Happy Thanksgiving!

What am I most thankful for? These silly babies. Every minute of every single day.  I am thankful that Will and I lucked into such a crazy (and quick!) version of a family. I am thankful that when I started having contractions at 27 weeks, 3 days last March, these babies decided to hang on for a few more days to receive their steroids and get their lungs ready for the big world out there. I am thankful that these teeny peanuts sailed through their long NICU stay despite their early arrival and extremely low birth weight. I am thankful that they all came home to start our family on the same day last spring: June 7th.  I am thankful that nearly six months later, Will and I have three, healthy, happy babies at home. Often people look at me and say, “You must be exhausted,” (this happens at least once a day). Exhausted? Sure. But isn’t that true for every new parent or working mom? No matter how tiring my day has been, I still look at that monitor every night before going to sleep and say to Will, “I can’t wait until the morning when I get to squeeze them again.” True, I prefer when “morning” starts at 5:30 or 6 as opposed to the 4:30 wake-up call as of late. But whenever the next morning starts, I know I will be greeted by three wide-eyed and smiling faces, which makes me triply thankful this year. So if you ask me for one word to describe the way I feel at any given moment these days, it probably won’t be “exhausted.” It will almost certainly be: GRATEFUL.

For Henry, Jack, and Sophie’s first Thanksgiving, we made the trek to Grammie and Nonno’s in Norfolk, CT, and there the trips got a taste of another first: SNOW!image2

It’s a good think Aunt Addie recently equipped the trio with snowsuits for the cold weather.

Sophie still has some room to grow, but she doesn’t care. On or off, she’s loving her new gear.

In addition to snow, Grammie and Nonno’s offered several new places to sit.

1) A new exersaucer.

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Two of J’s favorite past times: exersaucering and blowing raspberries

 

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2) A teeny, tiny chair.

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3) Our high chairs!

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Look how big!

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Like many other things their 8-month-old counterparts have been exploring for a while, the high chair is still a bit big for our trio, but Henry is excited about it nonetheless. Get ready to see three fewer dining room chairs at our place in the very near future!

 

 

 

7 Months!

These silly babies are 7 months old now!

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Big Changes This Month: 

We’re eating solid foods! With a spoon!

We’re rolling around (some more than others).

Some of us are sleeping on our tummies.

We are making A LOT of noise.

We have physical therapy and speech therapy once a week.

We LOVE to play!

JACK:

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Favorite toy: It’s a tie between bunny blankets and burp cloths

Favorite food(s): carrots and bananas 

Favorite pastime: blowing bubbles

Favorite sleeping position: on his side or belly

Milestones reached: Rolls from back to tummy and tummy to back, raises head and chest with straight arms when lying on tummy, reaches for things, plays with toes, brings feet to mouth, makes one syllable sounds like, “ma,” “ah,” “muh,” laughs, grasps small objects.

Most mischievous moment:  Climbing out of his car seat. (While it was stationary, on the floor, in our apartment. Don’t worry.)

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HENRY:

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Favorite toy: crinkly book

Favorite food: anything you put in front of him. Bottle, spoon, his hand, your hand, his brother’s hand, he doesn’t discriminate. You can’t feed this child fast enough.

Favorite pastime: eating. Rolling is a close second.

Favorite sleeping position: on his belly

Milestones reached: Rolls from back to tummy and tummy to back, often in one fell swoop, raises head and chest with straight arms when lying on tummy, reaches for things, reaches for things with one arm when propped up on his belly, makes one syllable sounds like, “ma,” “ah,” “muh,” (he also strings these together and it sounds like “mama,” or, when he’s eating, “more,”  laughs, grasps small objects.

Most mischievous moment:  turning on his musical mobile during nap time

SOPHIE:

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Favorite toy: her Sophie doll

Favorite food: she’d rather just drink her milk and eat her hand. But if she had to choose and she could talk, she might say, “cereal.”

Favorite Pastime: playing with grown ups

Milestones reached: Rolls from tummy to back and side to tummy, raises head and chest propped on forearms when lying on tummy, reaches for things, brings feet to mouth, laughs, grasps small objects.

Most mischievous moment: stealing her brothers’ socks. Off of their feet.

So what is a day in the life of Henry, Jack, and Sophie like at 7 months? Well, it varies a bit, but here’s the general run-down:

  • 5:30-6am: somebody starts stirring, but usually he or she drifts back to sleep until…
  • 6:30am: everybody’s up. We get dressed for the day (actually, just the babies get dressed…too risky to put on our work clothes before the morning feed) and everybody plays on the floor until about 7am. Or until Henry starts screaming because he’s been up for an hour so somebody better feed him, for heaven’s sake!
  • 7am: the boys are fed in their Boppies on the floor. This is getting easier and easier with each passing day. They are eager to hold their bottles, and they’ve got the little bottles (with their reflux meds) pretty much mastered. For the bigger bottles, we’ve recently enlisted some “L’il Helpers Bottle Holders” and they are starting to get the hang of it. Sophie is less interested. Why hold my own bottle sitting on the floor when I can be picked up and cuddled while someone holds the bottle for me? But that won’t stop us from trying!
  • 8am: Morning nap. I know. They just woke up. But they can’t stay awake! They go back in their sleep sacks and snooze for an hour and a half to two hours.
  • 10am: Play time.
  • 11am: 6 oz bottle followed by a fruit or a vegetable. Then “play time” sitting propped up in their bouncer, their Boppy, etc. This is growing more challenging now that the boys are eager to roll around!
  • 1:00-1:30: Down for another nap. This will last two hours on a good day and 20 minutes on a bad day. Along with the usual variables that affect naptime (overnight sleep, teething, being sick) we also have: “I’ve rolled myself into a corner, and I can’t get out,” and ” HE’S not sleeping, why should I?” Sophie ALWAYS faces the boys, eager for a conversation if she can pique their interest. Often she scoots herself around 90 degrees, stretches her arms out through the slats in the crib and sticks her face up against the edge in the hopes that Jack will say hello.
  • 3pm: 5 oz bottles followed by cereal (rice or oatmeal) in their bouncer or car seats depending on how man hands we have on deck. Then we attempt to keep them all propped up for an hour or so so that said milk and cereal does not end up back all over the floor.
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Eating cereal

  • 5pm: Play time. During which most of Henry’s last meal ends up all over the floor. Oh well.
  • 5:45: Ready for bed in Sophie’s crib.
  • 6pm: 6 oz bottles in Jack’s bed. Sophie is still the wild card–will she eat in a Boppy? Will she have to be held? Will she refuse to eat altogether? The main goal is to make sure Sophie “finishes” her bottle last. She won’t stand for anyone hanging around in the nursery after she’s been put to bed, so we aim to put her down right before sneaking out of the room. This works about 60% of the time.
  • By 6:30/7pm: They’re asleep! On most nights, if reflux, itchy skin, dirty diapers, or getting stuck in the corner doesn’t wake anyone up, they’ll be down for the count.
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I accidentally rolled onto the floor…ouch.

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Visiting with Gee and Poppy

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Meeting Great Aunt Ann for the first time

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Happy Halloween!

So many posts to write, so little time. We are coming up on Henry, Jack, and Sophie’s 7-month birthday, so this one will be brief. I am not a huge fan of Halloween. I don’t really enjoy dressing up, but dressing other people up (especially really tiny people!) is right up my alley.

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Little Kid on a Big Couch

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I had to post this. J looks so sad and lonely. Like he’s been put in Time Out. And he’s thinking about his actions and what he can do better next time. Love this kid. May he never be lonely!

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How hilarious is Sophie’s pose here? She is ready for action.

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Batman has met his match. A child’s neck pillow.

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Always fun trying to capture all three looking at the camera. We have mastered (sort of) holding up our heads, but now we can wriggle our way all over the place!IMG_0109 IMG_0108IMG_0105

So there you have it. Henry, Jack, and Sophie’s first Halloween. Thanks to Jenny and Robbie they had two costumes. All celebrities change at least once halfway through programming. Until tomorrow (or whenever I can manage to get their 7 Month post up)!