No, I didn’t die. I didn’t go missing. I didn’t delete the blog. I’ve just been……….well, living life with four little ones.
A typical day for me goes something like this:
- 6:45 a.m. – Triplets get up. Give bottles, change diapers.
- 7:00 a.m. – Try to get ready for work while entertaining triplets
- 7:45 a.m. – Babysitter comes
- 8:00 a.m. – Throw a lunch together and try to run out the door
- 8:45 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. – Work: meetings, emails, writing/editing, conversations, lunch, more meetings
- 6:00 p.m. – Home. Eat dinner while trying to entertain triplets in highchairs.
- 6:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. – Family walk and playing in backyard
- 7:30 — 8:00 p.m. – Feed triplets solid food
- 8:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. – Baths
- 8:30 p.m. – Triplets’ bed time
- 8:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. – Read books with Hannah
- 9:00 p.m. – Hannah bed time
- 9:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. – Cleaning spree: wipe up all the food off the floor that missed the kids’ mouths (most of it), wash bottles, collect trash, keep laundry running, pick up toys
- 10:00 p.m. – Crash on the couch: catch up on some work and/or watch a little TV
As you can see, there’s little time left in the day for blogging, and when there is, the energy to do it may be low. And being the perfectionist I am about writing, taking an hour at the end of a busy day to craft a post isn’t always in the cards. No excuses. Just giving you an idea of where I’m coming from. 🙂
A lot has happened since the last time I wrote. Namely, Greg got a new job! He is now just around the corner from our house, teaching 7th grade science in our hometown school district. The [lack of] commute, the easier school schedule, and the overall demeanor of the school and district have been a blessing for Greg. Coming back to our alma mater was something we both wanted for our family — and though it happened earlier than we had planned, it’s proved to be an excellent decision. I’m so proud of Greg for landing his dream job!
We also said goodbye to our amazing nanny, Meghan, as she headed off to grad school in Michigan. We’ve missed her a lot and were nervous about finding another nanny with as much patience, kindness, and comfort around kids as her. But after some deep searching and asking around, we found our new nanny, Nina. Nina is a former daycare owner with a ton of experience around kids — even multiples! We were thrilled to find her and to learn that she couldn’t wait to care for triplets. So far, Nina’s been with us for a little over a month and she’s taught us and the girls so much. She’s helped us ween off of bad habits with the girls (rocking before nap time, streamlining eating schedules, etc.) and implemented curriculum with Hannah. I’m so excited for Hannah to have one-on-one learning time!
The girls themselves have also changed quite a bit. The triplets are now 8 1/2 months old and are crawling around like crazy. They’re constantly squawking and babbling. They’re pulling up to a stand every chance they get. They’re starting to eat table foods. And most importantly, they’re sleeping about 11 hours through the night! We’re at that stage in their development where things are fun and they only get better each month. It’s still a lot of hard work (they all whine for quite a bit of attention and aren’t sure-footed yet when standing, so they scream for help), but the rewards of smiles, laughs, new expressions, and sounds make it all worth it.
It’s amazing to me to see how happy we are today and compare it to where we were just a short year ago. I was coming off my morning sickness and still wasn’t sure how to feel about the pregnancy. We were trying to sell our house and looking for a new one. Hannah was getting bigger. I was getting bigger. Greg was starting school. Who knew that just one year later, we’d be basking in the summertime with our sweet little girls and juggling the day-to-day lives we’ve become accustomed to? We can’t help but look into the future and imagine all the fun that lies ahead.
We also had the triplets’ 6-month pictures taken (ok….7-month pictures. Mommy was a little late in scheduling. 🙂 ) Greg and I can’t stop flipping through them. What little ladies! Thanks to our “official family photographer,” KristeenMarie Photography, we got some beautiful shots showcasing each of the girls’ personalities — even Hannah! I even sent some of the photos to our former NICU nurses and Dr. Dunlop so they could see how the girls have grown. I hope it’s fun for them to remember us and see how the girls have grown this year.
Greg and I also celebrated four years of marriage at the beginning of August with a night out by ourselves. We actually split the girls up and took them to each set of grandparents for a sleepover. Greg and I got to have dinner downtown and go out to breakfast the next morning. It felt just like old times when we were newlyweds! As my gift, he got me tickets to see my favorite band, The Eagles!!! I’m so excited and can’t wait for our first concert together (I know, right?). This Saturday is also my 27th birthday. We’re keeping it low key (how can you top Eagles tickets?) and having dinner out with friends. I never thought I’d have four kids by the time I was 27! I also can’t believe how old I am now — just a few years away from 30. Wasn’t I just 8 and playing in the backyard with my sisters? As a teenager, I used to dream of the days when I’d be “in my twenties.” I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty cool so far. 🙂
Among these major events over the past few months, we also took a trip down to Holiday World with Hannah, started going on more outings with all four girls (park, restaurants, walks, etc.), gave the babies their first swimming experiences, had a visit from Aunt Jenny and Uncle Chris, and had play dates with various friends and family, among other activities. In general, our days are pretty regimented, but we try to throw in a few surprises here and there to keep the girls entertained — and ourselves sane! 🙂
Lastly, I want to give a shout out to my triplet mom friend, Sarah. I’ve never actually met her in person, but we have a mutual acquaintance and have communicated over Facebook about our kiddos. Sarah and her husband have four, just like us — a toddler and younger triplets — but all are BOYS. They’re a few months ahead of us in age, so it’s been fun watching her boys grow up and see what we have to look forward to. Just a few weeks ago, I came across an update from Sarah. She’s expecting again! And guess what? It’s triplets…….again!! I was astonished. Knowing what a triplet pregnancy is like (the physical strain, emotional ups and downs, and overall preparations), it all came rushing back to me. Sarah, if you read this blog, I want you to know that I haven’t stopped thinking about you and your family since I read your news. You’re an inspiration to moms everywhere, and I’m so impressed by your will to “do it all” for your kids. It’s clear that you value life, and despite what others may say about having a large family today, your commitment to your family is something to applaud. Congratulations and let me know if you want any pointers on those three GIRLS!!
Until next time…