April 24, 2008
The weather in Michigan has been perfect this past week so we have taken every opportunity to spend time outside. As a result, the family has regained mental stability. A few weeks back, Lukas was screaming constantly and I think Greta was considering fleeing the country. All of the sudden, the sun comes out and our whole world changes. During the day, everyone plays outside as much as possible. Each day when I come home from work, we take the babies for a walk and go to the neighborhood playground. Lukas loves every piece of equipment and squeals with joy while playing on them. Niklas is about 50/50, some things he likes while others make him nervous. Gabbie is a complete chicken and won't even try any of it. As soon as we get close to a piece of equipment she clings, digs her nails into me and starts crying. She is absolutely petrified.
It's so nice to be in relaxed mode again. There is nothing better than watching happy triplets at play, as each of their personalities are so different. It's still weird to me that one year ago we had just gotten rid of the oxygen tanks and today they are playing outside and getting dirty. Greta and I continue to thank God for the blessings of the staff at St. Joe's and the modern advances in neonatal medicine. Without the treatments our kids received in the hospital, life for them would undoubtedly be much different. Many of these medical advances are largely due to the March of Dimes. This Sunday we are participating in the "March for Babies" walk at Hudson Mills MetroPark to raise money for this wonderful organization. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far, and if you haven't sponsored us yet, there is still time. If you live in the Ann Arbor area, come walk with us on Sunday.
April 21, 2008
Yesterday Greta took the Lithuanian crew to the airport. The week went by incredibly fast so it seems like they were hardly here. It was so nice having the company, but it was much too short. Nonetheless, it was something new every day with the kids. Zivile played with and talked to the babies so much that they (especially Gabbie) are now speaking their own language which is neither English nor Lithuanian. They just babble at you like they are having a full blown conversation. All three of them have now learned to go down the stairs, although Niklas is not the most graceful. Gabbie has started to eat with a spoon, and Niklas has further developed his throwing arm. The other day I came home from work and Niklas was standing at the top of the stairs overlooking the living room. He removed his binky from his mouth and proceeded to bean me in the back head with it from about 5 feet away. I turned around to see what hit me and he was laughing hysterically. I must say, it was a proud moment. In the pictures, Greta's Mom Irena is wearing the gray suit. Greta's father Dailius is wearing the blue sweater. Jonas is the one wearing the dark sunglasses and his wife Zivile is holding Lukas.
April 14, 2008
On Saturday night, Greta's parents arrived, along with their friends Jonas & Zivile. Previous to Michigan, they were all vacationing in California which included downhill skiing and trips to Yosemite National Park and San Francisco. Yesterday, my parents also came down to visit, and we all enjoyed a nice dinner with plenty of baby to go around. The Triplets absolutely love having company because they receive the 1-on-1 attention that they crave. Somewhere in the midst of all of the travel and excitement, Dailius (Greta's Dad) caught a bug, and today he decided it was time to go to the doctor to get it checked out. Unfortunately, he and Greta spent over 11 long and boring hours at the hospital. At the end of it all, they didn't learn anything new, but at least they determined that nothing major is going on. Greta was very sad as she was supposed to be spending her evening at a different branch of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for her Family Advisory Board meeting. Nonetheless, the last few days have been a complete blur. In fact, we had everyone for dinner yesterday and didn't even take a single picture. Hopefully the rest of the week will be more enjoyable, especially for Dailius who would probably rather spend his vacation in places other than St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Saline.
April 7, 2008
I was actually hoping for a normal winter this year. I wanted tons of snow and cold and a winter similar to the ones I experienced as a kid. This year I got my wish, but winter just seemed to overstay its welcome just a bit. I guess I can't complain too much because Hoyt Lakes Minnesota, the town in which my Sister now lives, got 24 inches of snow yesterday. We, on the other hand, had a glorious 70 degree day followed by an even better day today.
The whole Myers clan was at the end of its rope. The babies were just about to commit mom to a life in the asylum. Just when we thought we couldn't do it anymore, a weekend like this comes along and our whole outlook changes. Everyone seems to be so much happier. When the kids spend some time outside, naps suddenly become longer and attitudes improve. I am not getting my hopes up that the weather is here to stay, but it was a much needed reprieve.