November 30, 2007

Life At 34

Yesterday was my 34th birthday. All of the sudden I am in my mid-thirties with 3 kids and a dog. How did that happen? The triplets have been an absolute blast lately, although very demanding. They are on the verge of crawling and climbing, so we have dropped their cribs down. They don't like sitting in their bouncy seats anymore as they always want to be part of the action. They want to mobile and they are ready to take on the world, even if that means falling off of the couch and smashing their faces. All that said, by Friday we are both completely exhausted. Below is a picture of us with my Aunt Nancy over Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2007

Ann Arbor News Ad

We were lucky enough to have our picture selected by the Family Advisory Board to be used in an Ann Arbor News advertisement thanking the sponsors of the NICU Fashion Show. The color ad took up a 1/4 page of A2 in today's paper.

November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we made the trek to Grandma and Grandpa's house in snowy Dimondale for the babies 1st Thanksgiving. It's weird that we haven't been to my parents place in almost a year. Sarah made the trip solo from Minnesota as well as my Aunt Nancy (my Mom's Sister) from North Carolina. My brother Ben and Sister-in-law Emily came for dinner and have also been popping in and out. We've done a lot of sitting around and relaxing so far. In fact, I have taken 2 naps with the babies so far today. It's really nice having all these hands to hold and feed the trio so Greta and I can take a breath.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays and this year we have plenty to be thankful for, so Greta started a new tradition. She cut out a bunch of leaves from construction paper. Each person wrote what they were thankful for on one of them and hung it on the tree. We then took turns pulling one off, reading it, and trying to guess who wrote it.

November 16, 2007

NICU Fashion Show

Last night was the NICU Fashion show, and what a complete blast it was. A good time was had by all despite the utter chaos of getting puked on, peed on, and pushing the kids 3+ hours past their bed time. In the midst of all of it, I lost my speech a few minutes prior to going on stage. Luckily I found it just in time. This is truly a special event, and a really wonderful being surrounded by the doctors and nurses that cared for our babies as well as other families who have shared similar experiences. The whole event was beautifully produced and the stage looked awesome. Just before Thanksgiving it's good to be reminded of how blessed we all are and what is really important in life. The NICU Staff and Family Advisory Board are a really neat group and some of the most grounded people I have ever met. I really see some good friendships coming out of this experience, and am already looking forward to doing it again next year, although I hope the kids are easier to manage at that point. One of the highlights of the night for me was while I was giving my speech. As I stood on stage and spoke, Gabbie definitely knew I was up there and was cheering for me. I kept hearing her loud "Ahhhhh!, Ahhhhhhhh!" as if she were saying "That's my dad!, "Hi Dad!".

Thanks to everyone on the Family Advisory Board for putting this together and to Macy's for providing all the clothes. I also want to thank Greta's friend Susie, a mother of 10 year old quadruplet girls, for helping us back stage. She really made the night survivable. I say this all the time, but I still can't believe how far these babies have come. One year ago I could never have imagined our life the way it is now.

November 8, 2007

Phase IV

The first phase of our babies lives was the three months in the NICU. Phase II started when they came home. They were newborns, for all practical purposes. We got up every 3 hours to feed them and life was very demanding. Phase III was pretty much the entire summer. The babies were sleeping 12 hours a night, taking a 2 hour nap in the morning and a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. When they were awake, they were perfectly content sitting in their bouncy seats and being read a story. We started to feel like a real family.

Over the past few weeks, something has changed and we have entered a new phase. They are definitely not toddlers yet, but they are not babies either. Gabbie has two bottom teeth, Lukas has begun to shove finger foods into his mouth, and Niklas likes to mock the noises we make and to sing along with music. They are all sitting and can stand if you hold their hands. They are not mobile really, but they can roll from point A to point B. In fact, they are frustrated at the fact that they can't run around. They no longer take good naps during the day and are no doubt as demanding as they were in Phase II, but they are a total blast. This winter is going to bring a lot of fun as the triplets make their transition from baby to toddler and pass their 1 year birthday. My whole life I have hated morning, it is now my favorite time of day. I go up to the nursery to find 3 little heads peering over their cribs, smiling at me. I get them all changed and take them downstairs for breakfast and a cup of coffee for me. At the end of the day, I get to come home to these 3 little people who think I am the most hilarious man alive.

Greta, on the other hand, has to endure the storm of this new demanding phase while I am at work. She is truly a soldier, and has weathered and won a number of bloody, pissy, pukey and poopy battles flying solo. She is an amazing woman, and still finds time to set up and take these beautiful pictures that will cherish for the rest of our lives.