Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas from all of us!

Merry Christmas to all of you, from the six of us!

Christmas this year was all about Evan. It is impossible to have a bad Christmas with a four year old who believes in Santa, and really gets it for the first time. Evan's wish list this year had a single theme - Star Wars. We just recently introduced him to Star Wars (yes, we are sadly neglectful parents!) and it is all he ever talks about. He was not disappointed.


Santa brought him three (!) light sabers (one for him, one for Mom, and one for Dad, of course), Star Wars action figures, Star Wars books, Star Wars costumes, a Star Wars space ship, Star Wars pajamas, and even Star Wars underwear.



Here he is in full Darth Vader gear, with his mean, bad guy face.

And here he is taking a break in the sleeping bag that Gram gave him.

We didn't get the babies too much, mainly clothes and these cute hats. Here are Kate and Oliver trying on theirs.

After a long day fighting with light sabers, we were all pretty darn tired. A few of us passed out right in the middle of things.
Willa

Pops

Do the babies look thrilled, or what?

We hope you have all had a warm and wonderful holiday.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Willa as Oliver

So, I messed up today and dressed Willa in Oliver's outfit, without realizing what I was doing. She looks pretty cute as a boy!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Heads up and Rolling Over

Well, Kate has finally done it. After weeks of coming really close, she finally rolled over on her own today. She rolled from her back to her belly, sat there for a few minutes contemplating things, then rolled back onto her back. Quite the momentous occasion! Way to go, Kate!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Willa


The babies had their third RSV shot yesterday, so we have some new weights for you:

Kate - 15 pounds, 12 ounces
Willa - 13 pounds, 3 ounces
Oliver - 12 pounds, 12 ounces

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cereal


This weekend we tried Kate on rice cereal for the first time.


It's hard to say if she liked it or not. She did actually swallow some, and she didn't complain, so I guess she liked it.


Or maybe she just likes the taste of the bib.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Loud, loud, loud

Did I mention that Kate has found her voice and loves to screech at the top of her lungs all day long? She's perfectly fine, she just likes to hear herself. Out of the blue she will let out a super loud "Aaaahhhhhhhhh" (imagine a sharp rise in pitch as she extends the sound) and I will come running and she will look up at me with a wide smile, like "hey Mom isn't this fun?" Oh yeah, you bet!


Don't let that angelic face fool ya!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Four Months Old

The babies had their four month well visit this week, and my how they've grown!


Kate is still our chunky monkey - she weighed 14 pounds 12 ounces and is in the 75th percentile - holy cow she's gained a lot in two weeks! The doctor said we can start the babies on rice cereal any time we think they are ready (no gluten until they are a year old!), and we think Kate is ready to try. I'm sure we will have some fun pictures for you after our first attempt to spoon feed her this weekend. Kate is still a very happy baby (unless she is hungry) and loves to make noises. She also laughs at everything, these really wonderful deep belly laughs. She is holding her head up pretty well now, and loves tv. She is also really close to flipping over from her belly to her back. She is a great sleeper and has no problem sleeping 12 hours at night without a peep.


Willa weighed in at 12 pounds 6 ounces and has now surpassed Oliver. This puts her in the 25th percentile, so she is catching up. The Dr. said they are all growing faster than full term babies do; I guess they know that they have some catching up to do. Willa is still pretty vocal when she doesn't like something, but she is no longer a high maintenance baby. She is fairly quiet and serious most of the time, but when she does smile her whole face lights up. She is the best at entertaining herself and sitting happily wherever she may be, and she is the most dexterous. She will grab little toys now and shake them around a little bit. Most nights she is sleeping straight through until morning, but recently she has discovered how to scoot around on her back by digging in her heels. She will scoot all the way up in her crib and get herself stuck in the corner, and then cry bloody murder until we come in and rescue her.


Little Oliver is officially the smallest now, but he is finally on the charts! He falls in the 5th percentile with a weight of 12 pounds even. He is still a whimpery little guy, and is very sensitive - if he hears one of his sisters crying he will always join in, even if he is perfectly fine himself. But he is by far the smiliest baby of the lot, and the most vocal. His favorite thing in the world is to stare into your eyes and talk to you. When I took him to the store yesterday, he smiled and "ooh, oohed" at everyone who walked by. He is also our champion sleeper, and hardly ever wakes up before 8 am.

He and Willa look so much alike - people often ask if they are identical, and I have to remind them that no, they are different sexes, so by definition they can't be. And then everyone wonders, well what happened with Kate? Because she is so completely different than the other two.

Unfortunately the babies had to get three shots a piece at the dr.'s office, and were pretty fussy the rest of the day. Here are a couple of pictures from the aftermath.


Yes, babies were crying, and Mom was busy taking pictures!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Soccer Star

Well, soccer season is officially over, and although they didn't win the end of season tournament, Evan's team did finish the regular season undefeated. John and I were so incredibly proud of him. And not just because he was so good (and he was! parental bias aside), but because of how he played - with such spirit and joy. Evan was the fastest player on his team, and usually the fastest one on the field - everyone commented on it. He was really good at defense and could chase down any ball. He was very aggressive, and would get in there and fight for the ball, never giving up and more often than not coming out with it. And he scored a lot of goals - I think his record in one game was five - and every time he did he would come running over to find me and John and give us a hug, a huge smile on his face. But he was also very generous, and would step back and let one of his teammates take over the ball so they could have a chance to score. And he was always happy for his teammates when they did well. Those were the proudest moments for me.

One of the nicest things about this league is that they give trophies out to everyone who participated. Here is a picture of Evan with his:

We can't wait for next season.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

On our Wish List

Many people ask us what we need for the triplets. Well, we have every piece of baby equipment we could possibly want right now. We probably have enough clothes to dress them until they are a year old. We kept all of Evan's baby toys, so once they are old enough to play with toys they are set. We also have yet to buy a package of diapers. Thanks to some kind friends throwing us diaper shower, we have enough diapers and wipes to last at least three or four more months.

Let me show you the one thing we do need:


Formula!

The babies are exclusively eating Similac Neosure and will have to remain on it for at least two more months, possibly until they are nine months old. So let's see - the babies each eat four bottles a day of 6-7 ounces each - that's twelve bottles a day. It takes one can of Neosure powder per day to feed them, seven cans a week, 28-31 cans a month. Each can costs about $15 a pop. You can see how it all adds up.

So, we will not be shy in accepting donations!

Thank you to all of you who have sent us cans and coupons - it is very much appreciated.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shots and a cold


The babies have their first cold. They caught it from their mom, who caught it from their big brother, who hardly showed any signs of a cold at all. Kate has the worst of it - lots of coughing and sneezing and runny noses. And to top it all off, they had to get the second of their RSV shots today. I wish we had a tape recorder in the examining room to capture the raucous we caused.

We also had a weight check - here are the results:
Kate - 13 pounds, 6 ounces
Oliver - 11 pounds, 9 ounces
Willa - 11 pounds, 9 ounces

Once again, Oliver and Willa weigh exactly the same, even though we are sure that Willa feels much heavier.


Despite sickness and shots, though, I did manage to capture smiles from everyone.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Birthday present

Hopefully you will start to notice greatly improved picture quality on this website, as my birthday present has arrived a little bit early. Most of the pictures that we've posted up until now were taken on our iPhone. Here are a few close up pics taken with the new Nikon.

Kate

Oliver

Willa

Now, one of these days I'll find time to actually figure out how to use this thing (Thank you, John, for my gift!)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween pics


As promised, I have a whole mess of pictures from Friday. Evan ran with the big kids from across the street on Halloween night, dashing furiously from house to house, intent only on "more candy, more candy." I wore myself out trying not to lose him in the dark - remind me next year to stick a light on him. After an hour of this madness, he announced that he was ready to go home, and spent the rest of the night helping Gram and Pops hand out candy. You know, I think he actually liked that part of the evening even better.



The babies wore their costumes, but we left them at home on candy duty with their grandparents.


Oliver


Willa


Kate


We finished the evening with two huge baskets of candy, but being a gluten-free household gives us a good excuse to get rid of most of it!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Great Week

I have hesitated to post this, for fear of jinxing everything, but it has been four nights in a row now and optimism is getting the better of me. All THREE of our babies are sleeping through the night. I mean we put them to bed at 8, and we don't hear a peep (yes, I mean Willa too!) until at least 6 am. It just happened, all of a sudden, without anything different from us. Willa usually wakes up around 6, and the other two sleep until 8 or 8:30. So night time feedings are completely gone now, and they are down to four bottles a day. This is very cool.

I have a couple of pictures for you. The first is of the two girls in their cute outfits (I think I'm really going to have fun dressing girls!).


The second is of Oliver and Willa in their Bumpo seats. They are just barely able to sit up in them. Kate can't do it yet - her head is too big and she can't hold it up!


Today promises to be a big, crazy, sugar-high day in our household. I promise to post Halloween pictures soon (yes, we have costumes for everybody!)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Soccer Fan

Every Saturday we pack up the whole gang and head out to watch Evan's soccer game. We make quite a spectacle, and I am starting to think we are a secret weapon for Evan's team. At least once at every game one of the players from the other team will suddenly notice the babies, stop what he is doing, and run off the field to come and take a peek at them. The coach or a parent usually has to come over and coax him back onto the field.

Each week, Oliver and Willa immediately pass out once we put them in the stroller, but not Kate. She stays awake for the whole game, and gets mad if we cover her up. Our future soccer star.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Milestone

Last night Kate and Oliver officially "slept through the night!" We fed them at 7:30, put them in bed by 8, and we didn't hear a peep from them until 8 this morning. Willa woke up three times, so John and I are exhausted, but hey, we'll take it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Evan Fix



I've been posting so many baby pictures, it is time for an Evan fix. Here are a few of him from the past few weeks. Most of these are from birthday parties - Evan is the only one in our family with a social life right now, with birthday parties every weekend.