Hip Hip Hooray it’s great to be 2! My heart is so overwhelmed with happiness, joy, love and thankfulness. The triplets are growing into little amazing people. I could not imagine a life without them. I am so so so proud of how much they have grown, learned, been loved, and cared for over this last year. It has been and will continue to be an adventure. Life has not slowed down enough to post pictures and tell about the Safari Birthday Party we had a few weeks ago. The kids had a great time with the Zoo to You and loved their cake once again this year. Lincoln and Josie were very excited about the animals coming to visit them Elinor on the other hand was skittish. Josie dove right into her cake while Elinor and Lincoln used a fork this time and the presents were attacked by all. Its was such a lovely party.
Around the end of the summer we found out that Barkley ( our dog ) was ill with congestive heart failure. We were so sad about the diagnosis and not sure how much time he had left with us. After medication he perked up for a few weeks but gradually got weak, tired and worse. He no longer had the energy to follow me every step, bark at the door, or even do his good morning growl for Paige. He passed away at home and the sadness was apparent. We missed his presence and the trips did not understand where he had gone. They would look around the house for him and say bye bye bark? During the last few days they would help me by closing the door for him to nap or bring him water to the bedside.
Paige really wanted a new pups for Christmas so Brent and I started doing some doggy research on breeds. After extensive research we compared notes and worked our list down to 5 breeds. Then started looking at availability one breed only has 40 in the USA! I found some Brittany Spaniels for sale which was at the top of my want list. Asked Brent to look into it. After 20 or so text with the owners and several adorable pictures we were off to see the pups. They had two boys left Brent asked which one should we get I said can’t we get both??? Normal people do not think this way! I couldn’t leave one behind and we have 4 children plenty of love to go around! Well after seeing them I was in puppy love and so was Brent!
Paige had no idea that we were even thinking about it. Before she got home that day I put out a sign that said Christmas came a little early this year. When she walked in off the bus she was surprised! When she saw the second pup she couldn’t believe it!
So we are very proud to introduce Tyson ( orange and white) and Cooper ( liver and white)!
Let’s be honest proud momma moments with toddlers are few and far between. It can be tough raising a toddler at times; someone screaming at you for food with no previous warning, running off with a dirty diaper only to stick there hand in it right before you catch them, or when they bust out some baby ninja and climb up on the fridge ( this has not happened at our house but waiting on the day). With so much activity day after day it can become exhausting. That is why those proud momma moments mean so much and can fuel your fire until the next one comes along. Well I had one this week. I am so excited to share that I skipped all of the other blog post that should come before this one just to share.
So the little seed of Trash Truck Tuesdays has paid its dividends. The trips turned two almost 2 weeks ago which means the weight of new adventures has me stressed. New adventures of potty training ( which I am leaving to Elmo and his potty movie to teach lol) getting rid of the pacifier, and possibly splitting the crew up into two bedrooms ( much later on in the year)! That’s alot of new things; change of routine things to do. NOT THAT EXCITED but I know that it needs to be done and someone has to do it. So over the last week I have asked other mom’s how they got rid of there kids using a paci? Some put a hole in it, cut it off, threw it in the trash… I remember that Paige gave it to a friends new baby and it worked well. So I thought it might be best to use the trash truck since the trips love to see it every Tuesday. I also wanted to be done with the paci before our 2 year old check up … not sure why that was my goal probably to get a pat on the back from the doctor. I knew we had to take them all away at the same time or it would be a fight to get it from each other. That would cause some sleepless nights in itself three tired babies attacking each other for the sole paci… that’s like Roman times. Anyways yesterday we had a fantastic morning, kids ate a great breakfast, went to the park, played some more at home after lunch not one mention of the word paci. I had also noticed that Elinor was able to soothe herself back to sleep without a paci couple of times over the weekend. So I had the thought TODAY is the day…. oh wait really.?? [ It was a God moment when you actually hear His voice and feel the Holy Spirit and decide to actually listen... that's why its been much easier than expected. ] I haven’t even discussed it with Brent like made a plan. But the kids did not seem obsessed with it why not today? Ok I said to myself; lets give it a try. Heck it’s me against triplets most of the days anyway I can go with out a nap today. So after the first tired kid asked paci I said it went bye bye for the trash truck. It’s all done. They said ohhh…. Paci? Nope it went bye bye. Well it worked pretty well actually.
Josie is the only one that had a really hard time with it and cried but they all went to sleep after a walk around the block. Lincoln did not transition well into the bed so he had a 7 min nap but he did go to sleep. The girls were out. I called Brent you won’t believe what just happened. So later into the night we prepared ourselves for a long night thinking it would get worst. We had to prompt them more that it was bed time since they didn’t have their paci but all were alseep by 9! They slept like average all up once with only Josie crying for her paci. IT WAS AMAZING.
So this morning I was pumped and ready to pass the torch off to the trash man! We were all up in a great mood, feed, dressed and ready to rock and roll before 8 am. That’s when he comes strolling down the street. I had a paci in a plastic bag but didn’t let the kids see it. We heard the truck, jumped in the wagon, and headed out the door. I showed the paci to each kiddo one last time and said give it a kiss bye bye. They all did As the trash man pulled up I walked over to the truck and told the man they are growing up and don’t need this anymore could you take it for them? He is a man of little words. So then I stepped back and watched as he emptied our first trash can. Then the man did something I did not expect which helped solidify the deal. He got out of the truck took the little baggie opened the lid to the next trash can made sure the trips were watching and shut it back. He jumped back in the truck and grabbed the can it all dumped in the truck. The trips just looked at it and then said bye bye. It was a bitter sweet moment and made me tear up but I am extremely proud of my triplets and how far they continue to come each and every day.
We have been so busy enjoying the lovely Fall Season. The weather is still very warm so doing fall fun in summer clothes is strange. It suppose to be 88 degrees this weekend at the end of October insane.
Well here is all of the fun we have been up to. The Norman Library puts on a great event called Touch a Truck. In a nut shell there are a bunch of different types of vehicles parked in a field and the kids can jump on them, act like they are driving them, touch a wheel or two, pretend to pass out mail from the mail truck, etc… I was so excited to take the kids knowing they would love it. Lincoln of course was thrilled he could hardly contain himself, Elinor thought it was pretty cool and Josie liked to sit in her wagon and have snack. I recruited my parents to tag along knowing I would have 4 kids wanting to go in 4 different directions. I was also wise enough to pack a few play keys for the kids to pretend with when sitting in the driver seats.
Another fun event we went to was A Day Out with Thomas the Train. The kids loved it! We got to meet Sir Topenhat, walk the train tracks, play at the train table, ride the train and have a picnic. They kept saying choo choo over and over again.
Last but not least we went to a pumpkin patch with Nana. They love going seeing all of the animals, going down the hay slides and through the corn mazes. We of course picked out several pumpkins which was Josie’s favorite thing in the world right now. She is so sweet… she calls them pumppumps!
There might be a light at the end of the tunnel. Finally!!! Shhh…. The trips have been sleeping. Like all 3 at the same time, all night, with minimal parent assistance. Today they all slept in! Well Elinor finished out her last two hours on the couch but she slept. Josie has been a rock star she is doing the best she is still out at 8:15 am.
Keeping my fingers crossed that it’s not a fluke, getting sick or time change screws it all up. Happy Friday!
We had such a fun happy day yesterday. The trips have been sleeping great for both nap and bed time which has put all three in a great mood!
During lunch Lincoln lead a revolt of using the chairs. He took his plate under the table and the girls quickly did the same. After he was finished he dump his food on the rug said uh oh and ran to get his play vacuum. It was really cute.
We also had many hugs/kisses given out. They are really starting to initiate hugs and kisses with the entire family.
I have noticed the little seeds starting to take sprout during play time. All of the trips are initiating there own play and will “talk” with each other to get the other ones doing the same. Elinor has loved playing hide and seek with her sister for 6 months but now I find her playing it on her own which is really sweet. She will be hiding behind something and say shhh. Or they will get a game of tag going.
Thank you for letting me rock you to sleep tonight. I know that you were not feeling well and confused as to why you can’t poop ( its called constipation sweetie and it’s no fun ) but it will get better and momma is always here for you.
With your sweet birthday fast approaching I can not believe how much you have grown and learned in the past two years. I remember very clearly how tiny, fragile and mighty you are! As I rocked you to sleep tonight with my cheek against your sweet little head the tears could not help but fall as I remembered the first time I got to place you against my chest. I was so worried back then, so scared of your tiny frame and little bones and all of the wires. I felt helpless and wanted to care for you so badly. You were the first of the trips I got to kangaroo and I set there for almost two hours with you on my chest just sleeping away. It was suppose to be a quick visit, just a check in since your booboo and pops drove me to see you. But when the nurse asked if i wanted to kangaroo I could not resist. I set there and prayed for you and our family. Tonight you amaze me. You are 10x larger than 2 years ago. If I did that I would weigh almost 1, 500 pounds. I am so proud to be your mom you will always be my little jojo that could fit in my bra for a sweet little nap.
I thank God for you everyday even on those days when I want to pull out my hair.