Friday, October 31, 2008

Pigs or Peas?

So it looks like most of you think the girls are going to be pigs or peas this year. Don't you think my girls could be the 3 stooges or cute little cousins to Huey, Dewey and Louie?  :)  Just kidding. Keep voting, you have one more day. I will try my best to have pictures posted on Saturday and if you're lucky, I'll try another video!

Happy Halloween! 


ps. I love the suggestion of the 3 little bears. Keep them coming so I have ideas for future years! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween teaser Poll...

Oh my goodness...the girls are going to be SO cute for halloween. 
My mom made their costumes and they had a final fitting tonight. 
I couldn't stop laughing!
I can't wait until I can post some pictures later this weekend. In the meantime take the poll and guess what they are going to be. If you have been around me in the past week and I already told you...DON'T guess and ruin the surprise...pretty please. :) 

Happy Halloween! 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeff!

Happy Birthday to a wonderful husband and even greater dad!  You are the strength of our family and take care of all of us with such love and commitment! The girls are so lucky and blessed to have you as their father as am I to have you for my husband. We all love you so much!

Just for fun I thought I would include pictures of Jeff from other birthday celebrations!  :) I think Alexis resembles him a lot, especially if you look at younger photos like this one below from his first birthday!
 
And here's one from Jeff's 6th birthday!


Happy Birthday Jeff! We hope you get to relax as much as possible and enjoy your day!
Love, Marie, Anna, Ava & Alexis
(aka: Gator's Girls)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Where did the week go?

This past week seems like it has been extra busy...but no more than usual as I look back....

Saturday--Watched OSU football team beat Michigan State!

Here's a picture of the girls in their new little red jackets that my mom made for them specifically for tailgating! Alexis is clearly more interested in checking out what's around the corner!

Sunday--Took the girls to a pumpkin patch. Had a great time but no one would look at the camera at the same time. Anna wanted to lick every pumpkin and Ava and Alexis enjoyed crunching leaves in their hands!

Monday--Same old same old at home!

Tuesday--I went to work at OSU for my one day in the office. Good productive day, but I was glad to see the girls when I got home. Jeff worked his parttime job that evening and my mom was kind enough to stay and help put the girls down for bed. (They've been getting a little cranky lately from about 5pm-8pm each night. Not sure what's going on, but I was glad to have her here!)

Wednesday--Took the girls to story hour at the library and then walked around Target, Carter's and Best Buy as well as up and back the entire length of the strip malls. It was a gorgeous day in Ohio so I took advantage of happy babies in a stroller for as long as they would let me!

Thursday--Had a Halloween playdate at my friend Nandee's house. She invited a bunch of neighbors and friends so there were quite a few kids there. It was a great time this morning even though the rest of the kids were all pretty much 2 and up. The girls still seemed to enjoy playing on their blanket in a new environment. Even if it was still only playing with each other. Nandee's girls (Stella-3 and Lilia-2) were so nice to mine and were great little hostesses. It was just nice to get out in the morning and have a place to go. 

I do have to share that prior to the playdate, I was a little worried since it was scheduled for the time that the girls usually take their morning nap. So I still got them all ready and instead of laying them down this morning, I just packed us all up in the car and went for a drive. I took a detour (Nandee lives in my neighborhood only a few streets away.) for about 40 minutes and let the girls get a nap in before we went to play. It worked perfectly and the girls were nice, happy little girls for the party....and I got 40 mins of silence just driving around looking at the beautiful fall leaves out in the country. I also found a nice looking church that I think I want us to visit soon. It doesn't look too big or too small, but just right. I hope I'm right!

Well tomorrow is Friday, so I hope your week has been a great one too. Enjoy the weekend and as always....GO BUCKEYES--beat Penn State! 

Friday, October 17, 2008

Let me clarify...

I just wanted to clarify something after reading some of the comments from yesterday's grocery/story time post. While I greatly appreciate all of the "Way to go" and "good job" comments, that's not why I choose to do these little adventures. It's not that I'm trying to prove anything really. Instead, the reason I take my 3 girls out by myself and go to the grocery and go to story time is simply because I want to be normal and want my girls to experience normal things. 

I NEED to do normal things to keep my sanity. I know it may sound like a small thing to some, but for me, to go to the grocery myself keeps me sane. Doing normal things during  a time that my life is far from normal (spending every waking hour entertaining 3 little ones is not normal! :) When I was on bedrest, all I wanted to do was to go to the grocery myself or walk around Target...seriously.  Not that Jeff didn't do a great job of grocery shopping, he did...I just wanted to do it myself. 

So for me I like to get out and do things that I would if I just had one baby. 

This brings up my more important reason....I want the girls to experience things just as they would had they not been triplets. If I just had one baby and was lucky enough to stay at home with her, then I would have certainly taken her to story time and the grocery store and pretty much everywhere. So I've decided that my girls shouldn't miss out on life experiences just because they are triplets and it can sometimes be tricky to go in public. Of course, I may have to rethink some of my choices as the girls grow. For example, my friend Katie is right. Once the girls start walking, story time might get REAL interesting if I go by myself. But I will just have to see how it goes. For now, this is working for me and I enjoy coming up with creative solutions on how to get us out of the house.  I know I'll be able to read Katie's blog and steal her great ideas too since her girls are about 9 months older than ours! :) 

The same thing goes for eating out in restaurants. I can't tell you how many parents have come up to Jeff and I at dinner and said that they don't take their kids out to restaurants because it is too crazy and that we are so brave. Well, I guess they have never spent 24 hours a day x 7 days inside a house with 3 lovely little ladies. After a while, you just need out. :) But I want to take my girls with me. I guess that is the difference. I want them to learn how to behave in public so as they get older, they will know what is expected of them and it "should" be easier. 

**Yes, I know I am naive...Jeff tells me this practically everyday...but I prefer to live in my nice little world where good things happen to good people and life is grand! If you want to come join me and live in my Happy World Bubble, there's always plenty of room for nice people!** 

So thanks to all of you that commented. You give me the encouragement and sense that I can do this. So YES, part of it is to feel that sense of accomplishment and feel proud that I can do things on my own, but for the most part, I just want to be like all of you....just don't talk to me at the grocery! :) 

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Groceries, stories and baby legs...OH MY!

It could be that I got a shower before 10am yesterday and today.
It could be that the girls seemed to be in such good moods.

...but you can call me crazy because yesterday and today I ventured out with the girls---alone.

Adventure #1---the grocery store
Yesterday I went to the grocery store and instead of leaving them in their car seats, I decided to let them all sit in one cart!  I just took a large blanket and draped all of the sides of the cart so they sat inside and gave them a few toys and since they are all sitting so well, they all just sat and behaved and enjoyed looking at all of the shelves as we passed. I still pulled another cart behind so I could put my groceries in that one, but it was so much easier than having 3 car seats and the girls fidgeting. Plus I had plenty of room for groceries since I didn't have a car seat taking up half the space. YEA for grocery shopping. Now, I do see this posing a problem when they aren't so content to just sit and play...but for now, it works!

Adventure #2--story time at the library
Last week, my mom and I took the girls to story time at the library for the first time. They all loved it and just sat on the blanket so nicely. They watched the storyteller and loved all of the music. Well, my mom had to work today, but I decided that the girls were so good last week, that I could try it myself today. Not as easy, but we still survived. :)  Today, I took two umbrella strollers and hooked them together and then carried one baby. (I can't hook all 3 together because we wouldn't fit through any doors...and I didn't feel like lugging out "the train" so I tried something new.) Anyway, we got there early so I parked in the children's section and read them about 3 books before heading to the story time area. I laid out the same blanket we used last week and sat each of the girls down and all was well. They did great. Ava decided that she had seen this all last week so this week, she wanted to explore instead. She just wanted to crawl the entire time, but for the most part, all 3 LOVED the books and especially the songs. Alexis is probably the one that loves it the most. She really gets into the music. Anna is so intrigued by the songs and books and is such a good little listener. And Ava loves it too, but now that she can crawl...she wants to see things up closer. She didn't cry at all, but I just had to keep holding her a bit more than last week. 

Oh and one other cool thing....another library branch close to us is having a "Read to your baby Festival" in November where they are having several characters from books come (like a caterpillar from the Hungry Caterpillar) as well as a book signing and story time with the author of the Duck & Goose books. My girls (and I) love those books so I can't wait to go and actually meet the author and have him read the books to my girls. Should be a good time and I love that they promote reading to kids and even babies!  Yea!

Last week at story time! Aren't they such good listeners?
 
(thanks to Kristen for their "CUTIE" outfits!)

This week at story time!
I snapped these before all of the other kids showed up.
 

(look at their adorable little "baby legs"--ie. baby leg warmers-- that my friend Beth got for them!  I love them and definitely need to get more!  They are so perfect because they protect their little knees while they are crawling and keep them warm, but you don't have to take them off to change diapers....SO EASY! The girls are also wearing the onesies that my friend Jane had embroidered with their names! Thanks Beth and Jane for making my girls so cute today!) 


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cutest thing ever!

I could use this title for so many of my posts, but this is for one of my all time favorite things....pictures of children from the back. Whether they are standing, sitting or squatting down to look at something, I just think they are so cute. So here is a picture of my 3 standing along the ottoman. I can't wait to look back on this picture several times along their path as they grow, learn to walk and eventually tower over the furniture. Just so cute!



My lovely ladies!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Morning conference!


It's been awhile since I have posted a morning conference photo...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Big Girl Ava!

Check out Ava holding on to the exersaucer and proving she is a big girl. She is already trying to pull herself up now that she is crawling and getting places. She doesn't crawl very fast, but if she is really motivated, then she can get pretty much anywhere for a toy or momma. :) She also loves to stand and Anna was playing in the exersaucer one day and Ava wanted to play too, so I let her hold on and she did just that.  She also pulled herself up on a stack of pillows a couple nights ago all by herself. Who knows, maybe she'll give up crawling and move right on to furniture walking! :)  doubtful, but it's just so cute to see her standing by herself...just so tiny, but adventurous. I love it! 

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kay in town!

Yea, my friend, and previous co-worker, Kay (who now lives in OK) was in town last weekend! She stopped by on Friday to see us....well, let's be honest....it's all about seeing the girls!  She was able to stop by OSU and pick up another one of my co-worker/friends, Yvonne, so they could both come up and play with the girls. We had a short, but very nice visit/playdate. (I had to provide all of the babies for the playdate, but whatever! :) It will be so weird that Kay probably won't see the girls in person again until after they turn one!!! :( I guess that is why we have Skype....so we can have video chats and she can see "her" girls! :)  
Thanks for visiting us Kay and Yvonne!  

Here is Kay with all 3


and Yvonne with Alexis
 

New picture up top.

I have wanted to change the header picture for a while since the girls have changed so much since that previous picture. This isn't my favorite look just yet, but it will have to do for the time being. At least it is more current and it displays my love for fall. I just don't like how the text gets lost in the leaves. Oh well. When I get the time (ha!) I can play around with scrapblog a bit more and design a new one. In the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful day like the one we have in Ohio today! Happy Fall!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Meme


Thank you to my friend Katie for this award. It was so nice of her to think of me and I truly am grateful for the friendship we have formed through our children and blogs. She is the wonderful mother to adorable twin boys that are quickly approaching age 2! She has such a positive outlook on life and motherhood and I have looked to her for inspiration in those times when my life seemed a bit overwhelming. Thanks Katie!  I look forward to many more years of our children's stories and hope to meet you in person one day!

My duty now is to answer the following questions with a one word response and then pass the award along to 7 other blog friends.  This is harder than it looks, but here is goes....
1. Where is your cell phone? bag
2. Where is your significant other? work
3. Your hair color? many
4. Your mother? caring
5. Your father? versatile
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? funny
8. Your dream/goal? motherhood
9. The room your in? office
10. Your hobby? writing
11. Your fear? failure
12. Where do you want to be in six years? satisfied
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? dishonest
15. One of your wish list items? vacation
16. Where you grew up? Ohio
17. The last thing you did? rocked
18. What are you wearing? jeans
19. Your T.V.? old
20. Your pet? HUGE
21. Your computer? Mac
22. Your mood? Excited
23. Missing someone? sometimes
24. Your car? adequate
25. Something you're not wearing? shoes
26. Favorite store? Loft
27. Your Summer? short
28. Love someone? forever
29. Your favorite color? red
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? awhile

Now I need to pass along the award to 7 others...Tag You're IT! I love your blog:

1. Sara at Mommy of Twins!
2. Katie at The Twinskis
3. April at The Peanut Gallery
5. Pam at Pyjammy
6. Megan at Taderbaby
7. Rachael at Schirano Triplets (although, she also received the award from Katie, I wanted to tell her how much I love her blog too!) 

Thanks again Katie!






Monday, October 6, 2008

a visit to say a BIG thank you...x3!!!

Today I took the girls down to campus to meet up with Jeff and then walk over to OSU's hospital to visit the NICU and say thank you to all of the wonderful nurses who took such loving care of our girls during those first days. We especially wanted to see Katie who we call "Anna's nurse" because it seemed that she took care of Anna the most (nearly every shift she was there during Anna's stay, or so it seemed!). So we made sure she would be there today for our visit! It was SO nice to see their familiar friendly faces and for them to "meet" the girls now that they are 7 months old and MUCH bigger than when they all last saw them in person!  

I can't say enough about how great our experience was at OSU and how thankful we are for these great nurses!  It takes such a special person to work in a NICU and not only take care of the babies but also take care of "us" first-timers!  It goes without saying that Jeff and I appreciated all of the time that the nurses spent taking care of our babies but we also also appreciated the time they spent with us showing how to bath the girls, feed them, burp them, hold them and care for them. It's not that we didn't have any idea...ok, well maybe we didn't, but it was so reassuring when someone else tells you you're doing it right or it's ok to tap their little backs and burp them. The girls just seemed so small when they were born that I think Jeff and I both were a little scared of hurting them or how to hold them just right. But the nurses all took the time to show us techniques and gave us little tips and really just gave us encouragement and confidence in ourselves. It made the overwhelming reality of triplets seem possible. 

Here's Katie with Anna.
I do have to laugh though....today during our visit, I told Katie that I wanted a picture of her holding all 3 and she looked at me like "how is that going to happen?" Probably the same look I gave her 7 months ago when she asked me to feed Anna for the first time. :)  But look, she did great and we got the picture! :)

I guess we all just have our comfort zone and now my comfort zone is when I'm holding all 3 of my beautiful healthy girls....thanks to nurses like Katie and all of the others at OSU's NICU. Thanks guys, we couldn't have done this without you!

Ava with Laura. 
 
(Small world sidebar....Laura went to school with my great friend Kristen, and saw a picture of the girls on Kristen's facebook page....and realized it was the same set of triplets the she helped care for!  How cool is that?!)

Alexis with Sue.


Katie holding Ava, Laura holding Alexis and Brenda holding Anna.

Thank you Katie, Laura, Sue and Brenda for visiting with us today and also for the AMAZING care you gave to our girls. (I also want to thank Jessica, who took care of Alexis the most often, even though we didn't get a chance to see her today. Ironically enough she's on maternity leave...congrats Jessica!) While we were fortunate that the girls only had to stay 8 days (Alexis) and 11 days (Anna & Ava) in the NICU, we know if they would have had to stay longer, that they would have been in the best possible care!  Thank you to all of the OSU NICU nurses and doctors for giving our girls the best possible care and for caring about us too. :)

And the first Chomper goes to...

If you guessed ANNA was the one getting the first chomper, YOU ARE RIGHT!  And she is not only getting one lovely tooth, but decided to be an overachiever and cut two teeth at once!  She is getting both of her bottom, middle teeth!  I only felt one last Sunday when I decided to do the poll for all of you, but by Monday night, I felt both popping through. I was hoping to have pictures or some kind of proof, but for now, you'll just have to believe me...and if you don't, then call Jeff or my mom...they have both felt and seen them too! 

Yea ANNA!!!

ps...thanks to all of you that voted! I might have to do another poll, that was fun!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Today's pictures!

The first pictures for today...I'll be taking more!
Happy 7 months girls!


Now that Ava is "crawling" she hard to keep sitting. :)

A few other favorites from today or this week...

Anna

Ava

Alexis


7 months!

It's official. We survived the first 6 months!  The girls turn 7 months old today! Yippee! What a fun adventure and life we lead thanks to our girls!
We love you Anna, Ava and Alexis! You brighten every day more than the previous. 
Love, Mommy and Daddy

Here's a little bit about what they are into right now. 
All 3 are sitting VERY well. They all get up on their knees and rock, but Ava is actually moving her knees and legs along with her hands so she gets places easier than the other two. She can crawl/manuver over pillows. And last night crawled at least 8 feet to me and two toys...she probably would have gone further, but I picked her up and played with her instead. Anna is really good at moving backwards and rolling everywhere she wants.  She rolls everywhere...it's really funny to watch because she looks like she is having fun too! Alexis is probably the smartest if you think about it....she just stays sitting and wants you to bring things to her. She still scoots on her back with her head tilted so she can see where she is scooting, but she is jsut starting to get up on her knees. She can move if you aren't paying attention to her, but otherwise, she likes you to play with her right there so she doesn't have to move. :) 

They also can all stand, even a little on their own. Yesterday, my mom and I had each of them holding onto the ottoman and playing with a toy and they all stood by themselves for quite some time. Of course, we were there ready to catch them when they started to loose their balance, but they did such a great job. It was so fun to see them all standing on their little tippie toes! 

They are all eating veggies, fruit and rice really well. They haven't flat out rejected anything yet, but I can tell that Alexis is more willing to eat orange veggies than the green ones. She'll eat peas and green beans, but not as great as carrots and sweet potatoes or squash. All 3 LOVE fruits..just like their mommy. I'm just hoping they aren't as picky as me when they get older. I really wish I liked more foods besides chicken and potatoes...ok, so I eat other things...but barely. :) 

and some fun facts about each of them separately....

ANNA
aka: Anna Bear, Patty pat-a-cake, Big Bear, Chubby Bunny, Anna Banana

For some reason from the very beginning, I have called her Anna Bear. It just fits, and now it's stuck. I have other people unconsciously referring to her as Anna Bear. I guess she is just my little bear cub. You just want to squeeze and hold her tight. She is so funny right now. She pats everything. She is very deliberate with her hands and wants to pat everything down that is near. She is also really starting to react to what her sisters do. Last week at the tailgate my parents witnessed her patting her hand on one of the toys to get Ava's attention. Once Ava would look at her, Anna would start to giggle. My mom said it wasn't just a little laugh...she said it was full belly giggles. She would start patting/hitting the toy if Ava looked away and then when she looked at her, would start giggling again. She did this a couple of times until Ava got bored with the game and stopped turning to look at Anna. Then she got Alexis to look at her and she giggled at her instead. I guess she is learning how to get everyone's attention.  

AVA
aka: Ava Bird, Birdie, Bouncer, Ava Jane

Ava is on the move. Whether you hold her or she is on the floor playing, this girl doesn't want to sit still for very long. She just wants to bounce, crawl (she is so close to really breaking out the crawling) or stand and try to walk...not really walk, but she likes to move her feet in front of her. You would think she has bungee cords attached to her hips, because she is like an actress in an action film with wires attached...think Crouching Tiger-esq. She just wants you to move around EVERYWHERE! She has also started to scrunch up her nose and it is seriously one of the cutest little things I've ever seen. We call her birdie because she eats like a bird...still doesn't love taking her bottle, but does MUCH better with solid foods. She loves Peaches!  But it is also for the way she looks at you. She will tilt her head to the side like a bird and just give you this quizzical look. It's so darn cute!

ALEXIS
aka: Peanut, Alex, Smiley, Silly Goose, Silly bird

I don't know if multiples typically show birth order characteristics, but Alexis in my mind is a natural HAM and baby of the family. She loves to entertain, smile, laugh, giggle, show off, squeal and just have fun. She is so fun to be with and really lights up the room. When Jeff comes home, she always waves her arms in delight and gives him the biggest open mouth smile you'll ever see....with her tongue sticking out of course.  Silly Goose is totally fitting because she is such a goof ball. She also loves to watch people behind her in the mirror. (I have a mirror in front of their play quilts so they can see themselves, but also see me even if I'm not right beside them.) If you catch her eye in the mirror she just gives the biggest, best smile ever. She loves peek-a-boo and I think playing in the mirror is one of her ways to play this with a twist.  

I've heard from so many people that I need to post more often, but I have to tell you that these girls keep me BUSY! Gone are the days of them taking long naps and the only thing they need from me is food and a clean diaper. No sir-ee.....They want me on the floor playing with them during all waking hours!  While I am enjoying this and am so fortunate to be able to be spending this time with them...that means, that I can't step out the room for very long to blog or add new pics. And now when I do have time in the evening, after they go to bed, I've been enjoying talking with Jeff, catching an occasional show on TIVO or actually going to bed before 11pm. (not often, but it does happen every now and then.) So I'm sorry if you are looking for a post every day, it probably isn't going to happen. But I really value my blog time and also think this will be a pretty cool "journal" for the girls to read when they get older...or at least I hope so....so I'll really try to keep posting as often as possible and you just keep reading! You have to admit...I did pretty good this week---but my secret is: I wrote all of the posts on Monday night and scheduled them to post on different days. tee hee hee--sneaky, I know--gotta love Blogger!

I'm hoping to take their 7 month pictures today! I'll try to post real soon!



Thursday, October 2, 2008

If a tree falls in the woods...

does it make a sound?  The answer is YES!  And it sounds like a huge POP! 

A few weeks ago we had a visit from the tail end of Hurricane Ike. With up to 80 mph winds, much of central Ohio had trees down and siding blown off of houses. We were lucky to not experience any outage of power, but my parents and also my sister both lost power as did 100's of thousands of others, like my friend Sara. The only damage close to us were trees and branches. This tree near the edge of our yard took a fall and actually crashed into another tree and broke it too. For perspective, I included the girls in their jogging stroller to show just how big the base/roots of the tree were. The tree is about 3.5 feet in diameter. It does look a bit hollow in parts of its trunk, but it was still a big tree to fall.

If any of you watch the show LOST, then you know what I mean when I say the trees were whipping back and forth like the forest in LOST when the black smoke monster is coming! YIKES! I'm just glad the tree fell Northeast instead of Southeast...which would have been on top of Jeff's truck and probably into our garage and office over the garage!  double YIKES!  Can I just say how much I like living in Ohio?  While we might have this occasional act of nature, we really don't have much to worry about besides a tornado every once in a great while. No hurricanes, no mudslides, no forest fires, no earthquakes....just nice and safe Ohio. It might not be the beach, but at least we're usually safe. I'll leave the natural disasters to the rest of the country...even if it does mean I don't get to live near a coast.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Welcome Fall!

Taken in front of my parent's house last Saturday after tailgating all day. 

I love this time of year and all of the beautiful colors.
Hope you are enjoying a nice Fall day!