Saturday, November 28, 2009

It has been such a long time since I have updated this. To any readers, I'm sorry it's been so long. I actually forgot I even had a blog. Well, the boys are 10 months old now. Owen is so close to independently walking. He wants to get up and go so badly and he gets to frustrated that he can't just walk or run. That doesn't stop him or slow him down in the least, he is one of the fastest crawlers I have ever seen. He pulls himself up on everything. He also is trying to climb and jump. I'm worried that within the next month we will have to get him a toddler bed, I think before too long he will be climbing and jumping out of his crib.
Ethan is not far behind Owen in mobility. Although, after so much time in the jumper, he thinks that when he's standing he has to bounce up and down. It's cute, and he loves the up and down motion of bouncing, but we are trying to break him of the habit of bouncing all the time by much less time in the bouncer. So far we can get him to pull himself up on the back of the couch and stand with no bouncing. He, more than his brothers, reminds us of a puppy, he likes to follow closely at your heels, he like to try to chew on shoes, if he's up for play-time and anyone is eating, he will sit at your feet and "beg" for food. He is so ticklish, and when we tickle him, he throws his head back and laughs and laughs, and after being tickled for a minute, we just wiggle our fingers over his tummy and he acts like that tickles just as much as if we were actually tickling him. It's impossible not to laugh with him.
And Marcus.. he is our little teddy bear. Whether its first thing in the morning, or bed time, he always has warm, loving smiles for us. He rarely ever cries, and he is always content to play with baby toys rather than to find trouble. But, don't be fooled, he is just as rough and tumble as his brothers, and not always the little angel he seems. When he thinks no one is watching he steals toys from his brothers and when they try to take them back, he punches at them (usually square in the nose)!
Even though we try to discourage them from playing in the kitchen (because it's small and there are so many things they could potentially get hurt on) that seems to be their favorite place to be.
They've had their first Halloween and first Thanksgiving. I'll have to upload pictures to the computer, but they had so much fun eating Thanksgiving foods. We put plates on a blanket down on the floor for them. We let them try some Turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and some cranberry sauce. They were so proud to be eating what everyone else was having and even more, that they got to feed themselves. They didn't like that they were put in the tub directly after dinner, after they filled their bellies, they had a little too much fun with food. They essentially turned the floor into a mashed potato slip-and-slid, they shoved food into their diapers, smeared it into their hair and up their noses. I wonder if that is one of the reasons babies have such silky soft skin?
All three are teething!! It's frustrating and exhausting for Ben and I, even though they are being tough little soldiers about it all.
Well, that's about all I've got for tonight! I will try to be more diligent in updates.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

finally getting back around to this...

Alright... so since April...

The boys are 4 months old now. They are getting so big! They smile, giggle, wiggle, "crawl" using their legs and faces. Owen is cutting his first tooth, and I'm sure the others will be following suit shortly. They are all, approximately, between 11 and 12 lbs each.

Apparently, while Ben and I were on a little vacation, Owen said, "Mama" although I have only heard him make that kind of sound when crying. I've been trying to get him to say it again ever since we picked the boys up for my parents' house.

The boys are now eating rice cereal, stage 1 baby veggies, and drinking juice and water, along with their bottle feedings. So far we have tried green beans, which only Owen seems to not mind, and sweet potatoes, which none of them are too fond of.

We are going on walks almost everyday now. The boys really enjoy walks, sometimes it's the only way I can get them to be calm. I will try to post pictures if I have time tomorrow in between unpacking, walking, playing, feeding, changing and bathing, PLUS clipping nails...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Warm sunny days

Today was warm sunny and beautiful, so I decided it was a perfect day to start breaking in the triple stroller. We walked up to the park and back. I think the boys are still a little unsure about the outdoors. The walk put Marcus to sleep, and Ethsn is still crying about his terrible experience... LOL
They are not too far from crawling and are very vocal, and are smiley and wonderful.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It's been awhile

It's been awhile.. I will try to re-cap the last almost 3 months!

The boys all got to come home from the hospital on the same day, which they say is very rare for multiples, so we were very lucky with that! They have been healthy and happy boys!
When they were on the Enfacare formula, they didn't poop as regularly as they were suppose to, and so we had to add Karo syrup to bottles, and then...EWW! haha. They are still all in one crib, however, it's getting pretty crowded in there! We have to rotate them every few days, because the baby in the middle always ends up getting beat up!
Their doctors appointments have gone well. There was a minor concern with Owen. The doctor was worried that his skull was fusing together too fast, and so I had to take him to get a CAT scan. He slept like a rock through it, and the results came back normal.
The boys have been sleeping through the night for quite a while now, which Ben and I could not be happier about! If only our neighbors would sleep at night and not host raves every night! Ben and I are looking for a house, we can't wait to get out of this awful apartment!
Being parents of triplets does get stressful, so Ben and I have an agreement that once a month we each get a night out. That's worked pretty well so far. We also tried having date nights once a month, but that doesn't always happen. Actually, it the boys' doctor who "prescribed" date nights. I actually think it's better for our marriage to each have a night away from each other and the kids. When we're out with each other, the only thing we really have to talk about is the kids and Ben's work.
Being a mommy to three tiny little babies at once really isn't as difficult as I had anticipated. My boys really are easy babies at this point. They eat, poop and sleep and are now at the age where they like to stay awake and make faces at mommy! They all have the best smiles! They are giggling and smiling and cooing now. The other day I thought they were all in their crib fussing, so I went in to check on them, and see what the matter was, they were in there "talking" to each other and giggling.
As far as daddies go, I don't think they could have a better daddy! He loves giving them baths and playing with them. Unfortunately, for a long time there he almost refused to change poopy diapers. I made a stink about how I had to change every poopy diaper they ever made, and now he is getting better at not handing poopy babies to Mommy right away.
They are hungry hippos 24/7! They eat 5 or 6 ounces every 3 hours. So I'm washing bottles 2 or 3 times a day to make sure they always have clean bottles.
When they were in the hospital and after they were released they were on medicine for reflux, and still spitting up all the time. They ran out of medicine and neither Ben or I could get to the pharmacy for a few days to get it refilled, and we discovered that when they are not on the medicine, they aren't spitting up nearly as often. So we've kept them off the reflux medicine, and have significantly less spitty babies!
They love music. They are very strong. Owen can even almost sit up from laying down with no help from us. He's our biggest boy. He's just short of being 3 months old, and can fit into 6 month sizes! The other two are not too far behind him in size. I have a feeling that I'm going to be able to lift just about anything pretty soon here at the rate these boys are growing.

Ben's managed to catch some germs, and the boys are getting sick now too. So I've got 4 sick babies to take care of, and not been feeling too fantastic myself. Yesterday I really wanted to just run away. However, as long as everybody doesn't keep getting everybody else sick, we should be in the clear and happy and healthy soon! I've been lysol-ing everything like crazy and been pumping Ben with lots of vitamins and immune-boosters!

That's all I can think of for now. I've put pictures of the boys on my facebook, so you'll have to go there to see them!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Busy Little Bee

Hey there, Folks!

Bonnie has been busier than a little bee! From what I understand, the feeding shifts tend to take about 4 hours between the three babies. While she's feeding, diapering, cleaning, and et cetera-ing, she's pretty distracted! Between 4 hour shifts, she usually has about 45 minutes to sleep. There doesn't seem to be much difference between night and day, because this goes in 24 hour cycles.

Though, from what I hear, Ben was able to take the graveyard shift last night before work, and Bonnie got about 5 hours of sleep.

Her body, which is probably under rested, has stopped making milk. Since she's not able to breast feed anymore, she is now accepting caffeine's donation to her waking hours.

I don't know what picture this paints for all of you out in blog-reader land, but for me it paints a picture of a very busy, but very determined woman.

I am more than certain that you are all very capable of empathy and can understand that it may be a long while before she has the energy to prioritize updating a blog.

So, please don't forget about the blog. Check back whenever you please. I'm sure encouraging comments will uplift Bonnie and Ben as they continue to muster all their energies each day. Eventually this will pick up again; they just need to get into their groove. In the meantime, I will leave you with some photos of the boys:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

They're here, they're here!

The boys have made it! They are so beautiful...I cannot describe their perfection and beauty, except to say that to see three healthy, magnificent little men truly and easily stirs the emotions.

According to Bonnie and Ben, during surgery, as soon as the boys came out, they started crying immediately. Having the first encounter with his children, Ben cried as soon as he heard them. It was a successful surgery, and they all came out unharmed!

Their names are Marcus James, Ethan Wayne, and Owen Ross. Marcus and Ethan are twins, and a little smaller than their other brother. The twins have many features from Bonnie's side of the family. In my personal opinion, they look JUST like their Boppy! (That's Bonnie's and my dad).

Owen could not look MORE like his father. He is the absolute spitting image of Ben.

Bonnie was able to carry for 35 weeks and 4 days...almost 8 months! She was such a trooper. It was difficult and uncomfortable, but she did it!

Their weights and lengths:

Marcus is 17.5 inches and 4 lbs 8 oz.
Owen is 19 inches and 5 lbs, 2 oz.
And Ethan is 17.5 in and 4.5 oz.

I am sure someone will post photos here soon. I have already sent some from my phone to facebook. So if you have facebook, you can see them on my page. Otherwise, please stay tuned...we'll get pictures up here to share with everyone just as soon as possible.

Our family is glowing. My parents have a full nest of grandchildren already! I could not be more excited to have three such beautiful nephews, and could not be happier that my sister will be their wonderful mother.

Bonnie was REALLY tired and a little swollen yesterday, but just happy that the pregnancy was DONE! She is taking visitors, but please bear in mind, that she is very exhausted and does need some private time too with her new family.

If you decide to visit her at home once they are all released, PLEASE (and this is VERY important) make sure that you call her (and TALK to her) or Ben before going over. They will be busy, but we assure you, they will ask for help when they need it. Right now, some private family time is important to them.

Thanks and Love,


Tuesday, January 20, 2009


This is Natalie. I just got a text message from Bonnie saying this:

"They are taking me to labor and delivery right now."

She is 8 days early, but was going to the doctor's office for a check up. Her blood pressure was high, and the doctor said there is a 90% chance the babies will have to come out today.

Please stay tuned!



Thursday, January 15, 2009

Almost there!

I went to the doctor today. I have 13 more days until the day of my scheduled c-section, however, I may not last that long. I have started to dialate! Granted, it's not by much, the dr said I'm dialated a fingertip, possibly a cm. So I still have a ways to go, but since my cervix is finally starting to give in to the weight of the babies, and there is so much baby weight there, maybe this could go pretty quick!

I have another appointment on Tuesday, so I will update on news then, if I haven't had babies by then! lol

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Quick update

I am 18 days from my scheduled c-section! We are super excited about meeting our boys, and even more excited that unless there are any major health-problems with any of the boys, they should be able to come home with us! They are all over 4 lbs right now, and still have 2 1/2 weeks growing time!

It's definitely getting to be more of a challenge to move around. So I try to make the couch super comfortable during the day, with a stack of books on the coffee table, lots of water, blankets, pillows, the remote control, and some yummy snacks.

About two or three weeks ago, I went from being so swollen in the feet and ankles that it literally felt like my feet would split open just walking to the bathroom, to having almost no significant swelling. I had some higher blood pressure, and now it is back down to normal. Unfortunately, I currently have one crappy cold. Super sore throat, stuffiness, my sinuses hurt, and coughing and sneezing. So I am trying to get better before the babies arrive, and trying to stay away from Ben when he is home on weekends so as not to get him sick. So I'm drinking lots of herbal teas (decaf) and drinking lots of juices with antioxidants, vitamin C and zinc, and I have been eating oranges like after this month they will only be known of in the history books.

The babies seem to not be affected by the cold though, they are just as wiggly and strong as ever. By the way, in the last ultrasounds, which I will post on here, the ultrasound tech showed us where each baby has hair! Which explains the heartburn. I hope that it means they will have a thick head of hair like their daddy.

(The only baby in the ultrasounds is Owen(C). The other two had their heads down and turned away so that they were un-photographable. )