"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity,
it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
~ Agatha Christie

Alex, Cole and Braden - At 2 years, 2 months

Friday, June 29, 2007

X-rated...are you kidding?

It's pretty bad when you have to worry about the content your kids are taking in...it's whole other thing when they are censored themselves! I was posting new pictures on Myspace yesterday and included a few of their first "real" bath in the tub. They were so cute and definitely the embarrasing ones to show their future dates...But a few minutes later, I got an email from the My Space Administrator that my pictures were deleted and I was in danger of getting my profile removed...what?? I then realized that My Space has a policy that does not allow nude photos!! A little ridiculous, but they considered the pics to be in violation of that policy and pulled them...only 2 months old and already involved in a scandal! :) So, if you see a few with orange blocks covering the sensitive parts, now you know why!

The bath was fun to watch...tough to coordinate, but fun to watch! We decided to bathe them first, then feed them...so we waited until close to feeding time. Looking back, maybe that was a bad idea...

Alex was first up...I had to give her a little sugar water to satiate her hunger now that she was awake so close to chow time and not getting any food...she liked the bath for the most part and we were thinking how well it was working out - until the first brother started crying in the other room! We tried to finish her quickly, but still concentrate on her first bath being an experience (we videotaped it!). Funny how fast the crying escalated once we decided to politely ignore it for a few minutes! I swear he knew we decided to wait... Anyway, within a few minutes the other one started up too and it was time to finish up Alex. Ok, clean and documented...time for the next one!

Mike was in the bath tub with these guys with some swim trunks on so he could hold on to them - we thought it would be cute. Cute, but not efficient! Did we think this out beforehand?! Now what do I do? I have a wet baby in my hands who is now VERY hungry, two babies screaming in the other room who are VERY hungry, but not clean, two dogs and two cats in the room that were "just curious" and a husband in the tub waiting for the next one...not sure if he was hungry or not. I didn't ask. ;)

I think I was in the middle of this scream fest and thought...now what do I do? Who do I respond to first? Yikes! I decided that this bath thing while hungry was just not going to work, so we roused the boys and fed everyone. I think Mike did eat too, just for the record!
Ok, so now that we're all happy and fed, let's try this again! Braden was next and he liked the bath thing too...Cole was waiting for his turn and it was difficult keeping him awake and happy until that time while I was helping out with the bath - I wonder, could I buy more hands on ebay or something? At least Alex was asleep, full and clean....I should never think these things...because then they always change! Now she is crying...go get her settled...back to finish Braden and remember to keep it a happy first experience - don't rush! Braden decided that this was really relaxing, just laying half in the water on daddy's legs, facing him...well, he was so relaxed he started to pee on Mike's stomach! Of course, there was nothing he could do but protest and laugh..."Are you kidding me?" And that sort of made it worth it to be outside the tub - even if it was more work!

Ok, Braden out...dried, lotioned, diapered, calmed...and into the bouncy seat. Wait! Cole is currently occupying that seat - where do I put him down to switch kids? Mike takes the freshly washed Braden, Cole gets put on a towel on the counter...carefully supervised by my knee...take Braden from Mike, he goes into the bouncy seat and then hand Cole to Mike...is that Alex crying again??

Cole's turn! He actually hated it. Not sure if he was just scared, but he calmed down when Mike held him close - not the one I expected to hate it! We finished him quickly too, just long enough to capture the moment while Braden started fussing in the corner. We definitely could have used another set of hands!

Now mommy needs a bath! I was soaked with sweat from moving so fast and harried and the fact that it was 97 degrees outside. So, it took a while and some juggling, but mission accomplished...all fed, bathed and asleep in only 3 hours!

Wait, we have to do this again tomorrow? Yikes. Anyone want to come over and help? ;)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The reactions...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Everywhere we go..."Oh my GOD!"

It really is amazing just how many times you hear this phrase when toting around triplets...and it is almost always followed up by..."GOD bless you!" I guess it's reassuring to know that GOD is with us and is making sure we know that through all the people we attract! If only we had a dollar for every time we heard it...we could pay for an endless supply of diapers! But, it's not the only phrase we hear...some good, some bad, I guess (my all time favorites and used by way more people than you'd think..."Better you than me"...or "I would shoot myself if I had those!" I am not kidding.) I saw a funny t-shirt on the triplet mom chat website the other day...it only boasts the answers to all the favorite typical questions we get when we're out and about - "Yes, there are three of them!" "Yes, I have my hands full!" "No, I do not get much sleep!" ... I think I may invest in a few of those. Not that I mind the questions, but after the third or fourth person that stops you with the same ones, it gets a little difficult to keep answering with the same exuberance!

I heard a statistic the other day that the average newborn doubles their weight in the first 4 months of their life....well, then we must have 3 little piggies! Their second month check up was last Thursday and when we heard their weights we were quite surprised! The boys weighed in at 9 lbs, 7 oz (both) and Alex was 6 lbs, 9 oz. That's just about double for all of them...in TWO months! Yikes! I guess they won't be following the regular statistic curve for quite a while and we have to get used to that... ;) They are growing quite well and we are super happy to see them flourishing.

They are all getting more aware and alert every day now...They love to just look around with those big blue eyes of theirs! Life is just starting to become interesting to them. They are all still having severe reflux problems and we are trying to find the right medicine for them to be comfortable until their muscles fully develop. Braden has it the worst right now and we are hoping they will respond to this latest prescribed medicine. It is one of the most difficult things in the world to watch your children in pain and feeling helpless to fix it. Hopefully the next blog will bring good news on that subject! We can't wait to be able to enjoy them and see them enjoying the world.

Their personalities are starting to come out as well! Alex is our good girl...she is so independent and calm...patient and happy most of the time. Don't get me wrong - she cries! If she really needs something, she definitely lets us know! But, if we fix whatever she doesn't like, she's happy and quiet again. She has big, blue eyes and loves to just sit there and look around, at whoever is feeding her, the bright lights, the cat! She's so content and easy - if all three were like her, this would be a piece of cake! Just kidding, of course, but it's closer to the truth. Braden is our fussy one...he needs constant attention and demands it immediately! I call him Prince Braden because of these demands...and he certainly earns his nickname! He wants to be held 24/7 and we're trying to nicely let him know that it's just not possible anymore...and he doesn't like the new lessons! But he is such a lover...all he wants is attention and he is happy, so it's hard not to want to hold him 24/7! Cole is our strong man...he's the balancer as far as patience goes...sometimes he's as "good" as Alex, sometimes as "bad" as Braden...it's all up to his mood! He also seems to be the first to do everything...He is aggressive and such a boy! He hates baths and loves to eat = boy!

All in all, we are pretty darn lucky to have gone through what we have and come out with three perfect little cuties. It's hard not to cry in happiness and love every time they look up at me with those big blue eyes...and think...how can you not love being a mom?