Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Entertaining babies

I think we have three little baby time warps... It's amazing to me how quickly time gets away from us. Things continue to go well. The babies are getting stronger and starting to roll over a little more and Ryan although he isn't really 100% crawling - gets around a little when they have tummy time.

We had a nice Thanksgiving. My parents and my sister Missy came over and had lots of QT with the babies. The babies all had a little Thanksgiving dinner too... they had their first sweet potatoes, and I gave them all a bite of pumpkin pie. They all enjoyed that... the boys were very sweet with the pie, liked their few bites and moved on. Sarah INSISTED on having more... she'd thow a little fit if she didn't have some and ended up eating a whole piece of crustless pumpkin pie.

We have lots of cool pics lately, and another time when we have more of a chance I will post some more pictures but for now... a little bit on Ryan...

Ryan is the only baby with a decent head of hair at this point. Sarah is starting to fill in her male pattern baldness, and Perrin will probably end up with some sort of skater look when his half a head of hair grows in, but Ry has hair long enough to style. So Chuck and I were fooling around with ... The Many Looks of Ry...

First, is Classic Ryan with a slightly toussled look.

Next is Nerdy Ryan with all his hair combed forward,

then Professional Ryan,
and lastly Cupie Ryan. We were going for a punk look, but he turned out looking like a cupie doll.

As I mentioned before the babies are starting on baby food. Today we did applesauce again, and it was funny watching their reactions. Here is a video that cracks me up with all the babies eating applesauce. Applesauce Video

Friday, November 17, 2006

Dinner Time

Things at home continue to go well. Perrin has a speech therapist that comes to check on him twice a month and he's passing with flying colors. The babies are all getting so big lately, they seem like giants to me anymore. They are getting strong and rolling over more often - although I don't know that they are doing it intentionally.

We are introducing more and more baby food.
We've been making much of it ourselves in the food processor. They are especially fond of bannanas - we often can't shovel it in fast enough. They are quite messy and Perrin especially gets angry if we can't feed him fast enough, so he throws his little arms all over the place, running them across his mouth and across the food there then rubbing all over his head. It's quite an ordeal. These pics show their first taste of carrots. (the second course after bannanas)

The babies still conk out pretty well after dinnertime, and Chuck thought it would be funny to have this picture of Perrin asleep like he'd been pigging out on potato chips. The line on his chest that looks like a straw under his skin is a part of his shunt. His wounds are all now healed over finally, and we are looking forward to our dog returning to us where he can lick a baby without worry of infection. `

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Smilest Baby

I've got a brief moment here before the babies wake and my work day starts, so I thought I would share with you an e-mail Chuck sent me last week...


It's been too quite here in the house. Babies are all sleeping and not
making any sounds, laundry and housework is getting done, but now I hear a
stirring. First it's from one baby, then another, and then still another.
Grunts and moans, and little cries and yawps. The frequency is increasing
and moving together almost as one!!

I fear the worst, a concentrated attack. I do not think I am long for this
world, but I wanted to tell you that I love you should I not make it through this inevitable onslaught.

Know I am with you while you travel your geriatric path. Wish me well.

Finally, here's a little video of the babies hanging out and all in a really good mood. Click on,
Smilest Baby to see the video.

Monday, November 06, 2006

A Sad Day

I'd like for Sundays to become a very good day for us as a family to get to spend some time together when the kids are older. As they get older this will be a day of attending church services and bonding over NFL football.

The babies have been blessed with their first football season as the Ohio State Buckeyes are undefeated and the top college team in the nation, and our beloved Chicago Bears have been dominating during the first half of the year; until yesterday that was.

Meva doesn't have the same sense of fan support for the teams as I do, so I have to really beg her to dress them accordingly for game days. Since I was home this weekend due to my vasectomy I was able to get the kids in their proper attire for the Bears game. Although it was a sad day, here is how they were at the beginning of the morning prior to kickoff.

And then our darling Sarah had a thought about the results of yesterday's game.

I can't wait until they are older and can really get into watching the games with me. There's not too much new to report today, but there are some great pictures so I thought we'd share them with everyone. The only thing of real note that happened was last night Perrin began talking up a storm out of the blue. He's been the most vocal baby since his surgery and I thought to capitalize on this by calling someone and just having him talk to them when they picked up the phone.

It was 11:00 our time which made it too late to call anyone near us or in Ohio, so I called my sister in Arizona who is an hour behind us. I called and my niece answered, but by this time Perrin's talking was turning into full out crying! Determined to go through with this, I still put him up to the phone and let him talk charge. Well, my niece Amanda answers the phone and it was hysterical. She was initially stunned and then recovers and starts talking to the baby. Here's a transcript of the conversation:


Amanda: "Hello Baby!"


Amanda: "You don't sound very happy."




My niece didn't really know what else to say and since she never really made any comments to me or about anything else, I figured it would be funny to just hang up the phone and make the whole experience seem as though Perrin called on his own!

I guess crying babies must call them often because they never called me back! Apparently it's such a common event there that they knew what Perrin was saying and didn't need to call me back at all. It was just funny. Anyways, that was our weekend.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Montage of Cuddles

Things at our home are going well. Chuck is home recovering from his vasectomy which makes today the 3rd day since the babies have come home that Chuck and I have the day off together. I am enjoying his company since our time is so limited these days.

I'm hoping we can find the time to get those thank you notes written to all you wonderfully generous people out there. Sometimes one adult and three babies doesn't allow you to get much done. Overall though, I think we are doing remarkably well all things considered. It helps that most of the time the babies are very good.

I thought I'd share with you this little montage. Ryan tried to cuddle with Sarah. He actually did this on his own. Most of the time, the babies prefer to be with Chuck or me, but don't care to cuddle with each other. So, it was very cool that Ryan wanted to do that. Here are the pictures as the process went...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween Picture Parade

The first major holiday for the triplets has come and gone and I think it was a blast. Although we had more fun in the days leading up to Halloween, it was fun to actually have a nice understated day with them that was just a little bit special.

Perrin is having his post surgery check-up this morning with his nuerosurgeon, which I expect will go perfectly. As I have said before, he's like a whole new baby, so I am confident that there isn't anything to worry about. That being said, I will post another update later today after they come home.

Did I mention pictures somewhere? Here they are!

The photo on the right is Sarah in her little witches hat. I had a hard time actually getting this picture because she was smiling and laughing so much that she was pulling her hands up and in front of her face. To the left is Sarah dressed up as her middle name, Flower. She is becoming more and more photogenic and she is always quick with a smile when ever we try to snap a photo of her. As you can guess Halloween is a great holiday for us to play dress up with her.

The next photos here are of Ryan. On the right is a happy little fellow during his feeding. The little black mustache he is sporting on half of his lip is acidopholus, which is a powder we put on the nipple bottle that helps with his digestion. We just thought he looked cute with half of a Snidley Whiplash mustache. The other picture is from Halloween night when he was a cat. He was in a pretty mellow mood that evening and that was the best smile I could catch from him.

Perrin spent his Halloween mostly as a pumpkin, but he did take a stab at being Mickey Mouse. A few days before the holiday Meva had the kids play dress up in some of our extra costumes and she took pictures of them. Perrin didn't look to thrilled about playing dress up, but as you can see from the right photo he was all smiles and giggles for both Meva and I. He has a matching orange onesie that goes with it, but he had a little accident that day and he spit-up all over it, so he was to change it. For some reason when he wears this hat he reminds me of Elmer Fudd, so when you see him remember to be vewy vewy qwuiet!

I really try not to favor any one child over the others, but sometimes its hard to do that when one of them is so photogenic. As you can see on the left, we've been trying to get the kids started eating cereal. Sarah tries to be neat, but she just can't seem to get this down pat. The kids have not been very successful with this and they usually seem a bit confused whenever we try to put a spoonful in their mouth. This picture of Sarah is typical of the results from one of these such attempts except she's much nicer than her brothers, Perrin in particular throws a royal fit and tells us that he doesn't have time for this crap and that he wants his bottle NOW! For the most part we are supplementing by putting cereal in their formula bottles at the end of the night so that they might sleep better.

This last picture just cracks me up. Sarah was in a fantastic mood and I thought she would look adorable with this little bunny hat on her. She was all smiles and laughs with me and then I put this hat on her. Almost as soon as it touched her head she began throwing a fit. We get spoiled with how much a charmer she is most of the time, but she can put on a tantrum with the best of them. I sat her on my recliner to get this picture and what you can't see is her kicking her legs to go along with this screaming. She sounded like we had really hurt her, but the moment I took the hat off she went right back to smiling for me. The hat must be haunted.