help with ideas on pictures and for props, but if they charge by the hour there would be no guarantee of getting any good shots without costing us a small fortune.

I'm happy with the set up we have and I'm sure we'll come up with some other poses to try.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We are a travelling show

We've had a busy week. Last Friday was Cody's down Friday so we decided to go out with the boys and attempt a feeding outside of the house.

There were some items we needed to return to Babies R Us and pick up some Hydra-Gel soothing pads (which are in my top 10 favorite things right now). It was feeding time right as we arrived at the store. After debating on feeding in the van or using the mother's room in the store we decided to head into the store since it was windy and looked like it was going to get worse.

We entered the mother's room and were hit by a truly horrible smell. It was the smell of a diaper pail that probably had never been cleaned or changed in weeks. Despite the weather we strongly considered going back to the car.

Since we were already in the room we decided to just feed quickly and get out. Cody went to warm the bottles in the men's room giving me time to get a better look around the room. The first thing I noticed was one of the wall hangings crookedly hanging over a changing table and the clock. According to the clock it was 2:00:32 which was the time when the clock broke or the battery died (it was really closer to 6:30).

We fed the boys being careful not to touch anything in the room and left as quickly as possible. We spent some time wandering the store and picking up a few things we planned on getting and of course a few other things.

One thing Cody spotted was a book called "You're All My Favorites" a book about 3 bear cubs worrying about being their parents favorites. We couldn't pass it up. It's a very cute book and one with a great lesson.

We had the usual responses to the boys and the stroller. Lots of smiles and a bit of shock. We've notice that we have become a counting lesson to all families with small children. We hear it all the time "Look they have three babies, 1-2-3"

After BRU we ran over to the mall since we were not ready to go home and wanted to check if we could find some pants for Cody. Something I find really entertaining is watching peoples faces as they notice we have triplets. When people walk past they don't usually don't realize just how big the stroller is until they are walking next to it. There is a lot of stopping and turning with a few double takes.

There are also the usual questions: "Are they triplets?" "Did you have to order that stroller?" "Are they identical?" "Are they natural?" When I ran into a store to buy some hair clips Cody gathered such a crowd at the door I suggested putting down a hat and taking tips.

I'm sure at some point we'll be tired of the constant questions and gawking. At that time we'll use a single and a double stroller when we go out together. It's Utah, a lot of families have multiple stroller aged children so we probably won't attract so much attention. For now I'm still finding it entertaining.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Neighborhood Picnic

Last Saturday was the annual neighborhood picnic at the park. We decided to make it the boys first official outing. So we loaded up the stroller and off we went.

Everyone was extremely nice. We had a lot of comments about how cool our stroller is and just how cute the boys are. The most common thing said though was "Oh the triplets, I heard about you" it seems we are quite the topic of discussion amongst our neighbors. I was very pleasantly surprised how well everyone was with the boys. No one tried to reach in and touch them or breath right in their faces. For the most part everyone would stand at the side swaying side-to-side to be able to see all three lined up in the stroller.

After making our way past the food tent and purchasing a couple pies to support the boy scouts we set the boys car seats on the lawn while we sat down to just sit (it was a long walk to the park). More people came over to say hello and to introduce themselves. We've lived in the neighborhood for about three and half years and really only know one of the families here. After Saturday we know quite a few more and I even remember some of their names.

After about 2 hours it was time to head home for feeding time. The boys had slept almost the entire time at the park and didn't start to fuss until we were about a block from the house. It was a nice time outside and meeting new people.