Monday, November 23, 2009

Say Cheese!

Joe and I were so excited on Sunday to capture Lily's first real smile on camera. I have no idea what we did to make her smile like that, but we are thrilled beyond words with the pictures! The Bug is cuter than ever when she smiles! Maybe she was just happy with her outfit. Since the babies stay in the house most of the time, I mostly dress them in sleepers since they are comfy and easy when it comes to changing diapers. But I recently realized that Charlie and Lily have a bunch of adorable outfits that they've never worn - and will outgrow soon! So I decided to go ahead and get them dressed days, at least for photo opportunities. I figure that each outfit should be worn at least once before it no longer fits!

On Friday, we did get out of the house and it was lots of fun! Charlie, Lily and I met my friends Trish, and her twins Angela and Daniel, and Gretchen, and her twins Michael and Daphne, in the park for an afternoon walk. It was something that I could actually do with other babies, since everyone was in their own stroller and we were outside. We had a great time strolling through the park, and learned that three sets of multiples attract a lot of attention. We look forward to doing it again soon!

This morning I took Lily to the pediatrician in response to her strange behavior of the past week. We think it's her reflux bothering her, so her doctor prescribed Zantac for us to try. He said it should help relieve some of the discomfort she feels after eating. I had it flavored with cherry so she can enjoy it :)

Otherwise, things are good! I spent the last two nights trying to get a Christmas card photo of the babies and have failed so far. Charlie and Lily just don't seem to share my vision! We'll keep working on it though! Joe and I are really looking forward to the holidays! This time last year we were very depressed after coming off our second failed IVF. This year, we will be celebrating the season with our two little miracles and we couldn't be happier! We can't wait to hang stockings, sing the babies Christmas carols (okay, I may have already started that) and set up a tree. We plan to take the babies on a drive to look at Christmas lights and hopefully through one of those holiday light shows, and possibly take them with us to pick out a tree if it's not too cold. Thanksgiving will be great too! We're going to take the babies to Crackers house for dinner - the guest list consists of just my parents, sister and Nana, so we know we can enjoy ourselves in a nice, germ-free environment! Bring on the turkey!

Finally, I need to thank my awesome friend Lauren. On Saturday, Lauren stocked my freezer with delicious homecooked meals - ziti, meatloaf, soup, taco bake. Be sure to visit her blog for all the recipes! This is so wonderful because there is rarely time in the day right now for me to manage to make dinner. Joe and I are so thankful for her and all the nice things she and her husband Pat have done for us this past year. This was the same day that Joe's aunt Rhea and Uncle Larry stopped by with a full meal they'd made for us - meatloaf, pasta, bread, salad and cookies! And just last week, Joe's friends Paula and Josh sent us ziti, bread, salad and cookies too! We have the best friends and family!

Trish, Gretchen and I enjoy a nice fall day in the park with our little loves.
"Well, hello there, ladies. Who's up for a nightcap in my pack n' play?"

Lily telling Crackers about her day. "And then they took my picture AGAIN..."

33 comments:

Meg said...

Oh Goodness! Such adorable adorable pictures!!! Glad to hear everyone is doing well. :)

Two people made you Ziti. I must investigate what this is, it's gotta be delicious and easy to make!

Would love to hear in another post how you are doing being at home all day with the babies, instead of being a working girl! :)

Michele from FTHS said...

Too cute for words.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, cute cute cute!!!!!

donna said...

I don't know you at all but I have been following your blog through another blog and I just wanted to tell you that your babies are adorable. They are so cute and have come a long long way.
God Bless all of you and enjoy your holidays.

Mom2Be said...

That smile is sooo precious! Love the pics! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Lori said...

Love the pictures! What a beautiful smile.

Do I get a prize for diagnosing Lily's reflux, LOL? Just remember you need to give the Zantac a week or 2 before you see if it is working or not. Two of my kids did fine on Zantac but the other needed a stronger medicine, Prevacid. Hopefully Lily will be eating her whole bottle soon.

Anonymous said...

Their first smile makes all the sleepless nights and stressful crying worth it. These pics are adorable.

Anonymous said...

Nice picture! it always feels so good to get out with the little ones :)
What is hanging on the babies' seats?

Lauren said...

LOVE those pics! Keep smiling, Lily!

sue said...

Adorable pictures!
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Maryanne Barr said...

Oh Brooke and Joe, I can't begin to tell you how amazing you both are. I know you through your mom, Pam and have been reading the blogs since your babies came into this world. I am still so sad for your loss and you both with your stories have touched me so much. These gorgeous babies are getting so big and I just wanted to say hello and to wish you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving! Please take care of your leg too, lol, we all know you don't need any more obstacles huh? lol

Maryanne (used to work with Pam at Besam)

Stephanie said...

LOVE the pictures!! They are getting cuter and cuter by the day!!!!!

Hopeful34 said...

They are so adorable! So glad to see they are doing so well :)

Jennifer said...

They are so stinking cute!!

Anonymous said...

I LOOOVVVEE those pictures. Seriously, how adorable is Lily with that smile?! Good luck with the pictures. Mi kids are 4 and 2 and I STILL can't get them to share my vision, either! :)

Cheryl

Marcie said...

OMG look at Lilly's smile-that is awesome that you caught it. She has the best personality. And I love Charlie with his nightcap idea. Darn he is so cute.

Diana Lopez said...

wow, see Lily smile like that just made my day, (well whats left of it) They are getting bigger...

Tiffany said...

Awwww so cute. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Erin said...

Absolutely adorable! What a great early holidays treat, a smile on camera.

Kaitlyn said...

Oh my goodness I love the smiles they are getting so big so fast!!

Anonymous said...

They are soooo cute!!

Cherylflevin said...

Hi, my name is Cheryl and I work with Brooke's dad at E-BEAM. I love reading your summaries every few days. Enjoy these moments with the children. They go so fast. Your children are precious. I wish you all the best.

I have two girls of my own. My oldest daughter is turning 10 in January. She had reflux as a baby as well. We were told to put rice cereal in her bottle to help keep the food down. I regret that move. Her immune system wasn't ready for food and she developed an allergy. As a result, even a small amount of rice causes her to get sick. I've been told that she is not the norm. However,if I could turn back the clock I would never have done it. Zantac helped her and so did Pepcid. We would put it in the nipple of her bottle mixed with a little formula (to help improve the taste) she would drink it and then we would put the nipple on her bottle and she'd take the rest.

Good luck with everything!

Anonymous said...

These pictures are great.
Your post below about Annaleigh was beautiful. When Belle is acting out and I just think I can't take it, or I feel so sick in the evening from this little one I remember that every minute I have with Belle and every flutter or bubble I start to feel now is so precious and amazing.

Annaliegh has touched so many lives and is in our thoughts regularly.

Love Jen

Amy said...

What an adorable picture of Lily's smile! It's precious!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

MJ said...

I love the comments from the babies:)

Kellyn said...

How stinkin' cute are your kids? I haven't commented lately, but I've been keeping up with you and continue to pray for good things for all of you!

Katrina said...

Love Lily's smile! And I love your captions for those last two photos!

Laura said...

Hi Brooke,
You probably don't remember me from the Nest WC board from ages ago (lalabee0425) but I have been following your story and have been sending lots of thoughts and prayers your way. I found something today I would love to send you. If you are not totally creeped out, email me at laurabelle0425@gmail.com . :)

The Madeira Triplets said...

So cute! I noticed the baby joggers in the photos...those are the BEST strollers ever. Very easy to steer. And they have a high weight limit in each seat as well.

Oh, trying to get Christmas pictures. It only gets downhill from here. If you can't get a good one of them together, don't worry...get one of each separately and then order a photo card with two slots on it.

The photos are adorable :D

I go on a walk often during nice weather with another triplet mom, and we take the choo choo wagons (three cars). People stop us all the time and ask if we work for a daycare :D

Katherine said...

OMG, Lily has the cutest smile ever!

Jill and Mike said...

I've been MIA for a bit and so glad I found time to check your blog just in time for another update.
The kiddos are getting so big.

Anonymous said...

Every time I look at Lily's smile - I just get hysterical. I love it. It is so adorable. Keep smiling my Little Lil. And Charlie - you are the spitting image of your Daddy. Last night Pop Pop was looking at your pictures and he said that you Charlie looks just like him when he was a baby - now we all know that he remembers what he looked like 91 years ago... And Lily - he thinks that you are just the sweetest. Keep growing my little loves. Be good because Santa is watching...

All My Love, Auntie :) xoxooo

Crying Baby Help said...

Reflux may trigger the baby to cry but in order to prevent it, there are ways to follow such as keeping the baby upright after feeding, using wedge pillows and trying not to lie the baby after feeding. In a way this can help to stop the baby crying.