The girls are 4 months old and all is starting to calm down a little. As a matter of fact, right now, my mother-in-law is watching the girls while I stepped out to hang out at the coffee shop for a few much needed hours away. The babies are sleeping from about 11pm to 7am every night and laying down together for multiple naps a day, which provides a lot of structure and peace to the day! We started adding cereal to their bottles about a month ago to help them sleep a little longer at night. We also still swaddle the babies, which is pretty much the only way they'll sleep. They're all holding their heads up well, smiling, cooing and I'm pretty sure we're going to have some real big laughs out loud really soon! They kind of giggle, but I'm waiting for the big giggles! Izzy and Abby are very close to rolling over from their backs to their tummies too!
They're such sweet babies and I'm truly head over heels. As a matter of fact, Matt and I went to dinner the other night and I couldn't stop looking at their picture and talking about them. It was my first time out of the house and away from them in a week and I missed them so bad! Everyone wants to know if they have similar temperaments, but they are very different:
Ally is becoming a little more high maintenance than the other two. She loves to be held and snuggled and is perfectly happy when she's being held, otherwise, she may put up a fuss. She probably smiles more than the other two though, and her whole face lights up when she gives you a grin. A lot of people say she smiles with her eyes. She loves to eat and cries when she has to burp because the bottle is out of her mouth. She's quite a bit bigger than Izzy (our smallest)... we go to the Dr. tomorrow, but I would venture to say there's about a 2 lb. difference between the two. She's probably around 13+ pounds now.
Izzy is a little bundle of energy. She's a tiny little thing and could care less about her bottle most of the time. When she gets tired she just wants to be laid in her crib to sleep... not big on the holding, rocking thing. She fusses in her crib for about 2 minutes and is then out like a light. She loves to be on the floor and kick, kick, kick. She's a sweet little smiler too and lots of people say she shows her little personality all over her face. She even looks like she's happy when she's not smiling. A very sweet little baby...
Abby is hilarious. Since she was teeny, her cries have sounded like a cat with it's tail caught in the door! She kind of squeals and squawks rather than really crying. She probably cries the least of the 3 babies. She's usually very patient and is almost always last to eat because of this personality trait. She took a while to make eye contact, coo, smile etc (which really worried us) but decided to do it all within the same week! She's got big eyes and a precious little face. Lots of people comment on her dark hair, which she hasn't lost, by the way.
Matt is doing great with the girls. I feel sorry for him, because their fussy time is usually in the evening and this is when he sees them. He's so good with them and I can tell they've got him wrapped around their little fingers already! He's very sympathetic to me and does pretty much anything I ask... he says, "Whatever it takes for you to not shoot yourself in the head, I'll do!" If you knew him, you'd know that sounds just like him.
Just so you know, I'm not even close to that and am holding up really well. I still have a lot of help and am holding up better than I thought I would. Yes, some days are harder than others, but overall, I know how blessed I am and try to keep that in mind. I try to remember this is just temporary and next summer I will probably know what the weather is like and may be able to even step outside every now and then! As a matter of fact, the girls are about to the point where we could even take a little stroll in the neighborhood! I have a triplet stroller... it's as long as a train and a big gust of wind may send us all tumbling, but I'm going to get it out soon!
We're having the girls dedicated this Sunday... I plan on having our family up there with us since it truly "takes a village", not to mention the fact that we may need some help holding them! I'll write more later... I plan on adding the story of the day of their birth soon. I plan on putting these blog posts in the girls' baby books, and it was such a beautiful day, I want to remember it forever.