Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We kicked off Thanksgiving on Monday, since we made the holiday the theme of our learning week. We read Five Silly Turkeys and Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit, and did the finger play "I Have a Little Turkey" - that one was a big hit with Charlie and Lily. For art we made paper turkeys. On Thanksgiving Day, Charlie and Lily watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade for the first time, although they weren't super interested. Maybe next year! Then they had a visit from Grandma and Grandpa and had a lot of fun laughing and playing with them.
Grandma and Lily sharing some laughs.
In the late afternoon, it was time to head over to Crackers' house for Thanksgiving dinner. Crackers had a bunch of toys waiting for Charlie and Lily, and they had fun playing before dinner.
"Mmmm...now this is my kind of turkey!"
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
We continue to be incredibly thankful to all our blog readers for your love, friendship, support, and kindness. From our family to yours, we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Although Charlie did enjoy dipping his goldfish crackers into it before eating them.
Daddy and Lily, just chillin'.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
"Oooookay, so maybe not."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- You'd never know that they were born 15 weeks premature.
- You'd never know that they weighed 1 lb 8 oz and 1 lb 13 oz at birth.
- You'd never know that rather than snuggle them after birth, my husband Joe and I watched nurses force air into their lungs to keep them alive.
- You'd never know that they were 2 weeks old before they were held by their parents for the first time.
- You'd never know that for the first month of their lives a machine did their breathing for them, because their lungs were too underdeveloped to it on their own.
- You'd never know that they were fed with tubes for the first 10 weeks or so of their lives, because they weren't strong enough or coordinated enough to suck on a bottle.
- You'd never know that they used to stop breathing dozens of times a day.
- You'd never know that they spent 95 and 99 days in the NICU before coming home.
- You'd never know that are actually triplets, and that their sister Annaleigh passed away when she was 8 weeks old from NEC, an intestinal infection found in premature babies.
You'd never know. But now you do.
Charlie and Lily were not alone in their battle with prematurity. Every year, half a million babies in the United States are born too soon, too small and very sick - that's 1 in every 8 babies. Since 1981, the rate of premature birth has risen 30%, and in half the cases it is not understood what went wrong. The March of Dimes is leading the fight for answers, and ultimately, prevention.
Today, November 17th, is National Prematurity Awareness Day. You now know the story of our babies. If you have a story of your own, please share it today in support of March of Dimes. Visit March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness to join the fight against prematurity. We need to fight - because babies shouldn't have to.
Charlie - one day old.
Lily - one day old.Our Annaleigh. 6/27/09 - 8/22/09.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Before daylight savings time Mommy was able to keep us in our cribs until 7:30 or so, but recently we've been rising closer to 6:30. We hear Mommy cursing daylight savings time, but we don't mind getting an early start! Plus, sometimes that means we get to see Daddy before he leaves for work. We love watching Sesame Street while drinking our milk, then we head into the kitchen to help Mommy with all her morning chores.
We're particularly fond of unloading the dishwasher because we really like playing with the spoons. After we finish all our work, it's time for breakfast! We share a banana while Mommy makes the rest of our food. Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day and it's when we eat the most. Waffles, pancakes, yogurt, eggs, French toast - we love it all!
After our walk it's time for lunch! We insist that lunch be either grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly. We currently feel that sandwiches are the only acceptable main course lunch foods. We will eat chicken nuggets or veggie burgers for dinner, but we are highly annoyed if these foods are served to us for lunch. Pancakes, however, are acceptable for any meal.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Speaking of the orthopedist, Charlie's appointment went well. I brought him in on the recommendation of the physical therapist we saw at St. Peter's, who thought that Charlie's crooked pinkies should be examined. Charlie loved our "date" to the doctor - Crackers stayed with Lily so it was just me and Charlie for the morning. He was so happy and charming in the waiting room, crawling over to the receptionist desk to get her attention and flirting with the nurses. The orthopedist took an x-ray of Charlie's hands and told me that he has something called "clinodactyly," which is essentially a birth defect resulting in crooked pinkies. The doctor said that the x-ray showed no indication that the crookedness would get worse as Charlie grows, so there's nothing that needs to be done. He wants us to come back in a year for one more x-ray just to double check, but there's no reason for concern.
In other news, Charlie finally got his first tooth! And shortly after a second one popped up too. Yay!
A bundled-up Bug! No chilly weather will keep us from our daily walks in the buggies!