Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A few scenes from the holiday ...

It's Tony Romo ... oh no, wait, it's Evan in his new Cowboys uniform!

Willa looking pretty with Grandma

Oliver says "hey, I want one of these hats too!"

Kate in her red dress

The babies' new activity table - eventually it will move outside and be filled with water and sand, but for now works great with Evan's toy cars

John and Evan checking out Evan's new game (Lego Batman for Playstation 3!)

Oliver adored his Uncle Chris and played chase with him for two days

Me and Oliver watching the action

It wouldn't be Christmas without at least one picture of Pops asleep on the couch!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Outside

A beautiful day in Austin today - 65 degrees and sunny. We let the babies loose in the back yard to run through the leaves.




Monday, December 14, 2009

Rare Threesome


Here is a rare shot of all three of the little ones together. They are never still long enough for me to get a good picture of them anymore. Kate and Willa have discovered that they can climb onto the coffee table with no help now. The other day I found Willa standing on top of the table with her hands raised to the sky, victorious!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pitiful

Yesterday I took Oliver back to the doctor to get the shots that he couldn't get at his well check because he was sick. Poor little guy got five shots (!) - three vaccinations, a regular flu shot, and a swine flu shot. The doctor was excited to see that he has gained almost a full pound in the three weeks since our last visit (he's now at 19 pounds 8 ounces), but he is still not back on the charts yet. So, the doc ordered some blood work for him - we want to make sure he doesn't have celiac like his big brother.

Getting the blood drawn was not a good experience - they took it from his arm, and the first try didn't work, so they had to switch arms. They had to shut the doors to the waiting room because he was screaming so loud! That's seven needle pricks in one day!! He got a lot of TLC for the rest of the day, and I must say that, despite the shots, it sure was nice to spend some one-on-one time with him.

(The adorable hat he is wearing was knitted by our good friend in Virginia - he loves it! Thank you, Leigh Ann!)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Apple

Kate trying her first apple ...

Are you sure I'm supposed to eat this?

Hmmm... not bad ...

All right, I'll go for it

Uh oh, here comes Willa


Contact!

Lots of screaming ensued ... Kate carried that thing around for two hours, while Willa followed her, trying to get her mouth on it!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

15 Month Check Up

We had the babies' 15-month check up yesterday (although they are technically 16 months old now). Here are their new heights and weights:

Kate -
weight 23 pounds 8 ounces (75th percentile)
height 33 inches (95th percentile! yes, she's a big one!)

She is still the leader of us all, funny and fearless. She is running now, and chasing Evan around the house. She has about 10 words that she can say, but she understands so much more.


Willa -
weight 22 pounds 6 ounces (50th percentile)
height 32 inches (90th percentile - she is tall and skinny)

Willa is our brave girl -she barely even cried when she got her shots (unlike Kate - oh lord!) She is really having fun walking, and can make it across the room now. She talks all the time, but only has 3 or 4 words that make sense.


Oliver -

weight 18 pounds 12 ounces
height 30 inches (10-25th percentile)

Poor little Oliver has barely gained any weight since his 12 month check up. In fact he has fallen below the charts. The doctor is not too worried yet, but we need to fatten him up. Oliver has had a cold this week, so he didn't get the four shots that the girls needed. We have to take him back in a couple of weeks when he is healthy.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Back up and running


We've been away for awhile after a major computer malfunction (i.e. harddrive died!), but we are back up and running now, so I promise to post more pictures soon.

Evan had his end-of-the-season soccer tournament this weekend. Two games on Saturday, and the championship game on Sunday, and they won the whole thing! Way to go, Celtics!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Star Wars Family






So, we survived Halloween. Despite three kids with low-grade fevers and runny noses (Kate was the only healthy one - it's not the flu, just little colds!), we managed to get all of them out trick-or-treating. The babies lasted for a good 45 minutes before they reached their limit and started crying. And Evan was very proud of himself for going through the local haunted house, although he admits he was a little bit scared!

The costumes were easy to assemble, but trying to get good pictures was a disaster. These are the best we could do this year.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!



Pictures with costumes still to come ...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Surviving Triplets - Number Three


Here is another one that I swore I would never do (before I had kids!) and am only slightly embarrassed to admit to.

I know that many parents swear by Baby Einstein videos, and it's not because they make our kids smarter, but because they entertain, preoccupy, silence them! They worked on Evan when he was little, and we pulled them out for the triplets as well. Only, they weren't impressed by Baby Einstein. In our house now, Vegie Tails rules! All I have to do is start singing "if you like to talk to tomatoes ..." and they run (or crawl very quickly!) to the TV. I don't bring them out often. The key is to use them sparingly so they don't lose their power. But, nothing works better when you need 20 minutes to GET THINGS DONE!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

More steps

Oliver took his first, honest-to-goodness steps today. He was standing in the window, and he let go and stood all on his own for a few seconds, then took three steps to me. Watch out Kate!

Scenes from the soccer game





Here are a few pictures from today's soccer game ... well, a couple are from our patio at home post-game.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Math



John and Evan carved this sucker at Pumpkin Math with Dads day in Kindergarten class on Friday.

Suriving Triplets - Number Four

Man, I've come a long way in the past year and a half. I never in a MILLION years thought I would say what I am about to say, but here it goes. I like my minivan. No, I REALLY like my minivan. I swore for most of my life that I would never, ever, ever drive one of these things. Never. When we first found out I was pregnant - before the ultrasound and the lifechanging news - I had pretty much convinced John that we could keep my Prius and fit two car seats into the back seat. And then we had the ultrasound and found out we were having triplets. I mourned my beloved Prius for at least three months.

I have to tell you that your options are very limited when you need to fit four car seats into one car. We could have gone with a Suburban or an Expedition, but two things convinced me to go with the Honda Odyssey. One, I really do care about my energy consumption and the Odyssey has a better energy efficient record than other comparable vehicles. Two, and more importantly, it is so much easier to get into the back of an Odyssey than into the back of a Suburban. Especially carrying very heavy infant carriers. Those suckers are heavy! The sliding door and the middle seat that slides over to give you extra room have been essential for me getting out and about alone with these babies. In case you were wondering - no we cannot fit three infant car seats with bases across the back row. We have Kate and Evan in the middle row, and Oliver and Willa in the back, with just enough room for one skinny person to sit in between.

And, one more sheepish admission - the best thing about the Odyssey now that the babies are 15 months old and don't like to sit still for long - the built-in DVD player. Another thing I swore I would NEVER have but Oh my God it's awesome!

Note to readers - I'm sorry it is taking me so long to get through my top ten list - so many things are going on here. But, I am posting the rest of my list this week, so stay tuned!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Bath?

In case you were wondering how we bathe three babies at the same time ...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's back!


Soccer season is back!


Now that Evan is playing with the five year olds, he gets to upgrade to a "European" team. This year they are called the Celtics. Also, we no longer have 8 am Saturday morning games - we've moved to a much more civilized 12:00 kickoff time. Every Saturday from now through Halloween.

Oh yeah!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Surviving Triplets - Number 5


So here is the other item that we bought three of, and it has been a surprisingly smart purchase. It's called the Fisher Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat.

I was motivated by my desire to avoid clutter in our seemingly shrinking house and wanted to find an alternative to three separate high chairs. These little seats are perfect. They are easy to clean, because they don't have too many creases, and the trays can go directly in the dishwasher. They are easy to attach and remove from our dining chairs, and they fold up nicely for traveling. We take them everywhere we go and have used them at the grandparents houses, hotels, etc. When meal time is over, I just tuck them back under the dining table.

See how grumpy they get when I keep their lunch waiting?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brothers and Sisters

Tunnel time

Hey, there's not enough room in here for both of us!

Back at ya!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Future Jedi?


Kate LOVES to play lightsabers with the big boys! Guess what our Halloween theme is going to be this year?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

First Bows


I've never been a big fan of girly-girl things for babies. As a result, my girls have been sadly neglected, and have never before worn bows in their hair - until today. Their nanny brought them a present.

Willa

Kate

My Mom taught me how to sit lady-like

Please don't make me wear it any more!