Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Family Pictures

I’m slow in posting this, but it’s been a busy week. Last Saturday we had family pictures taken. We won’t be able to see the pictures until July 6th. I’m hoping some that we got some good ones. The boys were so well behaved only one breakdown and that was when Parker fell off a chair and went face first into curbing in the yard. Once he was calmed down it was mostly smiles after that.
We had some group poses, eight adults, a 4 year old, and four 1 year olds. The photographer did a great job getting the boys attention. She had an orange umbrella that she played peek-a-boo with and got the boys giggling. She also took individual shots of all the kids and of each family.
If we got some goods ones, I can’t wait to share!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Towel emergency

Yesterday afternoon I put the boys down for a nap and they settled down quickly. Or at least I thought they did. They were quiet, so I assumed they were falling asleep. A few minutes later I heard Parker crying, not normally fussing crying, but what Cody and I call a towel emergency.
A towel emergency occurs when the boys toss their towels out of their cribs, then suddenly realize they don’t have a towel to cuddle. This always results in a panicked cry. Usually as soon as we put towels back in the crib usually the crier calms down immediately
I’ve mentioned them before and the boys are still attached to their white terry towels. We used them originally as burp clothes and as bottle props and now they are comfort items. We’ve given the boys other lovies and small blankets, while they don’t dislike them they still prefer their towels. Normally we give the boys three towels each when we put them down. Odds are they’ll toss at least one out of the crib, but usually stop after two.
It would be great if the boys were each attached to a cute blanket or stuffed animal, but the towels sure are easier. When a towel gets dirty or soggy (from chewing) we toss it in the laundry and still have about a hundred identical replacements.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Grocery shopping

Yesterday we had another first at our house. I took the boys to get the weeks groceries and for the weekly Costco run. Normally Cody and I do our grocery shopping together so one of us can push the stroller and the other the cart. Last weekend we were busy with other plans, so we didn’t make it to the store.
Grocery levels had reached a critical low, so I loaded up the boys determined to get all of the shopping done. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I’ve very lucky that the boys are so easy going and happily sit in the stroller people watching while I was loading the cart.
If you wonder how I managed to manage getting all the groceries and the kids through the store, it was pretty simple. I pushed the stroller and pulled the cart behind me. Walmart was a challenge because they were restocking a lot of shelves. Boxes and handcarts were all over the aisles. Of course as usual the people at Walmart were well the people at Walmart, lots of pointing the usual questions, and of course my least favorite pointing while cackling about how my hands must be full. I simply smiled and even refrained from ramming anyone with the stroller.
After Walmart it was off to Costco to stock up on enough milk (8 gallons) to get us through Monday (I hope). Plus a few other basics. Costco was so much easier than Walmart despite the much larger shopping carts. It was easier because their were far fewer people there and the aisles are so much wider.
From start to finish it took about two and a half hours to get home and groceries put away. I was much in need of a nap afterwards, but no such luck. Still it was nice to get that errand done so we don’t have to worry about it on Saturday when the stores are really busy.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s day to my wonderful husband! At our house every Sunday is kind of Dad’s day, it’s the one day I work a full 8 hour shift. That means I’m out the door at 7 am and not home until 5 pm. So Cody gets to spend the whole day with the kiddos. For Father’s day Cody got a HTC Incredible and last Friday off. I took the boys to the zoo with my Dad, Cody got to sleep in until almost noon.
Cody is an amazing dad, he’s always willing to jump in and do whatever is needed for the boys. He’s easily changed more diapers than most guys I know. He can get the boys to giggle much more easily than I can and they love their daddy.
Thanks for being such a great dad to our boys!

Friday, June 18, 2010

First bath together

This is a little old (pre-hair cut even) but this was the boys first bath together. We’re going to need rain ponchos for bath time.

A walk in the park

Thursday afternoon we took the boys for a walk in the park, so they can could walk. The boys spend most of the time in their play room walking around with walk and ride toys. We decided to head to the park to give them a bit more space to roam. They had a blast.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rainbows, puppies and kittens

For the most part my posts on this blog have been somewhat of a highlight reel of our lives with the boys. One of my coworkers commented about the difference in what she hears about on a day to day basis and what shows up on the blog. I think it was something along the lines of wanting to read blogs about what I talk about at work.  I’m hoping I haven’t driven those that sit around me crazy with stories about the boys and our day to day activities. They often hear me vent when I’m stressed along with the fun things we do.

I’ve always been a worrier and tend to stress a lot over things I probably shouldn’t. My stresses aren’t related to the boys, at least not directly. For the most part they are not things I want to share with the general public. For those who read this blog regularly I can assure you life is not all rainbows, puppies and kittens at our house, but it is pretty sweet.

I guess I’ve always assumed that the day to day schedule of activities in our house would be very boring to read about, so I’ve pretty much left it out. We still follow a somewhat strict schedule of naps and feedings to keep the boys well rested and happy. At least once a week as long as the boys are feeling well I take them somewhere. It’s usually the zoo or something really exciting like Wal-mart or Target. Cody and I now have annual passes to the aquarium so I’ll be adding it to the rotation of activities. I’ve blogged less and less about those because our point and shoot camera died and Cody’s computer (thus photo processing) has been unavailable for about two weeks. That means no photos, or limits me to just poor quality cell phone pictures.  Besides how many pictures of the boys sitting in their stroller at the zoo can I really post?

I’ve tried to keep the blog pretty positive and for the most part I’ve been having a blast the last 13 months with my kids, but there are days that are hard. Days where everyone is cranky and tired and days where I just could use a few more hours of sleep. It almost goes without saying having newborn, infant, or toddler triplets is work, lots of work. It’s a job I wouldn’t trade for anything. No one (especially me) wants to hear me whine about how having kids can be hard.

Having one kid can be hard, three is also a challenge. We are very lucky that the boys have been so easy going up to this point and have only had one cold and a single bout of stomach flu. I wouldn’t ever say that life around here is boring, but it is very routine. Nothing exciting about the day to day feeding, changing and napping to talk about and I don’t want to be that person that whines incessantly about how hard it is to be a parent.

Despite my comment about pictures of the boys in their stroller at the zoo, I do have a couple to share. On June 3rd I met four other triplet moms. It was great to get out with other MoMs (mothers of multiples) and get the boys out with other kids around their age. I really need to set up some play dates with the other moms. I found it interesting that we all had different strollers and that I got far fewer stupid comments from random strangers, however there was much more pointing in our general direction.

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The Foulger triplets, the Hauze triplets, and my boys. The Cleverly Triplets had to leave a little early so they missed the group photo.

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Here we are headed up the ridiculously steep hill by the cheetah and giraffe enclosures. With a close up of the much sought after choo choo wagon. This picture really doesn’t do the hill justice, it’s really steep and pushing three kids in a huge stroller makes it an extra challenge.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dining out with multiples

 

This weeks question from Multiples and More is about eating out with our multiples. I thought this would be a fun one to respond to since we eat out fairly often.

  • How often do you take your children out to eat, and how old are they?
    We eat out about once a week at a sit down restaurant.
  • Do you have any tricks for keeping them entertained?
    We’ve been lucky that our boys are still entertained by people watching and we always take a good supply of snacks.
  • Which restaurants do you find are the most family-friendly?
    I don’t know about family friendliness, but we go to Applebee’s, Chili’s, Iggi’s, Olive Garden, basically we’ll go anywhere that has enough high chairs.
  • How do you handle tantrums in restaurants?
    We haven’t (luckily) had a tantrum yet, once someone (I don’t remember who) got really fussy and Cody took him outside to calm down. We had finished our meal, so I just waited for the check and we left.
  • Do you ever venture out to restaurants without having extra adults to help out?
    Whenever we eat out it’s been just the five of us, so always.
  • Do you think it's better to take your kids out to restaurants, and get them used to the experience, or refrain from eating out until they are old enough to understand the right way to behave?
    I definitely think it’s important to expose kids to many experiences so we can teach them how to behave and redirect them when behaviors are not acceptable.
  • Be honest- do you pick up the cheerios?
    It really depends on where we are and how big of a mess we would be leaving behind. Sometimes we will pick up dropped food, if it’s veggies or other food off of our plates, but if it’s puffys we tend to leave them and tip well.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

First haircuts

Saturday we took the boys for their first official hair cuts. It was definitely time for hair cuts, the boys were getting a bit shaggy.

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We took the boys to Cookie Cutters, it was cute. The boys got to sit in a fire engine during the cut with a DVD playing just for them. I think that they would have enjoyed it more if they were just a bit older. They had a play set and slide in the store for older kids to play on. It was a great first haircut place, but I doubt we’ll go back due to the price. We were paying extra for the atmosphere.
Everyone did pretty well while getting their hair done, the clippers caused some tears and some wailing (Parker). The cosmetologist that cut their hair was very friendly and worked fast. It took less than a half hour to get everyone in and out of the chair.
Of course we have pictures!

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Andrew getting ready.

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A little teary eyed after getting the sides and back cut.

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Almost done.

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Parker’s turn.

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Not enjoying his turn in the fire engine.

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All done!

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Nicholas with all that hair.

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The obligatory crying baby shot.

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Such a handsome little man.

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Parker, Andrew, Nicholas ready to show off their stylin’ new look.