I was just about ready to step into the bath to have a little relaxing “me” time and rejuvenate for Wednesday when I stopped dead in my tracks and realized that it has already been six months with the babies and I hate to see them growing up so fast. I told Chris the other day that I don’t know if they will ever be so sweet and cuddly and good again in their lives and I have to savor each and every day with them.
I have reflected on what I thought this experience would be like, filled with a lot of fears, and I realize that everything I have been frightened about in raising Ava and the triplets so far has not been a big deal afterall. From little things like how I would consantly carry three babies up the stairs to sleep all the time, to bigger things like Ava waking the babies up from sleep or visa versa (sleep is an important commodity in my life). My future fears are feeding the triplets real food vs. the bottles and what I am going to do when I have three toddlers running around the house.
I also looked around my bedroom absolutely filled with baby paraphernalia and finally felt fully accepting of the fact that baby stuff has taken over my entire house. This led me to a fun visual exercise. I am going to take inventory of all my baby stuff around the house at this very moment so I can always remember what it was like during this first year, and friends and family who haven’t visited will be able to visualize what my daily world looks like.
1 pack n play
1 diaper pail
1 big basket loaded with diapers
1 small basket of binkies
1 small basket of washcloths
1 huge stack of burp cloths
1 huge stack of bibs
2 drawers full of baby clothes
3 car seats
Baby book on the table
heck, it’s a playroom so the entire room is filled with kid stuff
Box of Pampers diapers
2 activity play mats
2 baskets of toys
A jumpy toy they sit in
1 mat for babies to roll on and puke on as they please
2 bumbo seats
1 papasan seat
Then of course upstairs there is the nursery which is full of baby stuff and the guest bedroom has another pack n play set up so Elsa can take her naps in there and not wake the other babies up when she wakes up.
So the babies had their 6 month checkup and here are the stats:
Elsa Marin: 12 pounds, 24 1/2 inches
Violet June: 12 pounds 7 ounces, 24 1/2 inches
Preston Jame: 12 pounds, 11 ounces, 24 5/8 inches and extra large head
The babies got half of their needed shots at the appointment yesterday and they will get the other half next week. I dosed them up with Tylenol before we left and then the rest of the day and they were happy little triplets. They weren’t happy, however, when that big needle pierced their miniature legs. I was quite proud of myself because I took all the babies by myself to the doctor. I ran in and grabbed a nurse to help me carry them in the office. The appointment took a full 2 hours as it usually does with three babies and they were such good little babies the entire time. I rotated them out of their car seat for a little mommy love and they were content. Dr. Dyer said his usual “well, keep doing what you are doing because they are looking great,” which is always nice to hear. They are on the small size for their age but are developmentally reaching all of their goals, which are really only a total of three: rolling over, passing a toy from one hand the the other and babbling. They have been doing all those things for about 2 months now. They may be small but they are smart – ha.
Well, my week sans Chris has been okay, because of the great help of my family and friends. Thanks to all of you, you know who you are, who have stepped in and helped me out while Chris is in Chicago. You have all made a potentially difficult and overwhelming week a pleasant one. And a big thanks to Nanny Laura who helps me keep my sanity each day and who helps keep my house clean and running smoothly and loves my babies and takes such great care of them.
We look forward to having daddy back on Friday because we miss him, and I know he misses us.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.