The stomach flu has brought holiday joy to the Myers household. Yesterday, it hit Greta. Today, it infected the triplets. The washing machine has not stopped working all day and our house, quite frankly, smells like a sewage treatment plant. Each baby has had at least four major diaper blowouts necessitating a complete change of clothes. All 3 have thrown up just about everything they have attempted to eat. The beds have been stripped and the bedding washed due to a triple puke during this afternoon's nap. By this evening, the poor little guys were worn out. Even Lukas wanted to cuddle, which never happens. Hopefully this one skips over me. We have been pretty lucky so far as the babies have not really gotten sick. The babies have had a couple of minor colds here and there, but this is the first major virus. On the bright side, when everyone is puking we don't have to wonder whether it's shunt related.
There really aren't any cute pictures associated with this event, so I decided to include a few more from the Christmas shoot.
December 21, 2007
This Christmas is without a doubt much better than the last one. A year ago we were at my house just praying that the phone didn't ring with a call from the NICU. Today, we are packing up the babies and heading up to Dimondale. After all of the bustling around this year, all Greta and I want for Christmas is a nap.
December 20, 2007
Exactly one year ago I sent out this email to coworkers…
I am in the office this morning, but will be working from home this afternoon, stepping out at 1:00 to take my wife to yet another appointment. I will be back online shortly after.
I was completely clueless as to what was in front of me. One year ago I was wandering around the NICU staring at our little babies who shouldn’t have been born yet. I wanted to be a proud father, but proud didn’t really seem appropriate. I remember looking at all of the machines and thinking that this was now my life. This is never going to end. That day I put things in God’s hands. I must say, in the course of one year, all of our prayers have been answered.
When I look back on 2007, it was truly an amazing year. There are about 3-4 months which I have almost completely blocked out. I remember the bits and the pieces, but I am perfectly happy not recalling the details. Around May, things started getting fun. The medical equipment was gone and we became a ‘normal’ family. Since then, time has started accelerating and the babies have been doing something new almost every day.
I want to thank everyone who has read and made comments on this blog, it has been a big part of us being able to cope with everything that we have faced this year. This site is going to be something I will continue for a very long time and will someday be my gift to the triplets. Consider this a birthday card. Sign it by leaving a comment. Even if you don’t normally leave posts on here, please make an exception this time. It will be fun for these guys to see all the people who were following their progress.
On Wednesday, Greta brought the triplets to the Christmas lunch at Arbortext. Afterwards, she took the triplets over to Briarwood mall to see Santa. What a difference a year makes!
December 16, 2007
So now it's Niklas's turn to demonstrate what makes him go nuts. Basically, it's being eaten. If you look at him from the across the room and say "I'm gonna get ya!", or "I'm gonna eat ya!" he starts laughing and screaming. In the video Greta is saying "Suvalgysiu" which means "I'm gonna eat you!" in Lithuanian. The maneuver I am executing is referred to as "Niklas on the cob".
December 9, 2007
When you find something that Lukas thinks is funny, it's awesome because he laughs hysterically. The problem is that he generally only finds material funny during it's first performance. One day you have a trick that makes him go completely nuts, but the next day he looks at you like you're crazy when you try it again. In this video, Greta & Anne have found a noise that drives Lukas over the edge.
December 1, 2007
Recently I bought the Sesame Street Old School DVDs which is a 'best of' collection ranging from 1967 to about 1980. It's kind of fun watching this stuff with the babies while having these crazy little childhood flashbacks. Anyone who grew up in the 1970's undoubtedly remembers Pinball Number Count (sung by the Pointer Sisters by the way). Gabbie absolutely goes nuts when this comes on, especially during the beginning.