Friday, April 30, 2010

Tulip Festival

Every year Cody and I try to make it to the annual Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival. We didn’t make it last year, so I was really excited to go this year especially with the boys. Cody took the day off work so we could spend the full afternoon enjoying the gardens.
The weather was not great. It was overcast and windy but we made the best of it. I’m so glad the boys are no longer afraid of the wind, they had a great time.


Nicholas, Andrew, Parker

We found out just how hard it is to get 3 mobile 1 year olds to sit still and smile for a picture. It felt like I as soon as I had one sitting up facing the camera I’d have to wrangle the other two back into place.  It was entertaining though, I’m glad I was able to laugh through it.
The flowers were beautiful.

  

Despite the wind it was a nice day to be out and about. We did see brief glances of sun, but not many.  We took the boys into the secret garden and they enjoyed the fountain. This year we made sure to keep the boys well out of the splash zone, next year I’m sure they’ll really get a kick out of the enclosed garden.
With the boys new found enjoyment of crawling on the the lawn, we took the boys out of the stroller a couple times to let them burn off some energy and to just play.

 
Nicholas, Andrew, Parker

Seconds later

A nice woman offered to take a family picture for us, then told us she was an identical twin.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Not afraid of the grass

Since we’ve had some nice spring weather, Cody has been taking the boys into the backyard at night while I’m at work. This has just gotten much harder as the boys are no longer willing to stay on the blanket.

We’re still working on the birthday photos and now we also have tulip festival photos to process.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

12 month well baby check up

I’m a little behind in posting this update, but we had a busy Saturday. The boys had their 12 month well baby check up on Friday. We heard all good news. The boys are healthy and growing well.
Andrew is 20 lbs 2 oz and 30 inches tall.
Parker is 20 lbs 4 oz and 30.25 inches tall.
Nicholas is 18 lbs 13 oz and 29 inches tall.
The boys stayed on their curve for weight but jumped up on height (no surprises there). As they expected the weight gain wasn’t huge because the boys have become much more mobile. Plus the week long stomach flu really hurt the weight gain. We were given the go ahead to feed them just about everything we eat as long as it’s cut up small and easy to chew.
Something I was very excited about is we can now transition to whole milk. I’ve been very luck to be able to keep up with the boys intake and they haven’t had formula since they came home from the hospital. I have been pumping exclusively so being able to introduce milk means I can reduce and eventually stop pumping and regain hours of my day back.
We are transitioning a few ounces at a time, so far the boys have been drinking their bottles without any problem. Once we get them on whole milk the next steps will be not their milk and switching to sippy and straw cups.
In theory Andrew and Parker and now big enough to switch to forward facing car seats, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed their recommendation to leave kids rear facing until they are 2 years old. Our pediatrician is passing on the suggestion. Studies have show that it’s 5 times safer for a child to be rear facing than forward facing. We don’t know if the boys will fit rear facing until they are 2, but we don’t plan to turn them around until they no longer fit.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A year ago today…

Last year on this day I became a mom of three wonderful little boys. It has been a crazy, busy, exhausting, rewarding, and amazing adventure. We had the boys party this afternoon, the weather was perfect and the boys seem to really enjoy it.
There were lots of presents, cakes were smashed (some only barely). It was wonderful to have our families come over to celebrate with us.
I’ll have a full post with pictures going up soon, right now I’m tired from all of today’s activities.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I’m so proud of Cody

It’s no secret that Cody and I are big fans of Disney Parks. We recently received a copy of The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World, not our first guide book to Disney World. It is however the first one with Cody’s name and photos in it.  So, here are the photographs that were published.

From Pirates of the Caribbean, he calls this “We wants the redhead”

From outside Animal Kingdom Lodge. This was taken while I was sitting inside by the fire. Sitting being the operative word, when we visit the parks we are going not stop from open to close easily walking 10 miles a day. A chance to sit was always nice at the end of the day.

 

Since the parks close earlier during the off season we always spend at least one evening after the parks close at Disney Quest. It’s five floors of video games with unlimited play. We’re always up for an arcade, but Disney also took the time to really make the place very cool visually.

Peter Pan’s flight is one of the few rides I remember from my first trip to Disneyland when I was 4. I only remember it because it terrified me. Now I think it’s a cool ride. This shot is extremely challenging to get, because it’s a dark ride and you don’t stop moving.

Finally a shot from my favorite show in the parks. From Finding Nemo the Musical, here is Crush and a couple of his kids. It wasn’t until after seeing the show that I realized Finding Nemo was not a musical. It’s a fun and energetic show.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Chewing on everything

With the continued teething the boys have been chewing on just about everything. From biter biscuits to their cribs, it seems like everything in the playroom has been gnawed on at some point. Above all options the boys love to chew on their towels. Instead of the usual burp clothes we bought two 60 packs of terry towels from Costco before the boys were born.  The towels are their comfort item, they won’t sleep without one. The nice thing is with over a hundred of them, we never have to worry about their special lovey being lost.

 
Andrew, Parker, Nicholas 

Other than the ever present towels, we’ve caught them chewing on all kinds of toys.


Andrew and a fake apple

 
Showing us how not to steer a car.

Parker’s managed to be the only one to damage his crib, we now have teething guards on the railings.  Other than his crib, fingers and plastic rings are a popular choice.

Nicholas has stuck with more traditional teething toys.


The toy cell phone.


The always popular keys.

Monday, April 12, 2010

We love the Gateway

When ever the weather is nice and Cody and I don’t know what to do we usually end up walking around the Gateway Mall. We rarely buy anything while we are there and most of the stores are not stroller friendly, but the boys love riding around and people watching. An added bonus is most people are in such a rush or are so focused on getting to where ever they’re headed not as many people notice the boys or the triple stroller until we’ve walked past.

 
Parker, Nicholas, Andrew

After each lap or so we rotate someone else to the front seat. It is so funny how whoever is in the front seat bounces and squeals as we walk down the street. Here’s Nicholas enjoying his turn.

Along with people watching we also stop to watch the fountain. Cody also took the Parker and Nicholas to “play” in the fountain. Andrew didn’t get a turn as the show started and the loud music scares the boys.

  
I think they had as much fun as we did.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Race for the Cure

This year I will be participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I’ve been trying to participate for the last 2 years, but two years ago I was recovering from surgery. Last year I was also recovering from surgery, two weeks is just to short a window to go from having three babies to completing a 5K. This year however I’m good to go.
I won’t be running, not up to that quite yet. Two years ago I would have been able to run the race. Last year I could barely walk more than a few hundred feet. This year just completing the course with the boys will be good enough for me. Maybe next year I’ll be able to jog.
Cancer is a one of those diseases that hit’s close to home for me. I’ve lost my Grandmother to cancer, my Grandfather also had cancer. They had different forms of cancer, but I think supporting any type of research benefits everyone. I haven’t really attempted to raise much money or recruit sponsors due to being very very busy, but if anyone is interested. The team I’ve joined was organized by a co-worker who is a breast cancer survivor and a friend. Joining me in the race will be her cousin Nichol, also a co-worker and friend.
I think we’ll be a bit of a spectacle as I will be pushing the boys in their triple stroller and she will be pushing her twin niece and nephew. Nichol is a really good friend and one of the few people that can tell our boys apart (we’ve deemed her an adopted aunt). I’m excited to take part in this years event!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The plague or how I spent Easter weekend

I woke up Saturday morning to the sound of Cody being sick at around 7 am. I’m not proud of it, but my first thought was “let it be food poisoning.” I’ve had food poisoning and I know it’s miserable, something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. There are however advantages to food poisoning. First it’s not contagious and second because I wasn’t sick it meant it was something Cody had eaten for lunch the previous day so the boys and I would be spared.
Cody went back to bed and I got up with the boys. The boys were their normal happy selves and everyone finished their bottles. We went down to the play room after bottles and about an hour later with no warning Andrew emptied his stomach contents onto the floor and in his lap. I thought it could be reflux (denial is a powerful tool), cleaned him and the mess up. Andrew wasn’t upset, didn’t have a temperature, and continued happily playing. I put the boys down to nap and heard the sound no parent wants to hear. Andrew had vomited in his crib. There goes the food poison theory.
For the rest of Saturday Cody stayed in bed with a fever and just miserable. Andrew continued to struggle to hold anything down. At this point Parker and Nicholas had no signs of illness, I thought maybe we’ll get off easy. Again denial has a powerful hold on me.
Sunday was a good day. Andrew had held down everything since the night before, no one else had been sick. Sunday night however we found that this stomach bug had a two phase attack. First came the vomiting then came the diaper blowouts. Just when I thought we were almost through the nastiness Monday morning hit.
Both Parker and Nicholas vomited in their cribs sometime between 3 am and 7 am. So they were quickly bathed and bedding changed. It is now Tuesday afternoon and I’ve lost count of how many sheets and pjs we’ve gone through. The boys have still been generally in good moods, but very tired.
I’ve somehow managed to not be affected by this nasty bug, hopefully I’ll dodge the bullet and by tomorrow (fingers crossed) we’ll be back to normal.

So I can see scenes like this around the house:


From back to front Nicholas, Andrew, Parker

Friday, April 2, 2010

Photo shoot

When trying to take headshots of the boys Cody took quite a few pictures. We’re finding it much harder to get a group picture as the boys just want to crawl away.
He sat the boys with a couple of toys to entertain them and by the time he was in place to take the picture we got this:

A few seconds later:

So individual shots it is. Cody set up a pack and play in the garage so the boys would be contained and easily entertained. The only downside of this set up is who ever was getting their picture taken kept crawling for the pack and play.
Eventually we would set a baby down as far from the pack and play as possible while still having them in photo range while Cody would try to capture an image as they crawled past.

Nick was a little more content to sit still for pictures and has some adorable expressions.

My favorite shot from the day was of Nicholas.

Not sure what he was doing, but I think it’s adorable and so Nick. He pulls so many faces.