Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Year by the numbers...

As we prepare for the girls' first birthday, I thought it would be fun to look over the past year in terms of numbers. 

Jeff and I are glad to have some...ok, let's be honest...we're glad to have ALL of this list behind us!  

68 Days on bedrest (+ 77 days for Jeff's back injury) = total of 145 
34 weeks 5 days of Pregnancy
11 Days in the NICU--Anna and Ava (only 8 days for Alexis)
MANY sleepless nights
5,513 Bottles
5,513 Bottle Liners
19 Microwave Sanitizer bags
5,977 Diapers
12,727 Wipes (Avg. of 1 per reg. diaper and 4-6 per dirty diaper)
162 Cans of Formula (the BIG ones) 
486 Jars of Baby food

oh and let's not forget a big one....

Purchasing a new vehicle to fit 3 new carseats....priceless. :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

It's my BLOG-a-versary!

I knew it was close, but didn't realize until I double checked the was one year ago today I started this blog. It's crazy to think that it's been a year since I opened  the Thornhill Family book of stories to share with all of you. I don't think I really knew what to expect out of the blog. Just thought it would be a place to post a few pictures and stories, but it is SO.MUCH.MORE!

It's helped me document our journey (and hopefully will help me fill in those baby books when I get the chance). 
I have been able to keep friends and family updated on everything with the girls.
I'm especially thankful for the friendships I have made. Without my blogging friends, I know this past year would have been harder.
This blog was my connection to the "real" world during times when I felt a bit "stuck" at home.
It's been my place to vent, share, remember, love, connect and be grateful.
I'm looking forward to this next year even more. 

I'd be honored if you would continue to join me. 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

You have been an amazing mother my entire life, but this past year tops it all! I truly don't know what I would have done without your help, love and support. The girls adore you and so do I.

Thanks for being such a wonderful influence in our lives!

We love you very much,

Marie, Jeff, Anna, Ava & Alexis

Saturday, February 14, 2009

What a "LOVE-ly" day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!
We aren't usually the ones to celebrate this day with all the glitz and glam, but I think Jeff thought I needed a little extra this year. Usually a card will suffice...well, yesterday he also brought home a dozen roses. Beautiful assorted colors. Just LOVE-ly! It was so nice of him to think of me I'm just grateful I at least got him a card during my trip to Kohl's yesterday. I also bought him a couple pairs of socks, does that count?  ha!  He's such a great husband and I'm glad he is finally starting to feel a bit better with his back. Now if we can just get him "back to normal"....keep praying for him, please. 

Today we spent the afternoon with our good friends Bennett and Kendyll who turned ONE yesterday. Their party was a lot of fun and the girls had a good time walking, crawling and playing around in a new environment. I don't want to steal Sara's thunder so I won't say much else about the party except we had a great time and the cakes were SOOOO cute!  Oh and so were the favors and their onesies...and...ok, that's it, for the rest, you'll have to check out her blog. I'm sure she'll put something up this week. 

Bennett, the birthday boy, surrounded by Anna and Ava and our other friend Alicia's son Sam (in the vest looking the other way). 

Kendyll playing with Alexis...I know it's blurry, but they kept moving and this is the only one of them looking at the camera that was halfway ok. :)

Here's some quick pictures of the girls with the pretty ribbon that was wrapped around my bouquet. Love to all of you!




Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Birthday to B & K!

A special Happy Birthday wish to my friend Sara's twins: Bennett and Kendyll. Today is their FIRST Birthday! Yea! So happy birthday B&K, we are looking forward to your party tomorrow!

note: Sara and I met at a Marvelous Multiples class at the hospital while we were pregnant. We then reconnected and became friends while we were both on bedrest. She has been an amazing source of information over the past year and I appreciate her friendship so much. Whether giving me tips on what's coming up next (since her twins are only about 2.5 weeks older than the girls) or listening to me vent about crazy people at the stores, she is always there. Thanks Sara! 

Monday, February 9, 2009

11 month Pictures!

11 months old and not sitting still....even for Cheerios. :) These are the first 3 pics I took and the only ones where I got all 3 even remotely staying put. As you can tell in the 3rd pic, my time is running short before all 3 jump off of the couch. funny little girls! I could just gobble them up, their so sweet!

Anna and Ava giving each other some LOVE...or what I like to call Huggles...(Hugs + Snuggles)!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

11 Months!

Only one more month until the girls turn ONE! Yea! I know some moms get real sentimental about their babies turning into toddlers and growing up....well, this mom LOVES it!  It's not that anything is bad right now or that I don't enjoy my "babies" but I have to tell you this just keeps getting more and more fun as they grow and learn and do new things. So I just can't wait to see what they do next. 
Here are ELEVEN things going on right now:

1. Ava is walking...really well! She can bend over and turn circles and run to me and dance and bend her knees. She walks over things like pillows and is just so steady. It's funny to see people's first reaction to her walking because she is so tiny and was an early walker (9.5 months) so it's like she shouldn't be walking, but here she darn good at it already! We call her show off now because she now prefers walking to crawling because she can get places so much quicker. :)

2. Alexis and Anna have both taken their first official steps. Alexis can now walk about 10-12 steps (almost half way across the room) and is actually really steady on her feet. She has much more balance than Ava did at this stage of walking, but she is more slow and cautious. She's enjoying walking though and gets really excited. Anna will take a few steps and will definitely walk if you hold her hands, but as for balance, she is more of a twinkle toes. She has only taken about 4 steps on her own. She just flits around like a little dancer and is harder to get to stand still and also flat. But she'll do it in her own time. 

3. Anna has started to squint when I tell her "no" when she blows raspberries with food in her mouth. Or when she doesn't want another bite of something, she squints and looks at you all squinty. It's so funny, that I have to look away when I tell her no so I am not laughing and telling her no at the same time. That's really hard to serious when what they are doing is oh so funny!

4. Ava is the thief of the group always stealing toys. Whatever Anna or Alexis is playing with becomes "THE" thing to have. So she just goes and nabs it. Since she is walking, she can get away quicker so she usually succeeds before the girls are able to recover the prized toy. 

5. Play time after dinner and before bed in the reading nook is quite entertaining. They all stand and sit in their chairs and giggle and hug one another and try to look out the window. They like to jump off of the chairs onto the pillows. We really need to set up the video camera one night to try and catch this. But everytime I turn it on, they hear the beep and stop whatever funny thing they are doing. So I will keep trying.

6. It sounds like they are all (especially Alexis) trying to say kitty cat (or kit cat) when they see Bailey. They all like to say Dada too. I guess after spending 2 months with dad on the couch next to them playing all day they decided he should get one of the first words. I mean, it's not like I've spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except the approximately 35 days I've gone to work in the past year) with them or anything....nah, I'm not bitter. :) just kidding. I love that they love their daddy! He's so sweet with them and I know he misses being with them now that he is back to work. (side note...his back is still not better and he is still doing pre-operative tests to see which nerve is actually being crushed by the herniated disk and causing pain...but he couldn't take it anymore and had to go back to work. He hates feeling useless and needed to feel like he was contributing again. Even if it doesn't feel 100%. He's such a trooper and we miss him already. 

7. Speaking of speaking....Alexis sounds, she has an accent. :) the tone of voice and the "words" she is trying to sound all just makes us laugh because she either has an accent or is trying to be bilingual already without actually learning another language. It's pretty cute.

8. Ava still has crazy hair. And by crazy, I mean it looks like the hair of the lead singer of the 80's band Flock of Seagulls. (guy in black and white below) Sometimes naps after a bath will seriously make it stick up on the sides like that! And she won't keep bows in right now, so it's CONSTANTLY in her face. oh well, she's little, it's still ok for her to have bad hair days right? :)

9. All 3 have started to follow directions and respond when you tell them to do something. Like their new ball popper (bought used from a fellow triplet mom here in town for only $4) (air circulates and pops 5 plastic balls around this little ramp and up and out the hole in the top and then it repeats all while playing music) They have learned how to press the button to make it play music and start the air over and over again. Considering I just got this toy out for the first time on Friday and they had learned how to make it go by that afternoon, I think that's pretty awesome! At first Ava and Alexis were afraid of the air sound it makes and that there were balls popping out and rolling around, but now all 3 love it!

10. They love Little People.  I mean Fisher Price Little People. They came with the house they got for Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa and also the parking garage (I also got this used for only $5 woohoo!) I've of course named all of their Little People. Hank and Molly Dolly own the house and have baby Abigail. Carlos the construction worker, Tim the boy with frog, Bob, Hank's brother, and Fireman Fred all came with cars for the parking garage. Yea, I named all of their stuff animals too. Like Mike the Monkey and Frank the frog. And don't forget about Chuck the chicken and Gavin the Gator. Although the Gator that Alexis sleeps with every night is named Allie....get it Allie the Gator. And Ava sleeps with Lily the frog and Anna's Turtle is Tank. Yea, so I've had a little too much time sitting on my floor looking at toys over the past year. It just sounds better when they have names. Instead of grab the little person in the green pants. I can say, go get Mike the Monkey and give him a big ole' kiss. and then they do! :)

11. xoxoxox This stands for not only the tons of love that these 3 little girls just fill our hearts with each and every day, but also for the sweetest gestures they give each other already. They will hug and kiss one another. Sometimes on their own and also when we tell them to give each other hugs and kisses. They are just so cute with they touch their cheeks together and try to pull their sisters closer. Just fills my heart. Wow, we're blessed. 

Happy 11 months Anna, Ava and Alexis. You're amazing! I can't wait until your party next month when we celebrate your first year! 
We love you! Momma and Daddy

ps...since I was at work today, I didn't get a chance to take their 11 month pictures. hopefully soon and I will get them posted, although getting all 3 in one picture is much harder and you might have to settle for individual shots. I don't know how my friend Pam in NO, LA does it. She manages to get THE BEST MONTHLY SHOTS EVER of all 3 of her boys. And not only are they looking at the camera, but they are all usually laughing or smiling too. I don't know how she does it. Ah, well.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Extreme Makeover- Home Edition

My friend Kristen made a request and I actually had to laugh because I had been thinking the EXACT same thing around the time when she emailed me. She wants me to post a picture of our living room from last year after the girls were born and also pictures of what it looks like now with toys and gates galore. So Kristen, your wish is granted. :)

Last year (I think it was in late March or early April), I posted this picture of Jeff sleeping on the couch and the girls all napping in their swings/papasan. 

You can actually see that we have a fireplace (yes, it was covered by a pack n' play, but you could at least see half of it) and we had a nice coffee table and end tables. Yea, not anymore.....

The fireplace is now covered by our loveseat. The corner where one end table was is now our "reading nook" which I have to add is one of the girls' favorite all-time spots. It's their own romp room. Complete with high dives and belly flops...thus the need for floor pillows. ;)

And the other corner by the back door is now "toy central complete with foam flooring! heh, heh! :) We're so cool, I know you want your own primary-color-foam-block-flooring, go ahead, admit it! :)

And now for the gate of all gates. I love this thing! It is easy to use, the door swings either way and because we could configure it however we wanted to make it fit any shape, we can still use the entire first floor without going through gates. We only have to use the gate to go into the play area. So the front foyer hallway, kitchen, garage, laundry, bathroom and all stairs are on THIS side of the gate. YEA! small victories make our life easier. seriously. 

The other entrance to this room  through the kitchen is currently blocked by the ottoman (you can kinda see the corner of it in this above picture-top right by the couch) and we can just step over where the corners meet so we can get in the play room that way too. Not as triplet proof as the gate, and Jeff calls the ottoman the "complaint table" since that seems to be where the girls all go if they are crying or upset...especially if I am in the kitchen and they can see me over the counter. Eventually they will learn to go over the ottoman and we will have to decide whether to add a gate at that side of the kitchen or if we just let them rule the house. I guess time will tell. 

We have a big basket of toys and then a few bigger toys get to sit out like the leap frog table, their grocery cart and their Fisher Price house. Otherwise, I like the rule of if it doesn't fit in the basket then something has to go. It's not like we need 3 of every toy....although this would settle some tugging battles that happen daily at our house. There is only one thing I can think of that we "had" to buy more of and that's their rubber duckies for bath time. They all want to hold the ducks and take them with them after they leave the tub but I couldn't let them since the duck also has a sensor to tell if the water was too hot. So I always liked to keep it in the tub for the other girls' baths. Needless to say, Grandma was kind and bought 2 more ducks. So now they all can hold and take a duck during and after baths. They seriously are obsessed with yellow ducks. bath toys or stuffed animals, that is one of their favorite things. It's pretty funny!

Well, I'm not sure how long our house will look like this so if any other mom's of multiples (or any moms for that matter) would like to comment on when you "got your house back" I would love to hear from you!