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!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Surviving Triplets - Number 6

We learned our lesson with our first child. You do NOT need every piece of baby equipment known to man! When Evan was born we had one of everything - we were clueless. I remember we were so intimidated by our first trip to Babies R Us that we had to turn around and leave after ten minutes - there were too many choices to make! We were scared.

This time around we were very selective. We already had one of everything, as we kept all of Evan's baby things. So, aside from cribs and car seats, there were only two items that we bought three of.

The first of these was the boppy pillow. And we definitely got our money's worth. Feeding newborn triplets is tricky business. As soon as they were old enough for us to prop up their bottles, we laid them on the boppies and fed them assembly line style on the couch. Here is a fuzzy iphone picture of the line:


We also used them for nap times, and a few nights early on (yes, the label says not to do this, but we did), so they could sleep with their heads slightly propped.


I know some folks prefer to use bouncy seats to feed their infants, but ours did not like the bouncies AT ALL. We used these pillows every day for the first year.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

First Day of Kindergarten


My oldest child started kindergarten this past week. It has been very hard for me to let go of him. We were very comfortable with his preschool - every teacher and staff member in the school knew who he was, who we were, what he can and cannot eat (he has celiac), and no one could get near him without passing quite a bit of scrutiny. Last Monday when we dropped him off, I felt as if we were setting him loose alone in the world, in a sea of strangers. No, I did not cry on that first day, but I have been very emotional and quick to tear up at the strangest moments ever since.

He, as usual, has been completely unfazed by the change. He was so excited to go to the "big boy school." It is right across the street from our neighborhood, so every morning his dad walks him over, and every afternoon the babies and I pick him up. He has no trouble at all getting up an hour earlier than he was used to all summer, although his dad and I are SUFFERING! John says goodbye to him at the front door of the school, and he walks to class by himself, puts his things away by himself, eats lunch in a cafeteria where he manages his food by himself (so far no gluten accidents!) ... he really is getting so big, as he likes to remind me constantly.

We are very happy with his teacher - she seems genuinely affectionate and personal with the kids, which is what Evan really needs. Aside from a couple of incidents of talking when he wasn't supposed to, and the fact that he was no where to be found that first day when I picked him up (another story!), things are going smoothly. I am excited for him.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Climber

Miss Willa is now officially climbing the stairs! Now that they are all climbing on their own, I no longer have to make three trips up and down the stairs every time I want to change locations. Life is getting easier!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Surviving Triplets - Number 7


The Triple Decker Stroller has been indispensable. Here is a picture of the gang at one of Evan's soccer games.


We picked this up at our local Moms of Multiples garage sale while I was pregnant - it's just a frame into which you snap the infant car seats - it was so easy to get them in and out of the car. There really aren't a lot of choices in triplet strollers. This one is so ridiculously huge - I swear it is at least 6 feet long - and I was so embarrassed to go out with it the first couple of times. But really, there is no way to avoid being a spectacle with triplets, no matter how big your stroller!

What surprised me was how easy it was to push around. It has nice big wheels, which makes it easy to push over any kind of terrain. I easily mastered the one handed push, while holding my coffee in the other hand. I kept it as long as I could - until the kids' feet were hanging way out the end of the car seats - but we finally had to give it up and move on. We have the Foundations Trio Tandem stroller now, which is much smaller and very nice, but I must say I kind of miss the old Triple Decker. Sigh.