Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Schedule, schedule, schedule

This last week we've been trying to get the boys on a more set schedule.

Except for bedtime the times are not set, but I follow the schedule pattern based on when they wake up.

First feeding (between 5:30 am and 6:00 am) back to sleep
3 hours later feed and play until they nod off which is normally around 2 to 2 and a half hours
feed at the 3 hour mark and they go down for a 2 to 2.5 hour nap
feed at 3 hour mark and play until next feeding or until they fall asleep.
feed at 3 hour mark and play till bedtime
7:30 bedtime

We continue to feed every 3 hours. Normally feeding around 8 or 9 and again at 11 or midnight depending on when they wake up for food. I am looking forward to the boys going longer than three hours between feedings. Right now at the 3 hour mark they are lip smacking and showing signs of hunger, by 3 hours and 15 minutes they are freaking out if a bottle isn't in their mouths.

It seems like every couple of days they start eating a little bit more, so it can't be too much longer before we can move to a 4 hour schedule. If the boys fall asleep after a feeding and playing for a bit I let them sleep. So far letting them fall asleep when they want hasn't effected how long they sleep at night. For about one week I tried to keep them awake between feedings. It was a lot of work and I usually unsuccessful.


(Parker, Andrew)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hobbies and some really cool pictures

Before we had the boys we had a lot more time to enjoy our hobbies. As the boys are getting on a schedule and we adjust to it we are getting a little time to start enjoying them again. Well, some of them at least. I don't know about snowboarding this season yet.

Last night was my knitting night. Thursday night has been my knitting night for a few years now. I go to a local yarn shop and spend a couple hours with the gals and guys there. It's a very entertaining group with a eclectic bunch of people. I usually do more laughing and talking then actual knitting, but that is just fine. I could knit at home alone but it's the company I go for and the occasional help on a project. Since the boys were born, I have been working on a dishcloth. A simple project that I don't need a pattern for. Dishcloths are great, simple to make and perfect for learning a new technique. In fact I have some lovely cabled dishcloths from when I was learning to do cables, great for scrubbing pans.

Last night I went knitting while Cody put the boys down for the night and set up his photo gear. Cody has been interested in photography for a very long time and slowly built up his gear.



I won't even pretend to be able to tell you which lens is which! He also has a few flashes and umbrellas we use for taking portraits. I'm really glad he bought all the gear pre-pregnancy not only because of the cost but also so he can take some great photos of our boys.

Last night he decided to try some water droplet shots. He was inspired by an episode of Time Warp we watched recently. There isn't a picture of the set up he used to take the pictures, mainly because the kitchen still looks like baby store disaster.

The colors and patterns being reflected were changed by changing the background that the flashes were pointed at.


In front of a Sketchers bag.


In front of a red shirt with blue stripes.


In front of a Target bag.


Finally in front of a blouse of mine.

I think they turned out really well, he plans to try again to get some water droplets colliding and put a colored item above the water as well to get a second color reflecting.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Disney friends are amazing

Everyone that knows Cody and I knows that we are huge Disney fans. Fans of the parks, the movies, the characters, and the magic.



We have both been fans even when we first met, in fact we even made a report on Disney World resorts for a project we did together the year we met (back in 9th grade). So, after we were married it was never a question where we would honeymoon. Since our wedding was far from traditional we were not able to go on a vacation together for a few years. I'll explain the whole wedding story another time.

We finally went to Walt Disney World in September 2007 and had an wonderful time we also made some great friends. There is an impressive online community of Disney fans that we became involved with and even met some of them on our first trip. Here we all are out on a Wishes cruise celebrating Fred and Lynn's anniversary.


(going around left to right Abby, Leeann, Linda, me, Lynn, Fred, Cody, Lisa and Paul) I borrowed this picture from Abby, hopefully she doesn't mind.

After our third trip to WDW in a year (I told you we were fans of the parks) we were excited to tell our Disney friends that we were expecting. Through the pregnancy we both tried to update them with how things were going and especially the shock and joy that we were having triplets.

On our first trip we met Abby and her parents (Fred and Lynn) and the McNeils. They are just great people and were full of surprises on the trip and after. One surprise came while I was on hospital bed rest.



From Abby and her Mom three sock monkeys, a quilt made for each of the boys. If you look closely the fabric of the quilts are all sock monkey related and even a homemade card for our 3 little monkeys.

Then the week I came home another package arrived on our doorstep. This one from the McNeils.



Absolutely gorgeous crochet blankets for the boys all the way from Glasgow. I was surprised and thrilled. Also a card congratulating us on our new babies. Yes, babies: a card for multiples; the first that we had ever seen.

Finally just a couple weeks ago another package arrived, this one from Canada. From Suz who I can only assume is a very proud Canadian.



It included 2010 Olympic onsies, T-shirts, pacifier clips with the Toronto Leafs logo on them and of course a beach ball. Plus a card for triplets, the first we have ever seen and trust me we've looked. I am really excited for the Olympic outfits, of course I still have my 2002 Olympic volunteer uniforms.

I have been overwhelmed by the kindness, effort and thoughtfulness of all of the friends we've made through our shared love of Disney. I am so far behind on thank you cards it's depressing, but I wanted to at least say thank you here and show off all of their hard work and just how wonderful the people we've met are.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A bunch of pictures

I've been really behind on getting pictures posted so I'm just going to post pictures from the last few weeks.

From 10 weeks old:

My second cousins were in the neighborhood and stopped by to meet the boys.


(Susan with Parker, Gayle with Nicholas, Sharon with Andrew)

We introduced the boys to the Bumbos.


(Nicholas, Andrew)

From 11 weeks old:

The "official" 11 weeks old photo shoot. See the arched eyebrow and tilted head on Nicholas? That is a Cody look.


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Just hanging out on the couch. I love how cute the overalls are on the boys.


(Andrew, Parker)

Getting ready for bath time modeling their Fuzzi Bunz.


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

From 12 weeks old:

The "official" 12 weeks old photo.


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Sneaking into the pictures is Leo. You never notice just how big our cat is until you have something to compare him to.



Finally the first smiles we've been able to get on camera.


(Andrew)


(Parker)

We are still trying to get Nicholas to smile for the camera.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Weight check and going green, red, and blue


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

I can't believe the boys are 11 weeks old the days are flying by and seem to all run together (that might be in part to sleep deprivation). In the past weeks the boys have spent time at the local parks and seem to enjoy it. Though they might not be ready for the playground quite yet.


(Parker)

Last Friday, I took the boys in to the pediatrician's office for a weight check. I was a little worried about Andrew and Nicholas. Andrew seems to spit up a lot after some feedings and Nicholas won't always take his full bottle often stopping after an ounce or an ounce and a half.

Andrew is now 10 lbs 3 oz, Parker 10 lbs 8 oz and Nicholas 9 lbs 12 oz. That means they have each gained over a pound in the last three weeks and there is nothing to worry about.

Also on Friday we received our order of cloth diapers. We decided to go with Fuzzi Bunz. In keeping with the boys color assignments we ordered blue, red and green diapers to start with. The diapers are very cute and super soft. I was shocked the first time I changed the boys into the cloth, they were no longer crying while being changed. Our family thinks we are crazy for going with cloth diapers, but they are definitely not the cloth diapers of our parents' generation. No folding, no pins, no swirling and dunking - just adjustable snaps.

We estimate going with cloth will save us around $6,000 total and it's nice to not be throwing away 70 lbs of used diapers a week. We'll still be using disposables sometimes and I'm not going to switch to washable wipes because there is a limit to how much contact I want with diaper contents. It's just nice to know that the boys are more comfortable and we are doing a little to reduce what we are sending to the land fill.

We are behind on processing photos, but we have 11 week old photo and a few candid shots. I'll have to post them when they are ready.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

No More Newborns

The boys have officially grown out of all of the newborn clothing we had. It was kind of sad removing all of the too small clothing from the closet. I can't complain since we got two months of use out of it, which is much more time than most babies spend in the newborn size.

Parker, Nicholas, Andrew in a set of 0-3 month outfits (two weeks ago)


Now we've moved into 0 - 3 month clothing and I've learned something interesting. The size printed on the label of baby clothes is similar to the sizes on women's clothing. It's not really a size but more of a guideline. Meaning the size printed on the label often has no relation to the size of the article of clothing. We have 0 - 3 month sized clothing that is smaller than newborn and some that is just as large as the 3 - 6 month items. My favorite example of this is a set of outfits we bought the day we found out we were having boys.

We looked at many stores to find three coordinating, but not identical outfits for the boys. We found a set of brown and blue teddy bear themed outfits. One set has a onesie and pants, one has a shirt, pants and sleeveless hoodie, and the final outfit is a onesie with overalls. Both onesies barely fit Andrew and Parker, but the overalls are so large they drown Parker (who is the largest). The shirt and pant set is also larger than the onsies. Since they are the same brand and matching outfits shouldn't they be the same relative sizes? I'm guessing they will have outgrown the onesies by next week, but the overalls will fit for another month.

While I'm on the subject of clothing, I'm very proud of myself for getting a great deal on some clothes for the boys. At a local thrift store I bought 6 pairs of overalls 3 in 0 - 3 month and 3 in 3 - 6 month sizes, for $15. I was curious so I checked online what they would have cost new and it would have been around $130. I put the boys in them for the first time yesterday and they are adorable. I'll have to post some pictures later.