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.



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sleep, updated

Just an update on our first week of sleep training. After eight nights without our night nanny, we feel that we've made great progress. All of the kids are now going 8-10 hours before eating - so if we feed them around 7:30 - 8 pm, we usually don't have to feed them again until at least 4, sometimes 5 or 5:30. Not bad. Notice, though, that I did not say they are "sleeping" for 8-10 hours. Oh, no. Willa is the primary reason that John and I are not yet sleeping through the night. She wakes up almost every night around 1 or 2 and fusses for an hour before going back to sleep. She's not hungry, just fussy. We think she is doing it out of habit, and we are trying to get her over this hump with a modified crying it out process. I am not opposed to CIO by any means, it is what eventually worked with their big brother, but I am afraid if we let her cry too long, she will wake the others up, and they will feed upon each others' angst. Right now we let her cry about 5 minutes, then go in and give her a paci. After doing this a few times, she will usually fall back to sleep. Every now and then Kate or Oliver will need a paci, but most nights they sleep right through. They are much better at soothing themselves back to sleep.

I think Willa could really benefit with more extended CIO, but I don't yet know how to balance it with keeping the other two asleep. I don't really want to move her to another room - I want her to learn to sleep in the nursery, in her own bed. It's a tricky situation.

John and I used to take four hour shifts, but now nothing happens in the first four hours, so he gets up with Willa (because he has no trouble falling back to sleep immediately after) and I get up with Oliver and Kate (because it takes me forever to fall asleep, and I need one long stretch or I'll be awake all night). So far it works.

Our nanny is back now, but we are going to gradually wean ourselves off of her - she is a luxury now rather than a necessity. Three nights this week, then two next week, and probably two nights the last week of October, and then we are on our own. I think we can do it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

First Dresses




I never dress these guys alike, but some friends of ours gave us these adorable dresses, and I couldn't resist just this once.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Oliver





Our little Oliver is all eyes - just like his big brother.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

3 Months Old

The babies turned three months old yesterday. They rewarded us by sleeping pretty well last night. We fed them at 8 and put them to bed. Willa woke up at three, Kate at four, and Oliver at five. We're getting there, we're getting there ...

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Weights and More Shots


Yesterday we took the kids to the doctor for their Synergis shots, a vaccine for RSV. RSV is very common in the winter - most kids who get RSV experience it as a slight cold. For preemie babies, however, it can be dangerous. Because our guys were born with premature lungs, they may not yet be able to produce the antibodies needed to fight off respiratory viruses. A bad case of RSV can put them in the hospital, or worse. We just discovered that our insurance covers the Synergis shots, which are very expensive - so they will be getting one shot each month through March. Hopefully, this will keep them healthy.

So, please understand if we ask you not to stop by and see us if you or anyone in your household has been sick lately, even if it's just a case of the sniffles. And, don't take it personally if we ask you to wash your hands when you do come by. We can't be too careful.

Here are the kids showing off their band aids:



We did have a weight check yesterday. Here are their current weights:

Kate - 11 pounds 9 ounces
Oliver - 10 pounds
Willa - 10 pounds

Willa has finally caught up. I was expecting her to be bigger than Oliver, actually - she just feels heavier.



Oh, and an update on the sleep situation. Last night, Day 4 without the nanny, Willa slept 6 hours (I think she can do better, but I was too tired to push her last night), Oliver made it 8 hours, and Kate slept for an impressive 10 hours (!) - way to go Kate! Instead of feeding all of them at the same time, we decided to see how long each would last. It was exhausting, but encouraging at the same time.




Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Day 2 Without the Nanny

Well, we had another successful night. Last night, we fed them around 7 pm and put them to bed in the nursery - Oliver in one crib and the girls in another. We thought we were in for it when Willa woke up and made noise around 12 or so, but we gave her a paci several times, and she slept again until 3 - a nice 8 hour stretch and a big step for her. I went ahead and fed Oliver and Kate at 3:30, although I think they could have stretched it a bit more. They all slept until about 7 this morning - back on schedule.

I work hard to keep the kids on a regular schedule every day, with designated awake and nap times, and it seems like they have been sleeping better since we started this. Here is a typical day:

7-7:30 Kids wake up - are changed
7-8 Breakfast
8-9 Playtime, in boppies, or on playmat on floor - anything to keep them awake for
awhile
9-10 Walk with Mom around the neighborhood/to the park
10-11 Back home for morning nap - sometimes in crib downstairs, sometimes in swings
11-12 Wake up and eat
12-1 Playtime on floor or in bouncy seats
1-3 Afternoon nap
3-4 Wake up and eat
4-6 Try to keep these guys awake - John comes home and trades off with me; I pick
up Evan from Preschool - chaos usually follows as everyone wants attention!
6-7 Babies are on their own in their favorite spots - if they sleep, they sleep, but we don't
officially put them down at this point. John, Evan and I play/eat dinner
7-8 Babies eat; Evan gets bath
8 Bedtime for all kids in their respective rooms
2-3 am Willa is usually the first to wake up - we try to stretch her to at least 2 am, a seven
hour stretch; we feed all three, then put them back down.
7 am We start all over again!

So there you have it - life with 12 -week old triplets in a nutshell. Weekends of course are a little different, but we try to keep to it as much as possible.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sleep, of course

As you can probably imagine, sleep has become the number one issue in this house. In any household with a new baby, sleep deprivation is a fact of life. We were lucky, in that our babies came home from the NICU on a four-hour eating schedule, so we were only getting up twice during the night to feed them in the beginning. And the smartest thing we have done since conceiving these kids is hiring a night nanny to help us out. She comes four nights a week from 10pm - 7am, and gives us some nice chunks of sleep. We are becoming wusses in our old age, though, because even with four nights of sleep we are TIRED all the time.

Now that they are twelve weeks old, we are ready for them to start sleeping through the night. We were spoiled with Evan, who slept through the night by 6 weeks old, and by the time he was 3 months was sleeping 10-12 hours stretches at a time. And we didn't do anything to get him there - it just happened.

On occasion the kids have slept 6-8 hour stretches, but it is almost always on nights when the nanny is here, which is extremely frustrating! Oliver is our best sleeper right now, and will typically go for 6-8 hours before waking. Kate was sleeping up to 8 hours a month ago, but has reverted back to every 5-6 hours. And Willa is completely unpredictable, usually waking every 3-4 hours. So, we've decided to exert some control over the situation. I've been reading a book called The Baby Sleep Solution, which was recommended on several other triplet blogs as a sure fire way to get your kids sleeping at night. The first step in the book is to get your kids eating on a four-hour schedule - check. Also, your babies must be at least 9 pounds (check), eating 24 ounces a day (just barely, but check), and at least 12 weeks old (if triplets, younger if a single baby - check).

This week, our nanny is out of town, and we are on our own for an 8-night stretch (this week has been looming ominously before us for over month!), so we figure this is the perfect time to try out the book and get a routine down. Last night we fed the kids at 7pm and put them down in the nursery, and they slept (without a peep!) until 2 am - a seven hour stretch! Actually, we went ahead and woke Oliver up after we fed the girls - for our own sanity and desire to sleep, it is sometimes easier to feed all of them at the same time. Wow! Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel after all! We will keep you posted on how things go.