Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Time For A New Ride

It seems that the kids are growing out of their triple stroller. We have one by Baby Trend, but Blondie is getting so tall, she's running out of room in the middle seat. We're thinking about getting one of the Runabout strollers. They are more expensive, but it should be the last stroller we buy. Do any parents of multiples have one of those? Is anyone familiar with them? If so, please let us know.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Clean To Filthy In No Time

It's amazing to see how fast everyone and everything gets dirty at meal times. Since all 3 have been working on their feeding skills using a fork and spoon, they can get themselves, their highchairs, the floor and sometimes the wall, dirty in less than 5 minutes. Sometimes it would be nice if we could just use a garden hose to clean them and everything off after eating.

Friday, December 15, 2006

When They're Good, They're Great - When They're Bad...

Last night was an unusual one with the kids. All 3 were misbehaving. No one wanted to eat. They were hitting each other. All wanted to be held at the same time. It was almost too much to handle. It was unusual because all 3 aren't usually like that at the same time. Most of the time they are very well behaved. When they are, we sometimes realize just how easy we have it with triplets.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"Baby Jeez"

Yesterday, Aunt J stopped by and brought some Christmas books for the kids. Squeaky's favorite is "The First Christmas". She loves to open it and exclaim "Baby Jeez" as she points to Baby Jesus laying in the manger.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

Sick of Being Sick

We're nearing the three week mark of at least someone having the sniffles. Everyone had a cold. They were starting to get better and now they are sick again with another cold. It must be a different virus that hit the second time.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Scared Of Santa?

Are your kids scared of Santa? Take heart - so are these.


According to what our kids say, everyone and everything is a baby. That's the new word and they use it for everything. It's funny how when they start using a new word. They use it over and over.

Monday, December 04, 2006


When it comes to introducing new foods, we've found that applesauce is the best for masking the flavor. We can usually get all 3 to eat new food when we add some applesauce. It sure is nice when you find tricks like that.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cooking For 5

Since the kids are eating regular food, it's taken some adjustment for us to cook for 5 instead of 2. We have to make larger portions. Sometimes it's difficult to know how much to make so everyone has the amount they want. If we find it difficult now, I hope we get better at judging amounts to fix before they reach their full eating potential.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

They Have Names

Have I blogged about this before? I can't remember. I've just recently become upset again when people refer to the kids as "the triplets". Even though they are triplets, they are individuals. They have different names and personalities. It just bothers me when people refer to them as one entity and strip them of all individuality.

Monday, November 27, 2006

More Climbing

The father was sitting in the floor Saturday morning with the kids when he noticed Blondie doing the following - She moved the push car to a tote we have in front of an end table. He watched to see what she was going to do. Within a few seconds, she had climbed to the top of tote from the push car and was headed for the top of the end table before the father picked her up and stopped her climbing adventure.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

New Challenges For Us

This morning, Little Man used a push car as a ladder. We had just walked out of the living room and returned to see him standing on the couch. At the same time, Blondie was starting to climb on the car and get up there too. Squeaky was just watching. I guess she was waiting for her turn to climb up.

This brings new challenges for us. We'll now need to remove items from end tables because they'll be able to reach them. We had babyproofed to a certain height and now we'll need to go higher. It also brings the new problem of them climbing and then falling. I guess that means we'll have to be very careful about leaving them alone in the living room.

Friday, November 17, 2006

A Few New Photos

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Patience Deficit

With triplets, it takes all the patience you can muster. It seems that I use all I have with them, which means I have little to none for others. It's really sad, but that's the way it is. There doesn't seem to be any at all when it comes to idle chit-chat. I guess this also comes from the streamlining of life that is a necessity with multiples.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Remember Growing Up?

Remember when you were growing up and how you played outside all day? We do. Things are different now though. Are kids safe to play outside untethered like we did? Here's an interesting article on MSN that the father ran across.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Last night, we were up a lot with the kids. No real reason that we know of. They were just awake a lot. It sure makes it difficult to make it through the next day when you lose sleep. It also makes you realize how you get used to getting a full night of sleep when you don't get one. It reminded us of those sleepless nights that we used to have with round the clock feedings. Whew, I'm glad those are behind us.

Monday, November 13, 2006

That's Not Funny

Squeaky was feeling poorly yesterday. With all the symptoms, I called the nurse-on-call at the pediatrician's office to ask a couple of questions. As the conversation was ending, the nurse mentioned that we should clean all the toys so she wouldn't get the illness again. I mentioned that we had triplets. When I did, the nurse laughed and said, "Well, all 3 will probably be sick soon". That really isn't funny to me.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Go Blondie Go

Blondie started walking more yesterday. She was the last to do so. She took about 6 steps before deciding to crawl. Until now, she had only taken 2 or 3 steps at a time.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

You Should Write A Book

Lots of people have told us we should write a book about our experience as parents of triplets. We're not sure that's something we want to tackle. We're not even sure how we would start the process. And how would we find the time to write the story? It sounds like an interesting idea, but we're just not sure it's for us. Has anyone reading this written and published a book? If we took the time to write a book, would you read it? Let us know what you think.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Strings and Fuzz

What is going on with Little Man? He's eating strings from everything. He'll even lay on his belly and try to eat the fuzz from the carpet. He's not happy just chewing on teethers and toys. He seems to prefer strings and fuzz.

Friday, November 03, 2006


The father was talking with a coworker about triplets. They were discussing Mothers of Multiples meetings, special conventions for multiples, special strollers for multiples, things like that. The coworker pointed out that being a family with multiples is like being part of a subculture. We had never thought about that before, but it's true. What a unique and rewarding experience it is to be a part of something like that.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Toys In The Attic

The father has been saving toys from his childhood in the attic. He has started bringing some down for the kids to play with. It's fun to see the old stuff he saved. Weeble Wobbles, Tonka trucks and other items. They are still in good condition. It's like reliving a childhood again to see them.

Thursday, October 26, 2006


We allow the kids to watch 30 minutes of television each day and that's usually the last half of Sesame Street. That's because Elmo is on during that part of the show. They love watching, especially Blondie. She squeals and giggles when he comes on the screen.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I Think I'll Walk Today

Little Man surprised us today. This morning, he stood and walked halfway across the living room. Much further than the few steps he had been taking. We now know he walks as fast as he crawls too.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Back to the Dentist

We took the kids back to the dentist for another checkup. This was their second visit. We've started taking them every 6 months. Yes, we know, they have started going earlier than most other children do.

They didn't do much. Just a quick check to look for any cavities and a check on progress. The girls have their first year molars. Little Man's haven't started coming in yet.


Everyone has started walking some. Actually they have been for almost a month or more. Squeaky takes about 9 steps in a row at the most. Blondie takes 1 or 2. Little Man seems less interested in walking. He moves faster by crawling. We'll occasionally catch him taking 2 or 3 steps, but that's about it from him.

Photos Added

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What Happened?

We've been so busy we haven't had time to update the blog. Sorry about that. We'll try to catch you up.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Kitchen Helpers

Recently we decided to surrender one of the drawers in our kitchen to the kids. They love being in there while we're cooking. The drawer is filled with measuring cups, plastic cookie cutters and other plastic kitchen items. They love pulling everything out and playing with the items on the floor.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I've Never Heard Of That

Last week, Little Man was stricken was a case of Roseola. We had never heard of it before. I'm sure we'll run into more illnesses that are unfamiliar to us as the kids get sick at different times.

Monday, October 02, 2006

We Survived A Movie

Last night was Family Night at church. They were having pizza and showing a movie. We decided to take the kids and see how things would go. We were a bit surprised. Everyone was gathered in the gym area to eat and watch the movie. That made it easy for us to put the kids in booster seats on the floor and feed them. They seemed to enjoy watching the people. Little Man enjoyed it a bit too much. He wouldn't eat because of all the activity so we had to feed him on the way home.

Unexpected Hiatus

After an unexpected hiatus, we're back.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Eating Time

We've been struggling with eating time and trying to come up with items for the kids to eat. For us, it's difficult to keep coming up with difference trpes of finger food for them. I was searching the internet for some menu items and came across this site - Wholesome Toddler Food. The site provides nutritional information as well as menu items and recipes. And a lot of the items can be frozen and reheated later. That's a great time saver for multiples.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

2 Are Easier Than 3

Yesterday the father and I took the girls to the doctor and left Little Man with his aunt and cousin. He didn't need to go, so there was no need to take him. No offense to parents of twins, but two kids are easier than three. We were amazed at how easy we could get around. One parent for each child. It was a breeze. I'm sure this is a common discovery among parents of multiples though. When you have 1 or 2 less than the normal amount of children, it would naturally seem easier.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Standup Comedian

Little Man is turning into the standup comedian in the bedroom. He gets in his crib, stands at the railing and greets everyone when they come in. In addition, he stands there and "talks" and seems to tell jokes to his sisters. They just stand at their crib railings and laugh at him.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

MMO and MOPs

This year, in addition to taking the kids to a weekly Bible Study, I'm taking the kids to a MOPs program and a Mothers Morning Out. Two weeks ago, we started the Mothers Morning Out. Wouldn't you know it? Just after we started that, the kids got colds. We haven't been able to go the the MOPs program yet, we've missed one Mothers Morning Out and Bible Study and have been out of church for two weeks. Everyone seems to be almost well by now, so hopefully we'll get things rolling again this week.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Marathon Training

When someone starts training for a marathon, they always start small. Maybe a half mile run, then a mile, a mile and a half and on and on. They keep working until they build up their strength and endurance. I think the same applies to being a parent of multiples. You start out thinking I can't handle this. Eventually you develop your strength and endurance. Before you know it, you're doing more than you thought possible. It isn't easy at that point, but you're marveled at what you can do.

I thought of this because of what I've seen when people come to visit and help with the kids. They might only be there for an hour or more, but in that amount of time, you can tell they aren't used to "running the race". It shows when they get ready to leave. They seem exhausted and overwhelmed at everything that has happened during the time they were there. And to you, it's just something you're used to doing every day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

New Toys = New Fights

We introduced a new walk behind toy this weekend that I bought at the Moms of Multiples consignment sale. We already had two and needed one more so everyone could walk with them at the same time. As soon as we put it out, everyone had to play with it right then. No sharing. They just swarmed around it like bees to a flower. They started fussing at each other and biting each other to try and get each other away from the toy. It was a nightmare.

Now that the newness of the toy is gone, they aren't as bad playing with it. This makes me think of another problem that hasn't occurred yet. If they are like this now with one toy, what will they be like at Christmas this year with more than one new toy?

Monday, September 11, 2006

No More Bottles

This weekend, we switched to sippy cups all the time. So far it hasn't been a problem. We hope they just forget about the bottles.

Five Years Ago Today - 9-11

Has it really been five years? It seems like only yesterday. The world is a different place now. What will it be like when our children are grown?

Finished With The Sale

The consignment sale was this past weekend. I brought more back home that didn't sell then I wanted to, but I'm pleased with what did sale. I can't really look at it as any kind of extra cash though. The money made from the sale just rolls over into new clothes for the coming seasons.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Remember When...

The hardest thing about getting items ready for the consignment sale is remembering when the kids wore the tiny clothes we're selling. It seems like only yesterday when they were that small. Almost every item we've put on a hanger brings back some memory. And they're just over 1 year old. What will this be like in a few more years?

Friday, September 01, 2006

Consignment Sales

It's time to buy clothing for the next seasons. I'm trying to keep up with local consignment sales so I can get some good buys. This year I'm also going to try to seel some items at the Mothers of Multiples sale. It's difficult finding time to sort and price items to sale. We'll see how that goes and how the items sale when I have them ready.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


When you have one baby at a time, I just can't imagine you can keep up with exactly who did what and at a certain age. It's amazing to watch the kids develop at different rates. The doctor told us early to not compare them because they would develop at different rates, and it's happening. We see little things that occur and each one is doing something at a different time. Right now, Squeaky is so close to walking, Blondie is just starting to stand on her own and Little Man seems to have no interest in any of that. It would be hard to remember this if they were different ages and we wouldn't see how differences occur as each one grows.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Not You Too

Oh no. We now think Blondie has started biting too. Squeaky has a place on the back of her hand.

Chomp Chomp

Squeaky has started biting others. We noticed teeth prints on one of Little Man's hands. We wondered who did it and why we didn't hear screaming when it happened. Later the same day, when Squeaky and Little Man were standing beside each other, she leaned over and tried to bite his arm. It doesn't seem like she's doing to be mean. Since then she's also tried biting us. It seems like she's doing it in play, but we've got to put a stop to it.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

On The Verge Of Walking?

Could Squeaky be on the verge of walking? When she pulls up on something, she lets go and stands for as long as she can. Then she just plops down and laughs.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Sniff Sniff

Who gets the sniffles in the middle of summer? Kids, that's who. All 3 are snotty and it's no fun. At least all 3 have gotten sick closer together so maybe it won't last for 2 complete weeks.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Copy Cats

The kids are really starting to copy us and each other. It's something to watch how quickly they can pick up an action and mimic us. Interesting and a bit scary at the same time.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sippy Cups

We've been trying to transition the kids to sippy cups from bottles. It's been a slow process. They drink juice well from a sippy cup, but they don't do well with milk from one. No difference in the cup, just the contents. We can't figure it out. We just keep being patient and try to help them get used to milk from the cup.

Oh, the mysteries of parenthood.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Church Directory Photos

This past Saturday, we went to church for the directory photo. Things went surprisingly well during the photo taking time. The kids didn't start to get bored until we sat down to look at the photos. Squeaky was wiggling so much we could barely hold her. Little Man was trying to grap everything within reach. Blondie was the best one. She just sat and took everything in.

During this "unruly time", the photographer wanted us to give her a list of people that would like to have a photo. This was just a ploy so she could say "You need to order X number of photos for everyone". The father just said "How about giving us a price list and we'll decide on how many and what size". That seemed to be the simplest solution. That didn't work for the photographer. She started in with "Well, if you order more photos, you get a bigger discount". Blah, blah, blah. Either she doesn't have kids or couldn't see the impatience of our kids. It didn't take long for us to grow impatient too. Why couldn't they just give us what we wanted rather then making us sit there and listen to a sales pitch? Is it just me to think this would have been easier? It was like trying to control animals without a cage while listening to a lecture.

A Week With No Posts?

Where has time gone? A week has flown by and we haven't added anything to the site.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Taste Testing

Why does everything have to go into the mouth except for new food items? We've been trying all kinds of new self-feeding things and the kids seem to be very cautious about putting them in their mouths and tasting them. This isn't the case though with every toy, stuffed animal, piece of clothing, etc. that they come across. They like to touch, poke at and throw the new foods onto the floor, but it takes a while for them to warm to the idea of eating them.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

I Feel Like A Diaper

Yesterday wasn't the best day for me. Everyone decided to wet me, and worse (you know what I mean), when I was changing their diapers yesterday. I think I had a total of 4 "accidents" happen to, um , I really mean on, me. That must be some type of record.

PC Problems

We've been having with the computer at home so the number of posts has been limited lately.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Bumps and Bruises

All the pulling up sure is creating lots of bumps and bruises on the kids. No matter what we do to protect them, they seem to end up with a new bruise every few days.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Time To Eat

It's funny to see everyone when it gets close to time to eat lunch or dinner. They start lining up and crowding around the gate to go to the dining room for their meal. It's like seeing cattle come to the barn at feeding time.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Where Have My Babies Gone?

There have been some big changes this month. I guess we have toddlers now and not babies. For the longest time, it seemed like no one was going to crawl. Little Man started, but the girls couldn't seem to figure out how to do it. This has all changed. In the last few weeks, all 3 have started crawling everywhere. They love to stand and try to pull up on anything they can. It's nice to see them grow, but I miss my babies.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Sad Article

I guess this article caught my eye because I'm a parent now. It discusses the amount of time typical working parents in the UK spend with their children daily. Only 19 minutes. The amount of time can't be much better in the United States.

Out and About

Over the past few months, we've been doing a better job of getting out with the kids. Sure, we've been going to church, short trips to the park and stores and some street festivals, but I'm talking about going to restaurants to eat, extended periods at the park, things like that. It doesn't sound like that big of a deal, but it is. We have to plan what we need, pack it, get it loaded and then get the kids ready and loaded into the van. A short trip very quickly becomes a half day event. Here's a recap of some of our outings.

A few months ago, our first adventure at a restaurant was going to a barbecue place. (Yes, DML, you know where we're talking about.) They have picnic tables outside so it was easy to leave the kids in their car seats, put them on the table and enjoy our barbecue sandwiches. The kids enjoyed their Cheerios and the attention of the other diners.

One day we spent an extended period at the park. We pushed the kids around and just made the best of a day outside. That day we decided to count the comments we received from people. Within 30 minutes, we heard 22 comments from people about triplets. This has to be the funniest thing we heard - "Are they natural or did you do drugs?". How do you reply to that? "They're only 90% natural and 10% artificial." The best part of the day was meeting a mom with 5 year old quadruplet boys and a 7 year old daughter. It was fun sharing stories.

Last night, we went to a local pizza restaurant. This was only the second time we've been inside a restaurant to sit and eat. The kids were well behaved most of the time. After about 40 minutes, they started to get restless and we had to leave, but not before Little Man spilled a container of Cheerios on the floor. We hope the people cleaning the restaurant aren't too upset about that.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Thursday, July 13, 2006


After the one year appointment, we started the transition from formula to whole milk. It's gone smoothly. Blondie has to drink Pediasure once a day to help her increase her weight. It has a higher calorie content than whole milk. With all 3 drinking whole milk every day, we go through so much milk we're wondering if we should get a cow.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Cell Block 3

We've finally installed all the gates to keep the kids in certain areas and out of other areas. It was too much to handle trying to keep them corraled. It's like having a little prison. Little Man watched the father install one of the gates, and within minutes of the installation, he was at the gate trying to open it using the foot pedal that he had seen the father use. He's a crafty little thing.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Another Back Update

I'm happy to report that the herniations aren't severe enough to require surgery or bed rest. I'm starting physical therapy to help the situation.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

1 Year Appointment Update

Here are the weights and lengths from the appointment -

Little Man - 18 lbs 13 oz, 28 1/2" long
Squeaky - 20 lbs 1 oz, 28 5/8" long
Blondie - 15 lbs 13 oz, 27 1/4" long

The worst part of the appointment was the immunizations. There were 4 and 1 was really painful. They still have sore legs today.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

1 Year Appointment

Tomorrow is the one year appointment. More immunizations. A time to check on growth. A time to check on this virus that has all of us, including the parents, in it's grip.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Another Virus?

It seems that another virus of some kind is working it's way through the kids. Per kid, it seems to be about 48 hours of fussiness. They're wanting to sleep a lot during that time and eat very little. Are all kids this sick? It seems like ours get any type of illness going around.

Confusion Again

What happened when they turned 1? It seems like the things that made them happy, helped them eat, etc. have suddenly changed again. We're working on getting the new solutions.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Another Great Video - Outside Looking In

Here it is.

This one shows what it's like when you go out with multiples. Some curiosity is normal, but some people just go too far. We've always felt the stares and heard the comments, but this is an interesting view just to see how people really act. And yes, we've heard comments like the ones in the video.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006

One Year Ago

What a difference one year makes. Happy Birthday to you, Little Man, Squeaky and Blondie!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


At the last Mothers of Multiples meeting, I was given a copy of Preemie Magazine. If you have a preemie, had a preemie, or are expecting preemies, check it out. If you are the parent of a preemie, you can get a free one year subscription.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Monday, June 26, 2006

First Birthday Party

Click for more photosWe had the birthday party on Saturday afternoon at church. Blondie didn't want much to do with the birthday cake, but Little Man, and especially Squeaky, enjoyed playing with theirs. Little Man had no interest in wearing a birthday hat, but the girls didn't seem to mind. It's so funny to see their different personalities. We've added some photos to look at.

Birthday Party

On Saturday, we had the one year birthday party for the kids. We'll try to have some photos posted soon.

Back Update

Well, it's official. An MRI shows that I have 2 herniated discs. No wonder I've been having back pain. I go to a specialist next week to see what can be done. I just pray this will respond well to treatment.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Here One Day, Gone The Next

Recently we were listening to a radio show about children. The host was talking about how the first three years of their lives seem to take forever to go by. Once they hit around three years of age, the time flies and suddenly they are eighteen and probably headed off to college. It made me start to think about something that will happen to us. All three were here one day and one day they'll all possibly be headed off to college. What a change that will be. Okay, now I'm sad.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

New Seats

We've decided to go with car seats that will grow with the kids from now until they age out of them. They are foward-facing seats that convert to booster seats when needed. We hope they last for 7 years. Little Man and Squeaky will be ready to go into their new seats soon. Blondie still has to gain some more weight before she'll be ready.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

If I Had A Dollar For Every Time ...

We took the kids to the doctor today and then shopping for the next size car seats they'll be going to after their first birthday. I don't know how many people stopped us and said "I bet your days are really busy". What are you supposed to say to that? Something like, " No, they tend to take care of themselves and I have it easy".

Friday, June 16, 2006

Photos Added

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A Great Read

Thanks to the Curletto family for posting a link to this story on multiples. Do you have multiples? Expecting multiples? Do you want a true glimpse into the world of multiples? It's a must-read.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Back Problems

Having back problems is bad enough. Having them with triplets is horrible. There seems to few opportunities to take it easy and rest my back. I'm just thankful the father and friends have been here to help me out.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Getting Out

This past Saturday, the father and I were actually able to get out on a date. (Thanks P, A and H for watching the kids.) If my memory is correct, this is only the second time in almost one year that we've been able to get out to eat and go to a movie. It's easy for time to pass quickly. Before you know it, it's been months since you've had a break and you just don't realize how stressed you are from being with the kids all the time. It can't be healthy for us or them. It was nice to get away and remember that we're more than just a mother and father.

Monday, June 12, 2006


You know, there are still days when I get up and still can't believe I have triplets.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Shopping For Multiples

When you're shopping for multiples, it's important to get the best deal you can because you're buying for 2, 3 or more. It doesn't matter what you're shopping for - clothes, diapers, toys or anything else. We take advantage of the children clothing sales we know about. We've also been blessed with family and friends that have given us clothing, toys and more. (Thank you!!!) We were reading the Curletto family blog and they mentioned getting an MP3 player for their toddlers from this website. Do you know of other places online that have great deals in items for children?

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

This Must Be A Game

Last night, the girls were as wild and unruly as they could be and Little Man was the best kid in the world. They must be playing some sort of "I won't eat tonight if you won't eat tomorrow night" game with us.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Why Won't You Eat???

Little Man has decided that he just doesn't care for solid foods anymore. We have no idea why. He was fine until he caught a cold last week. He's over that now, but he still just doesn't care for solids. He fusses when when try to feed him. It's very confusing and frustrating. Any ideas from the parents out there?

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Late Spring/Early Summer Colds

Those nasty colds have returned. It's no fun when all 3 are sick.

How Exciting

Last night at dinner, I was holding Squeaky. She looked at the father, waved her hand and said "Hey, Dada". It's the first time any of them have said that together. All 3 say "Mama", Dada" and "Hey", but that's the first time they've put the two together. And without any prompting or coaching from us. We were so excited.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


We took the kids today for their first eye exam. Did you know kids under 1 year of age can get a free eye exam through the InfantSEE program? We learned about this through the Mothers of Multiples group.

We sat and held the kids while the doctor looked at the exterior and interior of their eyes. Nothing too elaborate. No reading eye charts or anything like that.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Toy Selection

Before we put the kids in their highchairs each morning, we let them select a toy from a small box we keep on the bar in the kitchen. They get to choose from different rattles and noisemakers. They play with the toys while drinking from their bottles.

It's fun to watch them select something. Little Man and Blondie are usually quick to decide, but Squeaky likes to take her time and makes a careful selection. It really doesn't matter what they select though. As they sit eating, they pass the toys to each other. They rarely end up with the toy they started with.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Morning Talk Show

Who needs to watch morning television or listen to a morning radio show when you have triplets? Each morning, about 15 minutes before we get them out of bed for breakfast, they start "talking" to each other. It's the funniest thing to listen to them chatter and sing away. Sometimes we try to peek in the door and see them, but they usually catch us and stop. It's safest to listen to them on the monitor.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Why, Oh Why?

Putting the kids to sleep has suddenly become a battle. No one wants to go to sleep like they used to. We've stuck with the same routine. They either want to play in the crib or cry because we've put them in there to sleep. This isn't fun. As you know, when one starts crying at bedtime, eventually all 3 will cry and it's even harder to get them to sleep.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

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Could It Be Over?

Everyone had a good night and morning. Maybe this virus is behind us.

Monday, May 22, 2006

What A Long Weekend (And It Isn't Over Yet)

Just a quick post while we have a minute. Thursday night, Little Man was attacked with a stomach virus. It didn't hit Squeaky and Blondie until Sunday morning. It's been an extended weekend of trying to keep food down. Not a lot of fun for anyone. At this point, Little Man seems to be better, but Squeaky and Blondie are still having a rough time.

An important life lesson we've learned this weekend - If your baby has a meal that includes sweet potatoes, avoid beige carpet when they aren't feeling well.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

"When Animals Attack"

Have you ever seen one of those shows on television? You know the ones that shows clips of people sitting with their animal. The animal is so cute and friendly. Suddenly it turns on them and starts attacking? That's the way it was last night for the father. It hasn't happened in a while, but he was the victim of an attack last night. I was at the YMCA. Everything was fine until he started feeding them. Near the end, Squeaky started crying, which caused Blondie to cry and then Little Man. Before long, all 3 were screaming at the top of their lungs. It's not a nice situation. We hope it doesn't happen again any time soon.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

First Sign

Squeaky is definitely using the sign for eat when she is hungry at mealtimes. Yeah!!!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Lonely Little Man

Saturday night, Blondie, Squeaky and I went to a Mother's Day dinner at church. The father and Little Man were left at home. It was during that time that we realized how close the kids already are.

When the father was trying to feed Little Man, he refused to eat and kept looking at his sisters' high chairs. He knew they weren't there and that things were different. It was only after the father took him to an exersaucer that he would eat. It must have been the change in scenery because he wasn't expecting his sisters to be there beside him eating in the exersaucer. When the girls and I came back home, he was so excited. You could really tell they are a close trio.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!!!

When Mommy's Your Name
by Jacey Reynolds

The telephone's ringing, the TV is blaring.
Sister is crying' cause Brother's not sharing.
There's a spill on the carpet that no one will claim.
There's no time for sitting when Mommy's your name.

The laundry is folded but not put away.
The dishes you just washed are from yesterday.
Without any warning your relatives came.
There's no getting caught up when Mommy's your name.

You drive to the market, you drive to the school
You drive to the cleaners, you drive the carpool
You drive yourself crazy, it's really a shame.
There's no time for resting when Mommy's your name.

To your bedroom you sneak to find peace for a minute,
but your minute is over before you begin it.
Your little one finds you and thinks it's a game.
There's no time for hiding when Mommy's your name.

At night as you kneel to thank heaven above you,
An angel creeps in and says, "Mommy, I love you."
You may not know glory or fortune or fame,
but what does it matter when Mommy's your name?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hidden Camera?

When we pull out the camera or video camera, it always attracts the attention of the kids and they stop doing what we're trying to capture. We try to be sneaky with the cameras, but they always seem to catch us. We need to work on some type of hidden camera. Maybe hide it in the middle of stuffed animals or something like that. Any ideas?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

More Teeth

Little Man and Squeaky are adding more teeth on the top. Blondie is finally starting to get some teeth on top.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Photos Added

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We've added a few photos. We're not taking fewer, we're just being more selective about the ones we add.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mothers of Multiples - What Are You Worth?

According to this news story, a fulltime stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work. Here's an interesting fact from the story - "Employed mothers reported spending on average 44 hours a week at their outside job and 49.8 hours at their home job, while the stay-at-home mother worked 91.6 hours a week, it showed." So what are mothers of multiples worth? Two, three, four or more times that because of all the kids at the same age? I certainly think so. Want to calculate your worth? Go here.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"You're An Inspiration To Us"

We hear that, in various forms, from different people. The comment is always tied to us being parents of triplets. Most recently the comment came from a couple that had a baby in NICU the same time we were there. We ran into them at a store and they told us that when things got bad with their baby, they thought of us and realized it could be worse. In fact, threee times as bad. I'm sure there's a compliment in that statement. Seriously, we're glad we can be an inspiration for people. We must be able to fulfill the responsibilities or God wouldn't have given us three at one time.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Just A Thought

All baby clothes should have only velcro. No buttons, snaps or zippers. I think trying to get snaps to match correctly the first time on a full length outfit has to be some type of intelligence test.

Friday, April 28, 2006

I Just...

I don't know why people like to do this. It's usually the parents that have one kid. They like to say something like "I just spent so many dollars on my kid for braces, camp, school, etc." You get the idea. After they finish that sentence, they usually say something like "Oh my. Wait until your kids get that age. You'll have to spend three times that amount." Thank you very much. I learned quickly how expensive it is with triplets. And just for your information, I've probably spent more money on diapers than you can even imagine.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Sesame Street

We remember watching Sesame Street when we were kids. We turned it on this past Saturday just to see what it's like now because we know we'll be watching it with the kids in a few years. It seems to have changed a little from what we remember. That's why we were happy to find this link to some classic postings on the internet. Have fun watching them and don't forget to share them with your kids.

Bouncing In Exersaucers

The kids sure do love jumping and bouncing in the exersaucers. It almost seems like they enjoy that more than the Johnny-Jumpups. I can't help but think of Whack-A-Mole every time I see them jumping up and down in the exersaucers. Of course, we don't whack them on the head when they jump up though.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Another Sick Sunday

It's a week after Easter and 3 out of the 5 of us are still sick. Squeaky and Blondie are still the worst with runny noses. I can't seem to stop coughing. It's sad because we want to go to church. No matter what the illness is, it still seems us to take 2 weeks to get rid of it.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Rollin' and Tumblin'

Little Man is getting more mobile, but he moves by rolling. When you put him on the floor, he rolls around and keeps looking at us to see if we're watching. Last night, he wouldn't be still in his crib at bedtime. He wanted to keep rolling around. He especially seemed to enjoy rolling on his belly and looking up at us. He keeps moving like a barrel rolling down a hill.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I Wish I Had The Camera Ready

For the past few mornings the kids have been reaching to each other from their highchairs during feeding times. They'll hold hands for a few seconds. It's the sweetest thing. I wish I could get a photo of it happening.

New Teeth For Little Man

Little Man's top front teeth are breaking through the gum.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Slowly Turning The Corner

Are we beginning to see the end of the colds? Little Man is starting to get better, but Squeaky and Blondie are still congested. It's really bad for Blondie because she likes to keep her pacifier in while she's sleeping and that's hard to do with a congested nose. We keep making trips into the room at night to replace her pacifier when she loses it. That's a lot of fun (yeah, right) when she has thrown it out of the crib and we have to scramble in the dark to find it on the floor. Last night we were wondering if someone made glow-in-the-dark pacifiers and if that would make it easier to find them. We don't know about finding them, but they are available. Is there anything that isn't made for kids?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Thanks A Bunch, Easter Bunny

Instead of the usual basket of chocolates, the Easter Bunny decided to bring a basket of sickness. When it started, we thought it was just Little Man exhibiting some teething symptoms (grumpy, runny nose), but instead it was a cold that has begun its march through our family.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Happy Easter!!!

It's a few days early, but here are a couple of photos. Happy Easter!!!

Should I Be Mad Or Feel Sorry for Them?

Here's a story of a couple in Missouri that said they were expecting sextuplets. The community overflowed with support for them. It was just a hoax though to get the free things.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


From reading any of our posts, you know how much work it is with multiples. I can only imagine how much harder it would be for one person to handle. That's why I'm glad the father and I make such a good team. When one of us is tired, the other seems to have lots of energy. When one of us has had all they can stand for the day, it seems like the other has lots of patience. We couldn't make it without each other.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

We Have A Celebrity Look-A-Like

See any similarities?

Get Ready Bunnies, Easter Is Coming

Here's an Easter photo sample. We took some photos outside when it was warm. We'll post more closer to Easter.

Photos Added

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

What Happened, Mr. Sandman?

For the past couple of nights, sleeping has not been what it used to be. Starting about 30 minutes after we put the kids down, and lasting for about 4 hours, either Blondie or Little Man wake up about every 30 minutes and start to cry. We usually go to them and replace a lost pacifier and this solves the problem, but why has it started? Possible teething pain? Changes in sleepwear due to warmer weather? We don't know why, but it would be nice if it would stop.

Monday, April 03, 2006

For Parents of Multiples

This quote was in an email from my "Mothers of Multiples" group a few months ago. Surely all parents of multiples can relate to it.

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. " - Mother Teresa

Sunday, April 02, 2006

"Ma Ma"

Blondie has added "ma ma" to the sounds she's making. So far, she's the most vocal of all three. Maybe that's because she's the smallest and she's trying to make her voice heard.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Squeaky's Doing It Now

This morning, as if turning on a light switch, Squeaky has started using "ah" sounds and words just like Little Man and Blondie.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Father Friday - I'm Addicted

This week, we were given a container of Gerber Fruit Puffs for the kids. We're not sure if they like them or not. Sometimes they'll eat a few and sometimes they won't. I tried one after we opened the container, and let me tell you, I'm addicted to them. These are the strawberry-apple flavor and they remind me of Boo Berry cereal. I could eat them with milk for breakfast. The mother keeps telling me I need to stop eating them so the kids will have some. Don't tell her, I'm eating some while typing this.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Blah, Blah, Blah

That's one of the new sounds coming from Little Man and Blondie. They have started using "ah" sounds and words - blah, lah, dah. Squeaky makes plenty of sounds too, but not those yet.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

9 Month Doctor Visit

Yesterday we went to the 9 month check-up. The doctor was pleased with the way the babies were growing. It was time for more immunizations and no one enjoyed those.

New Weights -
Little Man - 17 lbs 3 oz
Squeaky - 17 lbs 15 oz
Blondie - 14 lbs 11 oz

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Yesterday we noticed dark spots on the back of Squeaky and Blondie's lower teeth. Our first thought was "Oh no! They have cavities!" We tried to figure out what we had done wrong. We started brushing their gums and teeth at 6 months. We didn't let them go to sleep with a bottle. Any fruit juices were watered down before they received it. We had been following all the rules that we knew. How had this happened?

We called the pediatrician's office and they recommended a pediatric dentist. We called and made an appointment for today. Our fears were put to rest when the dentist looked at their teeth and told us the spots were from all the iron in the formula. Whew! What a relief. Then we started wondering why someone hadn't mentioned this to us before. It would have been nice to know that the iron-rich formula could have been the problem instead of jumping to the conclusion that they had cavities.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Boot Camp - One Week

Things seem to be going well with the all-at-one-time feedings. We have to sit with them and help them keep the nipples in their mouths. They like to pull them out and wave them around like lassos. The real trick is getting solids in all three of them at the same time. We need a long-handled, three headed spoon.

Photos Added

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Developmentally Speaking

There's lots of information available about kids and what they should be doing at a certain age (sitting up, crawling, etc). When it comes to babies that are born early, can you really use those charts? If babies are born early at 34 1/2 weeks, like ours, how can you measure what they should be doing? Do you say they are 9 months old, but only 8 months old developmentally? Once they are born, do you start the developmental counter or do you factor in the prematurity of the child?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Boot Camp - Day 2

Things are going great. They are really taking to eating at the same time. We usually finish feeding all three in about one hour instead of taking almost 2 hours with the staggered times we were using.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Boot Camp For Everyone

No, we don't yell at the kids like this
We're all in training starting today. We've been feeding the kids at staggered times (about 40 minutes apart) just to make it easier for one person to feed them. That kind of worked, but it sure caused havoc with the nap times. One wanted to sleep and two didn't or two wanted to sleep and one didn't. It was very stressful. This morning, everyone was up and in their high chairs at the same time to start simultaneous feedings. We just moved from one kid to the next, spooning in food. When they finished with the solids, we gave them their Podee bottles and helped them keep the nipples in their mouths while they drank. It went okay this morning. They all finished at about the same time and were napping at the same time. Keep reading. We'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

More Teeth

Squeaky's top front teeth are starting to break through the gum. Way to go, Squeaky!

Candle Heads

We're just amazed at the amount of earwax that makes its way from the inner ear to the outer ear on our kids. You clean their ears and the next day, there's more wax in there. It's amazing. The father has started calling them "Candle Heads".

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Making Headway

We're down to only two that have the sniffles.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Is Anything More Precious Than...

a sleeping baby (x3)? (Sorry, no photo. We can't seem to get all 3 to nap at the same time yet.)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Last Man Standing

Everybody is sick now, except for the father. That's good because we need him to keep going while the rest of us recover from a bad cold.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Spray 'n Wash, You're My Best Friend

When you have a baby, or in our case three, you always have items with spit-up on them. We were given some Spray 'n Wash at a baby shower and told to use it to help clean things we wash. Let me tell you, we've gone through a lot of it and it seems to get out all the baby-related stains we've encountered. If only they sold it in a larger bottle...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Little Man and Sitting

Little Man seems to have mastered his sitting skills. He only has the occasional fall over. Now if only he could learn to get into the sitting position on his own.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Snotty Squeaky

Early Sunday morning, we woke to the sound of coughing and raspy breathing on the baby monitor. We went to investigate and found that Squeaky had a cold. Other than some saline nasal spray, a vaporizer and some Pediacare, there was nothing we could do for her in the middle of the night. It sure breaks your heart to be in bed, listening to that sound and knowing there isn't anything you can do to immediately make her feel better.

Getting Ready Early

We've found that one of the things that helps us the most throughout the day is getting ready early for any activities. Whether it's bottles for the next day, setting out the carseats for a trip, prepacking the diaper bag ... anything we can do in advance sure makes the day go smoother.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Party Isn't For Us

This has happened to us because of the triplets. It isn't intentional, but there doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it. We've been at social gatherings for other people, but all the attention is focused on the triplets. We usually feel really bad about it. We're not sure what to do about it except deciding to not go to those gatherings. Then you feel like you've done a bad thing to the person that the gathering is for. There has to be a solution. Any ideas?

Monday, February 27, 2006

Black and White and Loved All Over

This is an interesting twin story from the Daily Mail.

Birthday Planning

This weekend we realized the triplets are almost 8 months old. Is it too early to start planning the one year party? Probably not with the limited amount of time each day we can spend on planning it.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Father Friday - Interesting Packaging

The triplets received this gift for Christmas. We haven't opened it yet because they aren't walking. I was looking at it recently and started laughing at the packaging of the toy. I can't look at it now without laughing. If it was me, I think I would have made the box a little larger so it wouldn't look like one dog was sniffing the other one's tail.

Finally - Baby Dedication Photos

We're finally getting around to posting the official Baby Dedication photos. Try to ignore those copyright symbols in the photos.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

I Don't Know How You Do It

We hear that, in some form, from people all the time. From the outside, things must look better than they do on the inside. We always feel like it's a struggle to get everything completed each day. Feeding the kids, washing clothes and dishes, keeping the house in some order, taking care of ourselves, running errands...the list goes on and on. Somehow we manage. It's a mystery to us. And we must make it look easy. Trust us, it's an illusion.

Monday, February 20, 2006

One Week Without Posts

I just realized it's been one week since my last post. Sorry about that. I guess this was just a week without much to write about.


Everyone is starting to sit more than usual. All 3 sit really well with some assistance. Little Man is almost to the point where he can sit by himself. This weekend, he was sitting by himself, leaned over to pick up a toy and then returned to a sitting position. Of course, we're always beside him just in case he loses his balance.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Saturday, February 11, 2006

New Weights

As of yesterday afternoon, Little Man has taken the lead in weights again.

Little Man - 16 lbs 4 oz
Squeaky - 16 lbs 2oz
Blondie - 13 lbs 8 oz

Friday, February 10, 2006

What Will The Weights Be?

We go to the doctor today for another RSV injection. They'll be checking everyone's weights. I can't wait to see how much they've gained.

Father Friday - You Do What???

Breastfeeding kids is great, but I think this lady has carried it too far.

Why I Still Breastfeed My Eight Year Old Girl

I sent this story to daddytypes. A reader there sent in a link to a Little Britain clip about "extended breastfeeding". Maybe it's more common than I'm aware.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Many Faces of Squeaky

Squeaky is a clown. She puts on the biggest show. She loves to change expressions, stick out her tongue, laugh and "talk". These photos were made in consecutive order. Squeaky is on the right. Watch her do her thing.