We are to that point when strangers ask how old the kids are I forget the months and say ALMOST TWO. Yikes that is so scary! Time is going by so quickly; wish I could freeze them at this age. I love teaching them new things daily. Here is what we have been up to this month. We started a new sleep routine around the first of June. It is going swimmingly. So much smoother. We put a tv in there room and either myself or Brent goes in the room with the babies around 7:50 and lays down. Elinor is 99% of the time the first one out with the other two quickly after. They just kind of snuggle up and pass out. Much better than trying to separate and the others searching the house for you screaming. I was hesitant thinking if the other two were loud after one goes to sleep they would wake them but that has not happened yet! It’s really sweet Josie will go over to sleeping Elinor and touch her face or hair. I say shhh she is sleeping. While we focus on Elinor getting to sleep it’s Josie and Lincs favorite time to wrestle. I have cut out pacis during the day. They have to check them into me after nap and in the morning. Elinor is the only one that tries to run from the check in of pacis. She is pretty funny about it too, shakes her booty as she runs off saying NO. The trips are fascinated with frogs. We have caught a few in the pool and then watched them hop off in the grass. Well we had an influx of baby frogs last week so guess who is now caring for triplet baby frogs in a cage. That’s right me. So in my spare time I am capturing live flies and ants to feed the little dudes. The triplets love to carry around the cage but have yet set them down nicely. Not sure how much longer the baby frogs will make it.
This kid is wild in the water. He loves to swim and take baths I have said it time and time again but it’s amazing. I can now say swim for me Linc and he puts his head under, kicks his legs and sort of moves his arms. It’s almost freakish. He has even figured out how to overcompensate his puddle jumpers. He will slide down the water slide into the water by himself and jump in off the side by himself. He is constantly asking where other family members are and loves looking at their picture, face timing them or calling them. When in the car he yells and points anytime he sees a truck. One day he missed watching the trash truck from the windows got so made we had to get everyone in the stroller in the heat of the day to go look for the trash truck. Very disappointed we did not find it. He has once again conquered the baby safety door knobs. I am at my wits end with that. He get into anything and everything. I don’t want to put chain locks on the top of every door in the house but might just have to. Early in the month I had noticed that the water was running hotter than usually. I had caught Linc a few times opening the door to the hot water tank even though it has a safety lock on it. Well sure enough he had moved the dial on the tank to VERY HOT.
Little JoJo might be moving out of 12 month clothes soon. She is getting bigger and a little bossy too. She likes to tell me everything that is out of place when she wakes up from a nap or in the morning specifically the dog bowl. Have to pick it up every time or she yells. She still a little picky on food but when she likes it she eats alot. Never walks anywhere always running and has started to love pool time. She usually just floats like a little frog or does this wild spinning thing around and around. She likes to be in the swim boat by herself. She gets angry when her siblings won’t go to their room for bed. Can pick anything out of the book you ask her to and loves looking for the moon in the evening time. She shares all of her food with the dog feeding him like he is a duck. She has exploded in her talking since I took the pacis away during the day. I swear she is the first to say PAIGE. Not sure if she means Paige but I sounds just like it. She always waves to people on our walks and loves to check the mail. Her most favorite thing to do currently is rub lotion on herself and anyone else. She pumps out the baby lotion herself and rubs it in her hands.
She keeps this place in ship shape most days. She can be demanding at times and aggressive. BABY A wants what BABY A wants when she wants it. She can be the most loving with the best kisses at times too. She has had a few ‘time outs” for biting and is still working on her sorry. I have noticed she is more aggressive when hungry or tired. Sounds like her momma. She is still really funny and laughs all of the time at things that the other two don’t get. She LOVES Paige and would spend all day following her around if I let her. She continues to be my good eater. Her new lovely word this month is NO NO NO with her arms folded. Her hair is growing and getting curlier by the second. It’s almost long enough for pig tails.
We had such a fun packed 4th of July! The triplets did not stay up to see any firework. We did enjoy a friend’s lovely neighborhood parade… our decorated wagon came in first. I mean how can you resist the cuteness of these three. Spent some time splashing in the pool and playing outside with family members. Lincoln got a lot of car driving time which he loves to do. He gets so serious about it. We might have some Nascar days ahead of us. Josie probably went down the slide about 100 times. Elinor enjoyed the ice-cream treat and kicking a ball around the yard. Paige got to spend some extra time with her friends and loved it.
We are enjoying the summer break. Loving the warm but not too hot weather. These kids can not get enough of the outside. They spend most of the day out there just playing and getting dirty. So love to watch them all explore and learn new things. We have been branching out during our play time with some fun water time, play doh, pinterest ideas (also know as the devil …. some ideas should not be done with triplet 1 year olds), eating good food on the picnic bench and soaking up some sunshine in our diapers. When it gets a little warm outside we come in for more play. They all love to play funny hat time in their room. We all try on hats, look in the mirror and laugh. Early this week we did a photo shot with our funny hats. It was cute. Lincoln and Josie loved it the most and fought over the picture chair. We have also been reading lots of books, attempting to cut down on the use of the paci ( Elinor protest very often but Josie’s talking has gone through the roof), spending some evenings at Gymboree to work off the extra energy.
The trips have exploded in there touch, talking and working with each other over the last 2 weeks. An hour does not go by with out someone hugging each other, telling someone what to do or laughing at one another. These are the days I thought about when pregnant. Them holding hands, kissing each other, laughing at something funny, trying to get the other in trouble, following each other all around the backyard like little ducklings. They are becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Lincoln is well on his way to exploring the world of potty training. I can not believe how interested he is. I should not be shocked since it does involve water and he loves water. This week so far he has peed in the toilet which was super exciting. Elinor was actually the one who prompted the bathroom stop Lincoln acted like he just wanted to tag along. When he did it Elinor’s face was so proud she smiled and clapped her hands for him. I think she was more excited than Lincoln. Lincoln just reached for the toilet paper ) he has watched his mother a few times) , flushed and then I explained that we need to wash hands. He loved it. The next day we were getting ready to swim after dinner. I got everyone naked and while getting swim gear on I said to Lincoln if you need to potty just go outside assuming he would just pee well a few seconds later he comes running to find me saying poop poop. I thought that he was talking about the dog come to find out it was his and in two different spots he was very proud. Yesterday, he asked to get in the bathroom twice but just seemed to play probably distracted by his sisters. So I kicked them all out of the bathroom because I don’t want it to become a habit immediately after each time he went again. Everyone says that boys are harder but so far he seems to be excited the most about it.
During the first week of June we took our first “big” family trip and it was exactly how you could picture it….
- A week of packing to prepare.
- Frozen meals made prior to trip ( so It would feel more like a vacation while there instead of cooking all the time)
- Two vehicles loaded down…and some luggage on the roof.
- Snacks, pacifiers, toys, and dvd’s being thrown from one end of the vehicle to the other.
- Barely rolling down the window for the toll lady as you slip your money thru a tiny slot since the toddler that cried for 30 miles is now passed out.
- Driving for hours with one arm behind your seat while you hold another toddlers foot.
- Listening to Old McDonald for about 45 times.
- Only stopping once during the 5.5 hour drive… that’s right this momma knows how to keep it moving moving. Maybe that’s why know one wanted to ride with me other than grandma. NO BATHROOM BREAKS IN THE VAN.
In all honesty we had an amazing trip with three not feeling so great toddlers, aunt from college break, set of grandparents, and full of energy 8 year old. Brent and I “slept” with all three babies in a king bed. Our cabin at Big Cedar outside of Branson was amazing and couldn’t have been any better (well an extra room maybe). Loved pulling the wagon up and down all of the hills. Fantastic date night with dinner, a dance, and some fun bar sing-a-longs. I got to spend some time with Paige and Sam alone and took her to Buckets N Boards where these two guys play music and tap. She loved it and got her own pair of drum sticks. She also got to spend some time with Dad , Pops and Aunt Amy at the Titanic Museum (she survived ). Brent and my Dad got to do some really cool golf thing. My Mom was a trooper and hang out with the trips most of the time. Had a blast coming in 2nd place with Paige, Sam and Brent during the family glow in the dark scavenger hunt around Big Cedar. Played a great round of Cards against Humanity…. WOW is all I can say about that. The trips loved exploring the cabin, visiting the horses and swimming. So much fun and I look forward to many more vacations ahead.