Abby, Izzy, Ally

Friday, June 18, 2010

Cute Babies

I don't know why, but lately I love to post videos of the girls walking around in their jammies after baths. This one has a good close up of my cutie, Abigail, as she examines the camera.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

13 Month Update

I'm going to start this post off with some info about the girls in general, then give a few specifics about each baby. Once a month, I like to try to post info about what they're currently doing, developmentally.

The girls are a little less fussy, it seems. Either that, or I'm just getting used to it! I've been trying to do things a little differently - taking them on walks at least once a day and opening the house up to let them explore once a day. It's pretty challenging, since the whole house is not baby proofed, but I try to block off the areas that are off limits and let them roam for an hour or more. A lot of people responded to my "frustrated mommy" post, and I got a lot of helpful ideas. Some were pretty sure it's probably teething, and that's definitely a possibility. I'm thinking of trying those teething tablets I keep hearing about... we'll see if those help too.

One thing they're doing that Matt and I laugh about: they always seem to sit in the same 2 square feet of carpet... all piled on top of each other. They've got a huge play space with tons of toys, but they love to be where the others are! Maybe it's comforting to them - like in the womb! They don't act comforted by it though... they fight! More about that in a second.

As a whole, these babies really love music. They always stop what they're doing when a song comes on tv, the ipod or a musical toy. They stop playing and do a little head-bob dance. Hence, the reason I've posted so many dancing videos.

The nap schedule is still the same, an A.M. nap from 10:30 to noon and a P.M. nap from 3-5. I was thinking they were probably old enough to go to one long nap after lunch, but found out they're not. Without a morning nap, they cried all thru lunch and wouldn't eat... I was frustrated, sweating and decided to stick to what works for now.

A little about each baby....

Isabelle Rae:
This is a pic of Izzy at the grocery store with me last week. The other 2 stayed home with daddy. She was very good and seemed to enjoy getting out of the house.

She learns so fast! Matt said the other day, "why don't you teach the other babies stuff too?!" It's not that I'm not teaching them... they just don't pay attention like she does! She started blowing kisses, waves bye-bye, holds up her pointer finger to tell you how old she is, makes a mean face when asked "izzy are you mad?" and can point to her nose. She's a cute little booger. She's walking well and runs sometimes too. She's making sounds that sound a lot like words, but don't make since. She's also doing this cute thing where she mumbles real low under her breath.... Like she's mad or something. ADORABLE!

She's keeps climbing on her riding toy and honking the horn.... here's a pic taken from my cell phone (a little unclear)

A clearer pic of Izzer Wizzer

Abigail Haley:
Meet Srog the Frog

This is Abby with Srog the frog:

Abby with Srog the frog...

More Abby with Srog the frog....

She used to just need srog when she slept, but now she's wanting srog with her at all times. She makes certain to grab him before leaving her crib, and keeps a tight grip on him in the high chair too. I take him away during mealtime, which makes for a very unhappy baby. She loves to hug him and suck on her thumb and pointer finger. It's pretty cute, but that frog is starting to get pretty dingy. I think I'm going to have to find a substitute long enough to clean him.

All of the babies say a few words- momma, daddy, ball, etc. But, Abby has started saying "uh-oh" after dropping something. Right now, Izzy only says, "uh-uh-uh".
On a negative note: Abby's going thru a little biting stage right now. It's a problem. The lil doe (her nickname) has turned into an alligator! Acutally, I kind of feel sorry for her, because I really think she's doing it out of frustration. Her sisters are just stronger and more stable than she is, and she's learned a way to get them to leave her and her srog alone. She leaves bite marks and bruises all up and down their little arms. I know she's done it when I hear the piercing cry of her victim and I immediately swat her and get on to her, but she just keeps doing it. The others still bite every now and then, so if I'm not in the room when it happens, it's hard to know exactly who was the biter. The other day I got on to Abby, but Matt said she was a few feet away when it happened, so who knows! This is definitely a problem most likely unique to triplets! Since they all have 4 upper and 2 lower teeth, I can't pull a CSI and examine the teeth marks. Ugh!

Allison Michelle:

This is Ally with her favorite vice... her paci

Without her paci....

Annnnnd with her paci again!

She is my only paci baby. She used to take it primarily when she slept, but now wants it a lot of the daytime too. A lot of times, I'll put 2 or 3 in her crib because if she wakes up and can't find it all *you know what* will break loose. Ally has started this cute new thing of acting shy when she sees a stranger. Lately, I've had quite a few visitors over to the house and she'll look at them, then bury her head, then look at them, then bury her head. It's really cute. She's still very busy... always playing really well. We sometimes say she's bipolar because she'll go from laughing hysterically to crying or vice versa.... a very moodly little baby. As a matter of fact, she's turning into a regular fit thrower... throwing herself on the ground, screaming and such. We just laugh for now... eventually, when she's old enough I'm going to spank her little bottom for it. That's right! I'll do it!
Anyone who looks at Ally can't help but notice her bright blue eyes. All of the babies have blue eyes, but Ally's are really light blue... so pretty. I tell her even though she's still bald, she pulls it off really well because she's so pretty. I talk about things Abby and Izzy are doing, but Ally doesn't stop long enough for me to teach her something! Sometimes she'll watch me, like she's soaking it in, but she rarely mimics me, like the others. She does wave bye bye though. Ally is also my only baby that drinks solely out of a sippy cup. The other two still drink a bottle in the afternoon and at night. Ally used to get frustrated with the bottle and prefers to chug her milk. She takes after her momma in SOOOO many ways.

Matt and I have been able to get out of the house more and more this summer. We take them out to eat at least once a week, and lately, have gone on lots of walks around town. Matt pushes the double stroller and I push the single. We're getting a little more brave with venturing out. Over Memorial day weekend, we took them to Tulsa, ate at the Cheesecake Factory and shopped a little. We definitely hear a lot of comments and get a lot of stares, but it's nice to get out of the house (for me and them). Granted, Matt and I aren't really able to talk at dinner and I feel like I need 8 arms - cheerios here, cheerios there, oops dropped a sippy cup, chip and salsa for mommy, leave that menu alone, oh no she has a steak knife... you know, the usual stuff with a baby... times 3. They've yet to be bad at a restaurant though (knocking on wood).

As far as the house goes, it's still up for sale... according to our realtor, the market is really slow right now, so we're just taking the approach that it's just not meant to be at this point.

That's all of the updates I can think of for now.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Monday night after baths

Matt and I were letting the girls roam the hall, nursery and living room. Trying to give them more room to explore. We had just given them baths, so they're in their jammies. Notice Izzy's jibberish... she's cracking me up lately with her "talking". I always post short videos, because it takes less time to upload.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Wabi-Sabi Soul/ Abby walking

Matt and I went to the Ellis Paul concert at the Park last night. We love him and were so happy he was doing a free concert in Pryor! Woo hoo! We found out he has a kid's album, so here's a peak at the girls' first listen. I think they're going to be fans too.

Also - Abby's walking! That makes all of 'em! She's still pretty unsteady, but can make it across the room when she wants to, so we're going to make it official and add it to the record, a.k.a blog. Here's a video... not a great example of walking, but it's the best I could get at the moment. Check out her tiny little feet!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Frustrated Mommy

This is an email I wrote to the Tulsa Mothers of Multiples group I am a member of... It pretty much sums up my frustrations of this week... let's hope it's just a phase.


My triplet girls are 12.5 months old, and the last few weeks I'm seeing a change in them. They went from being very content babies, to almost non-stop whining and crying. They still take two full naps (1.5 hours in a.m. and 2 hours in p.m.) a day and get 11+ hours of sleep at night. They're also eating table foods and transitioned to cow's milk just fine. We try to get out of the house, at least to go for a walk, once a day. I can't, for the life of me, figure out what has changed to make them so unhappy. I keep thinking this might be a multiples thing... when they see one of their sisters being held, they want to be held. When they see one of their sisters playing with a toy, they want the toy. I sit with them in the living room/play room most of the day, but it seems that after the inital crying because mommy left the room, they do better when I'm not in the room?! Can anyone relate to this problem and does anyone have any suggestions? Please tell me it's just a phase and my babies have not turned into little brats!!!!

P.S. I have my living room set up where the babies can't escape and everything is baby proofed in that area with tons of toys... is it possible they're bored and want to explore the whole house? We tried this weekend to let them rome free in the house, but it was SO tiring chasing them down and watching their every move.

Frustrated mommy,
Mommy to Izzy, Abby and Ally

Here are the responses from the other Mothers of Multipes:
Oh, I forgot one the boys loved....we got a small blow up pool and set it up in the shade on the back porch, filled it slightly with slightly warmed water (it had a blow up cushioned bottom too) Layed them all in and they splashed each other silly. We did this before they could sit up, it would make them laugh hysterically. Once they were bigger we put cups and toys and things in with them. They love the water and we can't keep them out of it. Soon as it gets warm enough all we hear is can we play in the water, sprinklers, hose, spray bottles, water balloons, you name it water!Nikki
Kami, I agree with Dana. My triplet boys (now 4 1/2) still do this but I think I remember it starting around 13-16 months. We had our living room and dining room sectioned off with gates, the baby jail as we called it. We had a jumper thing, an activity table with attached walker like chair and a walker (these toys let them burn off energy). When they started fighting or getting fussy we separated them in these things and let them have fun alone. This also gave us a break for a few minutes. They always played better afterwards. We also introduced them to Baby Einstein, which they absolutely loved. I guess the music and colors gave them something to think about. My husbands Aunt and Uncle were wonderful and brought over fun things like coffee cans with stuff in them that made noise, stacking cups, and even stuff like foam shapes to string on a rope. We also got them a blow up ball pit that had a tunnel. And those fold up tent like tunnels. They loved to crawl through them and chase each other. They would crawl in with toys or books and just sit there. I remember using the teething tablets too. And they LOVED to go outside. We had a big square play pen and one of those super play-yard gates that we'd put in the back yard and let them enjoy the sounds of nature. I don't think the fighting for attention ever stops especially with triplets. There's always one less adult than child. We try to rotate laps, trips to the store and snuggle time so that each one of our boys feels special. It has reduced the constant competition but believe me it's still there. We're now using individual Mommy or Daddy time as a reward for good behavior, they seem to be really proud now that they do good things. Hang in there, it will get better!!!!!! Nikki Stovall
My b/g twins did the same thing... Happy babies turned into fussy toddlers at 12months! Now they are 15m and things are better. Looking back I am SURE it was a teething thing. They both cut their molars! Hang in there "frustrated mommy"!
It's always a guessing game with children...esp when they can't talk! If you ruled out teething & ear infection (like Jackie suggested) then I would guess that it could be that they are bored AND it's a multiples thing. My twin girls (now 2) and even my boys ages 4 & 5 fight or compete most of the day....whether it's over a toy, my attention, or who has more dessert. It's enough to drive you insane!

A couple of suggestions for stopping boredom...
· rotate their toys in and out of their playroom so they don't loose their spark
· introduce them to "big kid" activities. this will obviously become easier when they get a little older...coloring, finger painting (you can use pudding), playdoh (you can make your own if you think they might eat it!), playing with dry beans and measuring cups (again, not sure if your little ones still eat everything!)
· water play...I once read, if you have a cranky baby JUST ADD WATER! A bath or kiddie pool is a sure way to change an attitude. Before my girls could walk I would sit them in the shade outside in their highchairs. I would put water in the tray and just let them splash away!
· pretend play...dress up, cooking and eating, and my girls personal favorite...pretend crying and comforting...they really get a kick out of it if YOU cry!! lol
· unusual "toys" ...anything that would be interesting! I saved all the food canisters (yogurt containers, egg & milk cartons, boxes of cereal, etc) for an entire week in the garage....when I brought it out it was AMAZING! The kids were engrossed in our trash for hours!
I sure rambled on....hope it helps a little. Good luck and remember, this to shall pass (hopefully)! =)
My situation is almost identical….it must be a multiple thing. No pun intended.

My boys are 14 months and doing the same thing. I figured it is either teething or jealousy. They use to be such happy babies and now they throw a fit for the smallest of things. They have started fighting more…but loving more also. They constantly take toys, food, paci’s, anything from each other. Derrek doesn’t seem to mind having to share mommy, but Wyatt will get up and walk away and start whining if Derrek comes over…which is every time he sees Wyatt with mommy. My house is also set-up where we have the living area blocked. Just this past month or so, we opened up one of the hallways which allows them to go in a big circle, but we have everything else blocked off
My girls are 13 months and are doing the same thing! So far, I have chalked it up to teething since one of them has started getting molars and the other one is getting more of the front teeth. And they have had ear problems too, so that could be part of it. But they do the same thing when it comes to me holding one of them or stealing toys. Emily seems to be worse about it than Brooklyn. If Brooklyn crawls in my general direction, not even to me, and Emily sees her then Emily will crawl as fast as she can to me. I lay on the floor with them a lot, so if Brooklyn crawls onto my stomach, Emily will crawl onto my face just to be between me and Brooklyn. And when it comes to stealing toys... Brooklyn loves her pacifier and Emily hasn't wanted one since she was about 4 months old. However, Emily is constantly taking Brooklyn's from her. Sometimes she tries to put it in Brooklyn's mouth, but usually she doesn't. And if Brooklyn has a toy that Emily wants, she just takes it from her. Brooklyn takes toys from Emily too, but not as often. I also have my living room set up to be babyproofed and that is where the girls play all the time. I change out their toys pretty often and they don't seem to be bored by them. I also let them explore other rooms sometimes, like letting them crawl to the kitchen for dinner or to the bathroom for bath time. My girls go to early headstart during the day, so they are only in the living room from about 4:30 until bed time, typically 7:00. I know this doesn't offer advice, but know that you aren't the only one who has this problem going on. I just kinda figured it's something they will outgrow... hopefully soon since the whining gets old quick!
If the basics aren't satisfying them (food, drink, etc), I might consider taking them to the doctor to see if there's an ear infection you don't know about. It has happened to me and the ear infection was pretty bad and I had no idea.

Also, are they teething? Teething tablets worked wonders.

Kami: First of all, l want to say that I admire you for being at home with the 3 girls. are already amazing in my book :)I have twin boys (4 yrs old) and I did notice a change when mine were 14 - 18 month old. It is part of the process but one thing you are correct is the type of entertainment the girls need. Changing toys or environment (something different outside the house) might help because they will be distracted with something new. The fighting never ends when it comes to sharing toys or Mom's attention. One of my boys used to see me leaving the room and he will see me walking away in the hallway and he will run the other way screaming, out of control and lost. The pediatrician and the girls at the TMOMs told me that separation is a big issue for some kids and it could last until they are close to 3 yrs old. My son got better around 2 or 2.5 months old. You and the girls will be ok.... Jenny