Saturday, October 31, 2009

The boys first Halloween

We spent a lot of time trying to come up with the perfect costumes for the boys. Taking the idea from the gifts sent to the boys from the Bearmans and running with it, I give you our troop of sock monkeys.




Of course we also have a group shot.

(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Some friends came by to Trick-or-Treat with us, so we walked the boys around the neighborhood for a little while. We didn’t collect any candy in fact we (okay me) over bought this year. The last few kids to come to our door each received a hearty handful of chocolate.

Here we are in the neighborhood, I love that the costumes even have tails. I guessing it will not get easier to get the boys to all look at the camera for quickly posed shots anytime soon.

(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thump, thump, thump

The last few nights we have heard a steady rhythm of thumping coming from the boys’ room. No one was crying or fussing, just a continuous sound. I assumed that it was one of the boys kicking his mattress. Cody went in an checked only to find Parker had turned 90 degrees in his crib and was kicking the button on his soother to turn it on and off.

I’m used to Nicholas turning his soother on by simply reaching up and pushing the button. It’s been wonderful!  Instead of him freaking out at when he wakes up, he turns it on and “talks” to it. Parker, it seems, is not content to talk to his soother. Instead he likes to turn it on and off over and over again using the two footed slam. As long as he doesn’t wake his brothers, I’m happy he found a way to put himself back to sleep in the middle of the night.  I tried to get some video of him doing it this afternoon, but he stopped and became interested in me holding the camera.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monthly photo

Here is the boys 6 month photo. Cody has figured out how to get smiles from everyone at the same time.

(Andrew, Nicholas, Parker)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

6 months old

As of yesterday the boys are six months old. Their 6 month well baby check up had to be rescheduled due to the boys pediatrician going on bed rest (something I can empathize with), but even without the appointment I still took the boys in for a weight check.  We rescheduled their check up for November 2nd.

Andrew is now 15 lbs 11 oz, Parker 15 lbs 8 oz and Nicholas 14 lbs 2 oz. That means Andrew has nearly tripled his birth weight and Parker is keeping pace with him. Nicholas is still smaller but growing. Everyone is now wearing 9 month sized clothing and about to move to 12 month.

We spent Sunday evening at a family Halloween party. The boys were absolutely adorable in their costumes. We still have a few more people to surprise with what the boys are this year, so I’m waiting to post those pictures.

Instead here are some more random photos. First the boys in their regular gyms.

(Andrew, Nicholas, Parker)

Andrew just looking cute in his jacket on our way out.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Random pictures

A post about cloth diapering is just waiting for editing, so in the mean time here are some recent photos.

My niece met the boys a couple weeks ago. At 5 years old she has decided that she never wants to have babies because she “could have three at the same time” and “that’s a lot of babies.”

(Parker, Andrew, Nicholas)

Here are the boys in what we call emergency screen time. The boys have rarely seen TV or any video, so when they are melting down nothing calms them faster then being shown a video. They literally go from screaming bloody murder to calm focused children in about 2 seconds.

(Parker, Andrew, Nicholas)

Tummy time is a daily event at our house and I’m proud to announce that Nicholas is no longer the face plant king. He isn’t very happy about tummy time but will now hold his head up for a few minutes at a time.

Parker on the other hand has become a tummy time champ. Since mastering rolling he has decided that he is going to be a stomach sleeper. Now he just has to notice that there is not always room to roll over, so far that hasn’t stopped him from trying.

(Nicholas, Andrew, Parker)

The boys are usually only put in the same crib when we are getting ready to take them downstairs after a feeding/changing. We refer to it as the staging crib. All of the boys know how to turn on the soother and will stay semi entertained for a few minutes. The other time we put them all in the same crib is when we need to entertain them for a little while. When there is not enough time to take everyone downstairs just to bring them back up for feeding/nap/bedtime. We used to set them up on the floor like this to play.

(Nicholas, Parker, Andrew)

We found that they tend to try and scoot under the cribs now. They are way to big to fit so they just end up banging their heads. Now we do this:

(Parker, Andrew, Nicholas)

Yes those are clamps on the crib. It’s the DIY baby gym. It’s not as nice as taking them downstairs where the each have their own gym to play, but in that 15 minutes between a feeding and bedtime it is a wonderful thing.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vacation planning

I’ve mentioned before that Cody and I are big Disney fans. It’s been 13 months since our last Disney vacation and we are already trying to decide when we can go back.

There has been much debate as to what age we should take the boys to Disneyland and also to Disney World. I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was 4 years old, but think next fall would be a great time to go back. It would of course not be a Disney trip like we’ve had before. Normally we “go commando” through the parks, as in get there early and do everything we can possibly cram in before the park closes. With the boys it would be a leisurely trip with lots of time spent in Fantasyland and tons of cute pictures taken with the characters.

We also have talked about taking the plunge and taking the boys to Disney World, but we had to take RSV season into consideration over the next 2 years. RSV seasons are broken into 5 regions, South, Northeast, Midwest, West and Florida. Florida is it’s own region, that can’t be a good sign. RSV season in Florida starts in early July and runs to the end of January.  Since we usually like to visit WDW in September, that’s out.

We are both really going through Disney withdrawals. It’s never too early to start planning for Disneyland, right?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Death warmed over

That pretty much describes how I feel today. Thursday morning I woke up with a tickle in the back of my throat, by Thursday night it hurt to swallow. Friday felt like I had swallowed razor blades. Today the good news is my throat doesn’t hurt much anymore as whatever this gunk is has moved to my chest.

I really don’t like being sick and luckily I don’t get sick often. The last time I was sick was when I first became pregnant with the boys. When I was sick then it was just a mildly sore throat and being exhausted. Of course that was after 10 days running through Walt Disney World from open to close everyday. So I may not have even been sick.

I guess it’s a good thing that Cody has been off work.  Well, good for me at least. He’s been doing the majority of the work when it comes to the boys this week. He’ll be home tomorrow (hurray for Federal holidays) then I’m on my own again. Hopefully I’ll be better or at least fully functional by then.

Since I don’t like a photo-less post, here are the boys tired after a workout at the baby gyms and the dreaded tummy time.

(Parker, Andrew, Nicholas)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Never ending weekend

Cody has had the whole week off from work, so we’ve been taking advantage of him being home. Over the past 6 days we’ve visited (or had visit) all of the boys' grandparents, took two leaf drives up the canyons, celebrated Cody’s 29th Birthday, went shopping at the mall and bought a chest freezer (so we can finally reclaim our kitchen freezer). Needless to say it’s been busy.

We took quite a few pictures, but the only one processed so far is this:

(Andrew, Nicholas, Parker)

It’s our first family photo since the hospital. Cody set up two flashes and the camera with the remote. It was funny watching cars slow down to look at us. The jackets are so cuddly and the ears just make them that much cuter.

While shopping for clothes for the boys and searching for new PJs, Cody was overheard saying that we need 3 in the same size. A woman heard us wondering why we would need three. Turns out she has triplets and one was coming home from the hospital the next day. It must be a parent of triplets thing where you clearly hear others when they say anything about buying in threes. She was very nice and we pointed her towards some of the local triplet groups and hope to meet her again.

If Cody has tomorrow off as well, it looks like we’ll be shampooing carpets (oh boy!). Friday night our favorite babysitter is coming over to give us a night out. I’m still undecided if we will go to dinner or see a movie. It’s been so long that I have no idea if there is anything worth seeing in the theater right now. Either way it will be nice to have a night out.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Long weekend

I’ll have to sum up the weekend tomorrow. Cody has been off since Thursday so it’s been like a super weekend. Instead here are some pictures.

This was from two months ago when we first started using cloth diapers. I wasn’t sold on the whole cloth diapering thing at first, but now I think they are great. They are not as much work as I thought they would be, plus no diaper rash and the boys seem to like them much better than disposables.  After using fleece for a while even Pampers Swaddlers seem scratchy to us. For the most part we are using all cloth, but occasionally we have to use disposables. On average we are using one disposable diaper each every three days. At that rate we may outgrow size one diapers with a couple boxes left unopened.

(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

This is from two weeks ago, they have grown so much.

(Andrew, Nicholas, Parker)

Finally a shot Cody was able to get just the other day with all three boys smiling (or close to it) something we’ve been trying to capture for a long time.

(Andrew, Nicholas, Parker)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

DNA results are in… they’re identical!

After months of waffling back and forth about if our boys are all identical, we finally ordered the test kit a couple of weeks ago and got the results back this afternoon. I believe Pam was the first to welcome us to the ID BBB club and now it’s official (I’m hoping she’ll teach me the secret handshake).

Our boys are all monozygotic!  What that means is that one egg split into two, with one being Nicholas and another that split again a few days later into Andrew and Parker.

We’ve not been able to find any exact odds on identical triplets, but generally we’ve seen somewhere between 1 in 60,000 and 1 in 160,000 pregnancies. I think that’s just crazy. We really need to go to Vegas or play the lottery. I’m happy to finally know and it will sure make things easier when we are out with the boys to say “yes they are identical” instead of “these two are identical for sure and we don’t know about him” and explaining it. We’ve been telling people they are identical just to make it easier, so it’s nice to find out we haven’t been lying to all the strangers that have asked.

Some pictures for today. Since summer is officially over and fall is setting in. Here are the boys enjoying the nice weather in the back yard.

(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

(Parker, Andrew, Nicholas)

These pictures were taken a couple weeks apart. Seems like we can almost watch them growing overnight.