Josephine Quinn at 2

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I can hold on all day

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It’s March… hello snowman shirt! oh and sitting with a puppy Cooper

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will mom be okay if i hang from this?

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I love my horse pillow

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My sweet little Jo Jo.  She is still the smallest of the three and probably  always will be.  I use to call her my mighty might and still should since she is so tough and spunky. Her little features are so adorable! But she is as strong as an ox.  I plan on putting her in gymnastics this summer because she can flip and flop with out a flinch.  She has slowly aquired some hair over the past two years not much though but what she does have she wears with pride.  We recently started doing pony tails and that is some exciting stuff.  Josie will demand to have two ponies any day and will find the rubber bands and bring them to you to do it to.  I often ask can we do one pony today? NO TWO PONIES.  The funny thing is she barely makes it out of the house with both of them in.  She will check for both of her ponies during the day and have a little meltdown if the two said ponies are missing.  Mom has figured out to carry extra rubber bands just in case.

Josie LOVES her dogs… like they are her best friends.  If they are in there crates she will go sit and talk with them for 10 mins. They don’t seem to mind.  Now we have had these dogs since October and sometimes she still gets confused on which one is Ty Ty ( Tyson) or Coop ( Co0per).  She cracks me up beaucse she treats them like babies and they are about twice her size.  If she is outside with them while they are eating she will steal all of there food and hand feed it to them.  The dogs don’t mind at all.  She also makes them beds or puts blankets on them while they are sleeping.

Josie has not met a stranger. She talks to everyone!  She loves to play and run as fast as she can.  She rarely walks anywhere.  She loves to read books with her daddy at night.  Josie can get a little worked up and be loud running around the house. If she is about to get into trouble she will say No trouble No trouble.  Getting into trouble is a big deal to her.  She is the easiest to get in the van with out incident.  Jo Jo is obsessed with Christmas and Santa. Like she still wants to wear Christmas pjs and still carries around a Santa blanket.  She gets so excited when we celebrate birthdays and loves to cook with her momma everyday.  She will only eat really good when she is cooking.

Josie does have a temper though when she gets mad you know about it.  It might not last long but she lets you have it.  It usually involves her yelling and pointing her index fingers at you saying No Momma or No Eddie ( elinor ) she does not like to share her food, to be touched when mad or hurt, blankets on her feet at night, and to have a wet diaper in the morning.  She also tells you exactly what character she would like to have on her diaper at that exact moment.  You must be fast because it could change.  Speaking of diapers.  She just prefers the characters so wearing panties is a challenge now of days.  She likes  to get M& Ms when she goes to the potty so depending on the day she could get 10 or 2.

I feel like she is becoming a picky eater or just more selective.  She loves red meat any type of meat and cheese.  Bread is also a go to for her along with fruit. Her favorite snack are the chocolate chip granola bars.  She could literally eat them all day long.  I often have to remind her to eat during meals her new thing is to show me the food in her mouth to prove that she is eating. Her best breakfast is a smoothie. She still drinks her milk like she is in a jugging contest every night.  She can drink 6 oz with out stopping. I have tried to drink from a sippy cup out of desperation for water and can barely get anything out that is amazing she can drink a full cup without stopping.

Josie is probably the worst sleeper in the Sykes family! That girl has the energy to outlast any of us.  She is always the last to sleep and usually the last up.  She has single handedly caused the NO NAP CRISIS at this house.   Most days she will stare deep into Lincoln and Elinors eyes and chant NO NAP NO NAP.  She reminds me of a Union Worker picketing at the front gates.  Its crazy!

Here are a few of Josephine’s favorite things:

Book: Dear Zoo and Llama Llama Red Pajama

Song: Happy Birthday To You, I love you  ( barney song)

Color: Pink

Activity: feeding her dogs, playing in the dirt, swinging,  giving papa hugs. and making bubbles

Place to go: church, nana’s house, school

Best time of day: after lunch and dinner

Show to watch: Gruffalo, Pooh Bear, Elmo

 

Elinor Rose at 2

I  reread Elinor’s  infant post and so much still holds true for this one.  It’s amazing how young we are with our God given little personalities. Elinor is still my eater and she can out eat anyone in the family on a good day.  She still takes her time with meals and makes sure her belly is good and full. Her favorite things to eat: an avocado sliced in half with a spoon, chips ( her Dad’s Chedder and SourCream ones), meatballs, yogurt, hummus (hum hum) and cheese.  She is also my best sleeper( if there was such a thing in this house).  She would make a great farmer ready for bed when the sun goes down and back up with it.  She is 90% of the time the first one out of bed and ready for that special alone time with Paige.  She usually eats her 1st breakfast with Paige on school days.

She is still very funny and loves to laugh, smile, and make funny faces.  She is the boss of her siblings.  She interacts with them as if she is the older sister and they shall all listen to her.  She also tattle tales on them often.  Usually it goes Linkie, linkie  this…. Linkie Linkie momma, no jo jo!  She is still the most aggressive about fighting and getting what she wants.  If she is hungry and I am cooking she will come put her head on my leg and bulldoze me over till I give in and let her make the food herself. She can also grab anything off the counter top faster than lightning and run off.  Twice she has grabbed a box full of spaghetti noodles and dumped them everywhere UGH THAT is the WORSE thing to pick up and they are like needles in your feet if you step on one.   When they all work together against me they can have those dry noodles all over this house.

She loves to have visitors and hugs on her dogs all of the time.  She likes to make sure the dogs don’t get into trouble.  She does not like sitting in the back seat of the car because she wants to be close to her momma.  She is a little obsessed with her momma.  She likes going to school and church but still hesitant when it comes to drop off.  Her favorite “toy” is the dvd cases and her mothers swimsuits.  I often find her packing up all of the dvd cases or trying to make the Great Wall of China with them.  She also strings all of my swimsuits around her neck and walks around in high heels.  Its a lovely mess afterwards.

Elinor is the best at picking up and putting things where they go.  She can help with many chores around the house like cleaning off tables, windows, changing out laundry.  She also attempts to fold the towels  it’s pretty cute.

When she gets really excited she does this bounce  and says jump but her feet never leave the ground.  It’s stinking cute for sure.  She has the most beautiful little curls and sweet cheeks. We are very excited that her hair is finally long enough for pony tails.

She is very proud of herself when it comes to using the potty. ( its a working progress training triplets but one day we will get there) she is the most verbal about going potty and can hold it the longest.  She can go all night with out wetting her diaper and pee in the am!  When she does pee in the potty she likes to shimmy her way through the house with her pants down carrying the potty full of whatever to show everyone.  Once Lincoln was laying on the ground and she went to show him dumping the full pot on his head.  That did not make Lincoln happy.

She talks all of the time. Out of the three she still uses some words I don’t understand when talking to her siblings.  Some of my favorite funny things she says is :  Tank Tank ( thank you), Milp ( milk),  momma/ daddy / paigy this..  you this, Hold you ( hold me).

These are some of her favorite things:

Book: Let’s Go to School flap book, Gruffalo

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and Wheels on the Bus

Color : Blue everything is blue to her.

Activity : Play doh and dancing

Place to go: Chick Fila and Family houses

Best time of the day: Early Morning and after every meal

Show to watch: Pooh, Gruffalo, Guy ( Which is Thomas the Train when the train conductor comes on…. spent many nights fast forwarding and rewinding to watch just the guy part.)

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Triplets at 2

I am so behind with blogging all of our wonderful adventures… it’s probably because I have 3 two-year olds running amuck ALL OF THE TIME. I get frustrated with not having time to do this or that then I remember oh yeah I have 3 two-year olds running amuck.  I find myself yearning for pjs at 7 pm…Why am I so tired? Oh yeah I have 3 two-year olds running amuck.  This is my reality at the current moment! One that I have to remind myself of often.  I think most moms of multiples have to remember to lower the expectations, take a second to recoup and remember that it’s not easy; even after you have mastered the juggling.

So in order to catch up I will be posting about each one of the trips for the next few weeks.  Hope you enjoy and hope that one day little Elinor, Josephine and Lincoln look back at this and say thanks Mom, Dad and Sister for being so awesome to us!   Hopefully this will get us caught up to start anew before they turn 2.5!

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Valentine Party

IMG_0371 IMG_0370 IMG_0369 IMG_0366The trips had their first “school party”.  It was a Valentine celebration they even got to have pizza at school (it was such a lovely morning not having to pack 4 lunches).  The weekend before we worked on the valentine they would pass out. I did it cheap and easy this year but only giving out one from the trips.  I was not going to do 57 for them plus Paige’s that’s ridiculous.  We gave out these cute bubbles.  They were so pumped that morning and ready to get to school.  Once I picked them up I heard all about the party it went something like this.  FUN, eat pizza, nap, kids, candy.  LOL thats bout how much I get on a good day.  Anyways when we got home and to kill some time i thought how about I let them look in their valentine bags from school.  OH BIG MISTAKE.  Should have looked in them first didn’t realize how much candy was actually in the bag. This was by far the best after school snack they have every had.  Josephine tore into those tiny bags of candy like a cheetah eating a gazelle sorry for the visual. She would not even finish one before opening the other.  Elinor was too excited to eat and kept saying cancan, cancan, cancan! I asked Lincoln if he liked his yes all done.

Hello World

After much deliberation, second thoughts, and how in the world could the triplets handle it…. we have started a mother’s day out program for one day a week.  This may not be a “big” step for some but for me and how my life has been over the past two years it was HUGE!  I have struggled with the decision for several months not knowing if it was good timing, the best thing for the kids or where to even start.  The opportunity just fell into my lap.  I had started looking around at the first of December for 3  spots starting in the summer. Got recommendations from other mom’s of multiples in the area.  We found a place that had openings available starting in January.  We took a tour with the triplets and they loved it; Wanted to join the class that day.  We also knew several families that attend the program; it felt like a good fit. We signed up the triplets before the Christmas break.  Then I started sowing some positive, happy, we love school seeds.

They have done great with attending.  They get excited to pack there backpacks just like big sister Paige and to pick out special lunch items.  They walk in excited and only start to cry when I leave.  Last week Lincoln didn’t cry at all.  They have taken naps and seem to really enjoy it.  I have enjoyed a few hours of alone time and happy with the decision.

we love our backpacks

we love our backpacks

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Going to the lodge… GREAT WOLF LODGE

We we took the plunge and risked a good nights sleep to stay at the GREAT WOLF LODGE. They have the worst beds in America. The triplets love to swim especially Lincoln and we wanted to do something extra fun during the Christmas Break so we loaded up and went for a quick trip.  ( I will now say it’s not worth taking triplets anywhere for a one night stay might as well go for two).

All of the kids did great in the car.  Stopped about 45 minuets out from both destinations for the restroom and snacks and got back in the van with no complaints.  They LOVED Great Wolf.  We will be going back for sure.  They were so excited and set in front of the big windows for 10 minuets just watching the big bucket tip over. Paige was supper excited about it too.

 

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Aunt Amy (Samantha) joined in on the fun and helped so much with the trips.  Her favorite part of the trip was dressing the little stinkers before each swim outing.  That was a work out in its self. IMG_0032

Elinor’s favorite part was the tipping of the big bucket. That girl watched it every time and loved to stand under it.  We of course had to cover her from the gush of water but she thought it was awesome.

Lincoln loved the entire park and was pointing to go from one end to the other.  He loved the baby slides and swimming far out into the wave pool.  He had so much fun when we were headed to the van to go home he threw himself down on the ground in the middle of the lobby and proceeded to say NO MAMA NO MAMA and kick his legs at the same time.  I was that mom carrying a screaming child out the the hotel.

Josephine was cold most of the trip.  I felt bad for the poor little thing but she was a trooper and would play as hard as she could.  She loved for the waves to hit her legs and to slide down the kiddie slides too. She really enjoyed the hot tub especially when she thought Santa was in it with her ( the burly older biker man with along white beard…. the kids all said hello Santa.  He in return said he was on vacation)

Paige was a wild girl and all over the park having a great time.  She also loved the buffet.

Can’t wait to take them back for another adventure.

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Double the Happy, Double the Fun, Double the sugar high

IMG_0070Today was a first for the Sykes crew.  We had double 2 year old birthday parties.  This was the first friend birthday party the triplets have ever had… we had 2 in one day.  This is not something someone should envy.  All of my kids love birthdays. I am not sure what Brent and I do in our parenting style to foster this said love for birthdays but they LOVE them.  The entire process of them like getting the gift, wrapping it, taking the gift in, the song, the cake and watching others blow out candles.  There have been several occasions I find Lincoln on the dinning room table with a candle (unlit) in the dark singing HAPPY HAPPY…

So when we got two invites for the same day for two good friends we had to go.  I was just thankful there was 2.5 hours between the two parties thinking like any other mother would… we can all nap.  YEAH RIGHT that did not happen.  My children were amazing at the first party and had a great time. Got in the car drove two towns over in hopes of a nap Josie never went down so i gave up and headed home since Linc and Eli were out.  Got home and told Josie to shhh.  She usually does a great job of it.  Well when I went to get Linc out of the back asleep the freaking balloon from the party blew out of the car and Josie started screaming.  I rush Linc into his room and place him down quickly in bed hoping Elinor has not woken in the van due to Josie’s world crumbling.  I see Elinor’s eyes wide open and think crap grab her out  and see the balloon blowing down the yard.  CRAP  take Elinor in drop her off at the door, run to get Josie and turn off the van and grab that darn balloon that has caused so much chaos. Get back into the house and I have 3 sugared up , extremely tired triplet two year olds.  UGH it was a rough 2.5 hours but those little stinkers rallied themselves and got ready for that next party like it was nothing.  Few cookies later and another round of celebration they were running like mad people in their underwear after dinner.  No major melt downs after dinner just a quick bath and off to bed all asleep by 7:30pm.

Knowing this will not be the last double the fun weekend birthday parties in our future.  I will look back on this day as the first and know it can only get better from here and to eat there sweets as fast as I can when they are not looking during the party. I mean really mom is going to need some energy boost to get through this for the next few years.