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Last week, you may recall, I met up with Kelly and Keira and had a nice afternoon with just us moms, which was just amazing. But something was lacking that afternoon. Was it the pitter patter of little feet? The shouts of our angels voices? Could it be the cacophony of our kidderoonies we were missing? Not in the least! What we were missing was the ever amazing Jessica! So this afternoon, Seth and I packed up our four kiddos and met Kelly and her three kiddos at Jessica’s house with her five little monkeys and we had a blast. No one told me that it was "wear a pink shirt day," and yes, I DO own other blouses, it was total coincidence that I was wearing that same green blouse again today. Or um, maybe it was just a sign that I need to do laundry? That could be it.

I accidentally took a 30 mile detour on my way to pick up some toys from another triplet mama, Kelli, because I’m a total dope, so we were late, but a good time was still had by all. I had never met Kelly’s Ian or Emma before, only Maddie, so it was a true joy to see all three of her triplets together. Jessica’s Evan was feeling under the weather, poor thing, so I felt badly for him, but with 12 kids all in one place, what were the odds that everyone would be feeling 100%?

Can you believe we managed to wrangle 12 kidderoonies in one house? That’s because we are all three supermamas. That’s us! Not only do we all leap tall buildings in a single bound, we all have sidekicks. Mine’s named Seth. Jessica’s is named Jon. And Kelly’s is named Mike. J Now we just need to make some capes. Wait! We can’t make capes until we make some logos! (Are any of you creative enough to make a logo for a bunch of triplet/twin mamas? I’m totally incapable of anything artistic like that)

Why, not only did we manage to entertain 12 children ranging in age from 11 ½ months to nearly 5 years old, we even managed to feed them all! I am always in awe of how Jess manages to pull this off with her own kids, and she is never phased with the addition of one, three, seven extra kids into the mix. Cut up a few extra grapes, make a few extra grilled cheese sandwiches, pull up a few extra high chairs / booster seats and next thing you know, there’s lunch for a whole gaggle of children! We had so many children, we couldn’t even fit them into one picture! (everyone had just come in from playing in the swimming pool so they were hanging out in their diapers – a perfect way to have an easy cleanup after lunch).

While the "big kids" played and ate lunch, my three little monsters ate their lunch and then played in the living room and had a grand old time:

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Splish Splash

The babies took their first bath TOGETHER today. It sure was an adventure for Eema and Abba. I don’t know if we’ll ever be quite the same again, and I certainly don’t know if we’ll repeat the experiment again. The babies sure had fun, though. Abby was very calm through the entire bath, though didn’t love that Sam and Ellie kept crawling all over her. Sam and Ellie, though, were quite squirmy and curious through the entire experiment: I couldn’t keep Sam from drinking the water, and Ellie was determined to explore every inch of the bathtub. Abby just stared at her siblings in utter disbelief at their urge to explore.

Sam was so excited to be able to explore with abandon. He’s so used to being confined to the baby bathtub that this was great fun for him (even if it was hair-raising for Eema!)

Ellie kept that duck in her mouth for the entire bath time! I had to wrench it from her when bathtime was over!

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11 months

Eleven months ago today, my babies were born. *sniff* They’re hardly babies anymore, they’re little people now, growing up too fast. I don’t understand why some parents are so eager to get to each new milestone – to me, moving to the next milestone means the passage of time, and I want to savor each moment with these beautiful babies – not just move on to the next milestone without even noticing the last one. They are really extraordinary now –

Sam was the last to smile, but he is so smiley now – his face just lights up when he sees Seth or me walk in the room, and he’s super snuggly. He is a very good crawler and though he was the last to sit properly, he has no problems with that now. He stands, he cruises a little bit and a few times he’s even stood up and then let go of whatever he’s holding onto and stood unassisted for a few seconds. He’s definitely thinking hard about walking, even if he’s not there yet. I think he’ll be there in another 4-6 weeks. Scary! He eats everything in sight and is usually the first of the trio to finish his meals. I haven’t found anything he doesn’t like to eat yet. He still has six teeth and love sto show off his chompers. He’s babbling, but not as much as Ellie, who’s my real talker. He’s the most aggressive of the babies and is most likely to be stealing toys away from the other at any given point in time.

Ellie is unbelievably friendly. Her smile lights up an entire room. we joke that she’s actually our cruise director because she’ll smile at everyone and everything. She laughs and smiles so easily and has such an infectious little giggle. She’s amazing. She has lots of neat ways of babbling, including a really high pitched "dadadadadah!" that she repeats over and over. She is by far the most verbal of the bunch with the most clear syllables of the bunch. She loves to eat, which is crazy considering her failure to thrive history, but we love it. She was the last to learn to crawl, but has finally mastered it, and is also a standing champ, and very bouncy. She now has five teeth, but two of hers are brand new, so they’re harder to see than Sam’s and Abby’s. She’s the most laid-back of the three and doesn’t mind being crawled all over by Sam and Abby. She seems willing to put up with quite a lot of "abuse" from her siblings.

Abby is the most reserved of the bunch. She was, in some ways, definitely not meant to be a triplet. She definitely prefers to have her own space, and doesn’t like to have the other babies touching her or in her space at all. She gets truly offended if they take her toys (Sam does this a lot) or look at her funny. Poor baby. She doesn’t like sudden noises, doesn’t like to be left alone, prefers to be held up away from the hustle and bustle of the baby pit. She’s crafty, though, and if she wants attention, sometimes she’ll crawl over to another baby, grab at their toy and then cry as if they were the ones who took it from her so that she gets attention. She’s my pickiest eater, and also my most delicate eater. She is my least verbal baby, but she will imitate you if you make clicking sounds or raspberries. She also will shake her head no when she doesn’t want to eat anymore, and she means it, so although she’s the least verbal in terms of baby-babble, she’s actually the most communicative in terms of actual useful communication.  Abby has six teeth and when she gives you her precious smile, which she doles out very carefully, you can admire them in all their glory.

They all love their baths, they all love to be snuggled, they all still love their exersaucers (though less than they used to), they all love the cats (though the cats love the babies less than the babies love the cats), they all adore the J-man (and the J-man adores them).

J is the best big brother in the universe. He adores the babies and loves that they’re starting to get interactive enough for him to play with a little bit. He is eager to hold them and pick them up and play with them. It’s hard to believe that he is almost five years old and starting kindergarten next week. How exciting. Time really flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? Or maybe it’s just that time really flies when you’re this sleep deprived…

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The average number of teeth per baby is now:  4.

Sam has sprouted 2 more teeth!  He HAD been waking up in the middle of the night a bit more than usual (which is to say, he used to sleep through the night, and then, mysteriously, he wasn’t sleeping through the night anymore), but I guess with everything else going on we hadn’t put 2 and 2 together and calculated the likelihood of getting 4… 

And today we noticed that he has six, count ’em, SIX teeth!  Two on the bottom, and FOUR on the top!   

This might explain why he keeps chewing on me (ouch!), but hopefully that will end soon…

Update!  Abby now has six teeth also!  So now the average number of teeth per baby is, um, this math is a little harder, hang on… carry the two, subtract one, divide by three…4.666666666667!  Hey, um, how do you have two thirds of a tooth?  Ellie, bless her, is a total slacker with two teeth.  🙂  This may explain why Abby’s been chewing on everything in sight and a bit on the cranky side…

Update Again!  Ellie is cutting a third tooth as of 7/17/07 at 7:46am!  Without a single complaint!  (I told you she’s my good one!)  So now the math is a lot easier and we have an average of 5 teeth per baby!  Holy shmoly, things are about to get interesting around here!

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I am in such big trouble.
Abby figured it out first:

Then came Sammy:

And I’m thanking my lucky stars that Ellie (my GOOD one*) hasn’t figured it out yet.

Yeah, it’s time to lower those crib mattresses.

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*Remember, it’s very important, especially when you have multiples, that you should never, EVER, label your children.  Ellie is my good baby.

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9 month appointment

Note: My blog has moved! This might be the last post I post directly in this blog as NCLM ends tomorrow, and that’s the main reason for my cross-posting. If you would like the new URL, please email me. There is no criteria for getting the new URL… I am handing it out willy-nilly, I just don’t want to post it directly. Also, Mel has it posted on the June 12 edition of the Lost and Found Connections Abound page for those of you who wrote to me and said you couldn’t find it on the lost and found page. So do EMAIL ME for the new URL if you haven’t already. My goal is to NOT lose a single lurker!


Can you believe my babies turned 9 months last week? They definitely did not ask my permission to get all growed up!
They’ve changed so much in the short time that I’ve been entrusted with their little lives – they’re not the fragile little beings that once rested in tiny little incubators, covered in tubes and wires. The noise I hear around them isn’t the beeping of their monitors anymore, it’s the gleeful squeals and happy giggles and excited babbling of healthy 9 month olds (7mos adjusted).
They are regular little people now, and it’s just fabulous. They are doing all kinds of baby-things. They are doing the combat-style crawling that babies do where they aren’t doing hands-and-knees crawling just yet. Abby and Sam will get up on their knees and rock:
(for some reason, I can’t get the YouTube video to properly embed here… the direct link is http://youtube.com/watch?v=eALdKd51RrM …. now it seems to be working, but I’m leaving the direct link here just in case!)
What else? Oh! They’re finally all on their charts! Their relevant stats are:
Sam: 18 lb, 14 oz (25th %ile); 27.5 inches long (25th %ile)
Eliana: 17 lb, 11 oz (30th %ile), 27 inches long (32nd %ile)
Abby: 16 lb, 10 oz (15th %ile), 26.75 inches long (24th %ile)
Between them, they have 8 teeth. Abby got her first two teeth about a month ago (on the bottom). Sam got his first two about two weeks ago. Ellie finally sprouted her first two on Friday. Sam and Abby both surprised me on Saturday by sprouting a top tooth as well. They are dangerous!
All in all, the 9 month check up went quite well. Dr. B said he was impressed with them and impressed with me. I am not certain what he meant by that, but it was nice to hear anyway. My babies certainly ARE impressive. They are doing really well and doing all the right things. They’re a little behind in where he’d like to see them with feeding skills and fine motor coordination (their feeding skills would be better if their fine motor skills were better), but this is not surprising given their prematurity.
When I was describing what each one was doing and what each baby was like, I said very clearly, “You should never label your children, particularly when you have multiples. Ellie’s the good one.” He laughed. 🙂 I told him that I have very easy babies and that it was about time… I’ve paid my dues with J (I adore J, of course, but low maintenance, he is NOT). He said not only did I pay my dues with J, I more than paid my dues with the early days of triplet parenthood. I guess I never really thought of it that way, but he reminded me that I had a longer-than average stay in the NICU for 33 week triplets, worked hard to breastfeed them (or, in Abby’s case at least provide her with breastmilk), had Ellie on a heart monitor for 45 days after coming home and then shortly after that had to start dealing with bi-weekly visits to the doctor for her failure to thrive.
Honestly, at the time, I never really thought of it as anything other than what I had to do. Looking back, I see how far we’ve come and I’m so grateful that I was discussing three perfectly healthy, happy, developing babies with him. Really? What more could I ask for?
Okay, I mean, I could ask for 26 hour days and five MILLION dollars, but that would just be greedy, considering the four amazing children I have.

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9 month appointment

Note: My blog has moved! This might be the last post I post directly in this blog as NCLM ends tomorrow, and that's the main reason for my cross-posting. If you would like the new URL, please email me. There is no criteria for getting the new URL… I am handing it out willy-nilly, I just don't want to post it directly. Also, Mel has it posted on the June 12 edition of the Lost and Found Connections Abound page for those of you who wrote to me and said you couldn't find it on the lost and found page. So do EMAIL ME for the new URL if you haven't already. My goal is to NOT lose a single lurker!


Can you believe my babies turned 9 months last week? They definitely did not ask my permission to get all growed up!
They've changed so much in the short time that I've been entrusted with their little lives – they're not the fragile little beings that once rested in tiny little incubators, covered in tubes and wires. The noise I hear around them isn't the beeping of their monitors anymore, it's the gleeful squeals and happy giggles and excited babbling of healthy 9 month olds (7mos adjusted).
They are regular little people now, and it's just fabulous. They are doing all kinds of baby-things. They are doing the combat-style crawling that babies do where they aren't doing hands-and-knees crawling just yet. Abby and Sam will get up on their knees and rock:
(for some reason, I can't get the YouTube video to properly embed here… the direct link is http://youtube.com/watch?v=eALdKd51RrM …. now it seems to be working, but I'm leaving the direct link here just in case!)
What else? Oh! They're finally all on their charts! Their relevant stats are:
Sam: 18 lb, 14 oz (25th %ile); 27.5 inches long (25th %ile)
Eliana: 17 lb, 11 oz (30th %ile), 27 inches long (32nd %ile)
Abby: 16 lb, 10 oz (15th %ile), 26.75 inches long (24th %ile)
Between them, they have 8 teeth. Abby got her first two teeth about a month ago (on the bottom). Sam got his first two about two weeks ago. Ellie finally sprouted her first two on Friday. Sam and Abby both surprised me on Saturday by sprouting a top tooth as well. They are dangerous!
All in all, the 9 month check up went quite well. Dr. B said he was impressed with them and impressed with me. I am not certain what he meant by that, but it was nice to hear anyway. My babies certainly ARE impressive. They are doing really well and doing all the right things. They're a little behind in where he'd like to see them with feeding skills and fine motor coordination (their feeding skills would be better if their fine motor skills were better), but this is not surprising given their prematurity.
When I was describing what each one was doing and what each baby was like, I said very clearly, "You should never label your children, particularly when you have multiples. Ellie's the good one." He laughed. 🙂 I told him that I have very easy babies and that it was about time… I've paid my dues with J (I adore J, of course, but low maintenance, he is NOT). He said not only did I pay my dues with J, I more than paid my dues with the early days of triplet parenthood. I guess I never really thought of it that way, but he reminded me that I had a longer-than average stay in the NICU for 33 week triplets, worked hard to breastfeed them (or, in Abby's case at least provide her with breastmilk), had Ellie on a heart monitor for 45 days after coming home and then shortly after that had to start dealing with bi-weekly visits to the doctor for her failure to thrive.
Honestly, at the time, I never really thought of it as anything other than what I had to do. Looking back, I see how far we've come and I'm so grateful that I was discussing three perfectly healthy, happy, developing babies with him. Really? What more could I ask for?
Okay, I mean, I could ask for 26 hour days and five MILLION dollars, but that would just be greedy, considering the four amazing children I have.

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