First Day of School

September 13. 2016

It is hard to believe that Henry, Jack, and Sophie have started school already. Their transition into the two’s program has been nice and slow. Thirty minutes the first day, forty-five minutes the next, and so on. On Tuesday (October 11), they will have their first “full” day: three hours from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.

They go to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and though they are clearly having a lot of fun there, they are still a little reluctant to say good-bye to Daddy when it’s time to go in.


Jack’s job is to help Daddy push the stroller (he rides on the boogie board on the back…thanks, Grace!) and Henry’s job is to deliver the empty paper towel rolls to Miss Nancy, Miss Jean, or Miss Alyssa when he arrives. Sophie generally hops from Daddy’s arms to Miss Callie’s or Miss Yvonne’s, but we’re working on it. The babies help.


A gallery of their artwork over the course of the month shows some common themes.

September 15: 

September 20:

October 4:

In the month of September, they learned all about the color red and celebrated on Red Day in their red threads.

They’ve also learned how to grocery shop, iron, and make dinner, so we’ll be outsourcing most of our household chores to the triplets in the near future.

October is orange and black month which is especially exciting because orange is Jack and Henry’s favorite color. We’re all excited for the Fall Festival next Friday!


Happy Homecoming Day!

June 7 will always be a pretty special day for our family, because it’s the day Henry, Jack, and Sophie came home from the NICU (together!) after a 67-day stay. As the years go by (I cannot BELIEVE we are already celebrating the second anniversary of this day), we may forget to celebrate or decide we no longer need to celebrate that happy milestone, but for now, I’m still pretty amazed that things turned out the way they did.




What a difference two years makes!

Summer Fun and 15-Month Check-Ups!


It is incredible to me how much Henry, Jack, and Sophie have learned in the last few weeks. They are turning into walking, talking machines, and they are loving the backyard and beach life at Nana and Grumples’. We just had our fifteen-month check up (a couple weeks late), and our pediatrician is thrilled with everyone’s progress. Jack and Henry are creeping their way onto the non-preemie growth charts, and while Sophie hasn’t made it there yet, she’s pretty happy being our pint-size little lady.

New this month: Words! So many words! They just keep popping out of everyone’s mouth. And walking! We have some real walking happening here! As in, somebody decides they’d like to have that toy over there, and they stand up, walk over, crouch down, and pick it up! Sophie is more of a walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, run, dive! kind of gal, but with every day that passes, she’s taking more steps. She’s up to about eight steps now.

Climbing stairs! We didn’t even have to teach them how to do this. It doesn’t seem like stair-climbing would be on the list of evolutionary survival skills, but Nana and Grumples have an upstairs and a downstairs, and Henry, Jack, and Sophie are climbing them. I didn’t really believe they had it mastered until Henry decided to head for the stairs instead of the kitchen at dinner time today. Jack and I were hot on his heels, but he was so fast that he made it up to the first landing before I snagged him. Will, if you’re reading this, please don’t kill me. I promise, I was right there. But, FYI, if you think maybe when they go in the direction of the stairs they won’t actually be able to climb up them, you are wrong. No photos, because I was trying to catch a runaway toddler.


The beach! It’s taken a little while for everyone to get used to the feel of the sand, and we still have a love-hate relationship with the baby pool (love splashing around in it with Mom and Dad, hate that we’re not allowed to splash around in it all by ourselves), and the beach still feels like a three-person job (three adults, that is) most days, but we’ve been there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so we’re doing all right!

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The backyard! I absolutely LOVE Central Park. But there is something so wonderful (and convenient) about being able to explore in the backyard at a moment’s notice. Before lunch, after lunch, after breakfast, anytime we please, really! One mama and three teetering toddlers still requires some planning to get out to the lawn (I can’t just open the door and send them on their way), but everyone is beginning to like the feel of the grass between their toes, so while they used to simply circle around the water table, they are now off and exploring.


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Nicknames: We’re sticking with Jack-O. And J. And he still gets, “Bubba” a lot from me.

Weight: 20 lbs, 3 oz

Height: 29.75 inches

Head Circumference: 49.5 cm

Words: car, Nana, ‘nana (this is the improper noun, otherwise known as “banana,”) Dor-Dor (for Dorothy, my parents’ dog), Meow (or maybe it’s “Milo?”) for Milo, baby, door, dog, hat, wagon “wah-wah” and water (“wuh-wuh”), more, night-night, bubbles, & ball. “Ball” is used very generally to describe anything even semi-spherical in form. This includes rocks, pom poms, and peas. “Brum-Brum” means Grumples, Dada finally means “Dada,” but it might also mean, “What’s that?” and he says “dirty” all the time. This is one of my favorites, because he is definitely calling shoes “dirty.” Obviously we’ve said, “dirty” so many times in relationship to shoes–as in, “Those are dirty, please don’t eat them.”–and while he’s grasped the word, “dirty,” he has not grasped the concept. He is never more excited than when he sees a pair of shoes, and he races over there, grabs them, holds them in the air, and exclaims, “Dirty!”


Meal times: He is a bit of a picky eater, or at least he thinks he’s a picky eater. If he can be tricked into trying something (say, a banana that he’s had only a hundred times before and has just decided today he absolutely hates), he will generally gobble it up. But if he thinks he doesn’t like something, you’re likely to find it hidden in his high chair (or someone else’s), or covering the floor underneath him. And not because he accidentally dropped it. He is currently protesting most fruits and vegetables.

Other news: As a truly sweet older brother, Jack has been known to find Sophie’s monkey and return it to her. He’s also been known to get stuck in the exersaucer. He loves to sleep, but we’ve persuaded him to get on board with the one nap a day project. Jack is a project guy, and when he’s got an idea for something, he is intensely focused. This might be throwing toys over the fence, putting things into the bucket, or pushing the wagon back and forth. But whatever it is, Jack is into it. I love this kid!



Nickname: H-O, H

Weight: 21.5 pounds

Height: 30 inches

Head Circumference: 50.75 cm (still off the charts, and growing)*

Words: Dada, Mama (hooray!), baby, car, ball, bubbles, meow, dog, Nana, ‘nana, milk, and”piggie!” Fhis is my favorite of Henry’s, because he says it after he, or anyone else burps. There are few things more adorable than your one-year-old looking up at his grandfather after a belch and saying, “Piggie!” with all the glee he can muster, and then melting into a fit of giggles.

Meal time: Henry is still our champion eater. This comes with its pros and cons. Pro: Henry will eat anything. Con: Henry will eat anything. Including books. Ok, they all do that. But Henry is likely to shove anything he can fit into his mouth, and I am certain he is competing with someone for the “Who can shove the most puffs in their mouth?” award. The only time he gives us a hard time is if he can’t feed himself. I’m pretty sure he just thinks the rest of us are too slow.

Other news: Henry has discovered stuffed animals, and he LOVES them. Especially his new dog friend. He also knows to fetch Sophie’s monkey when she’s feeling sad. These boys are the sweetest. He is eager to start running, and he’ll climb (or attempt to climb) anything. He loves the beach, and he’s turned into quite the dancer! He is particularly fond of “Your Lips Are Moving!” (KidzBop 28). Love this kid.


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Nicknames: Soph, Noodle, Sophita

Weight: 16 lbs, 5 oz

Height: 27.75 inches

Head Circumference: 45 cm

Words: hi, up, all done, uh-oh, bubbles, ball, Nana, dog, cat, milk, what’s that?, meow, night-night, and “wah-wah” which means, “I want that,” not “water” or “milk” like I originally thought. Sophie also has a knack for repeating just about anything you say. So she’s working on “octopus,” at the moment 🙂

Meal time: Sophie is a bit of a picky eater, but it’s more that she wants to eat on her own schedule and at her own pace. Sometimes (most times) with triplets, that’s not the way we roll, but because she’s so teeny, we’ll pretty much let her eat whatever she wants whenever she wants it. She shies away from new foods and new textures, and it takes a lot of convincing to get her to believe she likes something. She’s more of a, “stick it in my mouth and then spit it out with a grimace” kind of eater.

Other Things We’ve Been Up To:

Visiting with Baba

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Wagon Rides


Lounging Around (Inside and Out)

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Look closely at their shirts…  

Finding New Ways to Play in the Exersaucer

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Our First Trip to Central Park Zoo

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Playing With Dorothy


They are all OBSESSED with Dorothy and Milo. Every morning when they wake up, the first thing they do is ask for “Dada.” The second thing they do is ask for Milo. Exclamations of “Meow! Meow! Meow!” and “Milo!” ring through the house at 6:30AM, and at any other time that they think they’ve caught a glimpse of her sleeping upstairs or lurking around the corner. Dorothy joins us at meal times, and all three kiddos squeal with excitement and shouts of “Dor! Dor!” morning, noon, and night. We are working on gentle touching with Dorothy and no touching with Milo 🙂 Henry has adopted a stuffed dog as his new sleeping (and dining and swimming) buddy, while Jack cuddles with his new STUFFED kitty.

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Piles of Pillows

Most of us probably take pillows for granted. We have them on our beds, on our couches, and some of us even have decorative pillows adorning our arm chairs, love seats, and chez lounges. Henry, Jack, and Sophie have never had pillows. This is what happens when you throw a pillow (or three) on the floor for them:

Trips to the Playground

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Hanging Out In Our New Play Area at Nana and Grumples’


Can you spot the baby in the baby jail?

Celebrating Baba’s 92nd Birthday!

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Other Assorted Mischief

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So Many Firsts

2015-05-23 12.38.42 HDR-2The last time I posted, I wrote about an emotional “last” for the Strumolo clan, and today, too many weeks later (Seriously, isn’t it summer? Shouldn’t I have loads of time on my hands?) I sit down to write about some firsts. I have tried desperately to keep track of all the firsts as they come, but when they’re coming at you three at a time, sometimes I end up with more of a general time frame for who said or did what when, and I just hope Henry, Jack, and Sophie will forgive me for my estimates in the future.

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Nicknames: Jack-O, J

First word: “Ball” although the ‘l’ sound is lacking a bit!

Other words: “Baby” (bah-bah), “dada*,” “mama*,” “bye,” and “duck.”

New tricks: making animal sounds (moo, bzzz), playing pat-a-cake, waving hi and bye, putting things in a bucket

Favorite foods: mac ‘n cheese, blueberries, waffles, beets

Least favorite foods: anything green. Unless he forgets it’s green. And then he’ll eat it.

Favorite toys: anything stuffed, anything crinkly, anything that ISN’T a toy (diapers, bags of wipes, coffee cups, curtains, you name it), books, balls (but maybe that’s just because that’s the only toy name he knows?), his rocking frog, a stuffed Lampard

Favorite pastimes: snuggling, taking baths, playing with tupperware, going for walks, emptying shelves, bins, and baskets, making music, drinking everybody else’s milk, looking for the baby in his “My First 100 Words” book

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That pile of stuffed animals is Jack’s doing.

Things we are working on: Jack is SO close to walking. He can stand unassisted for about ten seconds, and he can take up to three steps before he stumbles. But he has definitely realized that crawling is faster (and probably safer), so who can blame him? He’s chatting up a storm, so we’re working on expanding his repertoire of animal sounds. And whether Jack knows it or not, we are also working on saying “mama” more often, and with purpose. And definitely NOT saying “dada” when we’ve been asked to say “mama.”

Tooth count: seven

Eating: Three meals a day, one morning milk, and one snack.

Sleeping: Two naps a day (most days), and an eleven(ish) hour stretch overnight

*My lack of capitalization here is not because I don’t understand that these are proper nouns, it is because Jack doesn’t seem to understand that these are proper nouns. Or at least, they should be when they are coming out of his mouth!


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Nicknames: H, H-O

First word: “Dada”

Other words: “Ball,” “mama*,” and “bye.”

New tricks:  WALKING! That’s right, we have our first walker! Three steps on Friday, six steps on Saturday, and the PT saw it on Monday, so it’s official. He claps and plays pat-a-cake and can “moo” too, but come on, people, he’s walking!

Favorite foods: anything he can feed himself. If it comes on a spoon, he’ll complain, since he hasn’t quite sorted out how to do that himself yet. But you’d swear we starve this kid the way he carries on every time a person brings out a plate of food.

Least favorite foods: N/A

Favorite toys: Mom’s cell phone, water bottles, anything he can throw over the side of the baby jail

Favorite pastimes: entertaining his siblings, falling down (see favorite pastime #1), opening and closing doors, standing on the couch, going for walks, helping in the kitchen, taking a bath  

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H’s “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” shtick. Gets Jack every time.

Things we are working on: Understanding that we don’t eat books, keeping calm in the bathtub, brushing our teeth, and associating the word “dada” with Will and not simply any photo of any man ever. Oh, and associating “mama” with anyone at all (preferably me). Henry’s also practicing his animal sounds, and we’re eager to teach him to use the word “more” instead of just “ahhhhh!” when he wants more to eat.

Tooth count: eight

Eating: everything in sight, all day long

Sleeping: Two naps a day (most days), and an eleven(ish) hour stretch overnight

*See above for an explanation about capitalization.


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Nickname(s): Noodle, Noods, Soph

First word: “Hiiiiiiiiii.” Yes, she says it with a bajillion i’s. Or at least ten.

Other words: “bah-bye,” “ball,” “mama,” “dada,” and something that sort of sounds like a hybrid of “cat” and “meow” and is frequently used to address Milo and any other kitties Sophie sees

New tricks: Initiating a game of peek-a-boo, blowing kisses, and waving “hiiiiiiii,” and “bah-bye.” She knows her animal sounds for cow, sheep, and cat, and she babbles all day long. She loves stomping around while we hold onto her hands, (it is a very gleeful stomp), and we’re just trying to convince her that it might also be fun to walk around on her own. She’s not buying it.

Favorite foods: Broccoli, beets, chicken nuggets, yogurt, mac ‘n cheese

Least favorite foods: chicken that is not nugget-shaped

Oh, and peanuts.

If I had to put my money on one of the trio having food allergies, it would have been Sophie, given her eczema. Since last winter when we introduced solid foods, she’s had minor reactions here and there, along with her eczema flare-ups, but we’ve never been able to pinpoint any one thing. Well, I’m pretty sure we’ve pinpointed peanuts. One teeny, tiny taste of peanut butter, and within ten minutes, we were off to the emergency room. It turns out that it wasn’t an anaphylactic reaction, but it was scary enough. After some Benadryl and four hours in the emergency room, Sophie was back home and in pretty good spirits. A trip to the pediatrician led to EpiPens and allergist appointments, so we will steer clear of nuts in this household for a while.

Favorite toys: her monkey (beware the brother who tries to borrow monkey!), her other monkey, the exersaucer, mirrors, the ball run, the bucket of shapes (sans shapes)

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“What? These aren’t BOTH for me?”

Favorite pastimes: riding Jack’s frog rocker, dancing, reading, saying “hi,” chasing after Milo, sitting up front in the triple stroller, and emptying the bookshelves.

Things we are working on: walking, not scratching at our eczema, understanding that we don’t eat books, brushing our teeth, and napping. Sophie is now a champion eater and a constant chatter box,  so we are working on increasing her vocabulary!

Tooth count: eight

Eating: everything in sight, all day long

Sleeping: One nap a day (although she is a semi-willing participant in both nap times), and an eleven(ish) hour stretch overnight

Until next time…

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