November 8, 2007
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.
Posted by Jason R. Myers