Friday, August 28, 2009

Suriving Triplets ... Number 8

In my naivete, before the babies were born, I planned to color code everything. Each baby would have his own exclusive color, and all of their personal things would coordinate - bottles, blankets, pacifiers, etc. Then we could always tell which was whose. Needless to say, that plan lasted about half of a day after all three were home before I tossed it out the window.

With the color plan in mind, I bought blue, green, and pink pacifiers from several different brands, a whole basket of them. But they came home with the Soothies, which they used in the NICU, and have since refused to have anything to do with any other kind (anybody need a basket of pacifiers?). The problem with the Soothies is that they bounce like rubber balls when you drop them on our hardwood floors, and they never go where you expect them to, and most are never seen again. We've lost at least 20 of them in the nether regions of our house.

Wub-a-Nubs don't bounce. And, they are much easier for babies to grab and put back in their mouths. And you can clean them in the wash. And they are super cute. We are still using them, although green frog disappeared last month - (I'm pretty sure the dog ate it). You can order them from Amazon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surviving Triplets ... Number 9

I posted on this item when it was given to me by my Mom back around Mother's Day, but I think it definitely qualifies for the list.

It's called the Beaba Babycook, and you can get it from William-Sonoma.

I always thought that making my own baby food would be pretty extreme - lots of extra work and complication that I didn't need, but this little machine makes it so easy. It does everything all in one container - steams, purees, and reheats - all done in fifteen minutes. And it tastes pretty darn good (yes, I have tried it on occasion!) Nothing beats knowing that your babies are getting fresh food with nothing chemically added to it - especially in households like ours with food intolerance issues (we have a gluten-free kid in house). AND, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than buying those little jars at the grocery store.

OK, so I can't say this is truly essential, but it sure does make my life easier.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Surviving Triplets the First Year - My Top Ten List

I meant to post this right at the babies' first birthday, but life got in the way and it didn't happen. John and I have had several conversations over the last month about what we could not have lived without during this first year of surviving triplets. I thought it would be fun to put together my top ten list of "baby things" for making it through that difficult first year. I will post my favorite, couldn't have survived without, list over the next two weeks, in no particular order.

I'm starting with an easy one.

We have used this pitcher every single day since we brought the babies home. I'm told it is the only mixing pitcher that truly gets out all of the lovely formula lumps, but I must admit I have not tested any others. I just know that it is super easy to use, super easy to clean, and big enough to make an entire day's worth of formula for three babies. In fact, we are still using it, as the babies are not completely transitioned over to whole milk just yet. I love this pitcher, but hope to be retiring it very soon.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

One Year Well Visit

The babies had their one year checkup today. It went pretty well, considering it was scheduled right during the middle of their usual afternoon nap (yes, I messed that one up!) They had to get three shots and a tb test, but they were such troopers - only minimal crying involved. The doc said they are all right where they should be. Here are their stats:

Kate - in 75th percentile in all categories
weight = 22 lbs 12 oz
height = 30 inches

Willa - in 50th percentile in all categories
weight = 20 pounds 14 oz
height = 29 inches

Oliver - in 5th percentile in all categories
weight = 18 pounds 5 oz
height = 28 inches

Oliver is still way behind the girls - my little lightweight.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Pictures

Evan putting on the charm

Willa - our little thinker

Oliver with attitude

Kate is all smiles - just look at all those teeth!