Saturday, November 27, 2010

17 months!

And I just had to share the below picture. About 5 years ago my mom was buying me a new winter coat, and I wanted a pink one. Joe tried his hardest to talk me out of it, convinced that I would only wear it a few times and never again. We're now approaching the 6th winter of me wearing the pink coat. Joe swears I do it to mock him, but I really love the coat! Anyway, my mom and I were shopping at Old Navy yesterday and found a coat just like mine in Lily-size, so of course my mom bought it for her. Here's Lily and I, looking pink and awesome :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving recap

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! While this was actually Charlie and Lily's second Thanksgiving, it was the first time they really celebrated. Last year a few family members got sick on Thanksgiving so we weren't able to bring Charlie and Lily out for dinner, but this year everyone was healthy and we all got to celebrate together.

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.
Our attempt at a Thanksgiving family picture.
Modeling their fancy Thanksgiving outfits.
Sitting down to dinner. This is my side of the family - my mom, dad, Nana, sister Jill and her boyfriend Aaron. Joe's aunt Patty hosts dinner for his side of the family, and when Charlie and Lily are a little older and stay up a little later we hope to be able to hit up their Thanksgiving too!
Every Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember, Nana has bought ice cream turkeys from Carvel for her grandchildren. This year, Charlie and Lily got their first ice cream turkey!
" this is my kind of turkey!"
Lily liked the ice cream turkey too, but she seemed to prefer the pumpkin pie.
With whipped cream, of course!
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

"If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice."

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

I and J Week (and one more plea for votes!)

This week Charlie and Lily learned about the letters I and J. We read In the Jungle and talked about the animals in the pictures. We sang "Peanut Butter and Jelly," and of course ate plenty of that for lunches! Charlie and Lily also tried Jell-O for the first time. I attempted to make Jell-O Jigglers, but clearly did something wrong because my Jell-O never got firm enough to cut into shapes - it just stayed Jell-O-y. But it didn't matter much, because Charlie and Lily were not huge Jell-O fans.
Although Charlie did enjoy dipping his goldfish crackers into it before eating them.
For art we made paper plate jellyfish. I folded paper plates in half and stapled the sides together. Then Charlie and Lily helped me rub a glue stick over the bottoms of the plates and stick on strips of sparkly tissue paper to make the tentacles.
(I just realized that the letter I was kind of poorly represented this week. I meant to give Charlie and Lily ice cubes to feel, but we had a pretty hectic week and I didn't get around to it. Sorry, letter I!)
In other news, please see the previous post for Charlie's first steps! Yay, Charlie! We are so proud of him - and now we have two babies staggering drunkenly around the house :) Sometimes I just can't believe how quickly they are growing up and how much they're learning. Every day they do something new and Joe and I just marvel over it. Just in the past week Charlie took those first steps, Lily learned to say "ball" and to identify her knees, hair and tushie (thanks for that one, Joe), and both learned to maneuver the stacker rings like champs. They've also mastered the art of climbing stairs and have started practicing feeding themselves with spoons. That gets quite messy, but Charlie is actually getting the hang of it!

And totally unrelated to anything else, I just had to share a few more cute pictures. Here's Lily practicing her runway walk...or auditioning for the cast of The Real Housewives. I'm not sure which. (Thanks for the awesome coat, Trish!)
Charlie and Mommy - BFFs forever.
Daddy and Lily, just chillin'.
There are still two more days to vote for Three Cheers for Babies as Best Overall Blog! (Voting ends Tuesday, November 23 at midnight.) Please vote for us if you can - we're up against a lot of awesome blogs and I don't anticipate a win, but it can't hurt to try! Thank you!

Charlie's first steps!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Preemies in Purple - and Please Vote!

"Hi everyone! Charlie and I are wearing purple in honor of National Prematurity Awareness Day... Hey, Charlie - I think we're supposed to take this seriously."
"Oooookay, so maybe not."
"Sorry, Mommy. Better luck with these pictures next year!"
Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Bump blog contest - we won Best Multiples Blog! Yay! But the voting continues - we're now up for Best Overall Blog!! Please click the icon below to vote for us - you have until midnight on Tuesday, November 23rd, so vote as often as you can.. Thank you!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You'd never know... (National Prematurity Awareness Day)

Take a look at our two happy, healthy babies above. Charlie and Lily play, laugh, clap, cuddle and throw their sippy cups like any normal toddlers. But there are plenty of things you'd never know just by looking at them.
  • 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

Our day in pictures

Hi, blog readers! Mommy and Daddy take a LOT of pictures of us, so we thought we'd use them to show you what we do around here all day long!

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 breakfast we play together in the living room. 99% of the time we get along great, but sometimes we fight. Charlie loves to take toys and sippy cups off of Lily - if she has it he wants it. Lily's response to this is to beat Charlie over the head with whatever it is he's trying take. This does not make Charlie happy.
Mommy and Daddy say we need to work on teaching Lily to be a little more gentle. Here's Lily, wondering why Roy ran away when she tried to whack him with her toy phone.
Mommy usually tries to eat breakfast now, and we like it when she shares with us. Her oatmeal is especially yummy. After she's finished we get dressed and then play a little more before snack. Mommy lets us eat morning snack in the living room, and we sometimes watch Baby Einstein while we eat. We love Baby Einstein. Once we're done, if the weather is decent enough, we go for a walk in our buggies. That always makes us happy.
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.
After lunch, we get ready for nap. We recently switched from two naps a day to one, so we are now usually in our cribs from 12:15 to 2:30, sometimes later on a good day. We're busy in the mornings, so by the time Mommy says, "Ready to go night-night?" we're ready!
Once we're up from nap we have our afternoon snack, then we play and wait for Daddy to come home. We like to play in the back room with our kitchen while we wait, or play our new favorite game "Laugh and Chase," where one of us takes off down the hall and the other one follows, laughing hysterically. It's fun! Sometimes we ride our push cars around too. We're always really happy to see Daddy when he gets home, and he plays with us while Mommy makes dinner. After we eat we play some more, but this is the time of day when we usually get really, really fussy. We spend a lot of time hanging at the gate whining at Mommy while she cleans up the kitchen. Sometimes Daddy whines too.Then it's time to get ready for bed. We have our baths every other night, and on the other nights Mommy just tries to wipe us down while we squirm and laugh and flip around. Daddy is in charge of making our bedtime bottles and getting our room ready. He's also in charge of putting us in our sleep sacks, although it's a shame to cover up our cool pajamas.
Once we're all ready, we snuggle with Mommy and Daddy while we drink our bottles. By the time we finish, we're half asleep and more than happy to hit our cribs for the night. And there you have it! :)
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This week Charlie and Lily learned about numbers. Learning about numbers is kind of hard to photograph though, so I don't have any pictures! But we read One, Two, Three by Sandra Boynton and sang "Five Little Speckled Frogs." We watched Baby Einstein Numbers Nursery and counted blocks. We also played with the Learn-Along Lily doll from Leap Frog, a cute little toy that sings a counting song. The babies both love that toy, along with Learn-Along Leap who signs the alphabet.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The season of giving

If you are looking for a way to pay it forward this holiday season, please consider making a donation to the 3rd Annual Jack Malia Toy Drive. The Jackson Malia Fund was started by my friend Megan, an fellow triplet mommy, in memory of her son Jack, who passed away while in the NICU. The fund offers support to ill and special needs children in the NJ area. This December, the Fund will hold their 2nd Annual Toy Drive. Details can be found on the organization's website, or you can simply visit Amazon to make choose a toy from the Drive's wishlist.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Please vote for us!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

G and H Week

This week was focused on the letters G and H. We read Good Night, Gorilla and sang "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." I decided to work a little learning about body parts into the week as well, thanks to the song, so we also watched Baby DaVinci Head to Toes, which Lily adores. She can't get enough of the puppets. We worked hard this week, and now Charlie can show us where his ears are and Lily can identify her ears, nose, mouth and belly. The babies used their hands for art this week and made hand print gardens. Joe was off Thursday and Friday thanks to teacher convention, so he helped us out with the project. It was messy, but fun! With such an intense learning week, Charlie needed some caffeine to keep his energy up.Lily, on the other hand, needs no stimulants to keep her moving! Exhibit A. I found this lovely bite mark on poor Charlie's arm when we were at his orthopedist appointment on Tuesday. I have no idea when Lily bit him, but she sure got him good.
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!