In Due Time

Know what today is? My due date. That’s right — if I were still pregnant, I’d be 40 weeks today. And if this were Hannah, the babies would be born tomorrow (40 weeks and 1 day). That means the babies have officially reached full term. And guess what? Growth wise, they’re all right on track with where a newborn would be. Well a newborn in my book, I guess. I mean, Hannah weighed in at a whopping 8 lbs, 10 oz! I’m used to big babies. 🙂 In fact, the girls are starting to fit a little snuggly in their newborn-sized diapers and onesies. It’s almost time to graduate to size 1. Can’t believe it.

Nora's happy she's a growing girl!

Nora’s happy she’s a growing girl!

I guess I always had this misconception that preemies stayed small their whole lives. After hearing from a ton of preemie and multiple moms and seeing how the triplets are growing, I know now that’s not true. Our pediatrician tells us that in their first year, we’ll have to correct for their prematurity in terms of growth and development, but by the time they reach the second year, they should be on track with other kids their age. I’d say we’re well on our way!

Anyways, all is good here. We had a great weekend and even got out for TWO dates — one for Greg’s brother’s 21st birthday and the other for the chili cook-off at church. It’s always nice to get out and feel like a young couple again. (Or should I say newlywed couple in our case?)  Sunday, we had a whole day to ourselves, just spending time alone as a family and feeding the babies on our own.

Today, I got to take Hannah to “Wonderful Ones” library time. It was SO adorable. There were carpet squares, “silly songs,” felt boards, story time, and dancing — everything a toddler library session should be. I remember my mom used to take us to library time, and we still have a lot of great memories from it. Hannah was very quiet and observant at first, but really warmed up by the end and I could tell she really enjoyed it. It meant a lot to me to be able to take my little girl out for some one-on-one time. While she certainly still gets her share of attention at home, I’m sure it can be a little like cabin fever for her — same toys, same rooms, no outside time when it’s too cold. It can get a little monotonous. This was just the ticket.

Tomorrow, I’m headed to my 6-week postpartum check-up, which not only means the girls are 6 weeks old — it also means my maternity leave is half over! If this time around is anything like the last, the hard part is over and I can spend the final 6 weeks getting to know my babies a little better. 🙂 Greg’s also closing in on his leave time. He’s really been quite amazing. He’s a phenomenal husband and father and seems to be the biggest advocate for letting me have time to myself. Today, he installed a wheelchair break on the triplet stroller after coming up with the idea, researching it, and ordering it himself. Now our babies are safe from taking off down the street when we’re out and about! 🙂 So proud of my man…

I’ll leave you with a fun video of Hannah. Remember, this is a video so you have to watch it on the actual blog site, not your email.

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2 responses

  1. Stef and Greg: LOVED meeting ALL of the girls last week. Had so much fun watching Hannah and getting to hold the little ones. Best of all, it was great to see what GREAT parents you are (I agree, Stef–Greg is a gem!). So proud of you both and of your beautiful little family. Enjoy the fleeting time 🙂

    Sue

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