Three 1.5 year olds. OH MY!

Time is going by so quickly and the triplets are learning new things daily.  I have often reflected about our NICU days this week. Trying to think back to how little they were and what funny/sweet things they did. I now watch them play in amazement. We are all so wonderfully made and created.  It’s so awesome to be these kiddos mother and know that God has blessed me with the best family.

Lincoln

Height: 33 inches (88%)

Weight:25.4 (64%)

Head:18 inches (21%)

His leg is healing and the cast is off.  We are down to the walking boot for 3 weeks which is great.  He was one happy boy when he finally got to take a bath.  That kid loves water!  He will be a swimmer by the end of the summer I just know it.   He is starting to drive his mother crazy with all of the climbing and getting into things.  I would say that he is the most curious out of the bunch and really tries to figure out how things work.  He is now able to open all of the doors in the house.  This has become a major issue in that he can go play in the toilet, look at the hot water heater, get out the vacuum when he feels its necessary to do some chores etc…  We have egg shaped door knobs which I feel makes it easier for him to open but I am having a hard time finding covers to fit the knobs.  He has started teaching Elinor some of his climbing tricks too.  I found both of them in the rocking chair the other day just hanging out.  Lincoln is a lover. He will give  you the longest lasting hug in the world and some good wet kisses.  He is becoming a sleep walker so closing there door no longer works we have to put up a baby gate each night.  He loves to be outdoors just playing.  Working on saying banana,  apple, bark, bird, paige.  His new signs include grandma/grandpa, water,  and drink.

 

Josephine

Height:30 inches (8%)

Weight: 20.6 (18%)

Head: 18 inches (52%)

Little miss is getting a tad bigger and she is one little fast runner.  She likes to run everywhere. Her new favorite game is to play chase. She is usually the one initiating and chasing. I keep trying to get it on video but she is too fast.  Starting to become a little picky on the eating front and has become hands down the slowest eater.  Her go to food is peanut butter, chicken nuggets, and any type of fruit.  She loves milk still and usually finishes off her siblings leftovers.  Working on saying bubble and belly button.  Usually says hey instead of hi when someone comes over.  Still not much on the signing but loves to watch the show.  She can not get enough of her new big red ball.  Loves to throw it and chase after in the backward.  She does not enjoy taking baths with her brother when he is trying to have a swim lesson in the tub.  It makes her very mad.  She can now climb into the van by herself and get into the back seat turn around and sit down.  She likes her alone time in the back or visiting with her big sister.

 

Elinor

Height:33 inches (83%)

Weight: 24. 2 (69%)

Head: 18 inches (83%)

She is my growing machine.  She has gotten so tall trying to catch up with her brother.  She is so sassy and opinionated!  She makes the best facial expressions and can tell you all about what your doing wrong.  She loves to visit with people.  Says hi and bye great.  Loves to eat and eat and eat.  She will eat almost anything and her new thing is to grab whatever she can out of the pantry then run off laughing.  Can not get enough love and play from her big sister and would probably follow her around all day long if  I let her.  She can follow simple directions very well… she even amazed me the other night.  Paige had left her flip flops on the couch. Elinor found them and started making her grunt sound like something is out of place.  I told her to go put them on the stairs.  She walks right over to them and pushes them through the gate then comes back smiling.  I said great listening E and she just smiles!  She is very proud of herself for doing things.

 

** My photos are messed up on the computer so hoping to add pictures soon.

Dirt in the nose. Dirt between the toes .

We are loving the warmer weather and have spent the past few weeks playing outdoors. The trips have never been so happy.

When we moved last fall I was excited about the house but wished we still had the big back yard from the previous. I was unsure on the lack of yard space but knew we would the love pool. Since spring has sprung we have become hippies and live barefooted some times not even fully clothed outdoors. Having the lovely fence around the pool which we had done and the pond which brent and I installed ourselves has helped so much on the safety issues. Prior to the fence it was like playing out numbered defense. Now that its all safe and sound the back door is left open many afternoons. Causing mom to be up late cleaning the kitchen floor every night. Oh well they are a happy bunch.

We have also completed the baby area in the back. Which I am now calling triplet park! We had a dirt area under a big tree which worked out perfectly for the play house but messy. So we hammered in some gardening edging and filled in the area with bags of mulch. Rubber tile mats down inside the play house and Triplet Park is complete!

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When triplets turn 17 months during Spring Break

Girls out with dad

Girls out with dad

Lincoln giving Josie some love

Lincoln giving Josie some love

Getting a chance to blog is becoming a rare event.   Spring Break lived up to its name. We had some great weather and a break.  YES you heard me correctly we have a broken leg among us.  Lincoln has a broken tibia. Here is the story of how it went down.

We finally made it to the Zoo as a family and it was awesome. It took us 2 hours to get in the car with 6 lunches, diaper bag, choo choo wagon and fully clothed but we were determined to go with every other Okie.  We had a lovely day.  The trips did great Elinor loved the birds and fish, Lincoln the outdoors and goats, and Josephine loved the monkeys and running around.  Everyone commented on the wagon most not realizing that they were triplets.  We had many hold ups but my favorite was when we were waiting in the small holding room  to go into the “bird petting zoo”.  While the guide was explaining the rules two birds escaped the area and took shelter under the wagon.  The babies did not understand the fuss as we could not move the wagon due to possibly crushing the prize birds to death.  The guide then attempted to lure the birds out… she said we usually just pick up the stroller.  Well thats not going to happen there are 3 of them connected.

Looking at the fish.

Looking at the fish.

Elinor is there a bird under me?

Elinor is there a bird under me?

Big Sister Paige feeding a bird

Big Sister Paige feeding a bird

Trying to show the trips a bird on my back

Trying to show the trips a bird on my back

girls see a goat for the first time

girls see a goat for the first time

Lincoln being in charge

Lincoln being in charge

After all of the animal fun we had a quick lunch then off to the park.  Unfortunately that’s were Lincoln’s leg broke.  Being the great and loving big sister Paige is she was trying to help the babies have fun at the park.  She had Lincoln between her legs but his shoe got caught on the slide which caused his leg to buckle behind him and Paige roll over it going down.  He immediately started to scream but i was able to calm him down by the time we got out of the zoo.  He  would not put any pressure on his leg but seemed okay if i held him, took a long nap afterward but woke up and would not walk. Off to the emergency room we went for a long night.  Now he is in a cast for we are hoping a total of 4 weeks.  we are about half way there.

 

LINCOLN:

Its been tough with Lincoln being injured but he is such a trooper and won’t let anything stop him.  Overall he has done fantastic only gets frustrated when he gets left behind or he wants to hurry. He is now walking around some with the cast and has not stopped climbing or playing at Gymboree.  He loves to give hugs and kisses.  Well he really likes for Barks to give him kisses.  He demands to be outside most days and riding around in the wagon.  We had to turn his carseat around due to his leg… he thinks its AWESOME.  I will look back at him and he will just be smiling looking at stuff pass us by.  His new word is Apple,  new sign is dog and he can now play the harmonica. Before he broke his leg lincoln had mastered the technique needed to get into the triplet table by himself.  It gave me  a heart attack the first time the second time I grabbed the camera like any true mother would do. Enjoy the picture sequence.  Josie’s reaction is funny.

watch this josie

watch this josie

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oh mom you are watching too?

oh mom you are watching too?

you just hop in like this

you just hop in like this

then flip around.

then flip around.

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JOSEPHINE:

She is so active and loves loves to play.  She has been great with Lincoln’s injury and often gets the push toys for him or will sit with him to play.  She likes to be in the back of the van sitting next to Paige.  She is really into snacking all day long.  She likes to carry her bowl of snacks from room to room. She also tries to tease the dog with them.  She has alot to say but not many distinct words over and over again. I hear her say something once.  She is not as interested in signing back to me but understands when I do it. She is particular about what shoes she will or will not wear in a day.  Her favorite game to play is catch.

 

 

 

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Enjoying her fries

Enjoying her fries

 

ELINOR

She is one little stinker and daddy’s girl.  Man she has some personality and will let you know what she is thinking.  She often gets into trouble for being bossy and getting her siblings.  She is the life of Gymboree… loud, says hello to everyone, and makes sure all of the employees are doing their job.  She is so head strong and determined.  She loves to sign her new favorites are bird, airplane and dog.  She is always the first up in the morning and the first to spot an airplane in the sky.  She loves it when Paige comes home from school and dad from work.  She runs to them both for a hug.  She has many expressions and can arch her back the best when throwing a fit.  She likes any words where you scrunch up your face like cookie or clap.

 

 

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looking for an airplane

looking for an airplane

push me please

push me please

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Full of Energy

It has been one crazy, busy week. One thing after another with not enough time between to blog.  We started the week with two snow days which totally messed up our schedule. Now that everyone is back to full energy they want to leave the house, go to gymboree play and then come back for naps. The snow days did not settle well with the babies.  We are all so ready for spring.  They enjoyed having Paige home for the extra days.  They even formed a fun band.

We also worked on the playroom some more IMG_3929 it’s coming along nicely.

Lincoln discovered how to climb onto the kitchen table using the chairs.  This is how I found him IMG_3916  oh and here too…IMG_3921

He has actually been the stinker of the week.  He has been throwing fits off and on when he does not get what he wants. Showing some of that red hair temper.  He also followed the dogs lead and took a poop all over the living room rug.  UGH  more poop for mom this week.  Usually every morning the babies wake gets some milk  I make their breakfast, eat, cleaned up, poop, change said poop then get dressed for the day.  Well I guess Lincoln had a twofer… after the first poop He bum was a little red so I let him air out while getting girls dressed.  He was very quite so I go check on him and sure enough he pooped again and was smearing it on toys and the carpet with a spoon.  He must have learned his lesson from Elinor not to eat it.    He has also had an appetite like a lumberjack this week. NON- STOP hunger can drive a mother crazy.  He has probably consumed 10 cereal bars just this week.  He has also been working on his sign language.

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The fun does not stop there.  Josephine and Lincoln actually teamed up on me this week and caused a good scare.  I was trying to get Paige out the door to catch the school bus on wednesday  (actually a monday due to the crazy snow days) Elinor was right on my heels like usually.  Lincoln and Josie were lingering in my bedroom.  I go to get them out and they had attacked the sound machine which takes 4  AA batteries.  I see the batteries out, Josie has 2 in her hands, Lincoln one in his mouth and the other one missing.  I freak out.  Start searching high and low with hungry babies screaming at me for food.  I CAN NOT find the battery UGH!!!  I get them in there seats for breakfast. Throw out a few muffins and give them all their own yogurt cup.  That should keep them occupied for a moment.  Start the search again.  Still no battery.  I start to cry and call a grandma.  Team Triplet Sykes goes into affect.  I start huddling the troops for a visit to the ER since the missing battery could be in Lincoln’s belly.   After recruiting Aunt and a set of grandparents oh and cleaning off the yogurt covered toddlers we head to the hospital.  Our first trip it was fun.  The babies love it.  Nice big hall ways.  Fun doors that open and shut.  People to talk to.  Janitors to watch with broom and trashcans.  Beds to lay on. Here is Josie waiting for her x-ray IMG_3934  Lincoln was too busy running the halls for any pictures.  They put their hospital bracelets on their ankles so cute.

Come to find out they have hidden the battery somewhere and did not eat it.  Thank goodness.

Josie has been getting a little sassy this week.  Fighting for her toys when taken and growling back at Barks.  She has been working on her sprint out the front door so her mother will chase her down the street.  Its not a pretty sight.  She also loves to do the laundry.

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Elinor has actually been very pleasant this week and a major love bug.  She is totally into giving everyone hugs and kisses.  She is working on her serious, cute and silly faces.  Really learning how to use her eyes/facial expressions.  During the snow storm she got bored and played with some post-it notes which got stuck to her feet.  Here is the funny video…

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A little funny story about Miss E.  we have been attending gymboree now for about 2 months after the first few weeks she started going to other mothers for hugs/lap rides during songs or just to visit.  This month she has made it very clear who her favorite gym moms are… she constantly and continually goes to the mothers of Asain descent.  NO LIE.  It’s so cute if there is not a mom of Asain descent then she does not bug them but if there is… they are her best friend. ALL of the mothers are so helpful. IMG_3994

They have been so funny as a group too this week.  They love each other and enjoy having someone always by their side.  Enjoy this last video of their first baby dog pile.  Someone comes out with a cute little booty showing. LOL.

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triplet play date

We had our first triplet play date at the house this morning.  6 kids, 1 dog , and 2 moms =  so much fun!  

Thanks to Tiffany Daily for coming over with her 3 sweet boys Luke, Wyatt, and Brant (11 months old) to hang out with us.  Lincoln, Josephine and Elinor were not too sure at first but did good as the day went on.  Tiffany’s boys just jumped right in.  It was so nice getting to visit with someone who knows exactly what it is like to have triplets.  It was not easy getting them all together in a picture.  The trips were sad to see them go.  

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Dog with triplets… might as well be quads.

So we have this needy dog named Barkley.  He has moved way down on the totem pole like dead last.  I know all of the dog lovers out there will be mad to hear but his needs are so last sometimes even neglected at this point.  It’s just too busy around here to deal with him some days.  Well the triplets appetites are back and in full force. Tuesday night was pasta/pizza night and they ate it up… so did Barks. See as a trade off for being last he gets to eat whatever those babies drop ( Josie actually feeds to him)  so Bark got pizza/pasta night too.  They ALL stuffed them selves silly.  We have a routine at night which includes dinner, play, poop, bath, pj, milk, sleep.  More bath nights now of days because the trips are playing well together in the tub now.  Brent had to run Paige to chorus practice and Elinor and LIncoln had already pooped so I started the transition to bath time. Get Elinor cleaned up and ready, put her down she runs off naked.  As I am wiping Lincoln’s butt I hear Elinor screaming and running down the hall towards me.  Josie is in the bedroom with us playing.  

*** What I am about to tell you happens in real life… No judgment… Got triplets.*** 

As Elinor approach I see brown stuff on her hands, leg, feet, between her toes, and by her mouth. She is screaming so loud and doing what I would call the river dance around and around in circles.  What in the world??? WHY do you have poop???  Where did this poop come from?? OH S**T! I say all of this as I am cleaning one child’s butt and watching another freak out over eating poop.  I look down the hall see the pile of poo oh no its BARKLEY’S GROSS!!!  I grab Elinor not sure if i should wipe mouth or hands first.  YUCK I now have poop all over me!  Elinor was so freaked out because of the taste she had river danced her way down the hall making the biggest dog poop mess I have ever seen.  There was nowhere to hide.  Josie wants to know what’s going on so she ends up stepping in some.  As I am digging out poop between Elinor’s toes I lunge over to Josie and grab her sock and shut the door all in one movement.  Thank goodness we already had the bath running.  Elinor took one first by herself, clean tub, then put all children back in tub.  Called Brent said hurry we were trapped in tub due to poopville.  

We did it

Babies still not well enough to get out and play but we had to get out of the house for a moment. We went to the grocery store all by ourselves and survived without an incident! That is total success people.
Went to the new crest in Norman because they have the best carts in town for triplets. They loved it.

* update-
God was showing this momma some grace and love. All babies asleep from drive home! All babies transferred to bed still sleeping! Mom got to have an entire cup of hot coffee! This is awesome I was so excited about the break forgot about the groceries in the van. Lol!
Mom even got some Starbucks for the drive home! Hot dog!

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