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Mother’s Day Is…

Mother’s Day Is…

Like you, I was hit by a tsunami of “I love my mother” posts on all the social media sites. It was precious seeing everyone’s baby pictures, all of the “you’re the best mother in the world” declarations, etc. And I loved seeing all the women honored – women who have sacrificed bodies, careers and unending hours of time to produce and care for and love their children.

However, I found myself tossed by different emotions and thoughts. It seems to me that Mother’s Day is actually very similar to every other day before it and after it! (Bear with me here – I have only celebrated a few Mother’s Days, ok? I’m new at this. =) I mean, right? Would you agree that Mother’s Day is:

Breakfast with my three fave M&Ms ever!

Breakfast with my three fave M&Ms ever!

wiping snotty noses.
taking a nap.
picking up sticky, spilling sippy cups out of a puddle of milk on the floor.
having lunch made for you.
breaking up a fight…again.
waking sleepy children from naptime.
giving consequences for disobedience.
getting snuggles.
planning meals for the day.
a sweet card.
midnight-waking babies.
a frozen ice-cream yumminess treat.
changing diapers.
a day to worship with others.
a day to need grace, patience and mercy.
a reminder of blessings.

Mother’s Day isn’t just the pictures of flowers and coffee-retreats, the esteeming and adoring posts or the happy children racing to do our every beck and call. No, Mother’s Day is oftentimes just like any other day: a day to cherish the good, the bad and the ugly. A day to fulfill the calling given us by the One Who helps us each step of the way. A day to appropriate the much-needed grace and to enjoy the tidbits of a break or the sloppy kisses at the encouragement of a husband.

Mother’s Day is over. Until next year. But every day in between I have the opportunity to be encouraged, honored and loved. In a million different ways, if I’ll look for them.

Ohmysoul, I love their sticky, cranky, smiley, giggling faces!

Ohmysoul, I love their sticky, cranky, smiley, giggling faces!

My sweet girl!

My sweet girl!

Baby Girl can whistle. Oh, yes she can!

Baby Girl can whistle. Oh, yes she can!

The babies began passing out the cards to the mommies.

The babies began passing out the cards to the mommies.

Baby Girl took her job very seriously. =)

Baby Girl took her job very seriously. =)

Apparently Noah is confused...

Apparently Noah is confused…

Who knows? =)

Who knows? =)

Oh, how I love the three who made me a mommy!

Oh, how I love the three who made me a mommy!

How do you see your children honoring you on this Ordinary Day?

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Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

I’ve always loved Easter and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I love remembering His incredible sacrifice for us on Good Friday, and His triumph over the grave three days later. I grew up knowing it was a celebration of “more than just fun baskets.” My parents did a wonderful job teaching us the true meaning of Easter. And I am so grateful.But we also had lots of fun with Easter! I can’t tell you how many times we found “lost” Easter eggs in the backyard…months afterwards. Or how many bunnies or birds we got at the end of a treasure hunt over the years. Or the Easter cakes and crafts we made. Or how many times we’ve gone through the Easter eggs that tell the Resurrection story. Or how many choirs I’ve sung in and productions I’ve directed at church.

And now I have children. I love thinking of ways to make it “more than just fun baskets.” Of course right now they’re too young to understand any of this, I know. But this morning, when Makenna was mimicking Mama and Dada in “praising Jesus” during worship, I wondered if maybe they weren’t too young to understand after all! In little munchie-sized pieces… Maybe singing The Gospel Song ( < a MUST watch!) every night before bed, instead of a lullaby, isn’t hokey but starting to keep the Truth before them…especially now that they try to “sing” along. As a parent, I can’t imagine my sweet babies ever growing up to curse at me, shake their fist at me and storm out of the house. But they may. I want to teach them that Jesus came to earth to take their punishment for their sins so that they could live with Him forever – that this life, with its momentary trials, is our temporary home. And that Easter is much more than Easter baskets. Much, much more…

But we still enjoyed the silly, fun and fellowship-y side of Easter this weekend. Because our God is a God of laughter and joy and loves seeing His children enjoying His gifts. So we went up to our church on Saturday morning to see what this Easter Egg Hunt was all about. (Maybe next year I’ll let them join the hordes of kiddos looking for eggs. This year they would’ve gotten trampled! =) And then after church today, we met up with the fam at my parents’ house. It was the first holiday I’ve gotten to enjoy since the Easter I was pregnant!!! Every other holiday we have been up to our eyeballs with babies x 3 (the babies’ first Easter: recap here). Now we have toddlers. Toddlers…toddlers. (I don’t like that word. Boo.) Don’t get me wrong, it was still crazy! Besides carrying in three babies, we carried in a van-load of paraphernalia for the afternoon. And it’s a lot of work. Borrow three toddlers for an afternoon – I have several other friends who’d love to take advantage of this! (Jenn, Christy, Andrea? =) But today was like that first Christmas where the kid enjoys opening presents. We had soooo much fun!!! And I think they did, too. But wow…they were so exhausted!

What did your family do to celebrate today the resurrection of Jesus Christ – 2000 years ago?

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15 Month Update!!!

Christmas Night <3

Christmas Night ❤

Where does the time go?! It seems like the weeks just fly by and before I know it, we’re ticking off months nearing their second birthday! (I know all you grandmas are mentally saying, “Just wait till they’re having babies of their own!”) I have hundreds of pictures on my phone that date back to the pregnancy. I love scrolling through and looking at how far we’ve come in the past 15 months. From 3 lbs 12 oz to my big on-the-charts toddlers…they’ve grown so much. They were so tiny and fragile; now we toss them in the air, wrestle them to the ground and chase them around (or vice versa!!!). They began life eating 5 milliliters (that’s 1/6 of an ounce) every few hours to eating almost as much as I do! They have gone from eating-sleeping-pooping-crying machines to active toddlers that keep me just as busy but in so many, many directions. I’ll show you a little of what I mean…

OUR SCHEDULE

These days we are much more flexible with our “schedule” than we used to need to be. For all of you rolling your eyes over a schedule, trust me. With three babies (I reserve the right to call them “babies” for another 17 years) it’s necessary to think in terms of time. Here’s what a typical day looks like in our home:

  • 7am – wake, time in the Word
  • 7:30am – get babies (sometimes they’ve been playing quietly waiting for Mama!), change dipes, nurse
  • 8:30am – get breakfast ready, start cloth diaper laundry, pull out clothes for the babies
  • 9am – breakfast for all 4 of us
  • 9:30am – school time!!! =) We usually read for about 30 minutes.
  • 10am – change dipes, get babies dressed
  • 10:30am – naptime! I spend the next hour picking the house up, cleaning the kitchen, checking email, getting dinner started, switching laundry, etc.
  • 11:30am – get babies, change dipes, nurse
  • 12:30pm – get lunch ready
  • 1pm – lunch for the babies
  • 1:30pm – more books! Then changing dipes and…
  • 2pm – naptime! I spend the next hour cleaning up (3 highchairs, 3 bibs, 3 sippies for the second of three times in a day), next steps on dinner, finishing the diaper laundry, starting another load of laundry, clipping coupons, etc.
  • 3pm – lunch time for Mama! During this hour I usually catch up on Facebook, write (for this blog and others), etc.
  • 4pm – get babies, change dipes, nurse
  • 5pm – play with babies: I love this time!
  • 5:30pm – get dinner ready
  • 6pm – dinnertime for babies. Often David will feed and read to them while I get bedtime stuff ready.
  • 6:30pm – play time or bath time
  • 7pm – change dipes, PJs, nurse
  • 8pm – babies are changed, fed, rocked, prayed for, sung to and asleep! We spend the next half hour picking up (cleaning all those high chairs again!) and heating our dinner (since we don’t eat with the babies – we need us time!).
  • 8:30pm – dinnertime for us. We usually talk or watch a show while we eat.
  • 9:30pm – project time!! David will work on finances or something like that. I’ve always got something I’m researching in taking our family to healthier living/eating. Or I’ve got meals to plan, kitchen to clean…etc!
  • 11pm – nurse Noah
  • 11:30pm – get ready for bed
  • 12am – bedtime!!!

BREASTFEEDING

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked “so when are you going to stop breastfeeding,” I’d be a millionaire. Ok, maybe not a millionaire, but I’d have a lot of money. Apparently, I’m one of “those weird women” who breastfeeds past the first year (click here for information on the importance of breastfeeding past the first year). I actually wear that title proudly. Makenna, Noah, Emma and I (and David by default!) worked hard the first year to get to a point where we really enjoy it and it’s not something I’m constantly worrying about or feeling exhausted by. I don’t have an end date in mind, though David will be happy when all four of us are done. He’s been ultra-supportive and patient, but I don’t think he realized how close it would keep us to home. Which I don’t mind. I mean, it’s not easy to nurse three babies out (as you can see above it usually takes about an hour to nurse all three). But it’s just a season. Pretty soon they’ll be shaking their heads and not wanting to “eat” and I’ll be feeling a mixture of sadness and relief, I’m sure.

And while I am really enjoying breastfeeding, I am nursing the equivalent of 13 times a day – more than the average newborn mama nurses!!! So I’m working on weaning the babies from the late night (11pm) feeding. They don’t wake up for it anymore. The last few months I’ve kept this feeding just to be sure my supply doesn’t drop. Emma weaned just before they turned one. Makenna weaned the beginning of December and Noah…well, let’s just say it’s been hard for Mama to wean my sleepy-snuggly-smiley boy from that feeding. But it’s coming soon. I am warning him nightly…or is it me I am warning? :sniff:

To keep my supply up, I was on a prescription drug called Domperidone which increases lactation. I spent well over $1,000 in the past year and have finally weaned myself off of it (December 31!) and am thrilled that these babies told my body “what-for” and my body compensated quickly! All in all, we are enjoying it. So now, if you see me you’ll know the answer to that question: no, I don’t know when I’ll be done. =)

THE BABIES

The babies love food. They love to eat. Seriously. I have no idea how we’ll afford three teenagers at this rate, but I’ve seen the Lord provide and I’m trusting He will then, too! Breakfast usually consists of three eggs and half a small butternut squash. {I haven’t given them grains (oats, wheat, etc) since babies don’t have the ability to digest them correctly until the age of two.} Lunch might be half an avocado, half a bag of peas and ¼ of a cantaloupe. Dinner could be a chicken breast, two cups of black beans and quinoa and a banana. Oh, and did I mention they nurse 4-5 times a day, too??? Seeeeeeeeeeeriously!

Makenna is working on her first canine tooth, having gotten all four of her 1 year molars before her first birthday! She’s way ahead of the game here! She’s our biggest “mimic” and copies us and will perform all day long. After only a few weeks of working with her, she can sign for more, milk, cracker, dog, fish, shhhh, eat, baby, mama/dada, alligator, potty and owie!!!!! Her auditory vocabulary includes dada, hi, uh-oh and yummmm. If you ask her how old she is she holds up one finger. During December she could also point to the Christmas tree from any room in our house!

She is close to walking but is our most cautious one with the gross motor skills. She greatly dislikes falling. =) It seems that the walking milestone can happen over one of the widest spans of time. Technically she’s even only 13 months (adjusted), so she has pa-lenty of time to learn. Mama is quite ok with this.

She loves giving kisses and burping her new Baby. Her sparkly eyes and massive smiles make my heart flip-flop.

Noah has gotten all four of his 1 year molars in, as well. He is my whiniest baby and my most attached. In other words, he’s a boy. =)  These days he falls apart if I don’t get him in his crib soon enough for naptime. As I’m walking him back to the nursery, he lays his head on my shoulder and it’s all I can do to not run the other direction with him for some good long snuggles. :sigh: Aside from being the whiny-bub, he’s showing his stubbornness and gives us a run for our money with obedience. He can sign more, milk, dog, fish, mama/dada, eat….but only if he wants to do so. He talks all the time to the girls (melt me), and says dada, and recently, bye-bye. He could also show you where the Christmas tree was. He’s incredibly nosy and often is interrupted from nursing to see what the girls are doing or what the noise was outside.

Again, his stubbornness comes into play with walking. He is impatient with learning and would much rather crawl than attempt to walk. He gets around soooo fast, he may just crawl till he is 20. Just kidding. He goes up and down the steps in our house and loves exploring.

At any given moment, you can find him with some toy in his mouth – a wooden block or a car, etc. He loves to read. I mean, loves it. He throws a mini tantrum if I read a book he doesn’t like. Of course I ignore him and continue reading. =) He also knows just when to whip those smiles out. Recently I discovered, though, I’m not the only woman in his life. Rachel, the Mom on Baby Signing Time, is his new heart-throb. He just can’t get enough of her, barely distractible to nurse! :sniff:

Emma has the fewest teeth. I haven’t checked lately, but she only had her eight front teeth – no molars, no canines! She’s also been one of the easiest teethers so far. (I am grateful to have some reprieve!) She is also adding to her signing vocabulary almost daily and can sign more, milk, cracker, dog, fish, eat, mama/dada, alligator. She says dog and dada. Not to be outdone by the other two, she would also show you where the Christmas tree was – from anywhere in the house. Love that cute little pointer finger!

Emma is our little walker! She is incredibly proud of herself and walks all over the place now! If no one happens to be watching her, she’ll start laughing really loudly until she gets our attention…and then continue her walking. =) It’s incredibly emotional, this walking milestone. My once tiny baby is now walking around and becoming so independent. I just wanna grab her up and convince her walking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – that being a baby is waywayway better. I know it’s the first of many situations I’ll feel this way about, but that realization certainly doesn’t make this situation any easier. It’s so odd – how can I be so proud of her for “growing up” and yet so saddened that my baby is growing up???

Emma loves to snuggle and be tickled and chased. We could do all of those things all day and she would be thrilled. She looks back at me and just begs me with her beautiful baby blues to chase her and end with a tickle and giggle. =)

I love my babies. Love, love, love them. I am every day exhausted and aching. However, I was exhausted and aching before I had them: I traded my aching feet in heels for my aching back from holding three toddlers and my exhaustion comes not from long conferences but the massive amounts of multi-tasking I must now do each day. But that’s ok. This life is such a fleeting, momentary one. When I’m tempted to be cranky over my exhaustion and weariness, I am gently reminded by the Holy Spirit that I will spend eternity alternately resting at His feet and dancing before Him. And that is some good motivation. =)

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The Babies’ Second Christmas

Since we didn’t get to see our out of town family for Christmas, this is for them.=) We missed you guys and hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Holiday, Triplets

 

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First Trip to North Carolina

I tell you what…everybody should take a trip to North Carolina in the fall. It’s just “bee-yoo-ti-ful” (who can tell me where this phrase came from – $5 Sbux gift card in it for you!!! Leave a comment if you know the answer!). The leaves are changing and falling, you can see the mountains between the bare limbs on the trees, and the sweat is dripping from your armpits…hold on, what?! It’s true. It was hot. H-O-T, hot. At least for this mama! But…lemme skooch back to the beginning and give you the low-down of the babies’ second out-of-state trip!

We decided to leave on a Monday morning. This was after much, much, much deliberation. You see, with children you don’t just leave whenever and assume you’ll stop…wherever. Because when that “wherever” is needed, what’s available may be less than desirable…got it? All you not-yet-parents, make note of this. Now, when you have triplets who are still breastfeeding, you must also plan time for this. Add to all this that I wasn’t about to find myself at a Waffle House with three babies for lunch ({gag}). So David and I spent a loooot of time mapping out our trip and reworking routes, leave/arrive times, stops, etc. Armed with a schedule and coffee (would you expect anything less of me???), we headed out on our 14 hour trip…which typically took us 9-10 hours growing up. Oh yes, indeed. And, overall, the trip went GREAT! We couldn’t believe it! We kept waiting for the need to pull off and get a hotel room, but the babies did so well. …Save for the one hour I ended up driving between daylight and nighttime – all three babies screamed. Screamed. How did I describe it? Oh yes! Like taking razors to your eyeballs. Yes.

When we arrived, it actually was freezing cold, midnight and babies began waking up. We expected that. We had a plan, of course, for how to get three babies inside a house we’ve never been in before that is empty, in the middle of the night, while not leaving one alone in the car with only the two of us to carry them. What we didn’t figure on was the lock on the car top carrier getting stuck with the pack ‘n plays inside. And it being pitch black. And the babies screaming in the cold. And the neighboring residents coming out with pitchforks. (Ok, so that last one didn’t actually happen, but I sure was looking over my shoulder the whole time I was holding my iPhone up for David to see with…good old iPhone.)

Fast-forward through the painful next hour, babies were settled and David and I quickly explored. The place was AWESOME! It was a home in my Grandpa’s retirement community. It had a beautiful porch, full kitchen, dining area, 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms!! (All the moms out there say, “ooooh!”) Then we went to bed.

The next day we spent with my parents and Grandpa – he’d never met the babies before! And that night we had all of my dad’s family over for chili (thanks, mom!). On Wednesday we headed to Grandmother’s house – over the river and through the woods, up the steep mountain hill…oh, you thought I was joking? Not so much!

I have to pause here and just say how unexpectedly emotional this was for me. I have spent more than 20 years coming to their home for summers, Thanksgivings, Christmases, etc. I have seen green leaves, red leaves and no leaves. We’ve prayed for snow and gotten it. My sibs and I have played “house” on the side of this mountain, in between massive rocks. We’ve swung on the zipline, broken limbs, cooked out, roasted marshmallows, made sweet potato casseroles, watched Little Women, played spoons, and sung to our Saviour around the piano. And, more recently, I introduced David to many of the above while we were courting. Good memories, folks. Good memories. Now I’m bringing my babies here? What?! How can this be? It was quite surreal…

To continue, in order to spend the entire day there, we had to pack up 3 pack ‘n plays, 3 high chairs, a diaper bag, a food bag, a toy bag, and I don’t know what else. (I counted: David packed and unpacked 12 pack ‘n plays total that day. Gosh, I love you, babe!)

Thursday was rather glorious. We leisurely ate breakfast and watched the parade (“leisurely” is not a word I use often these days!). Then we dressed the babies and headed off to spend a couple hours with the Lightfoot family! Well, let’s just say the babies were nearly “peopled” out. They had been insanely good up to this point, but we could see they were losing it. And, what do you do with three crying babies in a non-baby-proofed house? You finish eating (scrummmmmptious meal!) and head on out. It was time for them to eat, anyways, poor little things.

On Friday, my Grandpa wanted his friends to meet the babies (apparently they’re something of a sensation there and there’s a wall of pictures he’s posted of them that gets quite a bit of attention!!!). So, he organized a “meet and greet.” Yes, it’s true. Good thing I love him!!! The babies did wonderfully and Noah flirted with all the ladies, of course. And later on that day we met up with some of the family at a park – the babies’ first experience!!!

Saturday morning, we headed out bright and early. One thing I hadn’t thought of in all of my planning was how much longer it would take to get out the door while in this house with no gate to corral babies. My parents graciously offered to help us. It still took all four of us two hours to get everything loaded (it was all already packed, mind you) and the babies dressed. We somehow managed to only leave a half an hour later than planned.

Now, let me just say to all my fellow triplet moms-to-be…add those portable DVD players to your baby registry list. Go ahead! …finished? Good! You’ll thank me someday. We borrowed them for our rear-facing babes (it’s strongly recommended you rear-face till two now!) and it made all.the.difference. I used them right before the two naps going up and coming home to get them to settle down and sleep. And they ran for a couple of hours during nighttime. I’m pretty sure we’re still sane because of them…they were God’s grace to us! Oh, but don’t forget to bring several different DVDs. Yeah. Anyways, they did amazingly well on the trip home, too. I couldn’t believe it!

So, there you have it! I am thankful for family, beautiful mountains, great food, my Saviour, my bed and my four loves…not in that order! And now for the pictures…

Grandpa meeting his "great-grandtriplets" for the first time!

Grandpa meeting his “great-grandtriplets” for the first time!

Feeding Makenna - he did such a great job! =)

Feeding Makenna – he did such a great job! =)

The fam at "our" house!

The fam at “our” house!

Daddy and son chillaxin' in the big comfy chair at Great-Granddaddy and Great-Grandmother's house.

Daddy and son chillaxin’ in the big comfy chair at Great-Granddaddy and Great-Grandmother’s house.

Papa and Noah on the swing!

Papa and Noah on the swing!

Time to eat!

Time to eat!

The front porch of my grandparents - many a family picture has been taken here.

The front porch of my grandparents – many a family picture has been taken here.

Thanksgiving Day! =)

Thanksgiving Day! =)

At the "meet and greet" with the family...

At the “meet and greet” with the family…

...add David...

…add David…

...switch out Mom. =)

…switch out for Mom. =)

Emma talking to the residents.

Emma talking to the residents.

Noah flirting with all the ladies - even Papa couldn't stop him!

Noah flirting with all the ladies – even Papa couldn’t stop him!

Makenna chatting with YaYa and a new friend.

Makenna chatting with YaYa and a new friend.

Grandpa chatting with the ladies...he was quite the center of attention over this!

Grandpa chatting with the ladies…he was quite the center of attention over this!

My mom and me and my girls, with my cousin Bekah with her new little one - Brighton.

My mom and me and my girls, with my cousin Bekah with her new little one – Brighton.

Oh goodness. Stop. And be jealous I see this face every.single.day.

Oh goodness. Stop. And be jealous I see this face every.single.day.

All the grandkids and great-grandkids that were able to be there. LtoR: Bekah and Brighton, David and Noah and Emma, Travis (cousin) with Meadow and Kellie and me with Makenna and Grandpa in the front!

All the grandkids and great-grandkids that were able to be there. LtoR: Bekah and Brighton, David and Noah and Emma, Travis (cousin) with Meadow and Kellie and me with Makenna and Grandpa in the front!

My Aunt List, Aunt Charlene and mom - with all their grandbabies!

My Aunt List, Aunt Charlene and mom – with all their grandbabies!

Noah...still flirting!

Noah…still flirting!

New mommas!

New mommas!

Noah was very pleased he was actually allowed in the kitchen here. After removing all the pots and lids, he crawled in and out!

Noah was very pleased he was actually allowed in the kitchen here. After removing all the pots and lids, he crawled in and out!

A walk in the park...

A walk in the park…

Ok, one more of this monster.

Ok, one more of this monster.

My sweet Emma!

My sweet Emma!

The little girls!!!

The little girls!!!

The End!

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