9 Months Have Flown By

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9 Months

9 Months

I apologize for my lack of posting, but the trifecta keeps me pretty busy these days. At the moment two are sleeping soundly in their cribs, while my Rhiannon refuses to sleep, and instead watches her cartoons on TV. It’s actually quite a peaceful evening at the moment.

So now the updates. Khaleesi learned to crawl while her Gram (my mom) was visiting us for a week. It was the first time my mom had seen the girls since they came home from the NICU, so it was really wonderful that she got to be here to see Khaleesi reach a milestone like that. 🙂 She also successfully goes from a crawl into a sit…ALL THE TIME. Seriously. This girl will crawl about two paces, and sit, turn, crawl a pace, and sit. LOL And she’s always just so pleased with herself that she can do it.

Khaleesi sure loves eating those floor tiles!  LOL

Khaleesi sure loves eating those floor tiles! LOL

Rhiannon has no interest in learning to crawl. She’s my scooter. She scoots all over the playroom, and has been doing so for months. She’s still faster at scooting than Khaleesi is at crawling. LOL She’s also my BOUNCER. She LOVES LOVES LOVES to jump and bounce. And she’s pulling herself up to stand on things, namely on me. She wants me to hold her ALL THE TIME, so she crawls to me and pulls herself up by my shirt.

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Fiona has just learned to sit on her own. She still struggles with her balance in pretty much all things. But her fine motor skills are fantastic. She also says “mama” and “dada” to the respective parties. Of course, she chooses to only do so on rare occasions. LOL She also has cut her FOURTH tooth as of today. The first two teeth we didn’t even know were coming in. She didn’t fuss at all! I simply went to clean her mouth one day, and BOOM! She had two teeth! LOL

Fiona can finally sit!

Fiona can finally sit!

Today the trio and I went to their new doctor for their 9 month check up. We had to change doctors because our previous doctor left the practice. Anyway, I much prefer our new doctor, or rather, physician’s assistant. She is the only person who has actually listened to my concerns about Fiona’s head/neck problems. Fiona has leaned her head to her left since she was around 3 or 4 months, and has a pretty significant flat spot on the back of her head, which I believed was causing her to lean her head, as all of the weight was on one side. The PA took one look at the back of Fiona’s head, and said “Uhh…yeah, that side looks completely flat! That’s definitely causing her problems!” Can someone please tell me why the pediatrician we’ve been seeing never saw this as a problem?! Even when I questioned her?! Grrrr! So the PA explained to me that at the end of every day, the PA’s meet with the doctor to discuss any patients/cases they have concerns about. She told me that she would be discussing Fiona with the doctor tonight, and they would call me then to discuss where we go from here. Obviously they didn’t call tonight, since they have their meetings after the practice is closed, and today is Friday. So hopefully I’ll be getting a call on Monday. But at least someone is FINALLY taking this seriously! And as an added bonus she also agreed to do an adjusted vaccination schedule for the girls, without giving me grief over it I might add.

Now their weights: Khaleesi weighed in at 18lbs 9oz, Rhiannon at 16lbs 5oz, and Fiona at 19lbs 9oz. Rhiannon and Fiona are 24 1/4″, while Khaleesi is 24″.

So those are the stats, and that’s the pertinent information I suppose. Now on to my ramblings and musings. 😉

There are days that are crazy stressful and I question how I am able to do everything that I do. But I push on and remind myself that there isn’t another option. These girls are my everything and they need me to keep it together. I tell myself that these days aren’t going to last forever, and I know one day I’ll look back on them and wonder where they went. And then there are days that never seem to last long enough. When we all stay on schedule, and I’ve got these three happy smiling babies. The best moments are sometimes the ones when I’m simply watching the girls. When I sneak into the doorway of their playroom to see all three of them pulling out toys from a bin and crawling over toys to get to something else. And when I see them playing together and babbling to each other. Those are such precious moments that I wish I could just bottle them up to pull out on the harder days. And no matter how rough my day has gone, or how exhausted I am, when I’m rocking my babies to sleep at night with their last bottle, and I see their little eyelids drooping, my heart melts all over again. I can’t tell you how many times I tear up from shear happiness and amazement that these little miracles are mine. These are the moments I remember all of our struggles to get where we are, and just how amazingly lucky we are to have these little ones.  We are truly blessed.

Mommy with Khaleesi, Rhiannon, & Fiona

Mommy with Khaleesi, Rhiannon, & Fiona

Rhiannon & Gram

Rhiannon & Gram

Fiona & Gram

Fiona & Gram

Khaleesi & Gram

Khaleesi & Gram

Daddy & Fiona

Daddy & Fiona

Fiona & Gram

Fiona & Gram

Gram with Khaleesi, Fiona, & Rhiannon

Gram with Khaleesi, Fiona, & Rhiannon

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Home Sweet Home

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So we’re all moved into our new house now. As of tomorrow we will have been living here for 2 weeks.

A view from a distance of our new-to-us home.

A view from a distance of our new-to-us home.

The girls did so much better than I had anticipated. The first night was rough, especially because we put the girls in their nursery right away, instead of in our bedroom. The poor darlings woke up almost every hour, leading to a very sleep deprived mama. But after that first night, they really haven’t had any problems settling in. Of course when everyone was at the house the following day moving things in, they girls were miserable, but at least they slept well that night. And come Monday morning, they were pleasant as can be.

I have to say that it is just sooooo nice to have a big play room for them downstairs. They have so much stuff (there being three LO’s & all ), it was just all over our house before. It looked as if a baby store had just exploded all over the house. But now, we have a separate room for all of their things.

We’ve also just got so much more room in general now. Don’t get me wrong, the house definitely needs some cosmetic work, but it just functions sooo much better than our previous home. Plus we went from only owning about 1/3 an acre, to owning 2 1/3 acres. And we’ve got a super long driveway, so even though we’re only like 5 minutes from town, we’re way off the road, and still very much in the country; just like we wanted. It will be so great for the girls as they get bigger to have such a large area they can run and play in; equally exciting is not having to worry about them getting too close to the road. Even with them only being (almost) 6 months, we’ve already started getting some enjoyment out of the outdoors. Earlier this week, I loaded the girlies into their triple stroller to give it a real test on some rougher terrain. The stroller managed just fine, and the girls loved it. They ended up falling asleep in the stroller after 20 minutes or so.

Fiona

Fiona

Khaleesi, Rhiannon, & Fiona {Front to Back}

Khaleesi, Rhiannon, & Fiona {Front to Back}

Khaleesi giving me the stink eye.

Khaleesi giving me the stink eye.

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Blackie enjoying our walk.

Blackie enjoying our walk.

And since we now have all this room, the OH has decided we need to increase our menagerie of animals now. LOL Tuesday we went to look at some baby goats, and reserved 2 of them, but I believe we’re getting a third one as well. And last night he ordered some chicks online so we can produce our own eggs. The latter at least makes some sense to me. Not sure about those goats though. At least I’ve managed to keep him talked out of buying a cow!
Working backwards now, Sunday, we spent most of the day at my Aunt Sandy’s house fro my grandmother’s birthday.  The girls did beautifully there.  Barely any fussing or crying, and everyone (naturally) just adored my girlies.  And of course my grandmother was very excited to see her great-grandbabies again.  😀  And with a stroke of luck, even my sister was able to make it to the party.  She hadn’t seen the girlies since they were just home from the hospital!  They’ve definitely grown a bit since then!  So I took the opportunity to grab a quick shot or two of them together.  😉

Aunt Tracy & Rhiannon

Aunt Tracy & Rhiannon

Aunt Tracy holding Fiona, Khaleesi, & Rhiannon

Aunt Tracy holding Fiona, Khaleesi, & Rhiannon

Whelp, it’s time to end this post.  While we’re basically unpacked, there are still a few odds & ends that need to find a home, so off I go to finish up!

 

Three Months Already!

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Well, my girlies are three months now!  It’s hard to believe how fast the time has gone by!  Last week they were weighed at the doctor’s office, and all the girls weighed in over 10lbs!!  Khaleesi was 10lbs 1/2oz, Rhiannon was 10lbs 5oz, & Fiona was 10lbs 6oz!  They’re getting so big so quickly!

Fiona, Khaleesi, & Rhiannon

Fiona, Khaleesi, & Rhiannon

Fiona has begun smiling A LOT, especially for her Daddy.  🙂  Rhiannon smiles a bit, and Khaleesi’s smiles are much more rare.   But all three of my little ones are happy and healthy.  They have also all begun to sleep through the night now.  They sleep for at least a solid 7 hours, which is heaven for us!  LOL

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Fiona & her sweet smile!

Fiona & her sweet smile!

Fiona

Fiona

Khaleesi

Khaleesi

Khaleesi

Khaleesi

Yesterday their Daddy went back to work (he’ll begin working sporadically now since it’s warming up), so I had the girls by myself for most of the day.  Everything went smoothly.  I really believe I’m not going to have any real problems taking care of the girls by myself.

As for our need for a bigger house, we’ve finally found one that we really love.  Actually, it’s the property we love more so than the house.  But the house is in good condition, and we can most definitely make it into something we really WILL love.  And there really is no beating the location.  It’s exactly what we want:  2.5 secluded acres in the woods surrounded by fields, only 10 minutes from town with cable & DSL availability!  There’s just no beating that!  The girls will have so much room to play outside with few to no worries of them wandering out to the road.  So on Sunday we put in an offer, but have to wait until Wednesday to hear back because of a possibility of a second offer.  So fingers crossed that we get this house!!

Raising Triplets

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Well the girls are almost 3 months now.  (EEK!)  And I’ve managed to come up for air long enough to post an update to my blog.  😉

Rhiannon, Khaleesi, Fiona

Rhiannon, Khaleesi, Fiona

We are now officially on a 4 hour feeding schedule.  It took a few days for the girls to warm up to the idea, but we’ve been on this new(ish) schedule for weeks now.  AND they now sleep from midnight until 5am (sometimes 6am if we’re lucky), so we’re getting a bit more sleep now.  All of the girls have smiled for the first time already!!  But miss Fiona smiles constantly at her Daddy.  🙂  We’ve figured out that she’s actually mimicking him, so he’s able to get her to smile a LOT!  (But boy, you should see the faces he makes while doing it!  LOL)  And while the girls are almost three months old, they’re still a bit behind, so no cooing yet, but they’re definitely making all kinds of new sounds.  They’ve also been reaching for our faces for the past few weeks now.  And they’ve been trying to roll over since they were about one month old!

As they’ve been growing, we’ve been able to see all the similarities as well as differences in their appearances and their personalities.  We’re pretty certain that Khaleesi and Rhiannon are identical.  (We can still tell them apart though.)  But their personalities are anything but!  LOL  Miss Khaleesi is the drama queen of the drama queen of the bunch.  I wouldn’t say she’s cranky, she just wants what she wants, when she wants it.  And if she doesn’t get it, she just screams and screams.  Rhiannon, on the other hand, is a bit more laid back.  Her favorite pastimes are sleeping and eating.  While she spends some time awake, she doesn’t look around nearly as much as Khaleesi does (unless she’s watching the TV).  That being said, it’s Fiona who has always been the most alert.  She wants to look around at everything and take it all in.  She’s generally the most laid back of the trio.  However, since she has reflux, she cries a lot more now than she used to (since her formula is constantly trying to come back up on her).

Fiona, Khaleesi, & Rhiannon

Fiona, Khaleesi, & Rhiannon

And talk about growing!  Their last doctor’s appointment was about 2 weeks ago.  Rhiannon weighed in at 8lbs 9oz, while Khaleesi & Fiona were tied at 8lbs 5oz!  They’re all getting so big!

Khaleesi

Khaleesi

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Fiona

Fiona

I’ve also had some time to really think about just how much of EVERYTHING they go through!  LOL  So here’s the breakdown:

3 Babies @ 2 months = 1 can of formula/24 hours = 30-31 cans/month = $480-$496/month (about $16/can)

+ 20 diapers/day = 600-620 diapers/month = $160/month (Size 1 diapers 180/box @ $40/box)

+ 2 cases of wipes/month = $24/month

Grand Total = $664-$680/month for 3 Babies @ 2 months!!!

Enough bottles for 24 hours for triplets.

Enough bottles for 24 hours for triplets.

Formula for 1 month.

Formula for 1 month.

Here is their previous total:

3 Babies @ 1 month = 1 can of formula/2 days = 15-16 cans/month = $240-$256/month (about $16/can)

+ 24 diapers/day = 720-744 diapers/month = $156/month (Pampers Preemie Swaddlers 240 ct @ $52)

+ 2 cases of wipes/month = $24/month

Grand Total = $420-$436/month for 3 Babies @ 1 month!!!

Now, thankfully, we decided very early on that we were going to use cloth diapers.  And since we hang them to dry (most of the time anyway) and I found some fabulous deals on Ebay, we were able to get enough cloth diapers to diaper them until they’re potty trained for only about $250!!!  That’s less than what we’d spend in 2 months on disposables!!!!

24 Hours worth of diapers drying....

24 Hours worth of diapers drying….

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…and the rest of the drying diapers.

Of course as the girls get older, the amount of food will increase, as will the things that they need, making them even more expensive.  Plus if you add in the price of a mini van, and the cost of a bigger house…welllllll…..it gets a little crazy.  LOL  But I wouldn’t change one bit of it.

Life with Triplets

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As of yesterday, the girls hit 7 weeks, and on January 8th, they’ll be 2 months.  It’s hard to believe they’re that old already.

Three weeks ago I took their 1 month/Christmas pictures.  I had some beautiful little Christmas dresses that I just HAD to photograph them in.  Of course, the girls had other ideas, and were not exactly the most cooperative they’ve ever been.  But at least I got a few decent shots, and even a family portrait.

Rhiannon1 Month

Rhiannon
1 Month

Khaleesi1 Month

Khaleesi
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Fiona1 Month

Fiona
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Our FamilyFiona, Rhiannon, & Khaleesi

Our Family
Fiona, Rhiannon, & Khaleesi

About two weeks ago we finally used the last of our premie diapers and were able to move into cloth.  Now after using cloth for two weeks, I can honestly say that they really aren’t any harder to use than disposable diapers.  Of course there’s a bit more work and time you have to put into cloth diapers:  rinsing, washing, drying, folding; but they’re definitely worth the extra work.  And as it is, I already do about 2 loads of laundry a day, so an extra load is really nothing.  Plus, we’re saving a ton of money.  Only $200, and we’ve got all the diapers we’ll ever need for the girls.  Now of course, using the dryer is costing extra, but in a few days I’ll be buying a drying rack to hang them on to eliminate that expense.  Another added benefit of these cloth diapers we’re using:  no more leaks!  Well, at least there aren’t any when we use the correctly sized diapers.  😉  Khaleesi had a bad habit of leaking through the disposable diapers after only a few hours, with the cloth, everyone’s doing great.

Then last Friday, we really committed to the 4 hour schedule (we had tried it previously with little success).  I decided if we could make it through the weekend, we had it down.  Well, we made it through, and have successfully switched the girls over to a four hour feeding schedule now.

Tuesday, we celebrated our first Christmas with girls.  We didn’t do any special, decided to stay home for the day.  We didn’t really want to venture out with the girls.  But we did get the girls some commemorative ornaments, and a book for each of them.  Obviously they had no idea what was going on, and I certainly didn’t try to get them to unwrap anything; in fact, I didn’t wrap their gifts at all.  But I made sure to take a picture of them with their presents for posterity’s sake.

Khaleesi, Rhiannon, & Fiona

Khaleesi, Rhiannon, & Fiona

And another first for the girls, every one of them came down with a cold as of last night.  :/  Rhiannon and Khaleesi are raspy, but poor Fiona has it the worst.  She has a stuffy, runny nose, that we have to keep suctioning.  Thankfully no one has a fever though.  But since it’s nothing more than a cold, there’s little we can do for them.  😦  Just keep suctioning their noses, give them saline drops, and keep the humidifier running for them.  We can’t even put Vick’s in the humidifier because the girls are under 10lbs.  So the poor things really have to suffer through it.  😦  Also, since they’re sick, no one wants to take a full bottle, so that has now put us back to a 3 hour feeding schedule again.  :/

Here’s to hoping the girls get better soon!

Safe & Sound at Home

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It’s been about forever since I’ve posted anything online.  So here’s a HUGE update.  On November 1st my water broke while I was at the doctor’s office.  Because I wasn’t 32 weeks yet, I was admitted to the hospital that I DIDN’T want to be at, and ultimately had to be delivered by someone other than MY OB/GYN.  :/  Anyway, while my water had broken, and we found out that I was 4cm dialted, I wasn’t actually having any contractions.  So having been admitted to the hospital, they decided they wanted me to deliver at 34 weeks instead of 32.  I made it to 32 weeks and 6 days instead.

My girls were born via c-section on November 8, 2012.  Khaleesi was born at 12:26am, weighing 3lbs 9.7ozs & 16 inches long.  Rhiannon was born at 12:28am, weighing 4lbs .5oz, also measuring 16 inches long.  And Fiona was born at 12:29am, weighing 3lbs 11.5ozs & measuring at 16 1/2 inches long.  They were all born completely healthy.  Only one baby (Fiona) had to have any assistance breathing, and she was only put on a  CPAP for one hour before it was turned off and she was able to breath completely on her own.  As for myself, I lost a lot of blood and had to receive a blood transfusion, but otherwise, all went well with me too.

Khaleesi

Khaleesi

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Fiona

Fiona

Babies A & B (Khaleesi & Rhiannon) came home after only 12 days in the NICU.  Baby C (Fiona) came home the following day.  (Unfortunately, since the girls were under 5lbs, we had to rent care beds from the hospital until they are able to fit into their car seats.)  Everyone was home just in time for Thanksgiving.  And we’ve certainly never had more to be thankful for than we did this year.  They are absolutely precious, and mean the world to me and Dave.

Rhiannon, Khaleesi, & Fiona

Rhiannon, Khaleesi, & Fiona

When the girls came home, they all weighed less than 4lbs, but as of this past Thursday, all the girls were well over 5lbs already!  Khaleesi weighed in at 5lbs 11oz, Rhiannon at 5lbs 16oz, and Fiona at 5lbs 5oz.  The best news is that we are finally able to use our car seats instead of those annoying car beds we had to rent!  Car seats are sooo much easier!

We are now also changing their feeding schedule.  The girls came home being fed every 3 hours, but since they have put on enough weight now, we’re allowed to change their feeding schedule to every 4 hours instead, which will definitely make nights much easier on Dave and me.  😉  Last night was our first night trying out the new schedule, which didn’t go over so well with the girls, hopefully tonight we’ll have better luck with them.  Until my next update, here’s some lovely pictures I took of the girlies.  😀

Khaleesi

Khaleesi

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Fiona

Fiona

31 Weeks & Hurricane Sandy

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Looks like I’ve made it to 31 Weeks!  😀  Only 1 week and 3 days until I can deliver with my OB.  Of course though, things can’t possibly be that simple.  Hurricane Sandy is headed this way, and we’re expecting it to hit on Tuesday.  We’re hoping we won’t be out of power too long when the hurricane hits, and of course we’re hoping that it won’t be too devastating of a storm.  My mother and I took a short trip to the grocery store to pick up a few things we needed at the house, and Dave prepared the generator.  So I think we’re as ready as we’re going to be.  Now I’m just crossing my fingers these little girls stay put!

Other than Hurricane Sandy, there really isn’t anything new to report today.  However, I was finally able to take some official maternity pictures with Dave today.  Here are my favorites from the shoot.  🙂

31 Weeks

31 Weeks

31 Weeks

31 Weeks

31 Weeks

31 Weeks

31 Weeks

And here are my most recent ultrasound pictures from Thursday at 30 Weeks & 5 Days.

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