Triplets and a Toddler

This is a blog describing our life. We have a 15 month old toddler and are 12 weeks pregnant with triplets. It's going to be a busy life, but so very worth every minute!

Palm Sunday, always one of my favorites!  We made it to church again today - 3 weeks in a row and on time all those weeks!  I love being back in a church family, singing and worshiping.  Our neighbor comes over and helps us get ready and then we carpool over to church.  People help us get in and out which is also so helpful.  Today, Will and Tommy waved palms, Drew decided he didn’t want to, and Sammy was busy visiting with people to even notice it was going on :)  After church, we had lunch and the boys played outside.  We have been really enjoying these warm days and wish it would stick around longer.  Then, during nap time, my dad, Marty, Will and I went to pick up the triplet bunk beds my ob gave us.  She is such a special person!  After nap, it was more play time and then dinner.  It’s amazing how fast the day goes by.  Now, everyone is asleep, I need to finish up laundry and dishwasher and get clothes set out for tomorrow morning, then I’m off to bed myself!  I hope everyone enjoyed today as much as we did!

A great Saturday

We had such a fun Saturday today.

We went to an Easter egg hunt this morning.  One of our friends came over to help me get the boys ready in time to go (it started at 9).  I got the boys dressed while she fed the girls (they were staying home with Bill).  The girls were all starving because Katie and Meggie had slept through the night, and Emme had slept almost through the night, she only got up once to eat.  It felt great to get such good sleep!

The boys had a lot of fun at the Easter egg hunt.  They all got their picture taken with the Easter bunny.  Drew wanted nothing to do with him, but the other boys didn’t mind him.  Will was excited to sit beside him for pictures.  Then they did the egg hunt.  Will picked up only blue eggs.  Drew collected an entire sack full of eggs.  Sammy picked up a few, but wanted to sit and open the eggs before putting them in the bag.  Tommy stood and shook his bag and did not collect any eggs.  It was so fun to watch them!

Once we got home, we went outside and played.  The boys had a picnic lunch and then played some more.  They were more than ready for nap time!

After nap was more outside play time.  The girls even got to go outside and enjoy our warm sunny day.  For dinner, our neighbors came over and we had a cookout.  Nothing better to end the day!

Boys and girls are all fast asleep, so I am going to go to bed myself and hope that we have another night of good sleep!

We are all still here!

I haven’t been on to update for a while now, but wanted to let everyone know we are all still here!  On Jan 3, 2014, the girls arrived!  Margaret Elizabeth, Kathryn Rose, and Emily Juliana arrived weighing in at 5lb12oz, 5lb12oz, and 5lb5oz.  They all struggled a little bit with their breathing at first due to all the fluid in their lungs.  However, that quickly changed, and they became perfectly healthy in just a few hours :)  They arrived just before a blizzard, so we were in the hospital during a small blizzard and then came home 4 days later in a bunch of snow and temperatures well below zero.  We’ve been busy getting used to being a much bigger family now, but have really enjoyed the girls.  It is so fun to watch the boys love on their baby sisters, or as Will calls them, his girls.  We have lots of help, the kiddos are all well loved and we all get time with everyone each day.  

Will is still swimming and doing gymnastics.  He was just bumped up to the next swim class, so is in with 5 year olds now.  He is fun to watch and I can’t wait for our pool to be opened this summer.  He is signed up for preschool in the fall.  He will go 2 mornings a week.  He is very excited to go to school and wants a green backpack.

Drew is our sensitive child.  He loves to be snuggled and to read books.  He also likes to play trains at our train table and to play outside.

Tommy is our helper child.  One of his favorite activities right now is to clean.  You give him a rag or a broom and he will clean for hours!  He also loves to swing outside.

Sammy is our independent child.  He will play in a group or by himself and is always figuring something new out.  Right now, he is mastering the clip buckles of his booster seat and all the baby swings.

Meggie is a very smiley and talky baby.  She loves to coo and to watch everyone.

Katie also loves to smile and talk.  She would much rather sit and face one person and talk than to watch a group of people.

Emme is also a talker and smiler.  She has a very serious look most of the time, but she gives great smiles when she decides to do it!

We are still trying to figure out life as a family of 9 here.  It’s been stressful, tiring, fun, and absolutely the biggest blessing we will ever have.  This is a life I never would have believed I would have, but now that I do, I wouldn’t change anything about it.

Will

Drew

Tommy

Sammy

Meggie

Katie

Emme

24w5d OB appointment, pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day

I had an excellent appointment with my ob today.  All 3 girls look great, and I got a few u/s pictures to share :)  Baby A was not cooperative in her position to get any face pictures, but Baby B and Baby C did cooperate.  I am measuring 37 weeks, so getting big, but worth every moment.  I’m not sure whether I mentioned on here that we have finalized names.  The girls are going to be Margaret Elizabeth (Meggie), Kathryn Rose (Katie), and Emily Juliana (Emme).

Today is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  I am 1 of 4.  It’s definitely not a club you want to be a member of.  Today, my heart aches for all mommy’s who have lost their little one(s) way to soon. 

When we decided we were ready to have children, we did not know what a journey we were in for.  We had a year of trying, nothing happened.  My doctor sent us to see a RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist), Dr. Colver, at Midwest Fertility.  He quickly figured out what we needed to do to get pregnant, and then the losses started.  I think we had every possible outcome - a negative pregnancy test, a chemical pregnancy, a blighted ovum, a miscarriage of twins, and finally, Will.  Each loss, Dr. Colver used to figure out how to keep us pregnant.  We were thrilled when we had Will, a healthy boy.  We decided that we should start trying again when he was a year old because it took so long to have him.  We were thrilled to find out we were pregnant again.  When we found out we were having triplets, we experienced an entire new set of emotions.  We knew this was not going to be the same pregnancy, birth, and overall experience that we had had when we had Will.  I know we were extremely blessed and our prayers were answered when I gave birth to full term triplets.  Pretty soon, Bill was talking to me and said we need to try again so you can have a girl.  After a lot of discussion, we decided that if we were going to have another baby we needed to do it now.  Our house is in baby mode, and give it a few years, neither one of us would want to come back to it.  Having triplets again never crossed our minds.  In fact, I don’t know anyone who has ever said I want to have triplets once, much less twice.  When we found out we were pregnant again and that it was triplets again, we were beyond shocked.  We pray that this pregnancy continues to be a healthy one for both me and the girls.  We also pray, that when these girls are born, they are healthy.  We love all of our children, and know that we have been blessed.

So, we have another round of croup going through the house.  I think we are finally all on the mend again, but it seems like everyone is healthy for a day and then bam, we are hit with something else!  

Will celebrated his 3rd birthday with in his words a fun happy birthday for two days in a row!  On his birthday, our neighbor Lesa and her daughter Jess, joined us on a trip to the apple orchard.  Unfortunately, it was on Friday, and they didn’t have the you pick areas open.  Fortunately, the boys are all young enough, they didn’t realize what we missed out on!  They had fun seeing the animals in the barn and playing on playground equipment.  Then we bought apples and pumpkins that were already picked.  We had lunch at their restaurant, then headed for home.  After nap, our favorite sitter, Kayla, came over and watched the triplets so we could take Will for a birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse.  He loved sitting in the saddle!  Saturday, we picked up his cake, had gymnastics, and then had his birthday party.  His birthday party was not really a big party with friends.  We’ve had enough sickness going through that we didn’t want to have to cancel a bunch of people.  It was perfect though. Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Molly and Uncle Kyle, Aunt Martha, Brian, and Brad all came over to celebrate.  Will was thrilled with his birthday, and is still enjoying his new toys :)

Today, Will had his 3 year old well child visit.  He is 39.5” tall (95%) projected to be 6’2”.  He weighs 34 lbs (80%).  The dr. is thrilled with his development.  We are going to be working on his baby talk (he has started to imitate the little boys in the last couple months) and his doing what we want him to when we want him to, not when he wants to.  (For example, the dr. was asking him about his birthday, and instead of answering him, Will continued to show him his tractor.  We need him to answer, then show the tractor)

Will is all signed up for the next session of gymnastics (moving up to the 3 year old class), a session of basketball at the YMCA, and will also be continuing his swim lessons.  The little boys will hopefully be going to their swim lesson again this week (have to see how their coughs and colds are doing!), and will be going to next session also.  

Pregnancy update, I go to the ob tomorrow.  I am 24w4d right now.  A huge milestone as we have met viability.  Things are still going well.

Birthday fun - Will loves all his cards!

Croupy Drew just wanted Mommy snuggles.

Tommy, Sammy, and Drew enjoying bath time

We had the triplets 15 month well baby visit today.  The boys are all very healthy, and doing good.  Our pediatrician is hoping they have more words by their 18 month check, but is very happy with their receptive language skills.  He also moved Tommy from nebulizer bre  athing treatments twice a day to an inhaler twice a day.  Hopefully this will make life easier for all of us. Tommy does not like doing breathing treatments, so I have been fighting him with them. We have a bunch of tall, skinny boys! Drew is 32” long, in the 80%, and projected to be around 6’1”. He weighs 22.8lbs, in the 20%. His head circumference is 18.25”, in the 30%. Tommy is 34” long, over 100%, and projected to be around 6’5”. He weighs 25lbs, the 55%. His head is 18.75”, the 65%. Sammy is 32.5” long, the 85%, and projected to be around 6’1” also. He weighs 22lbs, the 15%. His head is 18.5”, the 45%.  I’m always excited to see how they are growing, and can’t wait for Will’s appointment for his 3 year old well child visit next week.  

The little boys were also able to make their first swim lesson of this session (session is almost over).  We have missed the others due to Grandma and Grandpa being out of town and then all the sickness that has gone through our house.  I’m hoping that we can stay healthy and keep them swimming.  I got the paperwork while we were there to sign Will up for basketball.  I still can’t believe he will be 3 this Friday, does not seem possible!

I think we are finally on the mend at our house.  Not back to normal, but getting there for the little boys.  Will now has croup, though :(  We did enjoy a nice quiet weekend at home.  

I’ve been asked many times what it is like to have 3 very mobile 15 month olds (I still can’t believe they are 15 months old today!).  I say, our baby proofing changes daily.  Here are some pictures of all the gates we have set up to keep them out of harms way.

Tommy and Sammy climbed up into Daddy’s chair and found his mouse and remote!

Sammy moved from the chair to the table.

Walk through gate to the kitchen with the start of the extended play yard to block the front of the tv.

Play yard in front of the tv.

Walk through gate to the front entry way.

Play yard gate section behind Will’s chair to keep the boys from climbing over the chair and getting back to the fireplace area (also notice the behind the couch table is about 2 feet behind the couch now!)

We used to use the toy chest to block between the couch and chair, now we have to have a gate behind the toy chest to keep them from going up and over.

And here, we used to use the box to keep them from getting to the back by crawling between the table and chair.  Then they discovered they could climb up on the box and over the table, so we had to add a piece of a play yard and another gate to block the climbing on the box :)

The boys love to play.  We are teaching them about cleaning up, and they now clean up the balls every night before bed.  It’s fun to watch them figure their world out!

We have had a busy few days, busy due to a stomach bug that has hit our house like a truck.

The boys started throwing up on Saturday night, continued through Sunday, and Bill and I got hit on Monday.  The vomiting has stopped, now it has affected the other end for the little boys.  We have been changing beds, doing laundry, cleaning carpets, and just trying to keep everyone hydrated.  When there are four little ones who need your help, you wonder how you can do it.  We did it though!  We said when we have seven, we will have to have someone help us through any bug.  

On a positive note, we had our 22w6d ultrasound growth check on the girls today.  Baby A is weighing in at 1lb6oz, Baby B at 1lb3oz, and Baby C at 1lb6oz!  They are all doing great :)

Whirlwind few days!

Saturday, Will had gymnastics, and as soon as he was finished, we loaded up into the van, picked up Grandma and Grandpa, and headed to my sister Molly’s house.  We saw she and Kyle’s new house, went to see the ambulance that uncle Kyle works on, and then went to the local zoo.  I give lots of praise to the Columbia Park Zoo.  It is small enough that it kept all the boys interest and we did not get worn out either!  They have lots to see.  Will’s favorite was crawling through the tunnels under the prairie dogs, and the petting zoo part (goats!).  The little boys seemed to enjoy the whole experience, pointing at everything.

Sunday was a quiet day at home.  Will spent Sat. night at Grandma and Grandpa’s, and the plan was he would come home Sun. night, but then we got to thinking the little boys had an 8:00 ENT appointment, so Will stayed another night with Grandma and Grandpa.

Monday, the boys had their tube consults with the ENT.  After reviewing their ear history and looking in their ears, his recommendation was tubes.  He had a cancellation for the next morning, so we signed up for it.  I didn’t want to get much more pregnant and not be able to really help with the boys while we waited and then after the surgery.  So, Grandma and Grandpa kept Will for another night (though he came home after the boys’ appointment so we spent the day playing and enjoyed having him back home again.  Lesa, our neighbor, said she would go with us to the surgery center to help with the boys and then stay to help when we got home too.  I’m not sure any of this would be possible without the help of grandparents and neighbors!

Tuesday, tube day!  We woke the boys up nice and early, changed their diapers, and loaded them in the car.  They all did really well considering they were awake early and did not get to eat or drink anything.  The boys are all eaters and usually drink a cup of milk and have breakfast within 15 minutes of coming downstairs.  They all did really well with the surgery, and the dr. said it was a great decision.  He said the fluid in their ears was really nasty thick (consistency of sticky snot) fluid, and he thinks this will help their hearing and hopefully they will start to say more words (they still only say mama, dada, and uh oh).  After we came home, you would never know they had anything done.  They all played and were happy to have Will come home.  Everyone napped well.  When Tommy woke up he had some blood in his bed and dried in his ear too.  So, I called the dr. office (they had told us drainage was normal, but had not mentioned blood).  They said that they had to work a little harder on his ear and use a different speculum to get his ear all cleaned out, so it didn’t surprise them and as long as it wasn’t a copious amount we are ok.  

Here are some pictures from the zoo and before surgery!

Tommy’s first real black eye - he ran into the wall holding a toy.  The wall and toy won that battle!

Friday

Bill took the day off work today, so we got lots of things accomplished around here!

First of all, we got new tires on his car.  He’s been needing them for a while, and I am glad this is done before winter.  While they were working on the car, we all went to breakfast.  It always makes you feel good that people compliment how well behaved the boys are (if only they saw them when they weren’t strapped in chairs!).  Then, we headed to McCool’s, to see if we could just call them to officially place an order or if we had to go in to see them.  It’s hard for me to do something like go to a carpet place with everyone, and do any kind of paperwork.  They were very friendly, have the carpet we wanted in stock, and so we just had to email them the room dimensions, and they will come out and install for us.  Then, we ran to L&M Recreation (the people who put the pool in for us) and arranged for them to come close the pool.  By this time, Bill’s car was finished, so we went back to get it.  Normally, we would have gone to our Mom’s Connect group this morning, but the boys still all have runny noses and are coughing, so we skipped because I don’t want to expose anyone to whatever this bug is that we have.  

This afternoon, while the boys and I napped, Bill got our phone line fixed.  I don’t know what all he did, but they work again in the kitchen and family room, and our bed room, so I’m not complaining!  

The little boys are climbing maniacs now.  I’m waiting for a thud from Tommy’s crib as he is getting his feet off the mattress now (he has figured out how to pull himself up and over things with his arms).  If he figures out how to climb out, we will move him to a toddler bed (a very scary idea for me right now!).  We have to change our baby proofing almost daily as they figure out new things.  It’s fun to watch them learn, but it is also frustrating when you remove one from something and get them moved on to something else to turn around and find another needing removed :)  They are also spending more and more time playing together.  Tonight, Tommy and Drew were playing a mix of chase and peek a boo with each other and just laughing.  Sammy continues to be more independent, but likes to watch the other two play.

On a pregnancy note, I am 21 weeks as of yesterday.  I’m big enough, that getting up and down with the boys is hard, and I am constantly breathing like I just ran a marathon!  But, when I sit here and watch the girls moving, there is no better feeling.