Winter Wrap-Up

Spring is finally here, and we’ve had several winter adventures that never made it to print. Before we continue our march towards three years old, here’s a winter round-up of all the silliness (and somet seriousness) that occurred over the past couple of months. Ok, it’s not ALL that occurred…I do have a job and three toddlers to parent.

First Mischief

Zoom in on this one. They did NOT start the night this way.

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The first time Jack joined Henry in his crib.

First Haircuts!

If you’ve never taken a toddler for a haircut, it is an experience. There is the sensory overload. If you are taking said toddler to a children’s haircuttery (yes, that’s a word), be prepared to be blasted by all things toddler – Elmo and the gang, race car seats, bright colors, silly music, DVDs of every cartoon ever made, and overpriced toys EVERYWHERE. There is the cost. Two toddler haircuts plus the requisite overpriced toys as a “reward” for the toddlers’ atrocious behavior during the haircut (or maybe as a treat to make up for the trauma they experienced?) and of course an overpriced toy for their sister who wasn’t there but is definitely going to want whatever they have, meant I was forking over more cash than I do for my own haircuts, which you might care to know, have been a grand total of two since the triplets were born. Finally, the drama. Or trauma. Or whatever you want to call it when your child is CLEARLY terrified and no amount of bribery or trickery or Elmo will calm him down.

I decided to take one at a time. I thought I was being clever and that it might be easier to convince a brother to get a haircut if he hadn’t been scarred by bearing witness to his brother’s terrifying experience. WRONG. First brother cried the entire time but sat still in his chair whimpering as the wonderful woman snipped all around his head. Went home happy with Elmo in hand and the rediscovery of his ears. Second brother screamed and cried and launched himself out of the chair. Not exactly what you’re going for when their are scissors involved. He had to sit on my lap (we chose a non-race car chair) while the same wonderful woman raced around us trying to snip as quickly as she could and a second wonderful woman blew bubbles in his face repeatedly. He did NOT leave happy. But, he did find his ears again, and maybe Daddy will take them to their next set of haircuts.

Did you know that some toddlers actually LIKE getting their hair cut? Fascinating.

Henry’s 3rd Trip to the ER

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Looks miserable, right?

Henry, previously our littlest preemie and our biggest fighter, has outdone his brother and sister with another trip to the ER. Thrice since he came home at barely over 5lbs we have whisked him away to the hospital, and clearly, he enjoys the attention. He is fine (as you might have surmised from the photo above), but a 12am wake-up call by one almost-two-year-old who cannot breathe is frightening nonetheless. One breathing treatment, dose of steroids, and croup diagnosis later (oh, and a few hours waiting in the ER to watch his reaction), he was home again and in his bed with a barking cough. And he was up three hours later for Sesame Street and Oreos. Because sometimes a little tv and junk food is just what the doctor ordered.

Sophie and Mom have a Girls’ Day Out

Spring break (at least before the plague hit) meant time for things we don’t usually do like one-on-one time with Mom. Sophie enjoyed a walk to the bus stop, a bus ride across town, some time at the Children’s Museum, and a sun butter sandwich on the walk home. Such a treat for both of us! P.S. Sophie LOVES to build stuff!

Jack’s Adventures at Kidville

Jack also enjoyed some one-on-one time with Mom, including a gym class and a music class, both of which he hated 😦 But he was all for them before they began, so we’ll focus on those pictures here.

He did end up enjoying his trial art class though. I can’t say we’re too surprised there!

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I am plotting my adventure with Henry as we speak!!

Easter at Nana and Grumples’

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Four stomach viruses and a WHOLE lot of plastic eggs made for some holiday fun at Nana and Grumples’ house. We owe you one, Nana!

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Pizza Fridays and Pizza Picnics

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On Fridays, we eat pizza. In the park, at home, fresh or frozen, it’s pizza on Fridays. Everyone has his or her own approach. Jack pulls the cheese off and eats the cheese and the crust separately. Henry eats it in a wedge from the tip to the crust. Sophie eats it from the crust moving forward, and if there’s any pepperoni, she will surely pull them off and eat them separately. Pizza Fridays. They make for a messy and marvelous start to the weekend.

What else do you do with two-year-old triplets when you’re stuck inside a Manhattan apartment all winter long? 

Arts and Crafts

Everyone in this gang loves drawing, and we love this wall mural Auntie Jen and Uncle Peter sent us for our birthday! Hours (okay, well…minutes…they are toddlers after all) of entertainment.

We’re pretty excited about our easel too!

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We’re even drawing in the tub these days!

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Reading

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A little light reading

Building

What could be better than an indoor jungle gym? Enter the QUADRO. Thanks to Grammie for saving this!

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Just hanging out on the quadro. Like Daddy did. Back in the day.

I’m not sure what to call this next activity…

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Brothers in a bag, Sophie in a bin…just another Saturday at the Strumolo household.

Museum Hopping

Space Travel

Tending to the Babies

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Cleaning

Racing

It’s been a wonderful winter. Spring and summer…here we come!!

This Is What Having Three One-Year-Olds Looks Like

This is what going for a walk looks like. Having multiple babies requires enormous strollers. And several of them. There’s really no way around it (believe me, we’ve tried. That’s why we have so many strollers)! We have seven by my current count. Plus a Choo-Choo Wagon. (See below). Number of babies times two, plus one. Isn’t that the standard equation for stroller count?

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This is what swinging looks like. We’ve gotten used to always taking up at LEAST two swings at the park, and we are prepared for the questions and comments that accompany some of the sideways glances we get when we take up more than one family’s fair share of the swinging real estate. But let’s be honest. We take up more than one family’s fair share of a lot of things at this point: sidewalk space, elevator room, laundry machines, pediatrician’s appointments…and we elicit a lot of questions and comments wherever we go!

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This is what 7AM looks like. There’s really no point in putting away the toys.

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This is what bath time looks like. It’s all fun and games until somebody wants to get out.2015-06-07 20.09.28

This is what picnicking in the park looks like. 

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Someone is bound to sneak off and get into trouble.

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This is what helping out in the kitchen looks like:

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We place an emphasis on teamwork. For better or for worse.    

Teamwork in the nursery.

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Teamwork in the play area.

Teamwork all over the place.

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Teamwork.

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This is what naptime looks like. For some of us.

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This is what reading looks like. It helps to have extra large books.

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This is what going for a run with Mom looks like. It only takes three runs before everyone gets a turn!

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This is what road tripping looks like. AFTER we’ve unpacked the minivan, of course.

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And this is what the packing list looks like:                                                

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And a small portion of the contents of our van:

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This is what playing the piano looks like. Does anyone know a third harmony to “Heart and Soul”?

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This is what brushing our teeth looks like. 

And this is what the start to summer looks like. 

More adventures to come!

So Many Firsts!

I am sure you are all wondering by now how the transition back to work went. Well, if the fact that I haven’t posted in over a week is any indication, then you have probably deduced that things are much busier around the Strumolo household these days. Having three babies makes life busy enough, and adding a 10-hour work day to the mix doesn’t exactly make things any easier! I was all set to gripe here about what makes being a working mom so hard, but then I thought, you don’t care! You want to see what these babies have been up to! Well, they’ve been up to an awful lot over the last week. They’ve been strolling

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By the sailboat pond

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Here they are at Nan’s bench. Nan was nanny to Grammie (Ann) and her sisters many years ago. Great-grandparents Gee and Poppy dedicated a bench in Central Park to her. The trips were excited to visit!

They’ve been Stylin’

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Sophie in her jeggings. How cute is this bum?

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They’ve been snoring

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They’ve been enjoying Story Time

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And Serenades

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Henry is learning how to laugh… And Jack is learning how to roll. On Monday, he rolled from back to tummy, but of course, when we tried to get him to do it again for the camera, he never quite made it all the way over.  But he’s no quitter! Sophie is showing the boys how to get it done during tummy time.

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And Henry is leading the way in the grabbing department. IMG_1738

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Jack is catching on, however, and his face when he finally got ahold of the toy was priceless. IMG_1750 IMG_1752

Everyone is working on sitting up…some with more success than others!

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Sophie is SO much shorter than the boys. She is such a peanut!

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Jack looks like he’s ready to kick back with a beer! IMG_1724

Apparently he prefers his Bumbo to the sofa. Henry can fend off the assaults from his rolling brother and kicking sister, IMG_1740

and Jack can blow bubbles. IMG_2848

Sophie is losing her hair, but what little wisps are left are still cute and curly! IMG_1734

 

 

 

She’s also been enjoying some oatmeal baths in the hopes that her eczema will calm down. IMG_1733

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It’s been a busy week for all five Strumolos! Until next time…

Our First Friend — Pippa Comes to Visit!

In another life, I was a marathon runner. I’m not sure I can really call myself this since I only ended up running one marathon, but I was ready to run my second before Hurricane Sandy hit, and there was a time when a 6-miler morning run was an “easy” run for me. I have run twice since September. Probably at an 11-minute mile clip (I’m being generous), and I only made it a mile and a half. And I hurt my ankle and haven’t been able to run since. It’s a sad state of affairs for this former marathon runner! Perhaps the saddest part is that my running buddy, Joanna, has traded in the hustle and bustle of NYC for the gorgeous beaches of California, so I’m usually running solo now. Well, Joanna and her adorable daughter, Pippa, came to visit a couple of weeks ago! She and Jack were fast friends. Just like their mommas!

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Other developments:

In the nursery:

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Our Peter Pan decal. For those of you who know us well, you know Peter Pan has a special place in our hearts. Two of our favorite lullabies are “Never Never Land” and “Tender Shepherd”–we’re hoping Henry, Jack, and Sophie will eventually take this over a la Wendy, Michael, and John. And yes, we noticed the typos. We’re working on fixing those!

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Our Family Tree courtesy of Margie Thorne.

On the baby gear front:

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Will trying out Jack in the Ergo Baby Carrier now that he’s big enough to fit in it! (Jack, not Will).

With the trips:

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Henry’s mastering holding onto the pacifier.

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Jack’s opting for the thumb.

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Sophie still loves her bath (and her hands in her face).

Getting out and about: 

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Our second trip to the park. This time we made it all the way up to the Great Lawn, around and back! Just in time for the next feed 🙂

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Finally, everyone’s napping at the same time! Except for Will, that is. He was doing laundry. Somebody’s gotta do it!

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