January 26, 2008

Water Assault

Lately the babies have been taking two sub par naps per day at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., so we tried combining the two. Yesterday morning, we took a trip to Urban Toddler in Saline during their nap time. They had an absolute blast there, and could've cared less about missing sleep. This place was like the ultimate finished basement for toddlers. There was a play grocery store, firehouse, classroom, theatre (with stage), kitchen and an area designed for babies our size. It was like a really hip Chuckie Cheeze with a coffee shop/cafe for all of the Moms to hang out. I was one of two dads that were there.

Today was day 2 of the combination nap, and things started to get dicey around 10:30 a.m. I figured that a bath would calm everybody down and kill 45 minutes or so. Up until now, we have been using a plastic tub that sits inside our bathtub and have bathed the triplets individually. Today I figured we'd take a stab at putting all 3 in the regular tub at once. We were a little nervous because we tend to think of these guys as smaller than they are, but as you can see the results were hilarious.

In other news, early on came to our house on Thursday. Lukas is right where he should be for an adjusted 10 month old, as far as crawling and sitting are concerned. Gabbie and Niklas are a little bit behind at about 8 month old milestones. The good news is that they are not exhibiting any abnormal movements, they are just a little behind. I think this has more to do with personality than anything else. Lukas has not been able to sit still from day one, in fact he couldn't stand being in the womb anymore. Niklas and Gabbie are very mellow and content babies. They are happy just sitting there with a toy and hanging out. Greta now puts Gabbie in a laundry basket in the kitchen while she is cooking. As long as she has a toy and some Cheerios, she is happy as a clam.

January 21, 2008

Just Having Fun

Things have been pretty uneventful since the New Year, and that's quite all right by us. The kids have picked up the latest cold going around, but that is nothing compared to the stomach ailment we recently faced. The babies are entertaining each other more, holding their bottles and becoming easier to manage all the time. There are different challenges, such as their weight. At about 20 lbs. a piece, Greta and I are getting in shape carrying them around and trying to keep up with them. They definitely create more of a mess with all of their toys, but they are much less demanding than they were this fall. 

All 3 are really in a fun phase right now (about 10 months adjusted) and are very animated. Lukas is crawling around, causing trouble and constantly getting into things. Niklas now tries to walk if you hold both of his hands. Gabbie gets up on all fours and tries to crawl and will dance whenever her favorite music is on. All of them have teeth galore coming in, and their appetites are impressive as well. As we look back over 2007, we don't really miss the first half of it.  The fun didn't really begin until mid-summer, but now it's just a blast.  The reception I get each evening upon returning from work makes me laugh no matter what kind of day I had.   The picture above is from Grandma and Grandpa's visit last weekend.

January 13, 2008

Day 389

Photos ©2008 Greta Myers Photography

This weekend, the Myers Grandparents came to visit Friday through Sunday. It's nice to get some relief and always great to have Grandma and Grandpa around. Today I slept in until 9:00, which is something I have not done since the babies have been born. Even though sleep after 6:30 a.m. is forced and broken, it's still nice to not have to get out of bed. Saturday night, we ventured out of the house to meet Kevin and Julie for a nice dinner in downtown Ann Arbor. Once again, we played it totally lame and were home by 10:30. Our days of going out till the wee hours of the morning are, for the most part, behind us.

With the Grandparents around we were able to take some photos. The cars in the pictures were a Christmas gift from Grandma and Grandpa and I think they are way cool. Every time I post, I can't help comparing things to a year ago. Seeing these kids on (and falling of of) antique replica toy cars is so much better than peering at them through incubators. I still think 2007 was a great year, but I have a feeling 2008 is going to be much more fun.

January 6, 2008

A Clean Start To '08

I think the past week might have been the toughest since the triplets have been home, even worse than having oxygen tanks. For almost an entire week, all three babies had it severely coming out of both ends. Some days, each kid got 4 baths, had their bedding changed just as many times, and got an outfit change at least hourly. At one point, Greta actually broke down from exhaustion and worry. On Wednesday we took the kids into the doctor and each one of them lost over 1lb! I remember all those days in the NICU where we cheered every single ounce that was gained and suddenly we lose 16+ in one week. Fortunately, they were well hydrated and got over the stomach flu by the end of the week. Plus, they are not babies anymore.

Saturday, we decided to take the kids to the mall and have lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen. The person who seated us got us 3 high chairs and put a paper placemat and crayons in front of each of the kids. That's when it hit me. These guys are really not babies anymore. Obviously the host thought that they looked enough like 'kids' that they might want to color. I can't imagine he puts a placemat and crayons in front of every infant that comes in the restaurant. It dawned on me that Greta and I still have this perception that the triplets are fragile little babies. When you see them every single day you don't realize how much they've changed. After last week's battle I now have realized that the these three are neither fragile, little nor babies.