Monday, February 24, 2014

Bedtime Battles

Back in November and December we switched the boys to toddler beds.  They have done surprisingly well with the transition and seem to enjoy their little bit of freedom.  In the morning they get up and quietly read books while sitting in their chairs waiting for someone to come in to start the day.  Nap time has still been consistent, they lay right down and are typically sleeping within minutes.  
Most nights they lay down and go to sleep with one or both of us in the room without much trouble.

And then there are nights like tonight when they decided it was time to play and sing and yell to one another.  It is hard not to get frustrated in moments like that.  Tonight we said ok, wind down on your own, and we left the room.  Well apparently Ryder thought he was never going to see us again because he had an ultimate meltdown screaming and banging on the door.  I couldn't leave him in there behaving like that, it breaks my heart to hear my children in distress like that!  

I went back in after a few minutes and tried again.  Ry laid down and wanted me to pat him.  After telling the other two boys to find their beds I settled in next to Ryder.  A few moments later I had Daniel in my lap snuggled in tight and Garrett lying on a pillow next to me.  I just leaned back on Ry's bed with one hand on him, one on Garrett and my head resting on Daniel's head and thought, wow I am so incredibly blessed to be their momma.  It is so easy to get frustrated when they won't just go to sleep, but if they had tonight I would have missed out on an opportunity to love on my boys.  My boys who just wanted to be close to their mommy.  I need to savor moments like this, because in a blink of an eye, they won't want me to cuddle with them anymore.

So to those of you who are currently going through the frustrations of transitioning to "big kid" beds, remember this is just another phase, they will eventually get the hang of it and sometimes all they want is to have mommy or daddy close by while they drift off to sleep.  So cherish those moments... Even the ones where you want to pull your hair out because they don't stay toddlers forever!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Ok Winter I Give In!

So we have had quite the week.  On Tuesday last week we had to take Garrett to the pediatrician because his breathing was rough.  Turns out he had RSV (so all the boys have RSV - they sounded horrible).

Enter breathing treatments...

Then on Thursday we got a foot of snow and Ryder standing in the middle of the floor screaming in pain. Which lead to this...

Ambulance ride with a few hours in the ER.  We were originally told we would need to be admitted because his breathing was horrible.  Then a breathing treatment helped so we were to be transferred to the local children's hospital for surgery on his new hernia (the reason we went to the hospital in the first place). It was then decided that we were to go home because he was too sick for surgery.

He is not so sick anymore... 11pm last night...

Today we met with our pediatrician and we will be seeing the surgeon on Thursday with what seems to be surgery pretty shortly after that.  We would appreciate prayers that everything goes smoothly and that the hernia stays "stable" until the surgery.

Besides they would much rather be doing this...
Instead of being sick!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy New Year!

The boys are now 19 months old!  I'm still in shock that we are closing in on 2.  The thought of not one, not two, but three 2 year old boys is a bit terrifying!  These boys already work together to get into all kinds of trouble.  

The boys has their 18 month check up - and everyone is doing well!
Daniel's stats:  24.7 lbs (22nd percentile); 33.5 inches (79th percentile).
Ryder's stats: 21 lbs (3rd percentile); 31.25 inches (17th percentile)
Garrett's stats: 23.5 lbs (12th percentile); 32.5 inches (52nd percentile)

Daniel is clearly built like his Daddy with broad shoulders. He is our tank and he uses his weight to his advantage as he has become our little bully!  He even pushes Maddy around, pretty successfully too!  He loves to dance and is still my blankie boy.  He loves to play ball and can climb anything.  He also enjoys shrieking like a girl!

Ryder is my tiny guy.  He had surgery to put tubes in his ears the day before thanksgiving after having 4 straight months of fluid in his ears and successive  ear infections.  The doctor was not worried about his weight bc of the recent surgery and because he had a GI bug most of the week before the appointment.  She did recommend adding some healthy fat into his diet.  He now gets full fat yogurt and cottage cheese and the occasional pediasure!  Ryder has also become my little ham, as soon as a camera appears he smiles in the most cheesy ways possible.

Garrett is my sweet boy.  He's the first to give a hug to a sad brother.  He will make sure his brother's get the same things he does before getting his own.  He hands out cups for me at snack time.  He loves to play with his baby doll and will rock her and pat her.  And is now starting to sing to her as well.  He is definitely a sensitive soul and gets his feelings hurt pretty easily.  He also loves to dance.  His new favorite thing is to shake his head no, even when he means yes!

All 3 boys are doing so well using plates and silverware to eat their meals.  Some current favorites are soup, broccoli, and meatballs.  We are working on open cups, but it's still kind of a disaster!

The biggest milestone... All 3 boys are in toddler beds!! We had a fairly easy transition at first, but then Christmas chaos and New Years set us back with the boys deciding bed time was party time.  We took a good look at our bedtime routine and after just about a week and a half of very strict bedtime, I'm happy to report the boys have been asleep by 8pm the last 2 nights with no fight and none of the boys getting out of bed!  Praying that it continues!

That is my favorite part of beds - finding the boys cuddling together!

This post is going to be long!  Let me recap the past couple of months!

Ry's surgery was quick and easy and the follow up from his surgeon has been awesome.  We are so happy with how well it all went.  And his walking improved so much after that!  His hearing has also improved, which is good.  I was really upset when I found out he had conductive hearing loss in both ears.


Morning of!  It was an early start, he wasn't amused. 

We had a busy Thanksgiving day, followed by a busy Black Friday getting our Christmas Tree! Madelynn was allowed to pick, and I am pretty sure she picked the biggest one she could find!  It was a beautiful tree (it's actually still standing, just on the deck now)!

One week following this I ended up hospitalized for 5.5 days!  I needed to have my gallbladder removed and then needed another small procedure to remove a gallstone from my common bile duct.  Fun!  The nurses and docs did a great job and my favorite nurse from maternity snuck in to see me too! :) as much as I hated being in the hospital the week before Maddy's birthday, I did manage to get lots of crafts done!  I am also so thankful for all of the people that stepped up to help Dan make it through the week managing the kids and coming to see me! We also received these awesome shirts from a fellow triplet mom, while I was there, perfect timing!
(I was planned, I wasn't, neither was I)

We managed to have Maddy's birthday as scheduled! She loved her Princess Sofia Tea Party and was thrilled that so many of her friends could come and join her!

We then had "lots" of Christmases with friends.  We are so incredibly blessed.  We have so many people in our lives who love our children.  It makes me so happy to know our children are loved!  We were able to spend Christmas Eve with Dan's family and Christmas Day at home and with my family and then more time with Dan's family.  It was a fun, crazy day!
Christmas pictures for the cards I still haven't printed!
Christmas Eve service!  Rockin' the fedoras. 

Santa came!
We had some very happy kiddos!

We started the new year off the right way with going to the Farm Show twice in one day!  Milkshakes for breakfast! Yum!
They really loved the milk shakes, potato donuts and seeing all of the animals!

We have had quite a few busy months. And I'm hoping things slow down in the next few months!  Who am I kidding, we have triplets!

Friday, November 1, 2013

15/16 Months and Halloween Happenings

As usual, I haven't updated in quite some time.

We had our 15 month check up and the boys are growing like crazy!  Daniel was 23.5lbs, Ryder 21lbs and Garrett was 22.5lbs.  They are all 30" or taller as well, but I don't remember the specifics because it was in September!

The boys have been healthy, though Ryder had to deal with an ear infection that took two rounds of antibiotics to really kick.  Thankfully it was only one or two sleepless nights in there as he is so happy typically!

The boys are really starting to talk more and are repeating sounds much more frequently.  Every now and then we get random words that seem to come out of nowhere!  

The boys love to play with puzzles, little people, cars and books.  They love reading books and will sit intently listening to their bedtime story!

They are always on the move, climbing on everything and using each other to reach things.  Ryder isn't yet walking as well as his brothers, but he is taking more and more steps each day.  I've learned that with Ryder I need to just be patient, he does things on his terms.  The newest skill in the household is that Daniel can reach the pull down door handles and provide "freedom" to his brothers... Like when they showed up on the deck while we were letting the dog out!  The deadbolt is locked all the time now!

October has been a busy month!  We started the month going to the Halloween Parade and the kids loved it!  We definitely had an advantage and got tons of candy!  Maddy was pretty happy to be a big sister to triplets that night!  The boys were even photographed for the local newspaper. :)



On a rare morning off I was able to go with the nanny to take the boys to a local farm for their fall harvest days.  The boys had a blast playing all morning!



Mid-month we participated in our town's Streets of Treats.  Maddy loved playing all of the games and again getting a bunch of candy!  She also made sure to always get something for her brothers.  She is a great big sister!



Just this week we had lots of activity!  Monday was Alumni Trick-or-Treat at my college and the kids again had a blast! Lots of activities and lots of candy!

And then on Halloween we had Maddy's parade at her school and of course trick or treat night!  


Maddy's best friends joined us for trick-or-treating, rounding out our Despicable Me theme by adding Margo, Edith and of course a tiny minion!  Even though we had a few tears over line leader responsibilities, the kids had a blast and the boys even walked for a little bit to get a few pieces of candy for themselves! :)


All in all it has been a busy month, but man have we had fun!

Oh and just because...

Monday, September 9, 2013

Did you know?

Tonight I am taking a break from my typical posts about my adorable triplets, because, well this topic deserves it...

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

In my relatively short career I have had the incredible opportunity to work at our local children's hospital on our Pediatric Oncology Unit.  I have also had the opportunity to be a part of a research team to make changes to positively affect the current treatment that those children receive during their active medical treatment to maybe, just maybe, lessen the physical effects that the current treatments have on their little bodies.  Through this I have met many amazing little ones who were the most courageous people I have ever known, all fighting for their lives.  Many of those children are still fighting with everything they have, some are currently in remission, and unfortunately more than is acceptable have lost their fight.  It is incredibly difficult to treat a child, one last time, simply for pain management, knowing that the next day that child may no longer be there because their body just couldn't take it any longer.  But I'm "just" the therapist.  I am not the parent.  As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain, the heart ache, the absolute despair that would be watching your child leave you.  As a parent, I don't want any other parent to ever have to suffer through that loss.  Which is why I support Childhood Cancer Awareness...

Did you know...
~13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer EVERY YEAR in the United States.

~1 in 5 will DIE.

~46 school children will be diagnosed with cancer EVERY DAY.

~Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among US children under 14.

~Only 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget goes to pediatric funding.

~The average age of death from pediatric cancer is 8.

~Childhood cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

~3 out of 5 children who survive suffer devastating late effects such as secondary cancers, muscular difficulties and infertility.

~The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown, and for the most part they cannot be prevented and are not a result of lifestyle choices.


These children need a VOICE.  Childhood cancer needs more funding for research.  Research to improve treatments and give these kids HOPE for a true CURE.  Better, less toxic treatments for today's childhood cancer patients will lead to fewer late effects for tomorrow's survivors.  I have seen the results of treatment that have caused children to need to relearn how to walk, sit, play.  I have seen teenagers lose their chance at college athletics because of the side effects of their treatment, treatment necessary to save their lives.

It's easy to turn the other way and pretend it doesn't exist... but it does and it is life changing for the child, their siblings and their parents.

Check out www.curesearch.org or www.stjude.org or www.alexslemonade.org to find out how to be a part of the cause to raise awareness and support our children, because they are our future.

Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's been awhile...

I just realized that I have not posted in 2 months!  It is crazy how quickly time just seems to pass by when raising 4 crazy kiddos.  We have had a really fun summer and have one more trip planned at the end of the month!

This summer has contained pool days, a splash pad, HersheyPark, a trip to the Erie Zoo with another triplet family, the boys first and second hair cuts, and many more adventures!

They are 14.5 months and are always on the move.  Always!  Garrett was the first to learn to walk and now he is walking pretty much everywhere.  Daniel was a week or so behind him, but is also primarily walking everywhere.  They did this crazy knee walking for about a month before they actually walked... Well Ryder is doing the knee walk now, so I don't think it will be much longer before he is walking well.  He can take 3-4 steps now, but is just as content to crawl or climb on anything!  

They are starting to repeat words, but I'm a terrible mom and I'm not really sure who can say what because they all have random words at random times.  Ryder is definitely the most consistent with his signs, but he also whines when he wants something just like the other two.

They love to read and point at pictures, they love to build with their mega bloks and they love to attempt puzzles.  Their newest trend has also been baby dolls.  We had a solid week of having to carry a specific doll up and down stairs because Garrett had to have it at all times.  Fortunately Madelynn has a set of triplet baby dolls and she graciously let her brothers have them (for now at least).  We were also given a swing set by a very sweet family in our church and that is definitely one of our big favorites right now.

That pretty much sums up the summer as it stands at this point (I am sure I'm missing many things!).  I'll add some pictures and hopefully I do a better job of staying on top of updating the blog!

She's a Hershey kiss!

Riding the train... Choo choo!

Loving that they can now climb onto furniture!

First hair cuts.

Playing in the spring

Erie Zoo Adventure!  4 adults and 10 kids! (Ok it was actually 7 adults and 11 kids, but just our two families comprised the first statistic!)

13 month pictures

Splash pad fun!

New swing set!

Garrett's baby. :)

Swinging...

Swimming

Morning snuggles

Buzz cuts!

Brothers!

Family photo time, just last night!

Yep, that's about it for now! 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Climbing!

These boys have become quite the climbers!  They have figured out how to use their ride on toys as step stools. They  also utilize each other if necessary! This also means that the boys have learned a new word, "stuck".  They are constantly getting up on things and then cannot figure out how to get down!  I hear "stuck" and "uh oh" a lot these days!