December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

What a long, but fun filled Christmas Season this was.  It always seems like such a deluge of gifts for the kids with their birthdays being stacked right on top of Christmas.  Aside from a few Clark W. Griswold moments on my part, including a flat tire yesterday that my brother and I were unable to change, our 4th Christmas with the triplets was a nice one. We had a really great time getting together at my parent's house with my brother Ben, his wife Emily, their new son Jackson, my sister Sarah, her husband Adam and their new daughter Gianna.  I think my mom and dad had a really nice time having all three of us together for the first time in a long time as well as having 5 grand kids in the house.  

The Triplets



Jackson Myers




Gianna Licari




Jackson & Gianna


The 5 Grandchildren

December 21, 2009

December 18, 2009

Preschool Musical

I can't believe how big these guys are getting (days away from the big 3). Yes, I know this is just a preschool musical but they seemed so big out there on stage. On top of it all, I am turning into a sappy, sappy man. I don't know if our experience in the beginning has anything to do with it, but I was teared up through just about this whole thing. As you can see, Niklas got a bit of stage fright.

December 9, 2009

Christmas In Ypsi

My kids are dope!

November 30, 2009

Welcome Jack!

The kids finally went back to school today. I think they have missed preschool more than they have attended it this year. Although they are mostly over their colds, Greta has been very sick for about the past week. In other more exciting news, I am an Uncle once again. This time my brother Ben and his wife Emily have welcomed their new baby boy Jackson into the world. Congratulations! Due to the sickness in the family, we will be waiting a while to visit.

The video below is nothing special. For my birthday I got a new Flip Mino HD video camera and felt the need to test it even though we really don't have any interesting footage yet. Basically, this thing is a pocket sized HD video camera. I am hoping the the fact that I can actually fit it in my front pocket will cause me to take some more video.

November 23, 2009

A Mess





The Myers house is quarantined.   Gabbie and Niklas have been battling the flu, and quite possibly the H1N1 variety given the pattern exhibited.  Gabbie simultaneously had pink eye and a 104 fever. So far, Greta, Lukas and I have been unaffected.  That was, until tonight when Greta began having the chills and a stomach ache.  I am praying that these germs leave our house very, very soon.

The pics above are of Pig Pen having a field day with a bowl of rice yesterday.  I sometimes wonder if they are children or chimps. The picture below is of Niklas, who has to be the best little sickie ever. He just sat on the couch like a little angel, occasionally saying "Daddy, I need a towel, I'm gonna puke".


November 16, 2009

Fashion Show





































 I can't believe that this is the 3rd fashion show for us. I don't know if time actually went this fast, or if it just seems fast because I mentally blocked out all the painful stuff of that happened in the first year. The Fashion Show is a bitter sweet event for me. One the one hand, I think it's nice to stop and reflect on how blessed our lives are, and how far our kids have come. It's also great to raise money for a cause that is so dear to Greta and I. It's especially nice to reconnect with the St. Joseph staff who saved our kids lives. Plus, we have made a lot of very good friends through this event who all have similar stories and share a common connection. On the other hand, it's getting harder and harder for me to revisit the NICU. I am pretty sure that I have mentally buried my memories from the NICU, but this event each year is a reminder to me of how fragile life is and that our family is truly a miracle and a gift from God.

November 9, 2009

ABCs

Not really sure when this all started, but I was pretty blown away.  We also discovered tonight that Lukas can actually identify most letters too. I am so proud of my little preemies.

October 31, 2009

October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Factory II

Highlights from this year's trip to the Pumpkin Factory in Belleville.

October 19, 2009

Long Time No Post


We are making the transition to big kid beds and it's not going that great so far. We also have spent every spare minute redoing two rooms in our house. Very, very tired. It's like we have newborns again.

October 3, 2009

A Perfect Day



A post by Greta

This is a long overdue post from the day we went to Detroit Zoo.
I tried to look up the word "perfect" in Webster's dictionary just to see what the official meaning is. In my world, perfect means no whining. Loud laughing and happy screaming are fine, but constant whining drains every bit of energy out of me. Our day at the Zoo was perfect. It was a gorgeous 74 degrees with a clear blue sky. We met our family friends from the lake: Lisa, Kenzie, Logan and Floyd (the human). For once, adults/older children outnumbered the dynamic trio. It was such a relief that there were enough hands to push strollers, hold hands and just skip along the beautiful pathways. I have been to the Detroit Zoo often, but this time it was different. I saw so many unusual things that I think excited me more than the kids. We hand fed the giraffes, watched zebras make babies right in front of us (yes, Gabbie did ask that question in the innocent 2.5 year old voice, "mommy, what are they doing?"), watched kangaroos hop next to us, fed a joey and hung out in the underwater polar bear exhibit for almost an hour. The kids lasted from 10 am until 4:30pm without a nap and NO whinning the entire day. Thats MY Dinamic Trio. I only wish that every day was similar to that one.

September 30, 2009

Swamped




So much has been going on, that it's been a bit hard to keep up with the blog. Not the least of which is the slow conversion of the upstairs to "big kid" bedrooms. Lots of painting, and furniture shopping and mattress purchasing and whatnot. I am starting to think that all the "you've got your hands full" people were on to something. One picture is from my Aunt Nancy's recent visit and the other is attempting to depict the hard work Greta has been putting into Gabbie's room (not the least of which is painting a custom crest on the wall).

September 17, 2009

Home Alone

Much has happened in the past week. Last Friday was the kids first day of preschool and they totally loved it. Sunday, Niklas went to the Tigers game with me and my Dad and he had a blast. When the ball would smack the catcher's glove, Niklas would say "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" Monday morning, Greta left for a photography class in Atlanta leaving me alone with the trio until this evening. Aside from a little help from our babysitter Anne and the fact that they were in preschool most of the day Wednesday, I was pretty much Mr. Mom.

Getting the kids up in the morning and feeding them all by myself was a big challenge, especially on Wednesday morning when I had to get them to school by 8:30. I woke them up from a dead sleep an completely ticked them off. No one wanted to get dressed, no one wanted to eat, and everyone was whining. In addition, I have to make sure our whole house is buttoned up or our spastic dog will trash the place. I got everyone in the car at 10 past 8 and we have a 20 minute drive. I suddenly realized that the trash and recycling needed to be put out. I took out the trash and then proceeded to back out over it upon pulling out of the driveway. To add insult to injury, I couldn't dislodge the trash can and recycling bin from beneath the car. I finally pull into the school and start getting the gang out of the car when I noticed all 3 had taken their shoes off. Needless to say, I got them all to their classroom on time although I was completely drenched in sweat. I really feel like Chevy Chase sometimes.

Finally, I got the dreaded "your kid smashed his head" phone call from the preschool on Wednesday. And guess who smashed his head? Niklas of course! Apparently he had a gash on his forehead that they thought warranted a trip to the hospital. I think they were started by the sight of blood on that bright white hair. Apparently, Niklas never cried which doesn't surprise me in the least. When I arrived at the school, he was dancing, playing and singing. I decided to go with the band-aid and neosporin solution. So far, so good.


First Day Of School



Tigers Vs. Blue Jays



More Pictures From Labor Day

September 9, 2009

So Tired!




So we just got back from a nice, long, beautiful and relaxing weekend up in Cadillac. The weather was perfect, and so were the kids. It really couldn't have been a nicer weekend with Grandma and Grandpa Myers. Towards the tail end of the trip, the kids started coming down with colds. Today, we missed the first day of preschool because of it. In addition, they are suffering from demonic possession. In the two days we have been home, they have driven Greta to the brink of insanity. I really don't know how she even deals with it all day. I got fed up this afternoon and asked Niklas if he wanted a spanking and he said yes! At that point, you have to accept defeat. Yes, I know they don't feel good, but I have never seen anything like this. These past two days have been amongst the most challenging and for us that's saying a lot. Normally I would put up some really cute pictures, but since Greta's camera got stolen, and things have been so nuts, I thought these were more fitting. Yes, Greta's pictures are more cute but things just ain't cute right now.

August 29, 2009

August 25, 2009

Myers Talk


Things heard around the Myers household over the past couple weeks...

Jason: What should we pray for tonight?

Niklas: Cookies!

Jason: But what about all the children around the world who don't have any toys or don't have any food to eat?

Gabbie: Daddy, they can have my toys.

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Jason: Niklas, it's great you pulled down your pants, took off your diaper and went pee pee, but next time could you try to do it in the toilet instead of getting in the bath tub?

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Jason: Niklas, I am not going to tell you again, please don't fart on your brother.

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Gabbie (holding a poop covered hand in the air): Daddy, I pooped my pants.

These days, it's pretty much chaos. Potty training is going relatively well, which will eliminate some challenges. On the other hand, the stooges are obviously out growing the cribs, which literally terrifies me. I cannot imagine our lives once these monkeys are freed from their cages. We have had a sneak peek over the past couple of weeks as Niklas began hopping from crib to crib. Soon, the other two figured out how to do the same. One day, Greta goes up into the nursery to see what all of the yelling is about and both boys are in Gabbies crib pouncing on her as she tries to sleep. Around the same time, Niklas ripped one of the wood bars off his crib allowing him to slip through and escape. We spent about two nights putting him back in repeatedly before swapping that crib with Gabbies. The next morning Gabbie notices the missing bar and says "Uh-oh Mommy, I sorry, look what I did." Needless to say, the big kid beds are on the way. On the other hand, preschool starts in a couple of weeks, which will provide Greta with some much needed relief.

August 12, 2009

Lithuania '09

What a fun trip. It's too late for me to go into detail, but the slideshow has all the highlights of the many days we spent in Palanga on the Baltic Sea. This is also a really great song, if you have speakers, turn it up.

August 5, 2009

Binky Free!

We have been home from Lithuania for 8 nights now, and haven't pulled out the binkies yet. We used them on the plane for sanity, but the night we arrived we gave the kids the lame excuse that we left them on the plane. They actually bought it hook, line and sinker. The first couple nights were rough. In the past it wasn't uncommon for one of the kids to get up at 5:30 a.m., grab a binky and go back to sleep. Until last night, they were doing that but very thing but, since there are no binkies, they opted to just stay awake. Needless to say, I think we are past that phase. Next up, big kid beds! Oh, and um potting training.


July 28, 2009

Flying Home

For those who don't know, we have been in Lithuania since the 1st of July. As this post publishes, we are somewhere in the middle of the trip home (gotta love technology). It was a long time to be away, but we really had a great time. Details of the trip to follow. The caricature of the kids was drawn in Palanga near the Baltic Sea in Lithuania.

July 23, 2009

Gabbie's first infatuation?

I didn't even know a two year old could flirt. But sure enough, Gabbie has found infatuation with her first boy. His name is Gabrielius, which in itself is cute, but Gabbie affectionately calls him Yogas. They would hold hands and and Yogas would say "Let's play house, I will be the dad and you be the Mom." Gabbie was undoubtedly smitten, and although it was cute I can't help but fast forward my life 10 or 12 years and wonder where I am going to hide the shot gun.



July 14, 2009

A Sandy Treat

Going...


Going...


Gone!

July 5, 2009

Neurosurgery Update



I just realized that I haven't updated after receiving the results of Niklas's MRI. Basically, everything looked great and they told us not to come back for one year! We have not yet been longer than 6 months without a visit to U of M, so this is a big step in a positive direction. I just keep praying that everything is working well in there and that we don't have an incident for years to come, if ever. We sure have come a long way from the day we heard the news about the Intraventricular Hemorrhage. Niklas is very athletic and his language skills are very rapidly developing in ways that I could never have imagined when we were in the hospital wondering if he was going to make it. We are blessed!

June 29, 2009

Brown Fishies



The picture is from a couple of weeks ago. Apparently we have been lucky up to this point during bath time, but Gabbie broke the streak by uttering "poo poo potty" while sitting in the tub. All I heard was Greta screaming from upstairs that we were under attack by brown submarines. It was partial diarrhea, so we (and by we, I mean Greta) had quite the cleanup. In other news, Niklas is on a hunger strike which I hope is not related to this incident, any advice?

June 19, 2009

Long Time No Blog

Today, I discovered something about myself. I realized that I am not as weathered and tough as I thought I was. This morning, Niklas had his first MRI and, to be honest, I don't really know what the difference is between an MRI and a CAT scan. I used to be the Cliff Claven of prematurity terminology, but thankfully I have moved on. The last time we visited neurosurgery he had a CAT scan. He drank a little bit of syrup and after about 10 minutes started acting drunk and then just went to sleep. I expected today to be the same.



From the moment we entered the hospital, Niklas started acting suspicious of everyone. Once he was presented with the hospital gown he was supposed to wear, he started to get upset. Just like previous visits, the nurse gave him some sort of sedative. This time, however, they waited only a few minutes before taking him back to the MRI room. I did not realize that they were going to give him laughing gas and and a breathing tube, but I am a seasoned veteran and I just rolled with the punches. That is, until I had to restrain my totally frightened 2 year hold son while a gas mask was held to his face. He cried and cried until finally his eyes rolled back into his head and he went to sleep. The staff told me that they would take care of him and that it was time for me to leave. It took every ounce of energy for me to not break down crying right then and there. I have been through 3 months of 3 kids in the NICU and a handful of brain surgeries and this, for some reason, was so difficult for me. By the way Dad, Niklas wanted Grandpa when he started to get scared.



Nonetheless, we will not get any feedback on the pictures until Tuesday. Until then, here are some pictures of our 5 day trip up to Cadillac. We basically spent the entire weekend on the pontoon boat, and the kids couldn't get enough of driving it. Thanks to my Mom and Dad for getting the kids up each day and letting Greta and I sleep unit 8:00 (that's like noon to the unmarried). Pontooning is the life.