Sunday, February 28, 2010

Good-bye pacifiers

Here’s Andrew on Monday morning enjoying hanging out in his crib and enjoying his pacifier, what he didn’t know was it was the last time he’d see it. We went back and forth on when we would pack up the pacifiers, originally the plan was to take them away at 8 months adjusted because I read something that said babies start forming emotional attachments to objects at that age. We knew it would be a rough couple of days when we took the pacifiers away so we kept putting it off. Just over a week ago there was an interview with a pediatric dentist on the Multiples and More Blog which recommended taking them away by 6 months. Given that recommendation we just couldn’t put it off any longer.
Monday night was a rough night, not as bad as I thought it would be but still a rough night. At around 4 am Andrew started to whine. We’ve always called it the paci whine, not really a cry just a fairly loud and constant whine. It continued until the morning bottle at 7:30. Going in to attempt to calm him just caused crying. There was also some fussing at nap time, but not too bad.
Tuesday night Andrew whined for about 20 minutes and that was it. The first couple afternoons it was really hard to hear the boys cry knowing that if we just gave in and gave them a pacifier they’d go straight to sleep. We stuck to our guns and as of Friday it looks like we are officially done with pacifiers!

Despite a couple hard nights Andrew has still been his happy and playful self.


Some additional random shots of cuteness from the last week.



Parker, Nicholas, Andrew top to bottom

This last weekend we took the boys to the park and they went on the swings for the first time. They loved it! I’ll have pictures up soon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Busy, busy, busy

I’ve been back at work for a couple weeks and am starting to get used to my new schedule. It makes for some very long days, but it’s wonderful to be able to spend the days with the boys.
In the last two weeks the boys have been changing so quickly. They each cut two more teeth, bringing the tooth count to four each. Parker has moved beyond army/low crawling and is now crawling on his hands and knees. He is also becoming aware of the fact that he can reach the crib railing, he’s not grabbing on to it yet, but I’m guessing we’ll be dropping the mattress levels this week.
Andrew is also spending a lot of time up on his hands and knees, but moves much faster doing the army crawl. Today he got to a  sitting up position on his own.
Nicholas is still only rocking on his hands and knees, but has gotten much better at scooting around the room. I think his increased mobility is wonderful, it’s reducing how many times a day a toy gets ripped from his hands and moved out of his reach.
With the boys almost 10 months old (wow that went by fast) we are seeing more and more differences in their personalities. A good example of this is their box of mega blocks.
The boys were given a 100 piece box of Mega Blocks for Christmas by an aunt and uncle. It has a lid that sits on the container, but it doesn’t attach. The boys have very different approaches to emptying the container. Andrew will tip it on it’s side and dig his way into the container, pushing each block out. Parker simply picks up the container and dumps the blocks, so he can play with the empty container. Nicholas will without knocking over the container remove blocks one at a time, at least until one of his brothers pushes his way in and tips or empties the blocks.
It’s so much fun to watch the boys play with their toys and interact with each other now. Everyday they give us something to smile about or amaze us with how quickly they are learning.

Andrew, Nicholas, Parker

Up next: Saying good-bye to the pacifiers.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My first week back at the office

This past Sunday was my first day back at work after just over a year. It was a little strange but also comforting to return to such a familiar place. I’ve been working for the company for almost 6 years with many of the same people. It was wonderful to see co-workers that I haven’t spoken to since I went out on bed rest last January. It was funny to see peoples reactions to me at work, I got quite a few double takes.

Even more funny was the reaction of people that didn’t know I was pregnant let alone with triplets. There was a bit of shock and a lot of well wishes. It kept me in high spirits as I went through my nearly 4000 emails (control+delete is my friend). I’m working part time which is great because I can keep my benefits, but we won’t need to put the boys in daycare. The downside is that three nights a week I put the boys down for their third nap and don’t see them again until the next morning. We are slowly starting to drop the third nap, which may mean I’ll be sneaking out.

At least I get greeted by three smiling faces in the morning, which makes it all worth it. The boys seem to have adjusted to me being gone a few nights a week. I’m still trying to adjust the schedule change for me, I get home from work after 11 and the boys are not really into sleeping in. It will probably take a couple weeks for me to get into the swing of things, but I’ll get there.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

What a week

It’s been a very busy week. I can’t believe how mobile the boys are becoming. Andrew now army crawls at high speeds across the room. Parker is catching up speed wise and isn’t rolling up on his side as much to move forward. Nick hasn’t attempted to crawl yet, but he is constantly up on his hands an knees rocking. He only scoots backwards though. Andrew and Parker are also up on their hands and knees rocking, but when the want something they drop to their tummies and crawl that way.

I’ve been busy trying to get ready to return to work. Tomorrow is my first day back. I’m nervous and excited. Nervous because I’ve been gone for just over a year and I’m sure a lot has changed. Excited because I’ll get to interact with adults and see many friends that I haven’t seen since I went on leave.  It will also be the first time I’ve been away from the boys for more than a couple hours and Cody’s first day alone with the boys.

The only downside of going back to work (other than missing my boys) will be missing family dinners. We usually go to dinner at Cody’s parents everyone other Sunday for dinner with the whole family. I don’t know if I’ll make it to dinner after work, but I’ll try.

A quick flash back from the day the boys came home.

(Nicholas, Parker, Andrew)

(Andrew, Nicholas, Parker) Sorry for the quality, camera phone picture.

They have changed so much.