From Jumpers to Naps

This week our busy little bees have hit a few new…eeerrr……milestones?

Hearing Craig exclaim from the playpen, stop licking my belly button! And then a moment later seeing Reagan licking Craig’s leg hair. Such wonderful memories to share with the girls when they are older…

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img_0278Reagan received her first swollen lip last week. It is undetermined if she was smacked in the face by a sister (likely) or if she bit it falling down on a toy. Either way, she wasn’t excited about it; but it hasn’t stopped her from climbing on things and testing out her boundaries.

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Napping is finally improving, it only took about a year! The girls were never great nappers, starting when we defined specific nap times to now. They still need some daytime sleep to continue being happy and pleasant babies; some days it is very difficult while others are much smoother. We are down to one nap, having lost the second one at about 11 months and Reagan a little before that. It was too much of a battle to get them to go down for another relatively short nap, so we stopped trying and now focus on getting one good one. Typical naps are around an hour, but recently that is getting better at two or more. We try to be as physically active as possible throughout the morning so everyone is tired and ready to settle down. Once the girls are in their cribs, we give them about 10 minutes to settle down, whether they are screaming, giggling, or otherwise, before we will go back and intervene. Lately we haven’t had to go back in. When they were smaller, there was a great deal of pulling out the one keeping the other two awake…and that varied between all three.

The end of last week and the weekend schedule worked like a charm. The girls napped about two hours a day, ALL THREE OF THEM, each day. Major progress!! After going through more clothes, we tried on some “big girl pajamas” too! Don’t mind Reagan’s face in the picture…she was ready to eat, not smile for the camera.

Big girl pajamas!

Harper and Emerie had their follow up ear infection appointments on Friday. The office was running late and man…it is really difficult to entertain two one year olds in a tiny, boiling hot room for 40 minutes. Reagan stayed with Grandma, and napped the whole time, so at least we only had to entertain two!

The doctor told us the next few appointments are exceptionally difficult at this age. We are thinking we might split them up and take one at a time to make things less stressful. My other idea is to pack up and bring the pack-and-play with us. Then we can at least set them each down where they can play while we spend two hours there.

One other change in the Douglet household is no more tracker chart! As you know, I like to write things down, memories, silly antics, and definitely the daily schedule. We made it through three Triplet Time books (off Amazon) and once they were no longer available for purchase, I made my own customized Douglets version. We used this for a few more months, keeping up on the day-to-day eating habits, diapers, and funny things throughout the days.

After hitting the year mark, the tracker started to become more effort than help, unlike previous months. We relied on it greatly when the girls were smaller, as schedule was EVERYTHING, and without it we couldn’t remember who ate how much when, let alone get any sleep. img_0371It may seem like taking the time to write things down is unneeded effort, but when you are feeding three babies every three hours each day, your mind very quickly jumbles who had how much when.  It will also be fun to look back at the first few months of life and see some of the funny notes. For example, there are definitely a few “Emerie peed in her hair!” notes (she’s going to kill me for that someday) or “no one slept in their cribs last night” type of things.

Another transition is away from the baby jumpers. I am sad to see them go; I could watch them giggle and laugh and bounce all day long. We are now to the point they just want to explore and play; and they see the jumpers as confinement. No one has tried to climb out of them yet, but if we continued to use them it would probably happen.  Our living room looks so huge now…three jumpers take up a lot of space!

A lot of people dislike jumpers, saying they are bad for babies. Looking into this topic, they can be bad for development, but that is if you leave them in for long periods of time allll the time. Another complaint is it causes children to walk on their tiptoes. In my experience, both are non issues as long as you pay attention to your kids! Harper and Emerie didn’t do tiptoe very much, but Reagan did for a while. As soon as she became mobile, the tiptoes went away and she stands fine now. It’s all about moderation! I will miss those jumpers…

We took advantage of Grandma Sue’s visit and made a few more efforts to baby proof the house.  Our tri-level house has extensive staircase area. The house was originally designed with a 7″ gap between the railings; big enough I can stick my head through, so a child can fully hang through it.  We have a loft area at the top of the stairs in the living room and it is quite high up. Our cats have always liked they can easily escape the dogs by running through the openings, and the dogs used to sit up in the loft and hang their heads through the railing, surveying their surroundings or to take a nap.

This weekend we ruined those joys for our pets, but made our stairs kid safe. I would love to completely demolished the existing railing, but because…well triplets, we don’t have time for that and just added metal spindles, centered in the 7″ opening and now to municipal code! I believe it turned out really nice, and while we aren’t quite finished with the loft, the girls can go from the living room up to their bedroom (monitored) without fear of falling off the sides.

We are still working on food. The girls love to give Grandma Sue a hard time about her cooking, refusing to try things or eat them. Harper is really a stickler for refusing to enjoy her concoctions, Emerie and Reagan are more easily coaxed. They do, however, all like her chicken noodle soup, vegetables and all! Watching them slurp noodles is literally THE cutest thing.

Because the girls can be a bit picky, we still use baby food as well as whatever we are eating to make sure they get the calorie intake they need. They often refuse to eat the food plopped down in front of them on the table (Harper and Reagan more than Em) and are more willing to try it out if you eat a bit and feed them with your utensil. Silly babies.

They seem to be picky sometimes and other times starving little monkeys. Cheese puffs and yogurt melts are still the favorite; mango slices, green beans, crackers and vege-straws are a hit, and of course french fries are a great snack every once in a while, that’s in their genetics like their mother. They liked our homemade coleslaw the other day too, as long as it entered their mouths from my fork! They enjoy Cheerios if they are off someone else’s spoon. Apparently they aren’t as good as a hand to mouth snack (yet).

We are transitioning from bottle feeds to food intake pretty well. The girls get breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day in the triple table, with a bottle in the morning, afternoon, and right before bedtime. Everyone has three or more teeth coming through, which greatly minimized the amount of milk everyone drinks. For a few days I was bagging a bunch for later this year because they weren’t drinking it. Once the teeth popped through the gums, everyone started drinking their bottles better.img_0237

Reagan and Emerie briefly still to drink their bottles

Spring is here (or at least it looks very promising!). The few recent walks feel warm and sunny and like the leaves should appear at any moment. We are excited for Easter next weekend and might do a few bunny photos and play dates. I can’t wait until it is warm enough to sit outside and play with the girls in the sun!

Miss Harper having a fun time on the walk.

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Toddlerhood is Looming

All the signs are pointing to the arrival of toddlerhood X 3! One week post birthday and the girls are interacting more and giggling, exploring…and biting?! At lunch the other day Reagan stuck her hand into Emerie’s mouth, in between noodles, and Emerie chomped down. Luckily Em only has two bottom teeth and top teeth bumps. Of course, Reagan started crying and once she calmed down, she put that hand right back and did it again!! Apparently it will take some more teeth for her to stop testing that idea out…

Playing with their toys and behaving!

Two more days until the sixth developmental leap completes and it is taking forever! For example, Harper is in a new phase of shaking her rattles and then banging them on her siblings’ heads. A good amount of tears have fallen in the past few days over this. She doesn’t yet recognize that her actions cause baby rage, and continues to test out the rattle’s functionality as we are hollering to stop.

Checking out the new picnic basket from their birthday

Another example…Emerie decided to test out her teeth skills by chomping down on my shoulder when I didn’t immediately placate her on something. Tiny girl gave me a mini bruise on my shoulder with only two bottom teeth!

Last night at bedtime we put the girls down with their binkies like usual, turned on the nightlight and white noise machine, and walked out of the room. After pausing for a moment, you could hear big giggles coming from their room. Harper and Reagan were just laughing, in the dark, at each other through the crib slats. It was pretty cute and the first time we’ve noticed them doing it. Emerie was already asleep and missed the giggles this time.

Binkie time

It only lasted about 10 minutes. I captured some of it off the baby cam: Harper is in the left crib and Reagan on the right. Enjoy!

Of course, baby giggles eventually turned to shrieks, with Reagan not ready to go to sleep. She ended up with Mom and Dad as Harper snuggled up with her wubbanub and fell asleep. Emerie slept the entire night in her crib too!

Momma vs Dada

The house is getting more vocal! Harper and Emerie are on Team Craig and like to yell, or quietly whisper, dadadadada…

I think they win for first ones saying it…BUT….

Reagan is on Team Becca and the first to pronounce the “m” sound and say Momma this week!

Harper saying dadada….she’s getting really good at it!

We are also starting the baby wrestling this month.

Harper and Reagan

Everyone is starting to be on the move in one way or another. Em has figured out she can get out of tummy time by rolling… Every. Single. Time!

Reagan now does this cute little shoulder roll when she is happy. It usually pairs with a happy giggle and big smile.

I now can’t turn my back without someone rolling over or moving spots. They aren’t quite crawling yet, but Reagan is super close. Even Harper, who is not a fan of exerting herself unless forced, is pulling herself back to sit right positions and turning onto her stomach, much to her dismay.

This started as sit time…

We broke out the activity table they received from Christmas and all three think it is about as cool as the ceiling fan! In fact, when one is playing on it (assisted by parent), the other two are insanely jealous and let us know it should be their turn ASAP!

Reagan keeps turning onto her tummy and playing and swinging her feet around. I think she will be our first crawler, but the other two won’t be far behind. Here Emerie is doing the butt wiggle. She is trying really hard to beat Reagan to it!

Okay one more video…not only are the girls talking, or should I say babbling, more, but they are also interacting with each other. The secret baby language is not too far away!

So yes, there is a lot going on this month in the Douglas household. And it’s about to get even wilder!

Who is the most…?

I saw this on Facebook earlier this fall and thought it would be fun. I started filling this post out a couple months ago and I can already see some of the answers have shifted around. As I alluded to in my last post, the girls seem to have flip flopped a little on several personality traits. For example, Harper is no longer our rock sleeper…thankfully Reagan has taken that on and now loves to stretch out and sleep in her crib, pacifier and all.

Sleepy Reagan (unswaddled!)

Random family photo from when I started this post originally. They are so tiny!

So here we go!

Who’s the most stubborn? Emerie when she’s mad, Harper when she’s tired and doesn’t want to be in her crib.

Who’s the most laid back? Harper for the first few months, now that teething has slowed down it’s Reagan.

Reagan hanging out at the new table

Who has the worst temper? Emerie!!

I just love this photo, poor baby.

Who’s more likely to share? All of them right now, but they also all steal each other toys.

Who eats the most? Reagan. She’ll eat 2 full bottles at bedtime, sometimes more!

Who is the picky eater? For baby food, Reagan or Harper; both sometimes believe we are poisoning them. For bottles, lately Emerie has been the most fidgety.

Who can sleep the longest? Harper up until last month. Now it’s Reagan!

Harper post afternoon nap

Who’s the loudest? It depends. Emerie has the highest pitched shriek, but Harper loves to randomly yell and exercise her voice.

Who is the shyest? Reagan

Who has the attitude? All of them lol…although Emerie probably takes the cake on this one.

Who needs the most reassurance? Emerie in general, Reagan when going thru a developmental leap.

Who is the most dramatic? Emerie for sure. She’s already starting her terrible twos lol

Who’s the clingiest? Emerie is when she is fussy or at bedtime, Reagan when I first get home from work and she demands snuggles. Harper occasionally at bedtime but she’s getting better at self soothing.

Who’s the sneakiest? Emerie. I think she’s going to be the bandleader.

Who giggles the most? Right now all of them on different things. Reagan is the hardest to get to crack a smile, while Harper will give you a big grin pretty easily. Em loves to smile.

Reagan resisting a smile. So serious!

Harper helping Mom sort through new clothing

Who dislikes tummy time the most? Who likes it the best? Harper definitely dislikes it the most! She will lay there and scream. Emerie dislikes it too but will immediately roll out of it. Reagan is not a fan but will cooperate for a few minutes.

Who enjoys jumping the most? If I have to choose one baby, I think it would be Emerie. When she’s excited to be in the bouncer, she is jumping to the heavens and giggling.

Who rolls over the most? Lately Emerie rolls the most, but generally that is due to her hatred of tummy time. Otherwise it is Reagan!

Who is the best sitter? Reagan is our strongest kiddo and can sit up really well!

Who holds their bottle the best? No one is great at it yet, but everyone is progressing along nicely.

I will fill this out again this summer and see how different it is once the girls are mobile and better voicing their opinions.

Half Birthday Already?!

I can hardly believe six months have passed as of Thursday afternoon! The saying the days are long but the years are short really is true and I am starting to better understand that meaning.

Six months!!

We are starting a more exciting phase of development, with little personalities continuing to bloom and new traits and skills appearing.  This is the “age of the jumper” and with that comes the ability to start moving more.

Everyone is so observant now. I think their love of the bedroom fan is replaced with their love of the front yard tree. It’s bright and yellow and they stare at it constantly.

Snacking on their photo props…

Harper

Weight:  14 pounds, 12 oz. (23%) & 26″ (53%)

How gorgeous is this quilt made by my Mom?!

Favorite Baby Food: Harper tolerates baby food when she’s in the mood for it and is starting to understand how the spoon works to get her food. Like her sisters, she enjoys carrots and really likes sweet potatoes.

The sit me up chairs are awesome

Likes: She really likes the jumper! She has a different rhythm than Emerie does, and pushes up with one foot at a time, back and forth.  She almost looks like she is dancing and then she giggles and smiles at you at the same time.

Harper loves the jumper and has rhythm!

Dislikes: Harper is our “chillest” baby. Before she cries about something she will let us know in her stern voice she is not happy. She doesn’t really dislike anything other than being stuck in the middle between her sisters. Apparently she had enough of that in the womb, because she was in the middle!

Development/Traits: Her hands exist and almost her feet. This week she discovered she can watch the dogs as they rough house and she thought it was hysterical- full on giggles. Harper is pretty good at grasping things held in front of her and putting them in her mouth, so we’ve taken to handing her things so she continues to improve.

Emerie

Weight: 13 pounds, 4 oz. (5%) & 24″ (9%)

Emerie on Grandma Anne’s quilt

Favorite Baby Food: She likes everything, but really likes carrots. She’s mastered the spoon before her sisters and will open her mouth so you can shovel food in there. If you are too slow she let’s you know she’s waiting!

Likes: Emerie LOVES the jumper.  When I say love, I really mean love. When placed in the jumper, she will go for 30 minutes and bounce and bounce up and down using both feet, all the while smiling and chatting and giggling.  It is adorable.

Emerie’s happy place

Dislikes: No change on this one; she still like to be cuddled and demands bedtime snuggles.

Development/Traits: She has figured out her hands exist, but not quite her feet. She is starting to hold onto her bottle and not just knock it over (hallelujah!). This week she also discovered she can watch the dogs as they roam the house and that seems interesting.

What!?

Reagan

Weight: 14 pounds, 12 oz. (23%) & 25.75″ (42%)

Reagan chilling on her quilt.

Favorite Baby Food: She is not a big fan of baby food yet…but we are working on it. She tolerated pears and sweet potatoes, and carrots so far seem to be her favorite when she decides she wants to eat.

Likes: She really likes her toys, especially her corn teether and owl and anything that sounds like tissue paper. She also likes to look at the pictures on the fridge.

Don’t worry she isn’t crawling yet!

Dislikes: The jumper! She is NOT a fan. We’ve put her in several different styles and she literally sits there for a couple minutes, and then fusses. She will look at the toys a bit but refuses to bounce or jump at all.

Development/Traits: Like her sisters, Reagan has figured out her hands exist, but not quite her feet. She is extremely good at grasping things held in front of her and putting them in her mouth. Reagan is our startler; loud or abrupt noises still make her jump more than her sisters do. She also remains the strongest of the three.

Strong legs!

Everyone is still in halo sleep sacks at night; we figure that will continue for another month or two. We are also still tracking their feedings daily and that helps us remember how everyone is doing on things! We now have three jumpers and three sit me up chairs. And we survived six month shots; they are taking it 1000x better than their four month ones.

Post shot snack!

More Giggles and…Shots?

I didn’t want Emerie to feel left out… she giggled just after I posted yesterday’s blog. She’s also started talking to us constantly, what Harper and Reagan did last week.

I’ve noticed the girls only giggle when they are in diapers, and mostly on the changing table. It makes me think they are starting to be ticklish and that makes them laugh. Or my face and hair are somehow very silly to them! They also get the hiccups each time, so their diaphragms aren’t quite ready for it but that’ll get better. But seriously it is cute. I’m excited for this development phase!

We also had four month shots yesterday, which we’re told are one of the worst shot sets. Not surprisingly there were tears and fussiness after, but we made it through and the doctor helped us cuddle and feed them. Everyone is in good percentiles, and Reagan is actually 1/4″ taller then Harper now!

Last night was a bit rough with a lot of crankiness and overall today went pretty well with Tylenol for their mild fevers. It was also an excuse to put them in cute summer clothing, because the house was warm today, and to have more baby snuggles! We will certainly continue to do doctor checkups on Fridays, especially when I go back to work, so we have the weekend to get everyone back to their normal, happy selves.

Not Every Day is Sunshine and Rainbows

Don’t worry, only the start of this blog is slightly bleh. The end is amazing!!

Not everyday is sunshine and roses (today was hoodie weather!). I seem to post more when we hit a developmental milestone or the girls are looking super spiffy. The reality is, we definitely have our stress moments and hours of multiple screaming, inconsolable babies. It’s just not all the time, thank goodness.

The last few nights were one of those times you need three more hands on your body. Both Harper and Emerie were practically inconsolable for over an hour at bedtime on Tuesday and last night was a similar fussiness. Reagan was fussy but manageable.

We keep reminding ourselves that the girls are in another developmental jump and it’s making them uber cranky. They are definitely more interested in the world and looking around, when they aren’t shrieking. The past couple of days have been significantly less intake during feeding time, which is a little funny since I just ordered a bunch a bigger (8oz) Dr. Brown bottles. Guess they weren’t ready for that yet!

On a happier and less complaining note…last Friday Reagan and Monday for Harper, giggled!! Both were full on baby giggles, and will make your ovaries churn! Here’s Reagan giggling at Daddy.

And here is Harper giggling!

Emerie did a crazy giggle yesterday, one similar to the sneaky giggles in the movies, but she hasn’t fully done it yet. I’m sure it’s right around the corner…after four month shots…