#StrumoloSummerFest2017

School started on Tuesday (more on that soon). Summer is officially over. Things were so busy this summer, I couldn’t possibly keep up, but I did try to keep track. I even created a hashtag (#strumolosummerfest2017) for that very purpose. I’m sure there are moments that weren’t captured, days that will be forgotten, and milestones I’ve missed, but if you don’t follow me on Facebook and you’re just tuning in, scroll down to see snippets of our sunny summer months.

Highlights include (but I am sure are not limited to): MAJOR progress in swimming…we even took our first dip in the ocean!! Camp, visits from the cousins, our first ferry ride, our first REAL hike (on our own six feet), new friends, picnics in the park, concerts on the beach, afternoons at the bay. Catching sand crabs and baby clams (and then letting them go). Seeing skates, dolphins, and whales in the ocean. Collecting rocks and shells at the beach. And the bay. And Nana and Grumples’ driveway. And anyone else’s driveway we happened upon. Learning to ride our scooters, riding tricycles, and our new ride-on jeep. Trips to the toy store, homemade ice cream, and stomp rockets. Meeting Fiona. Breakfast at Sip ‘N Soda. The Children’s Museums (from Bridgehampton, NY to Portland, ME)! Islip, Southampton, Winter Harbor, Bar Harbor. Beaches, beaches, beaches,

My heart is full. First day of summer break 2017 in the books.

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Day 2 of summer break: Me sitting in the “special seat” to watch their “show.” I think they might need to schedule some additional rehearsals.

Day 3 of summer break: possible allergic reaction and a lot of fun with Grammie. And since allergies are lame, and I don’t have pictures from fun with Grammie, I threw in a few more from yesterday. Cows, ice cream, and snow leopards. And that was just the second half of their day. Gotta love this city.
#summerinthecity

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Day 4: we made it to the “red playground” via subway (and walking three crosstown blocks which is no joke…hence, the Oreos). Crosstown bus to Barnes and Noble followed by dinner at Shake Shack. Yay, summer!

 

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Day 5: BRONX ZOO. We also dabbled in paints and puzzles. And took a trip to Florida.

Highlights of the day: the big slide at the zoo, prairie dogs, Anikin the tiger, the Bug Carousel, discovering that red and blue make purple, finding a long lost puzzle piece and FINALLY completing the vehicle puzzle. And Pizza Friday. Oh, and baths. Always baths.

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Day 6 of summer vacation: one day lip, one black eye (okay, that was yesterday, but weekends don’t count), four bus rides, gorillas, tigers, and dinos, oh my, and a lively debate about whether or not you could eat flowers.

P.S. I nearly forgot we happened about “Kid Flicks” at the library in between bus transfers and caught an old fashioned screening of “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.” Snagged three books about dogs, three about cats, and one Peter (of “The Snowy Day”) sequel and CINDERELLA on DVD. It’s in the vault, people. I had nightmares that our children would not meet Gus Gus until they were 10. That is FAR too long to wait for Gus Gus. Rectified that situation around 5:45 this evening. Phew.

 

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Sophie found a snowman on the bus.

 

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Day 7: A million tableaus with our “new” friends, cleaning the apartment (if by cleaning you mean moving EVERY toy and piece of furniture into the middle of the room and then wiping down a few walls), packing for Nana’s, about a dozen tantrums, AMNH round two (the jelly dome was mesmerizing), a new playground, a few more tantrums, picking Daddy up at work, ice cream for dinner (because that’s the proper consequence for two dozen tantrums, right?) a visit with Alice and Hans Christian Anderson, and one tired momma.

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Day 8: The boys keeping Sophie company at the pulmonologist and haircuts for the boys. Plus a braid for Sophie. And more packing! Countdown to Nana’s is on! Lisa Lord Gillespie get ready!

 

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 Day 9: early morning slumber party and then packing. Lots of packing.

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Day 10: we finally made it to Nana’s. What a difference a year makes!

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Too bad there’s nothing to do here at Nana’s.

#strumolosummerfest2017
#toddlers

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Day 11: first day of camp. Can you feel the excitement? Don’t worry, by the time we picked them up three ours later, they were exclaiming, “But, I love camp!” It was only at dinner that we found out the real reason they loved it: lollipops. Ended with dinner at the beach with both sets of grandparents. A rare treat indeed.

#grandparents
#strumolosummerfest2017
#lollipopsforthewin

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Day 12: Happy 4th of July!

#fourthofjuly
#strumolosummerfest2017

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Day 13: Duck, Duck, Goose (a new addition to our repertoire, we’re still working on the details), bike helmets that fit, and pajama protest number 372.

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Day 14 (a few hours late): Scooters, jeep rides, and skinny dipping after dinner. And (rumor has it) learning to float on their backs in the camp pool!

#strumolosummerfest2017

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Day 15: Waited for the green light before leaving the bedroom this morning (🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻), splashed in the rain puddles ☔️, had a slumber party with thirty of their closest friends 🐻🐶🐱🐵🐷👶🏼, drove their trucks in the rain 🚜💧, and climbed to the top of the “mountain”. Many times. And then we’re asleep by 6:30 😬😴😴😴. What are the chances that they’re still in bed when the green light goes off tomorrow morning?

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Because sometimes you just need an Easter bunny headband and a paper crown to go with your Anna and Elsa bathing suit.

#Strumolosummerfest2017

 

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Having the best time with our besties! So happy Karen Lenahan came to visit!

#Strumolosummerfest2017
#bff

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Day 16: lots of beach time, backyard barbecues, Funfetti “ice cream” cones that are nut-free, and a shared love of French fries!! We’re going to be sad to see Emi leave tomorrow!!

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Day 17: played hooky from camp for one more day and hit up the Children’s Museum of the East End; had our first dentist appointment (cannot recommend East End Tooth Ferry enough…they were incredible with three toddlers and one mama); found the 20-pack of frozen whole wheat waffles (and the car cart) at the grocery store (side note, those waffles will last us three days); and had fun mugging for the camera and checking out their hairdos during their afternoon “swim.” They requested those videos and photos, not I!

#strumolosummerfest2017
#firsts

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Day 18 (a few hours late): a puppet show at camp and rediscovering the Slip ‘N Slide. There are still working on perfecting their form, and they opted to slide in their birthday suits, so no Facebook-friendly photos yet.

#strumolosummerfest2017

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Day 19: another successful day at camp, an attempt at French braids, and afternoon pool time at the beach. Oh, and a tantrum before 6am. Plus a few more sprinkled throughout the day. Lest you think it’s all sunshine and rainbows over here. Sophie learned to walk across the “little pool,” and it took us all day, but we finally found Jack’s other croc.

#strumolosummerfest2017

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Day 20: rainy days mean indoor fun at the library!

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Day 20: rainy days mean indoor fun at the library!

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Day 22: Pool time at Polly‘s! These kids have gone from clinging to us for dear life to jumping in, going under, and swimming back and forth unassisted. Of course, I don’t have any photos of that because I am still very much in the pool. Thanks to Sophie’s epic tantrum today (perhaps she should try eating lunch?) I snapped a few from afar.

#strumolosunmerfest2017
#toddlers
#tantrums

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Day 23: new friends at camp, foam shapes (more on that later), yard work, slumber parties, and Christmas in July (that’s a thing, right?).

A note on foam shapes: Henry has been fairly obsessed with these for a few months now. He actually requested “circles” for his birthday three months ago, and lucky for him, his godfather obliged! He saw a bin of foam shapes at camp the other day, and every morning since then, he’s said, “Maybe today we’ll use the shapes.” Well, today was Henry’s lucky day. Click for more photos if you want to see just what he did (and does) with those shapes.

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Day 24: some early morning detective work (“What’s that banging noise?” “A hammer from the house they’re building down the street.”); DOGGIE BOUNCE HOUSE (and a water slide) at camp…yes, I know the video is sideways; and an afternoon at the bay. That probably should have been a two-adult activity. Jack has a newfound fear of seaweed (“especially that brown hairy kind,”) and Sophie feels VERY strongly that I should stay next to her (and perhaps holding her) at all times. Whe

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Sophie: “Are there hugs in the pool?”
Me: “Sure!”
(Huge Sophie hug).
Sophie: “I just love you.”

Right back at ya, Soph.

Day 25: An afternoon of swimming followed by sand castles and dinner at the beach. It was a good day. Tantrums and whining notwithstanding 🏊🏻‍♀️🏖🍔😉

 

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Day 26: fast friends at the Long Island Aquarium

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Day 27: one sick sister meant only two-thirds made it to camp today. Jack didn’t like those odds, so he brought Milo along to improve them. Milo appears to enjoy art class just as much as Jack does. Staying home from camp also meant a trip to Carter’s with Nana. You can’t tell from this picture, but she really does love her new outfit. The “button shirt” earned Jack’s approval (always a bit hit or miss), and even though Henry declared, “I don’t like any of these clothes,” he is a sucker for dog shirts (provided he can still pair them with his favorite blue striped pants). Jack’s priority is style, Henry’s is comfort. Sophie’s is pink.

Thanks to Polly Stevenson for babysitting duty this afternoon. Despite what they told you, you are triplet-approved!

#whogetsacoldinthemiddleofjuly
#buttonshirtsforthewin
#yourenotgoodattriplets

 

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Happiness is a new package of hair ties: “I want to wear all the pinks.”

I’m gonna keep working on this hairstyling thing..

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ay 28: lots of whining. Several tantrums. A broken toe, I think (mine). A play date with a camp friend and a new bag of hair ties. And in case you were wondering, this is how she “scooters” 90% of the time.

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Day 29: this is the only photo I took today. Pretty much sums it up.

#sorrySoph
#noyoucantscratchyourbrothers
#orstompontheirheads

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Day 30: last day of camp, a bike ride adventure with my boys, a thousand jumps into the pool, a sand and stone sea turtle, and digging for baby clams on the beach (not to eat, just to see)!

These kids are growing braver and braver by the minute, and the sand bar at the ocean this summer doesn’t hurt 😎 🌊.

Happy weekend!

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Day 31: a trip to Urgent Care (in and out in 10 minutes…how’s that for a win?), bug bite Watch 2017, a morning at the beach, a visit from Maggie, an afternoon dip in Polly’s Pool, and a so far successful diaper-free night. It’s still early, folks.

Oh, and Sophie found a new outfit. Can you read what it says on her sweatshirt? Truer words were never spoken. Sigh…

P.S. I threw in a corn collage because you guys never get to see what happens on the weekends! Just kidding. But it was the first time they had corn on the cob (how is that possible?), so I figured I should document. Verdict: 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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Day 32: I am definitely feeling the lack of camp this week 😝. But, I did manage to snap a pic of all three in the pool and not one of them hanging on me. WIN.

Follow-up with Urgent Care (2 minutes today…seriously, this place is amazing) and it’s neither cellulitis nor Lyme’s, so we’ll take it! A second breakfast at Sip ‘N Soda because four frozen waffles will not feed three toddlers whose most consistent meal is breakfast, followed by beach time and pool time round two.

Found a live crab and some not-so-live ones, our first sea glass of the summer, and a couple of nautilus shells. You’d think I’d have photos. Sorry to disappoint. Three toddlers plus a whole lot of sand and saltwater means the phone is mostly hibernating these days. But I do have a bag full of shells here at Nana’s house. You’re welcome, Lisa Lord Gillespie!

Jack cried at bedtime because I said the back of his neck “might” have gotten a little sunburned. He was not crying from pain. He was crying because we’ve built up sunblock so much and so thoroughly instilled the fear of sunburn in them all, that he honestly thought he’d done something wrong and might never recover…

#strumolosummerfest2017
#iamsotired

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The summer would not be complete without a trip to the ER.

She is home, and she is fine.

#asthmasucks

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Feeling much better this morning.

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Me: Do you want to do a craft, or do you want to go to the bay?
Henry: Bay.
Jack: Craft.
Sophie: Ice cream.

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For those of you who were enjoying my daily posts, I’m sorry I fell off the wagon. For those of you who were thinking, “Her again? And those kids? These aren’t even good photos…” you’re welcome.

The cousins came, and our days and nights have been so full (of fun, of sand, of sun and waves), that there’s been very little time for Facebooking. So, here are a few highlights from the week. I pared down, I swear.

Missing our cousins already!

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Maineward bound.

It only took 12 hours to pack all this stuff 🤣

Left at 7:07, and the first query, “Are we at Maine yet?” came at 7:32. Current count: 19.

It’s going to be a long drive…

#strumolosummerfest2017

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First Ferry Trip!

When your 16GB iPad only holds two movies at a time, and you are 9 hours into an 11.5 hour car trip. And this is what is happening in the back seat (you’ll need your sound on to get the full experience 😝).

Time to reload (for the second time)!

#strumolosummerfest2017

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Our first official hike (where everyone walked themselves…most of the way).

#flyingmountain
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We had an amazing summer. So filled with adventures that I couldn’t keep up. We are grateful for grandparents that live nearby, Disney favorites that make the long trip to and from Maine more bearable for all, and daily access to the gorgeous beaches, bays, mountains, and backyards nearby. There was tons of sand, sun (and sunscreen), and water, and while we’ll miss it as we trade in the sand for skyscrapers, we are all very happy to be home. As the sights of the city crept into view, the shouts from the backseat began: “Hello, New York!” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

#strumolosummerfest2017
#maine #southampton #family #beaches #mountains #roadtrips#backtoschool

 

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So Thankful

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

I know. This post is LONG overdue. But I’m posting it anyway, because we have an awful lot to be thankful for, and because I think I’ll be glad we have a Thanksgiving 2015 post someday.

We spent Thanksgiving in Islip with Grammie’s side of the family, a long-standing tradition for Will (and at this point, for me!), but a first for Henry, Jack, and Sophie. This meant lots of family, lots of food (though let’s be honest, these kiddos just ate mac ‘n cheese like it was any other Thursday), and lots of fresh air and wide open spaces. With the weather as warm as it was, we took full advantage of the immediate access to the outdoors. How different from our city lives!

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If you look closely, you’ll see two kiddos running around on this glorious afternoon. The third one is in the bushes around the corner. I think they were playing Hide-and-Seek. 

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So. Much. Space!

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Islip also offered several toys of the ride-on variety. This ride-in was especially popular. Three Cozy Coupes in our future? Not in this Manhattan apartment!

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Jack loves his “projects.” This one involved moving all the pumpkins he could carry from one spot to another. And no, he didn’t move those big ones on his own, but it wasn’t for lack of trying!

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Surveying his handy work. A job well done.

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Sophie and Mama running around on the lawn.

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A tunnel of trees!

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Thanksgiving is also a great time for family photos and potential Christmas card poses. 

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Some were more successful than others.

Thanksgiving 2015

Does the one at the top look familiar to anyone?

    So, what was I thankful for this Thanksgiving? Well, I can’t imagine this will be an exhaustive list, but here’s a start:

  • I’m thankful for three healthy, happy kiddos who can laugh, run, and play.
  • I’m thankful for my partner-in-crime, Will, who makes this crazy life we live more manageable, more organized, and more enjoyable (almost) every day 🙂
  • I’m thankful for our family and friends who help in more ways than I can count here, in particular, for Grammie who helps out every Thursday; for Aunt Linden, Uncle Scott and Esme who frequently send over the world’s BEST mac ‘n cheese; for Gee and Poppy who entertain Henry, Jack, and Sophie almost weekly, and who saved all of those ride-on toys and other Islip goodies for this generation; for Aunt Addie Rose who FaceTimes with us regularly and often gets us through the witching hour; for Nana (who does the same) and who keeps us entertained with the latest toys and looking sharp in the latest outfits, and who is always there in a pinch for babysitting; for Aunt Hartley for serving as our private on-call physician, and for Noah and Lily who provide endless hours of entertainment through the iPad; for Elizabeth for always asking, “What can I do to help?”; for Karen for her text messages and commiseration about how exhausting it is being a working parent of toddlers; and for Grace for coming every Wednesday, being flexible, and for constantly thinking of these three kiddos (and their parents) even though she’s got a family of her own; and for all of the aunts and uncles (Lizzie, Andrew, Peter, Jen, and Joe–and that’s just one generation!) and the grandpas (Nonno and Grumples) for helping out when we come to visit, and for making our three kids feel like they are special and they are loved whenever they are around. If I missed anyone on this list, please forgive me. The fact that the list is so long speaks to just how much love and support we have in our lives, and we have every bit as much gratitude for the people who bring it to us.
  • I’m thankful for our wonderful nanny, Diana, who loves these three monkeys as much as we do and keeps them fed, clean, and happy whenever we are at work.
  • I’m thankful to work at a place where I feel supported, and to have colleagues and administrators who understand “family first,” and who understand that parenting three toddlers is sometimes unpredictable.
  • And most of all, I am thankful for the laughter. My own, the laughter that surrounds me when I’m in the company of good friends, and the laughter of Henry, Jack, and Sophie, which usually starts at around 6:40 am, and doesn’t stop until bedtime (and sometimes, it doesn’t stop even then).
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Oh, and I’m thankful for sunsets.

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Stay tuned for our Christmas adventures…

More Summer Shenanigans

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Well, I can’t say we were surprised, but walking is definitely a game-changer. Throughout the first year of Henry, Jack, and Sophie’s lives, we often heard, “Just wait until they are walking!” I was equal parts excited and terrified for the day when they would all officially be on the move. It happened gradually, but by the end of August, these three amigos were off and running. Below, a list of pros and cons.

Pro: More independence! Not having to carry three babies everywhere means one person really can maneuver triplets from one place to another. There’s less back-and-forth, putting somebody down to go back and retrieve the other two.

August 4: Sophie is walking.

Con: More independence! Toddlers will really only be maneuvered where and when they want to be maneuvered. And their plans don’t always line up with your plans. In fact, sometimes, their plans are downright dangerous. It doesn’t help that climbing is the natural next step after walking. One climber, I could handle. Three climbers…well, we’re going to have to be more creative.

August 11: Everyone is climbing

Pro: More space to explore! Three bored toddlers are no fun. But three toddlers who have just discovered a new toy/flower/blade of grass/piece of dirt are a lot of fun. The last half of our summer was a lot of: baby pool, water table, sandbox, repeat. So much easier when they can walk that loop themselves!

Con: More space to explore. If there’s a fence at the other end of that wide open space, explore away! If it’s a park, a playground, a beach, or just a front lawn without boundaries, watch out!

August 6: Henry is exploring

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If you look closely, you’ll see our little explorer on the left.

Pro: Three extra helpers! Need the hair brush? Ask Jack to go get it for you! Forgot to grab the diaper cream from the basket before you sat down to wrestle with a wriggly, resisting, and dirty-diapered toddler? No problem! One of the other toddlers will lend a hand.

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Okay, this isn’t one of ours, but just look what we have to look forward to in a year! Here’s cousin Noah being a super duper helper with a load of dirty diapers in the back of his dump truck.

Con: The need for more babyproofing. I’ll admit it. Even with three, we’ve been lazy about babyproofing. We’d talked about it a lot, we’d purchased several babyproofing items, but we hadn’t really gotten around to it. Why bother? They spent most of their time in the baby jail, ahem, play area. Well, three walkers now know there is a whole world out there to explore, and there’s only so much wandering around the play area that will satisfy them. They are especially fond of climbing up stairs which made me grateful that we live in a small, one-bedroom apartment! Although I don’t suppose that will stop them from running into one another.

These kiddos are into everything:

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Jack-in-a-box

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One great thing about exploring Nana’s house is the abundance of toddler-sized chairs!

Pro: Slightly fewer calls for “uppa!” since they can now get from Point A to Point B on their own and rather quickly. Only slightly fewer though. Sometimes Point B is a bit higher than they can manage. And sometimes Point B is simply in your arms.

Bottom Line: I LOVE that they are walking. Aside from the fact that it is a huge and exciting milestone, all of the pros really do outweigh the cons. Getting to the bathtub with three is easier. Getting to nap time with three is easier. Getting to the high chairs with three is easier. The playground is not easier. Wide open spaces? Much more difficult. But you know what? They’re much more fun now too. Check out more of our summer shenanigans below, and stay tuned for our trip to Maine!

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What would a trip to Southampton be without a visit to Stevenson’s? Is there a train table in our future?

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Family fun in the baby pool.

One of our new favorite pastimes: mixing.

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Cousins Pool Party at Bumbie’s! I swear they liked it. Well, I swear Lily liked it.

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Breakfast with the ducks.

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Monk goes for a ride.

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That hat, though…

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Beach baby

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Pizza picnics in the park

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Henry has a new friend, “Dog.”

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Tunnel Time!    

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Sophie loves the swings. She exclaims, “Whee!” before, during, and after.

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Who said this truck isn’t built for two?

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Our first taste of ice cream. The verdict? Well, Sophie’s clearly a fan. Henry was slightly less enthusiastic, and Jack just refused. I am so confused.

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Cousin Lily’s Christening.

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2015-08-10 17.05.46Our last wagon ride of the season.

2015-08-14 07.04.14Saying goodbye to Nana and Grumples’ house and their summer digs.

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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