Little Swimmers

New baby milestone, at 9.5 months old.

Since before they were even born, Craig wanted to take the girls swimming. He was a water baby (and still is?! Lol) so we figure at least one of the girls would adore the water.

We know from our NICU stay that Reagan very much likes it and bath time, even with her timidity; and Emerie and Harper have learned to like it more during bath times at home.

I may have purchased swimsuits last summer, anticipating at some point over the winter swimming would happen. The girls are growing like weeds and Harper and Reagan have to be in 12 month at this point, as the 9 months outfits I bought are a bit tight. Glad I bought two sizes! Otherwise they would never come off when wet!

The thought of trying to take 3 nine month olds swimming at a public pool is not my idea of a good time, and caused me some stress. Luckily, my beautiful friend Kathryn opened her house and indoor pool to us so we wouldn’t have to try the public one yet. We also enjoy our play dates to have a ton of kiddos, so why not go swimming with a twin set and triplet set under one years old and two preschoolers? Sounds like an acceptable challenge to me. Apparently we fear nothing!!

Harper REALLY enjoyed the water. She kicked and kicked and liked sitting in the floaty seat (that’s awesome by the way!). She even did some tummy time leaning forward in it without rage.

Emerie wasn’t entirely impressed at first, but liked it after a few minutes. She is destined to like water, she’s in an adorable mermaid suit! Once she was comfortable she loved it.

Reagan was initially appalled at the situation but after five minutes was splashing around with her sisters.

The end goal of swimming was to get the girls to sleep better, and maybe through the night like they used to but haven’t in the past month. Result? Better sleep than a lot of recent prior nights, but not yet back to our joyous 7 hours of sleep.

First swim was definitely a success! I look forward to more with the Wheeles group and with future bestie Paris!

A Big Year: 2018

2018 was a big year for our family. Expanding to a family of five, both continuing to work full time, an exciting 7.0 earthquake close to home, and the ups and downs that come with being new parents.

The key things I learned throughout this past year:

  1. The most important thing is family. I’ve always enjoyed having a job and a career, and definitely put that in the import category in my life, when really, it’s not nearly as important as your little ones and spending time with your family.
  2. Friendship: it changes when you have kids. Some friendships can handle the big life change while some can’t; and realistically, thats okay! Life is about growing and changing. Sometimes people will surprise you!
  3. Patience is a thing. I’ve never been a super patient person, but with kids you just have to suck it up and go with it. I’m working on it…should have it down by triple toddlerhood. You’ll also find me eating chocolate and drinking wine in the bathroom for that life phase.
  4. Teamwork is a necessity. The day to day is really hard. Working together on each task drastically improves EVERYTHING. It also makes one appreciate their spouse in ways they may not have noticed pre-babies.
  5. Enjoy the little things- that hot cup of coffee, brownies baked by a friend, a quiet morning sitting by the Christmas tree (even if it’s at 4am), baby giggles or snuggling a fussy baby to sleep.
  6. Embrace your community! For me, it’s not just the multiple moms that I have things in common with, but just moms in general. We are all in the thick of it together!

The girls learned a good amount of things this past year too! Their list is far more interesting than my life revelations, including how to:

  1. survive “outside” in the real world!
  2. eat out of their bottles and almost hold them. So close.
  3. sleep through the night…and un-sleep through the night this month. Working on that one…
  4. laugh, smile, growl, and happily enjoy the world around them.
  5. grab and play with toys while sitting up.
  6. And lastly, to continue to grow, change, and advance into 2019!

We finished off this year letting the babies test out some beef broth. Needless to say, they are not fans of it (yet) so we followed it up with the well liked mango. Enjoy and happy new year!

30 days of night…err…Christmas…

We thought we were tired with a triple cold in November…apparently the girls didn’t get the memo that mom and dad wanted to sleep in December.

Christmas went pretty well. My mom is in town and has provided a nice extra set of hands. Christmas morning started a little earlier than we would have liked (maybe Christmas Eve just started late?) but eventually we had everyone up to “open” presents. The past weekend everyone has been super fussy and that results in each of us getting a baby for the night. Emerie sleeps in a rock and play with Craig, randomly freaking out every few hours, one night I had Reagan and the next she slept with my mom, and another night Harper and I snuggled on the nursery chair until my normal 430 AM wake up call.

Did I mention Craig’s back is also out?

Anyway, Christmas: the girls really liked participating in the presents; i.e. chewing as much wrapping paper as possible. Here’s my attempt at a time lapse video of present opening. Apparently I preferred not to have my head in the video, but please enjoy the chest view (sorry!) lol

Emerie was very grumpy on Christmas and started running a fever. I took her to the doctor yesterday and discovered she has a double ear infection and is really not feeling well. She’s finally taking long day naps, but getting sick to make for better naps was not really how I envisioned it!

Wrestling a baby to get medicine down them is quite the feat. So far I think it’s Mom, 1, and Emerie, 3.

Matching pjs for the win!

Other than the sickness hitting our littlest and minimal sleep, the week hasn’t been a complete loss. Presents are a hit and the girls are enjoying their sit-up time with them. There are lots of snuggles too and floor time, and as I wrote some of this was enjoying the fresh snow falling and not having to go out in it!

We attempted the matching family pajamas and it turned out very cute! Paris (the Douglet’s future BFF!) was not really feeling the group photos, but had a fun time playing with the girls. I think Craig might be tired of all the outfit changes; but little does he know what toddlerhood with three girls will be like…

Wish us luck that we can get babies back to sleeping all night…and in their cribs, and that Craig’s back will improve. He’s getting lots of floor time too…but not in a fun capacity. Emerie should start feeling better from the antibiotics soon and hopefully we can get back to a normal schedule.

Happy Harper

Goofy Reagan

Emerie starting to feel a little better

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and we look forward to an exciting new year!

Christmas on the floor

Hello from the floor, well actually from bed, but I’ve spent a great deal of time on the floor this weekend. I pulled a muscle in my back yet again, and continue to have muscle spasms that keep me flat on my back. On Christmas Eve I had to go to the clinic and get a shot in the butt just to manage the pain.

Thankfully a few friends we able to come over and help with the girls to allow Becca a few minutes to herself. Okay maybe only a few seconds.

Being out of commission really shows us just how much our routine and schedule depend on Becca and I working as a team. I hope to be up and running shortly. I tired of feeling useless when it comes to helping and playing with the girls.

I’ve been able to feed Emerie while in bed since she’s has slept next to me in the rock and play for the last week.

I leave this post with a shout out to the friend and family that came over and helped, it was more than a holiday blessing. And a bigger shout out to my wife, she’s doing a great job and has to pull triple duty all the time. Hopefully she doesn’t throw me to the wood chipper and replace me with a guy that doesn’t have back issues…

9 Month Babies!

This week is the nine month marker for the girls. It’s incredible how quick this winter is flying by, even with the sleepless nights and busy work days.

The girls are advancing and growing quickly and have changed a lot since their six month checkup. Harper and Reagan weighed almost 14 pounds in September, and Emerie a little over 13.

Here is a quick update on how everyone is doing:

Harper Anne

Weight and Growth Percentile: gained over two pounds and grew an inch! 17 pounds (29%) and 27″ (25%)!

Favorite Things: First of all, Harper loves the YouTube princess videos. She can be full raging and instantly smile and laugh when she hears the first Snow White song. She still loves her jumper and has discovered she is able to pound her feet in her crib, while awake and asleep, much to the dismay of her sisters (and our sleep).

Likes: Harper loves the blanket game and playing with toys during floor time. She shares pretty well with her sisters and twin friends!  She is also an avid animal watcher and enjoys watching the dogs or cats anytime they are nearby. She also thinks sloppy dog kisses are so hilarious.

Dislikes: She is not the biggest fan of baby food most days and generally prefers her bottle. She is also not a fan of teething or tummy time…other than that, she is still our chillest baby most of the time. Like her Grandma Anne, she also seems to run a little cooler than her sisters and often has cold hands and feet.

Personality Traits: She is such a sweet baby, loves cuddles and talking (or growling) to you. She is a little shier than Emerie but will still let people hold and play with her that aren’t Mom and Dad.Development: While we try to encourage it, Harper has decided rolling over is not something she is interested in learning STILL. She has done it twice. She is great at sit time and can hold herself up pretty well and reaches for toys in all directions. Harper does like to chat and is now saying “dadadadada;” that, or she’s growling at you.

Emerie Faye

Weight and Growth Percentile: Em jumped from the 5th weight percentile to the 8th in about 2 months according to her last doctor visit. This time she weighed in at 15 pounds 6 oz (8%) and 26.5″ (11%). She is tiny but working on catching up!

Favorite Things: Emerie enjoys the princess videos, but I would say her favorite thing is FOOD…all types, any types. She has about mastered the spoon feeding and prefers to lick off the spoon at the end of the feeding (or steal it from you and refuse to give it back). She also enjoys her jumper and reaches for the sky!

Likes: Emerie likes the blanket game, play time, and any snuggles she can get. She likes to chew on everything, especially the frozen teethers and loves food if any kind.

Dislikes: I think she is our most impatient baby, when it comes to baby food, tv commercials, or having to wait for anything.  Teething is definitely not something she signed up for and keeps her pretty cranky.

Personality Traits: Emerie is our biggest cuddler. She loves attention from anyone, even if that is the dog licking extra food off her face! She also screams the loudest when she is mad.

Development: Em loves her toes and constantly pulls off those pesky socks covering them. She is greatly improving on sitting up, and her head shape has improved dramatically from her six month update. She enjoys yelling “dadadadadada” constantly and in numerous octives.Reagan Jean

Weight and Growth Percentile: gained over two pounds and grew 2.75″ since her last checkup! (16 pounds, 15 oz (28%) and 27.5″ (44%)

Favorite Things: Previously our little girl did not like spending time in the jumper, and refused to even try to jump.  All that has changed! She loves jumping now and also enjoys the new activity piano that plays music and lights up. She is also a fan of the princess videos.

Likes: Toys. Reagan is definitely the toy hoarder. She tries to gather all toys near her into her lap; it does not matter if Harper or Emerie are chewing on said toys, they will be hers… She especially likes toys that sing and light up, and her singing toucan! Reagan also took to the frozen teethers the fastest. Lastly, she has a happy shriek sound that is the sweetest thing!

Dislikes: She still dislikes abrupt, loud noises, but who doesn’t? Sometimes she also gets overstimulated and needs a break from the noise and even cuddles. She usually works it out herself and then is back to being happy Reagan. Both visits to Santa have resulted in a blank stare, no smiles, so she might just dislike the big red guy.

Personality Traits: Reagan is still the shiest of the group; although I think she is getting a bit more outgoing now that the jumper isn’t so scary. She still startles a little but has greatly improved on that the past few months. She is our daintiest eater, and general remains pretty clean for baby food feedings.Development: Sometimes she decides she can hold her own bottle, just to show me briefly that she can! She is definitely the strongest of the three and will wiggle around to grab something near her. She just started making sounds that are soon to be words and has started with the “dadada” as well.

All three girls reach out for Mom and Dad now as well as for their bottles. We still receive big smiles in the morning, although lately those come from the rock-and-plays instead of the cribs!

They enjoy book time – by that I mean chewing on a book while we try to read it. And no, we can’t just have one book out; there MUST be three so everyone has something to play with.

Parents

The parents are hanging in there. In the past two months, we’ve had three babies with a cold, six baby teeth grow, many minimal sleep nights, and lots of busy days.

But in addition to the hardships, we’ve also had great developmental improvement, Santa visits, family visits, hair growth (yay!), and generally happy, healthy babies.

My last pumping goal was to make it to the nine month mark, and so far so good! Now shooting for my one year goal.

Get ready for some ridiculously cute Christmas photos (once I finish going through them all!), because they aren’t too far away. Who doesn’t like a baby in a candy cane Christmas dress?!

Post Santa photo at Cabellas

Mashed Potatoes and Family Visits

Today, for the first time, we let the girls try to feed themselves some food…some of Grandma Sue’s mashed potatoes. We put the trays back on the sit-me-ups and plopped down some very well mashed potatoes. At first no one knew what to do! Eventually Emerie started chowing down while Harper and Reagan squished and played with it.

Grandma Sue also taught Harper a new trait. She will now growl at you. It’s adorable! She does it constantly like she is just plain talking to you.

Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve been playing dress up a good amount. I found a number of matching outfits and now that they are easier to tell apart (in some ways) it is fun to make them match and see if others can recognize who is who.

Some family has come up to enjoy the first holiday season with us. The girls really enjoy pulling on their Grandma Sue’s hair, stealing Papa Lon’s hat off his head, playing with Cousin Tyler and Aunt Nicki, and talking to Grandma Anne and Papa Cliff. It’s fun to see their interactions with new people and they are getting much more comfortable with noise and chaos in the house day to day.

Aunt Nicki and the girls

Watching princesses

Cousin Tyler with the Douglets

Papa Cliff with the girls

Grandma Anne and Harper

Babies playing with their Grandparents

Now, it would be REALLY nice if the teething rage slowed down and we could remember what a solid night of sleep feels like. Thank goodness my mom is taking an evening shift so we can get a few hours of uninterrupted shuteye the last night or two. Here is a peek at Reagan’s teeth- sneak attack!

Let the battle begin…

Playing in Christmas clothes – Harper, Emerie, Reagan

Welp, it appears that I lost the battle. Technically it’s not a competition, but who are we kidding? Everyone wants to win the first baby sound battle (here is Reagan- ignore my epic food in mouth spill).

Craig claims to be the winner with all three…I am still disputing. The “dadadadada” sounds constantly coming out of Emerie, then Harper, then Reagan, are simply a sound, not an acknowledgement of a person. My PIC professional Amy backs me up on this thought!Either way, it is very cute, and they like to yell it at us at random times and in loud voices. Reagan is a bit more timid in her sound while Harper and Emerie just yell at you.

We are practicing sitting time each day to strengthen those back and ab muscles. The girls have greatly improved over the past several weeks. Reagan is a pro and by far the strongest (that hasn’t changed since birth), Harper sits well but likes to stretch back against the boppy when she can or we aren’t paying close attention, and Emerie is a bit more floppy and always seems to end up on her belly, angry, but is improving.

Everyone is teething majorly and everyone has at least one, or two, teeth poking through the gums.

Emerie’s tooth is no longer afraid of her gums and re-presented itself.

Harper’s are also coming in full force (two of them!), and she is none to pleased about it. Lots of Tylenol for her…and little sleep for us…

Reagan’s bottom one is popping and she seems a little less enraged than her sisters. Lots of chewing on everything and frozen teethers.

So, we should have sitting, teeth showing, chatting babies by Christmas. Where has the time gone?!