Saturday, April 6, 2013

10 Months!

I cannot believe that my babies are 10 months old.  The time has flown by and I am definitely not ready for them to be one!!!  Birthday Party plans have commenced, and I have a feeling it could easily get out of hand being a first birthday party for triplets!  The theme is a secret for now, but I am sure there will be plenty of pictures and who knows if I can keep it a secret for long!

The boys had their 9 month well visit last week, and yes, I know it was almost a month late.  The doctor is very happy with how well they are growing and developing.  She said that developmentally Garrett is ahead and Ryder is right on.  I always worry about my little guy because he always seems to be a few weeks behind his brothers and sometimes it is hard to not compare them!  They are huge and somehow two of the boys are in the 63rd percentile for height and the 50(ish) percentile for weight.

The boys are all crawling, pulling standing and basically getting into everything.  They are eating pretty much everything we are with the occasional baby food here and there.  This morning for breakfast they ate 10 pancakes and 6 sausage links split between them and topped it off with morning bottles.  For dinner they ate more than Madelynn.  I am not sure how we are going to afford to feed them during their teenage years!

The boys are so much fun and have such great personalities.  It has been amazing to watch them grow and change.  They are learning so quickly.  There are so many days that I look at them and think, wow I have been blessed with amazing little boys.  I never would have thought that Dan and I would be raising triplets!

We have been blown away by the continued outpouring of love from friends and family.  Formula, food, coupons, diapers, wipes, clothes, etc.  At least once a week I hear the words "I have something for you guys."  It is such an incredible blessing.  We will never be able to express our gratitude to the extent that it is felt.  We do greatly appreciate everything and we are definitely trying to pay it forward by giving to other families with triplets (or anyone for that matter)!

We love these boys! (and of course Maddy too!)

Happy First Easter!

The boys had a fun, but busy Easter weekend.  Saturday started with a photo shoot at our church for an upcoming article about the boys and what it's like to raise triplets.  We are pretty excited to see the finished product when it comes out next month!  The boys were so well behaved, and Maddy was too!  As soon as the portraits were finished, the photographer was able to take some candid photos during the Easter egg hunt.  The boys enjoyed holding them and trying to chew on them!  Madelynn, on the other hand, was hilarious.  She told me that she only wanted pink and purple eggs.  I tried to encourage her to just get whatever she could.  I'm not joking when I say thousands of people come to this event at our church, so being selective is not necessarily the best choice.  Well she proved me wrong, of her 19 eggs she only had 5 that were not pink or purple.  Way to go little lady.

From there we went to a friend's daughter's 3rd birthday at a playground.  It was so nice to spend the whole day outside.  The boys were definitely a focal point, which I kind of felt badly about, but the birthday girl got lots of love too!  The boys enjoyed bubbles and stealing cake from one another.  Daniel decided he didn't want to share with his brothers and crawled over and grabbed Maddy's whole piece off of the plate.  I guess he showed us!  Don't worry, she got another piece.

On Sunday, Dan had to be at church early for worship team practice as there were 3 services instead of the typical 2, meaning he missed the kids getting their baskets.  I tried to take lots of pictures though!  The boys immediately went for Maddy's basket, fortunately she was still in bed, so she didn't even realize it.  They had fun pulling their things out of the baskets.  It was funny to watch how each one had a different technique.  Daniel was content to just pull one thing out of his basket and had to have his attention drawn to the next thing before he moved on.  Ryder would look at what Daniel had, get his own out and then try to take Daniel's item.  Garrett very methodically took each item out, looked at it and then moved onto the next.  At one point Ryder had both his basket and Daniel's.  What a sneaky thief!  Maddy had fun getting all of her things out as well and was most excited about her new books and her chapstick!

Here are a few Easter pictures...

My crazy kiddos!  Apparently Ryder was nervous!

Look, he is an absolute thief!