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So this Sunday my husband and I will be doing the March of Dimes March for Babies. I’ll be pushing my monstrosity of a triplet stroller for five miles. FIVE MILES, people. This wouldn’t be such a big deal except that without the babies the stupid thing weighs like a hundred pounds. Add the babies, the diaper bag, the water bottles… well, heck, I’m going to be pushing 150+ pounds. For FIVE MILES. Did I mention I’m incredibly fat? Serves me right, I could use the exercise. Good news is that we go for a nice walk nearly every weekend. Not five miles, mind you, but a nice walk in our hilly neighborhood, and we’ll be fine and we’ll have lots of company.

I set a lofty goal of $500 and hit that goal in my first weekend after signing up to walk without really trying, so I doubled my goal to $1000. I still didn’t do much advertising beyond putting up a badge in my sidebar and sending out a few emails. I know you’re all inundated with requests like these, and I know you all donate to worthy causes throughout the year. Amazingly, I’m still really close to reaching my goal despite not even really trying… because you guys are truly amazing. So far, I’ve raised $807.

The March of Dimes has touched so many lives… I have little doubt that without the research that the MoD has promoted my babies would not have arrived here safely. They were born prematurely, at 33weeks, and while they were relatively healthy, that was an incredible gift that I was given thanks to the careful education from the MoD, my doctors, and many others. Each of my babies had their own set of issues in and out of the NICU. Sam needed some help breathing at first (nothing major, and few people knew about it, but he had what the NICU nurses called WWBD…Wimpy White Boy Disorder, which quickly cleared up). Abby, an IUGR baby born just 2 pounds 11 ounces, needed a blood transfusion after a sudden drop in her hematocrit. Ellie came home on a heart monitor due to bradycardia of prematurity and later became a failure to thrive baby (and has now outgrown even that diagnosis!). Compared to other stories, these are all minor issues, but without the help of the MoD… each of these problems could have been MAJOR issues a decade ago.

Even if you can’t donate, please think of us on Sunday. Think of all the babies that aren’t as lucky as our three. I will be thinking of all of the babies that were lost this year with each step I take on that five mile walk, grateful for every ounce of that 150 pounds I’m pushing. Some people aren’t so lucky to have such a large load to push, and I’m painfully aware of that.

Thanks to all of you who have already donated… you really are an amazing bunch of women (and men!). And thanks to all of you for all of your support through one of the shittiest pregnancies I would have wanted to have endured (and I know mine paled in comparison to some others!), and one of the most amazing parenting experiences I could have asked for. I’m walking on Sunday for my three premature babies, for many babies who were lost last year, for the hope that no more babies will have to be lost to prematurity in the future… and I’m also walking in celebration of all of you wonderful women in the blogosphere. You are incredible.

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Toes!

The problem with having incredibly talented friends is that it makes me very embarrassed to post the lousy photos that I have taken. I mean, seriously… now that I’ve posted all the crappy photos that I took yesterday, here I go posting all the positively brilliant photos that Jessica took yesterday. At least I didn’t post her photos first. I’m smarter than that, you see. I had an absolutely delightful time with Jessica yesterday. She even provided me with a delicious kosher lunch (she’s the best!). Every time I visit Jess, I leave wishing I could move to Winchester. Alas, it’s not in the cards right now, but gosh do I wish it were!

ANYWHOZIT, the point is… Jessica took some phenomenal photos of my babies. Here’s some proof:

My girls are definitely sisters, but definitely not identical twins! Ellie’s on the left, my smiley monster. Abby’s on the right (process of elimination, you see)…my bald-headed angel. They are so gorgeous! (if I do say so myself!!)

Sam, my stunned little monster! He always has his mouth agape! Jess had to work hard to get pictures of him with his mouth closed, but she did it (I’ll post some of those later). Sam was cranky at the beginning of the photo shoot, so there were fewer photos of him, but boy were they cute!


Abby wasn’t so happy about being squished into this one, but we tried!

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Toes!

The problem with having incredibly talented friends is that it makes me very embarrassed to post the lousy photos that I have taken. I mean, seriously… now that I've posted all the crappy photos that I took yesterday, here I go posting all the positively brilliant photos that Jessica took yesterday. At least I didn't post her photos first. I'm smarter than that, you see. I had an absolutely delightful time with Jessica yesterday. She even provided me with a delicious kosher lunch (she's the best!). Every time I visit Jess, I leave wishing I could move to Winchester. Alas, it's not in the cards right now, but gosh do I wish it were!

ANYWHOZIT, the point is… Jessica took some phenomenal photos of my babies. Here's some proof:

My girls are definitely sisters, but definitely not identical twins! Ellie's on the left, my smiley monster. Abby's on the right (process of elimination, you see)…my bald-headed angel. They are so gorgeous! (if I do say so myself!!)

Sam, my stunned little monster! He always has his mouth agape! Jess had to work hard to get pictures of him with his mouth closed, but she did it (I'll post some of those later). Sam was cranky at the beginning of the photo shoot, so there were fewer photos of him, but boy were they cute!


Abby wasn't so happy about being squished into this one, but we tried!

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So this Sunday my husband and I will be doing the March of Dimes March for Babies. I'll be pushing my monstrosity of a triplet stroller for five miles. FIVE MILES, people. This wouldn't be such a big deal except that without the babies the stupid thing weighs like a hundred pounds. Add the babies, the diaper bag, the water bottles… well, heck, I'm going to be pushing 150+ pounds. For FIVE MILES. Did I mention I'm incredibly fat? Serves me right, I could use the exercise. Good news is that we go for a nice walk nearly every weekend. Not five miles, mind you, but a nice walk in our hilly neighborhood, and we'll be fine and we'll have lots of company.

I set a lofty goal of $500 and hit that goal in my first weekend after signing up to walk without really trying, so I doubled my goal to $1000. I still didn't do much advertising beyond putting up a badge in my sidebar and sending out a few emails. I know you're all inundated with requests like these, and I know you all donate to worthy causes throughout the year. Amazingly, I'm still really close to reaching my goal despite not even really trying… because you guys are truly amazing. So far, I've raised $807.

The March of Dimes has touched so many lives… I have little doubt that without the research that the MoD has promoted my babies would not have arrived here safely. They were born prematurely, at 33weeks, and while they were relatively healthy, that was an incredible gift that I was given thanks to the careful education from the MoD, my doctors, and many others. Each of my babies had their own set of issues in and out of the NICU. Sam needed some help breathing at first (nothing major, and few people knew about it, but he had what the NICU nurses called WWBD…Wimpy White Boy Disorder, which quickly cleared up). Abby, an IUGR baby born just 2 pounds 11 ounces, needed a blood transfusion after a sudden drop in her hematocrit. Ellie came home on a heart monitor due to bradycardia of prematurity and later became a failure to thrive baby (and has now outgrown even that diagnosis!). Compared to other stories, these are all minor issues, but without the help of the MoD… each of these problems could have been MAJOR issues a decade ago.

Even if you can't donate, please think of us on Sunday. Think of all the babies that aren't as lucky as our three. I will be thinking of all of the babies that were lost this year with each step I take on that five mile walk, grateful for every ounce of that 150 pounds I'm pushing. Some people aren't so lucky to have such a large load to push, and I'm painfully aware of that.

Thanks to all of you who have already donated… you really are an amazing bunch of women (and men!). And thanks to all of you for all of your support through one of the shittiest pregnancies I would have wanted to have endured (and I know mine paled in comparison to some others!), and one of the most amazing parenting experiences I could have asked for. I'm walking on Sunday for my three premature babies, for many babies who were lost last year, for the hope that no more babies will have to be lost to prematurity in the future… and I'm also walking in celebration of all of you wonderful women in the blogosphere. You are incredible.

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Pictures!

I took an extra day off work today so that the triplets and I could go visit Jessica and her Five Little Monkeys (triplet boys and twin girls). We were supposed to go last week, but I was really sick and didn’t want to risk germifying them. Unfortunately, this meant Julian didn’t come with us, but at least I got to see Jessica. While we were there, I got some fun pictures of the kiddos:
Abby:

Ellie and Abby:

Sam:

I also have some pictures of the kiddos at the park from several days ago:
Abby in her sunhat:
Sam Snoozing in the Swing:
Ellie and Sam in the Swing:

And finally, no post is complete without some fun with food:
Broccoli-Faced Ellie:

Abby:

Sam:

Believe it or not, broccoli is actually Sam’s favorite food, but that was toward the end of his meal, and he was ready for actual milk, which he regards as actual food. This solid food stuff is still just for fun as far as he’s concerned, and when he’s really hungry, all he wants is MILK! Moo!

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Ellie finally lost her Failure to Thrive Diagnosis! We can start weaning her from the 28cal/oz bottles and she can be nursed as often as I want when I’m home and she’s healthy and perfect and best of all I don’t have to bring her back to the doctor for SIX WHOLE WEEKS to be checked up on! Hopefully she’ll maintain her terrific growth without the 28cal/oz fortification. In fact, actually, the doctor said he wants to see her growth slow slightly, because he doesn’t want her curve to be so steep forever. She’s done a great job with the catch up growth and now it’s time for her to level out like the NORMAL BABY that she is!!

Hopefully she’ll still do okay after we wean off the 28 cal food… the last time we dropped down off the 28 cal, she lost weight pretty quickly, but that was then, this is now, so I will assume that different circumstances will yield a different result. And if she doesn’t do well with the drop down, we’ll find another solution.

Ellie is 14 pounds, Abby is 14 1/2 pounds and Sam is just about 16 pounds. Ellie is finally on the charts in the 4th percentile for weight, which puts Abby in the 5th percentile and Sam in the 7th. None of them are on the charts for height yet, but they’re getting there. The percentiles are rough approximations, incidentally, so take them with a grain of salt.

I had a great visit today with Jessica and her five little monkeys. Pictures to come in a subsequent post!

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Pictures!

I took an extra day off work today so that the triplets and I could go visit Jessica and her Five Little Monkeys (triplet boys and twin girls). We were supposed to go last week, but I was really sick and didn't want to risk germifying them. Unfortunately, this meant Julian didn't come with us, but at least I got to see Jessica. While we were there, I got some fun pictures of the kiddos:
Abby:

Ellie and Abby:

Sam:

I also have some pictures of the kiddos at the park from several days ago:
Abby in her sunhat:
Sam Snoozing in the Swing:
Ellie and Sam in the Swing:

And finally, no post is complete without some fun with food:
Broccoli-Faced Ellie:

Abby:

Sam:

Believe it or not, broccoli is actually Sam's favorite food, but that was toward the end of his meal, and he was ready for actual milk, which he regards as actual food. This solid food stuff is still just for fun as far as he's concerned, and when he's really hungry, all he wants is MILK! Moo!

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