Approximately nineteen months ago, these tiny humans came into our lives much earlier than expected, and much sooner than nature intended. Weighing in at under 1000 grams (roughly two pounds each), these little bodies had to learn how to breathe, how to feed, and how to regulate their own body temperature. They spent the first sixty-five days of their lives in the hospital, and we will be forever grateful for the NICU nurses and doctors who took care of them as well as the friends and family who took care of us during that time. Jack, Henry, and Sophie amaze us every day, and we sometimes forget all they went through to get here. Today, we remember. Happy World Prematurity Day.
And we have been having so much fun this fall with Henry, Jack, and Sophie. Below, a few of our favorite things:
The Natural History Museum:
Bronx or Central, the Children’s Zoo is a particular favorite. We love feeding the sheep and the goats!
Water (for drinking, dumping, splashing in, and general revelry):
Their New Couch:
I promise they sit on it sometimes too.
Monk, Baby, Dog, and Milo(s).
It’s hard to believe there was a time, not long ago, that these creatures (the stuffed animals, not our children) were not a part of our family.
Singing! Come on, now. Are you really that surprised?
Our current favorites include “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” (live action optional, but preferable), “Hush Little Baby,” “Six Little Ducks,” and “The Alphabet Song.”
Henry and Jack had their follow-up neurology appointments, and all is well.
Sophie is officially allergic to peanuts. And all tree nuts. Ugh.
We’ve learned about drawing…(Rule #1: Don’t eat the crayons):
We went to our first skating party:
And dressed as the Three Little Pigs for Halloween.
And when I ran the NYC Marathon on November 1, Henry, Jack, and Sophie were my three littlest fans.
Our favorite books at the moment include: “Good Night, Gorilla,” “Wynken and Blynken and Nod,” “Babar,” “The Snowy Day,” “LMNO Peas,” and “Madeline.”
Our favorite foods are: mac ‘n cheese, beets, sweet potatoes, chicken nuggets, pasta, peas, waffles, and pancakes.
We know too many words to count, but some of our new favorites are: Jack, Henry, and Dee-dee (that’s Sophie)! “Dinner” (this refers to all meals of the day, so you can often hear Henry shouting, “Dinner!!” at 7am as he tries to climb into his high chair), “open” and “please!” (the combination of which frees them from the baby jail), “dino,” “stripes,” “pizza,” “pasta,” and “potatoes.”
It’s been so busy that I’m sure I’m forgetting some of our adventures here, but I have no doubt there will be many more to come!