Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Face to the Complaints

I don't know if everyone is aware, but over the past few days an advocate of the Triplets has come forward. This advocate has voiced his concerns and complaints about pictures of sweet Grandpa Fred and other issues. He has called me in the past concerned that the babies might be watching scary movies with too much blood, and this very morning he told me he found the picture of Perrin's butt inappropriate. Who is this advocate? You can see what he looks like on the left, he is Joey--The Defender of Triplets everywhere! He feels it is his job to watch out for the babies and make sure that they are safe and protected from Monsters and Grandpa Fred.

I've also got a few other pictures to put up of the kids. This first one on the right is Perrin, our resident drama king! He is definitely the most passionate and emotional of the babies; there isn't much gray with him or his moods. He's either extremely happy or really cranky! The transition period for these moods is usually quick. When Meva was attempting to get a good picture of the kids in their Santa hats, she tried to get some individual shots of them which are generally much easier to do. Here is a great one of Perrin. I think he looks like a little elf! He's definitely up to something in this picture, it's just too bad that Meva didn't realize it was the beginning of a cranky episode!

I also have a great picture that I am afraid I will not ever get to take another like it. Sarah and Ryan are laying together in one of their bouncy seats. It seems that in the last two weeks these guys have become HUGE, Sarah specifically. There is no way we can comfortably get them into a bouncy seat together, so this cuddly picture of the two of them taken at the beginning of the month may just be the last of its kind. I'm not too proud to admit that it tugs at my heart that these days are already quickly passing by.

This last photo is part of the soon to be famous holiday baby feast of 2006. Joey the advocate thinks we are trying to eat the babies when he sees these pictures---ahh the imaginations of kids. Think of that it scares me to project what my three will be like all at once with mine and Meva's sick minds passed on to them! Of all the babies this day, Sarah was the most cooperative, which isn't much a surprise. Individually she smiled great as you can see here in all of her salad glory. I call this picture, Sarah Says Lettuce Entertain You! This will definitely help make this a Christmas to remember for more than the obvious reasons.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Baby Shots

Since my last post, the story has spread about receiving complaints about Grandpa Fred. I understand he took it well, but it seems that others close to him didn't----- they seemed to have found it very funny!! Well a funny addendum to this story is that my same nephew Joey is pretty handy with the computer and when my sister lets him see the page, he knows how to scroll with the mouse all on his own!! Guess what he scrolled down to and immediately got upset about again?? This time his comment was "I HATE dat man. Why won't he go away??" Man, that kid is priceless.

Here's a couple of more photo's of what we've done. The one above is Sarah. This is a bit of a prequel to what many of you should have already seen in the Christmas photo's we sent out. She's actually sitting in a lamp shade. It's a really cute picture and she's being a great sport at the moment, which she so often is. The picture to the right is one of the many that we tried to taking of the kids for the actual Christmas card. They were difficult and just weren't in the mood to sit still for the picture. It's a shame to because Ryan hardly EVER smiles that nicely for the camera. He's more the type of guy to give you a sly grin, so that makes this shot more special to me. Too bad Sarah became fascinated with her feet at this time.

Yesterday I put up a picture of Ryan in a pie costume, well this is Perrin's costume. It totally matches his personality because he is a little turkey in so many ways. This photo doesn't do the costume justice, but it's the best one we could get of him at this time. Perrin has become very squirmy of late and he wouldn't sit still.

Speaking of Perrin, we've really been blessed with him. After all the difficulties he has gone through he is progressing at an incredible rate in our opinion. All premies tend to be behind the learning curve of their actual age because they never got their full "developmental time" in the womb. Even though the kids are almost six months old, when you look at their development they are really just four months old.

As a result of this, all of the kids have been paid extra attention to from the medical community due to their preemie status. Instead of well baby visits every few months, our babies are seen monthly by their pediatrician, every few months from the neonatologist, and Perrin will be seeing the neurologist every 6 months, the urologist yearly, and he had been seeing a speech therapist every two weeks. Every check up that the kids get they are given glowing marks, Perrin has even been discharged from his speech therapy! In fact, they are all mostly behaving like six month olds!! This last picture on the right is a good example of what Perrin has been doing---he's leading the pack. Today while I was at work her started a new trick with Meva; that trick is called "You can't change my diaper if I roll all over the floor!" He definitely made her life difficult during this phase as he would flip around back and forth and get into that position you see in the picture. He's obviously ready to go somewhere, we just don't know where that is. It will be interesting to see how much longer it takes for him to actually start crawling!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Baby Fanmail

The previous post had a very nice picture of the Grandpa Fred holding Ryan in the recliner. We all love Fred and thought it was a cute picture, but it hurts me to say this---I've received complaints about that photo. Apparently the objections stem from the fact that Grandpa Fred is in the picture, and I've been asked to "get that man out of da piture."

This request comes from my little nephew Joey in Arizona. He is only three years old, but he really enjoys seeing the pictures and videos of his cousins; but he doesn't seem to find Grandpa Fred as exciting, but we all know that just means he hasn't had a chance to meet Grandpa Fred yet!

So, since Joey really wants a new picture to look at, I thought I would dig around and find a few new ones to share. This one on the left is Ryan, and he is dressed up in a very festive "Pie" costume that Meva made herself. She got this idea from Martha Stewart, possibly in her magazine, but I think they also had it on her daily show too. You can click on the link to see the original. Meva decided to go with making Ryan into a Lemon or Banana Creme Pie, I can never remember which (and I don't think it's that big of a deal). This costume is part of a group of costumes that Meva wanted made for the kids. If you've gotten our Christmas Cards then you've gotten to see the final result. For those of you that haven't gotten one yet, I will hold off until Christmas morning before posting them for all to see and for now we have our little "beasty pie" Ryan. I'm sure this picture will come up at some point when he brings his high school girlfriends over to the house to meet his parents.

Meva wasn't the only one wanting to get into the festive holiday mood and take some seasonal photos. While I wasn't anywhere near as creative, I did try to focus on the natural cuteness of the kids and try for a more traditional and classical looking picture to send out as our X-mas cards. Just like with the picture above, I won't put up the actual photo from the cards until Christmas, but I do have a few other good ones from the session that are worth sharing. This one was actually the last one I took, but looking at it makes you think that the babies were all staring at the hats and saying, "You want me to put that on my head?" Meva and I both thought we would get some great shots like this, but the babies have been less cooperative lately and they were pretty crabby and uninterested in just about anything we did with them. I guess the teething is about ready to hit it's stride.

Remember, click on the photo's to see a larger version of it if you'd like.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

November Stragglers

I was just going through the pictures we had from last month and had a few favorites I'd like to share. My folks, as I had mentioned had come out for Thanksgiving, and my mom brought lots of baby Christmas stuff... including these ridiculous Santa slippers, which Ryan ended up wearing. For some reason Ry always ends up wearing ridiculous stuff... anyway, here is Grampa Fred and Ridiculous Ryan.

These last two are just pics of Sarah and Perrin that I like a lot.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Sarah Ziggy Piggy

The babies' appetites are on the rise. Miss Sarah last night was enjoying a rare treat of being the only baby fed at the time (she'd slept while the other two were feeding) and she had her dad's undivided attention... nonetheless, she felt he wasn't feeding her fast enough and would cry and cry for more sweet potatoes... Chuck remarked how he was shoveling it in so fast, and she still wasn't satisfied that maybe she should just eat the sweet potatoes right out of the jar. So, he set the sweet potatoes up like a drink, which she then actually did drink and for the first time that night was satisfied at the rate she could get the food down. Here's a picture of the end result
followed by a video of... Miss Ziggy Piggy.

The babies are now all up in separate cribs.
Ryan and Sarah were sharing a crib as they were the soundest sleepers, we would start off the and we would start out night with them sleeping seperately laying across the width and in the morning, we would find them bumping into each other - here's our little Ryan (the cuddler) cuddling Sarah in their sleep. So now the almost 10 x 10 nursery is crammed with three cribs and a dresser and a swing. It's pretty tight in there.

Lastly is a picture that I really like. It reminds me of a dream Chuck had nearly a year ago now... where he was playing in a pile of babies... that's exactly what we have here...