Friday, January 30, 2009

Adventures in Napping

Girl one decided that napping would be a good thing today. It only took her a half an hour after she threw her glow worm out of her crib to settle down. Even though we subscribe to the cry-it-out method, I really had to resist the urge to go in and comfort her. I didn't hear anything from the other two, so I didn't dare open the door. As soon as that door opens, nine times out of ten, everyone wakes up. I don't know how they can sleep through each other's screaming and crying, but can hear the creak of the door opening a measly inch.

We've reached a milestone (if you can call it that) recently, girl two is sitting on the couch more often than running back and forth on it! This is great news for the wife and I because there is much less chance of injury this way. I just hope the other two catch on and follow suit. It's just so darn cute when she's sitting there by herself with a book reading to herself in that made up language that they have. I'll have to try to film that soon. Of course, they never seem to do what you want them to when the video camera comes out!!

addicted to iPhone apps

I'll admit it. I'm addicted to the iPhone and all the apps that go along with it. I love browsing the app store looking for that hidden gem of an app that I think I'll use but probably never will. It will just sit on one of my nine home screens and make it harder to find the apps I do use.

So I expectedly got excited when I saw that there were blogging apps out there. Could one of these be the apps that I'll actually use? I immediately downloaded the two that looked the best, iBlogger and BlogPress. I'll probably be switching back and forth between the two for a while before I decide which one I'll use regularly, so bear with me if there are some formatting issues. So far BlogPress is in the lead due to the fact that I can compose my posts in landscape mode. iBlogger did cost considrably less at $0.99 (available at this reduced price for a limited time only), but the more comfortable keyboard layout of BlogPress may be worth the $9.99 price tag. We shall see.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cry It Out

Currently we are trying to transition the trips from two naps a day to one. I've been trying the 15 minute method. Every couple of days I push their first nap 15 minutes later. I'm currently at the 45 minute stage. Which means going for our first nap at 9:45 instead of 9:00. We're hoping that we can push this first nap to noon or one o'clock and make it a three hour nap instead of a two hour nap.

The first two steps went okay. I think I may have jumped the gun on this one. Girl 1 is currently (as I type) crying in her crib a full hour after I put them down for the nap. Very early on in this adventure The Wife and I subscribed to the Cry-It-Out method of napping. This is where you let the child cry until they fall asleep, usually no longer than a half an hour. Our reasoning for this is that all three children sleep in the same room. If we go into the room to comfort one, the others think that we are there to play with them and get excited. Then when we leave the room, we have three crying babies instead of one. Not good. Luckily for us, the babies seem to be able to sleep through each others crying fits.


I should start with some background. I am a 30-something stay-at-home-dad caring for triplets, two girls and one boy. The Wife works full time, and I dabble in photography on the weekends for some extra spending cash. The kids were born at 32 weeks (that's two months premature for those who may not know) and spent about a month in the NICU. The girls were on ventilators for about 12 hours immediately after they were delivered and never again. The boy was never on a vent. The girls did get to come home first, the boy followed a few days later. Since they came home they have flourished in every way. It has been a truly amazing journey to watch these three little beings grow into the little people that they are today.

I've flirted with starting a blog before, but never had the guts. I'm not sure what changed this morning, but I decided that it was time. In thinking about it now, I wish I had started before the kids were even born. To be able to go back and read the posts from when the kids were getting up to eat every two or three hours would be very interesting. But that's the past. I can only look forward to all of the amazing posts to come that will cronicle all of the adventures that I will have with my three little bundles of joy.