Monday, August 31, 2009

Photo update

We take most of our pictures with a DSLR in RAW format. The upside is we get some very high quality photos, and since the nursery can be a little low light it's easy to recover some of the details we would lose. The downside is it takes time for Cody to process all of the images, so there is usually a delay in being able to post any of them and they are done in bunches, so here are some highlights of the last 2 weeks.

First their 4 month old picture:


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Since the weather is starting to show signs that it will stop being too warm to be comfortable, we've started taking the boys outside in the evenings. They seem to enjoy looking at the trees and the sky.


(Parker, Nicholas)


(Andrew)

Everyone agrees that the boys look just like Cody, but I think we know where they got their hair color and complexion from (sorry for my lack of fixed hair - I seem to be a little busy these days).


(Andrew, Parker)

We are starting early on getting the boys to look at the camera to have their picture taken.


(Andrew)


(Parker)


(Nicholas)

In addition to taking a lot of pictures, we are trying to get more video of the boys as well. I've said before that Andrew was our biggest spitter and here he proves it.




In the last week Andrew and Parker have learned to blow raspberries and if you hold them facing each other they will sometimes jabber, smile and blow raspberries at each other. We are trying to catch that on video. It's time though to buy an actual video camera, right now we are using our point and shoot camera for video.

Because I love seeing photos on other blogs and I think I have the 3 cutest babies I've ever seen here are a bunch of other pictures.

Here is Andrew:


 

Parker:


 

Nicholas:

 

  

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

4 months old

Yesterday our boys turned 4 months old. It's amazing how quickly time has gone by and how much the boys have changed. Not just how much they've grown but everything about them. I'm happy to say they are still not on formula, the goal is to keep it that way for a few more months at least.

Andrew was 5 lbs 4 oz, now he's nearly 12.5 lbs. At each feeding it was a challenge to have him eat 20 ml per feeding. Currently he chugging 5.5 to 6 ounces, still every 3 hours. Andrew smiles the most out of the boys or at least it's easier to get him to grin at you.

Parker was 5 lbs 10 oz at birth, now he's also about 12.5 lbs and is also taking 5.5 to 6 ounces each feeding. He loves his mobile and will just lay there looking and jabbering at it. He has the best head control and is very close to rolling over from front to back on his own. He just hasn't figured out what to do with his arm to make it around.

Nicholas was our little guy at 4 lbs 13 oz, now at just under 12 lbs he's still our little guy. He's eating 4.5 to 5 ounces at each feeding. Nick pulls the funniest faces and has a cute little grin or he'll smile so big you can see his dimples.

All of the boys "talk" to us now and kick wildly when they are excited. They are starting to reach for their car seat toys and just Saturday Parker was able to maneuver a toy in his hand into his mouth. It's so much fun to watch them change and grow each day. As much fun as they are right now, I'm hoping it will be less than a month until they sleep through the night. We are getting closer, they will sleep nearly 5 hours between night time feedings. Just a few more hours and I'll call it good.

With the boys being 4 months old now we are going to stop doing the weekly portraits. Still taking a lot of pictures, but now we'll do monthly shots. We tried to do their 4 month shot tonight, but they weren't being very cooperative as a group. We did manage a few good individual shots, though.

(Nicholas)
 

(Parker)
 

(Andrew)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Weekend Recap

It was a busy weekend (is there any other kind?) We had some plans and a lot to get done. It didn't all go according to plan but we had fun anyway.

Saturday our only plan was to go to a photo walking group to Red Butte Gardens, but first we drove to Spanish Fork to pick up a backdrop stand and a backdrop that Cody was buying off KSL. It was an hour drive each way, but the boys were great napping in the car. We stopped for food and fed the boys while eating. We are learning we can feed the boys pretty much anywhere, parks, restaurants, while Daddy gets a hair cut and even a Walmart parking lot.

We picked up the photo gear and as the temperature reached 98° (and rising) outside we decided it would be miserable to take the boys to the gardens. So, instead we stopped at IKEA to get some shelves for the basement.

Of course we had to walk through the whole store and picked up something for the boys:

We got home with enough time to play with the boys with the new finger puppets for an hour before we started the bedtime routine. We were worried that the boys may have slept too much in the car to sleep well at night, but luckily they went down without any trouble.

Sunday we just had errands to run and nowhere to be. We went to Walmart and Costco for the week's groceries and to check for some clothes for the boys. Somehow we ended up with 3 pairs of Garanimals "elephant" shorts but only 1 matching top. We were able to find one in the right size, hopefully they'll restock by next weekend. After getting the basics, it was off to Costco - we were in and out pretty quickly. I was excited to find that they still have Carters kids pajamas for sale. We picked up some adorable blue ones that fit the boys this fall/winter.

We got the usual comments from people when they saw the boys and we've started to notice a trend of comments from other parents/relatives of multiples - twins must be really hard! It seems like we constantly hear "I thought twins were bad enough" and "Twins were horrible I can't imagine three." I guess we are lucky to have our triplets. Even though it is a lot of work, we wouldn't change anything. Besides, it sounds like we are just lucky not to have any of those "horrible" twins.

But who knows what we are in for!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Back to school time

Schools are back in session and while no one in our house is taking any classes, this time of year always reminds me of when Cody and I first met. We met in Mr. Holbrook's Earth Science class on our first day of 9th grade. It was my first day at a new school and he was one of the first friends I made.

Even now we joke about our first conversation. We ended up having three classes together that semester, so we had time to chat in between 6th and 7th periods since we had the same teacher in the same room. Our first conversation was about who was the most accident prone. Cody having had the misfortune of having both arms in casts at the same time (broken a few weeks apart) was pretty sure it was him. Normally that would qualify as a clear victory, but not this time.

It had been 11 months since my last (and 6th) broken arm. It was an open fracture of both bones (trampoline is bad) that required two plates and 10 screws to fix. Eventually I had 5 separate operations on my arm to get it as back to as normal as possible. It had also been only a month since my last hospital stay. I blacked out riding my bike home from work and fractured my skull. You can bet that I always wear a helmet now.

It was an odd way to get to know each other, but apparently it worked. We became good friends and eventually started dating. We dated through high school and college. College was especially challenging as we went to different colleges for the first two years. Our schools were 125 miles apart. Needless to say we put a lot of miles on our cars those years. After finishing my associate's, I transferred to the University of Utah with Cody.

We finished school, got real jobs and then finally got married (planned in that order) on April 10, 2004. I was unable to find a digital photo of us together in high school or really any really old ones. We have pictures but it was pre-digital camera so the best I could do is my favorite picture from our wedding.



We've been through a lot together (hello awkward teen years) and are still best friends.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The horrific years ahead

This weekend was very busy, we were home only long enough to restock the diaper bag and do a feeding or drop off purchases.

Saturday we slept in a little, well not really sleeping but didn't get out of the house until the afternoon. Then it was time to shop. We went grocery shopping, went to buy some gifts for a friend and shopping for clothes for me. The boys were great and we got home just in time to put the boys down for the night.

Gift shopping was at the Gateway Mall. With such nice weather we took our time wandering around. I could have spent all afternoon people watching. After picking out the gifts we came for we headed home for feeding time. With the boys fed we headed out again, this time for Kohls.

Kohl's was having a sale and we had an additional 15% off coupon so I started rebuilding my wardrobe. Until my pelvis is healed or back to something more normal (or at least pain free) it's going to be very hard to get back to my pre-pregnancy clothes and I can't keep wearing the same outfits. I got a good start on a new wardrobe, but forgot to check for some new onsies for the boys.

We have a fair number of Gerber brand onesies for the boys in 3-6 month size, but the boys are too long to wear them. The 6-9 month are way too big so hopefully we can find another brand that is longer in the body.

Sunday morning we got out early to go to the zoo. We have an annual pass to the zoo, so we go a lot. It was perfect weather and fairly crowded. We had a good time, but I had my first forgetful moment of the day. I forgot to put burp cloth towels in the diaper bag, so we had to improvise. We used the super absorbant liners from the extra diapers I'd packed. Thank goodness we use cloth diapers, I don't think we could have tucked disposable diapers under their chins without getting some very strange looks. After about 3 hours it was time to head home and finish the rest of our errands.

We got home from the zoo, staying home just long enough to feed the boys before heading out to Costco. Stocked up on the essentials and we met a triplet. While walking through the store a woman stopped us to see the boys. She commented that one of the kids in her cart was a triplet (the others were not with them) and made a point to let us know that we were in for some horrific years. I guess that explains why she only had one of the triplets, I have to assume she was Grandma. So, we considered ourselves warned and were in shock that she made the statement in front of the "horrific" triplet.

We hurried home to put away our purchases without unloading the boys then headed for dinner with Cody's family. When we were unloading the car I discovered forgetful moment of the day number 2. I left the boys bottles on the kitchen counter.

That was the first time I'd ever forgotten their already made bottles. I had my pump and containers, but without nipples that would fit the bottles we couldn't stay. I Needless to say from here on out I will have at least a couple of nipples in the diaper bag. That and I will be posting a check list of what I need to take with me when we go out. I should know everything, but I think sleep deprivation and being rushed finally got the best of me.

That sums up the weekend festivities, next weekend we plan to go Red Butte Gardens with the Utah Photowalking group. Speaking of phots, here is the boys 15 weeks old photo.


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Friday, August 14, 2009

16 week/4 month well baby check up

The boys had their appointment today and everyone is doing great. We were at the doctor's office for two hours. Here are the boys current stats:

Andrew
Weight -12 lbs 4 oz - 30th percentile
Length - 24.5 inches - 50th percentile
Head - 16 inches - 25th percentile

Parker
Weight 12 lbs 2 oz - 25th percentile
Length 23.5 inches (I don't think this one is correct) - 25th percentile
Head - 16 inches - 25th percentile

Nicholas
Weight - 11 lbs 7 oz -10th percentile
Length - 22.75 inches - 10th percentile
Head - 16.25 inches - 30th percentile

To me they seem huge considering they were 5 weeks early, if we went by adjusted age they would range from the 50th to 80th percentile on everything. The important thing is they are all gaining weight and growing at a constant rate.

The only thing we have to watch and work on is getting the boys to look left. They all favor lying on the right side of their heads and looking to the right. So we'll be helping them stretch there neck muscles and encouraging them to look the other way with toys and crib soother placement.

That's two appointments down (physical therapy was oodles of fun yesterday) and one to go.

Because I don't like photo-less posts:


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Keeping the schedule

We've been able to keep the boys on a schedule for a few weeks now and it is making life much easier. Except for the handful of times when the boys were late getting to bed due to bath night, visitors or just getting home later than planned.

Each time we've missed bedtime we've been rewarded with a morning of very fussy babies and a very tired Mom. Ideally we won't have too many additional nights where the boys get to bed late. This next week it should be easy enough to maintain bedtime, but the daytime schedule will be hard.

I have two Dr appointments in the next week and the boys have their 4 month well baby check up. First appointment is tonight, my second visit to physical therapy to try and re-align my hips and correct my separated symphysis. Hopefully I'll be back to normal before too long.

I'm looking forward to the boys check-up tomorrow. I think Parker is over 12 lbs and Andrew pretty close to him. Nicholas is still smaller than his brothers but catching up. It's amazing how quickly the days are going by (16 weeks old already) and how fast the boys are growing. Today I cleared the last of the 0-3 month sized clothing out of their closet. There are some outfits I'm really going to miss, like their baseball outfits. Which are not only very cute, but lightweight for the summer and snap down the front so they are super easy to change the boys in.


(Andrew)

At almost 4 months old, I'm hoping that puts the boys 1 month closer to sleeping through the night. With the 3 hour feeding schedule still in tact I'm up at least once sometimes twice a night. Every so often I'll get 4.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep and I feel like a new person the next day. I could get used to that feeling. I never thought I'd be excited about so little sleep, but as everything else has changed why not my sleep habits too.

The only challenge with tomorrow's check up is that it is right at the start of nap time. Hopefully the boys will be okay with a short nap before and after the appointment. If not the evening will be difficult. Of course with immunizations tomorrow it may be a rough night no matter what we do.

Finally the last appointment is also for me. I have a follow up with my gastroenterologist for my Crohn's disease which flared up (as expected) about a month postpartum. The fun part is I have to take the boys with me to the appointment. I've taken them before and the only hard part is navigating the stroller through narrow hallways and into small exam rooms.

In future weeks I'm planning on trying to spread appointments out more. If not well I continue to learn what happens when I don't follow the boys schedule.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Another big picture update

Yesterday I went to the farmer's market to get some fresh fruit and just get out of the house. So of course it was really windy, but that helped cool it down. I'm so excited for the forecast in the 70s for the next couple days, bring on the fall weather already.

Anyway Cody just finished processing all of the week 13 photos, the candid shots and photo shoot so I thought I'd start sharing them.

First the official 13 weeks old photo (diapers in their assigned colors):


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

We had some fun with the boys and couldn't resist a doing a "bottoms up" shot:



The boys are not always big fans of tummy time so we quickly turned them all over it resulted in this:



We also did a bunch of individual pictures and got them dressed for another round of photos:


(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

We've also taken a bunch (by bunch I mean at least a hundred or so) of candid shots. I thought I'd share a few favorites.

First up Andrew:

Just hanging out waiting for a diaper change.

A boy and his cat.



Finally a happy little boy.



Parker's turn:



I won't worry unless he gets his whole fist in his mouth.



The saddest baby ever.



Last but not least Nicholas:

This just screams cuddle me.



Entranced by the mobile.



Smiling for Daddy.



And here is bedtime in the boys room.



That sound you're not hearing is the sound of batteries dying.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Triplets in the wild

We always take the boys with us when running errands. Yes, out in public or in the wild as we call it. Cody and I have only seen one other set of triplets (that we know of) in the wild. It was last Friday at the zoo. We ran into a couple with 4 year old triplet boys who noticed our stroller.

We spoke with them briefly as their boys were looking at the exhibits and then moved on. After this short interaction it made me think of all of the times we have been stopped and the comments people make when they see us with the boys. We are not at all surprised by people making comments or stopping and staring or even pointing, but I've noticed that many people either fail to think before speaking or they simply blurt out the first thing that pops into their mind.

So, if you see triplets while out and about, here are a few tips:

First look at the parents, do they look like they are in a hurry or attempting to accomplish something? Are they trying to calm a fussy baby? If so move along, comments like "how cute" are okay. Please don't tell them they have their hands full or must be very busy, everyone says these and it's getting harder and harder not to make a very sarcastic remark. By all means do not grab onto the stroller and attempt to impede its forward motion (I still cannot believe the number of times this has happened).

If the stroller is stopped and not because of the crowd surrounding it, it's probably okay to approach and ask to peek at the babies. Do not attempt to touch the babies. I have never been so prepared to swat the hands of strangers. No offense, but I don't know where your hands have been and in general it's not okay to touch other people's children.

For the most part, people are very friendly and usually have big smiles when they see us and the massive stroller. Sometimes though we get comments that really make us pause and wonder if we really heard what was just said.

Some people ask questions, personal favorites include:

Are they all yours? - Nope, I found 3 babies that look alike and decided to buy the set.
Are they natural? - Nope 100% synthetic.
Triples, you have triples? - Umm I still don't have a response for this and sadly I've heard the boys called triples multiple times.
Can I have one? - This is just creepy.
Can you tell them apart? - Nope, we change their names daily.

When onlookers don't have a question they simply make a well thought out statement:

Wow you are brave. - Yes by having three kids and leaving the house I deserve all kinds of medals.
Look at those three little twins. - Three twins? Logic failure.
You don't have triplets! - Let's see 1, 2, 3 babies. I do in fact have triplets.
You must have been huge. - Yes amazingly large thank you for reminding me, it was very comfortable too.
Sucks to be you. - The words of an ignorant teenager.
You are your own exhibit (at the zoo) - This is why we went to the zoo not so that we could enjoy the animals but to put on a show.

Of course a few special people have blurted out obscenities at the shock of seeing our boys, but I don't feel the need to repeat them.

Overall people are nice and we are not surprised by the attention we receive. More often than not it entertains us. People watching has never been so much fun.

Hmm, I guess his hands are kind of full.

(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)