Friday, October 30, 2009

Costume Preview

Since E is on a mini-vacation at Grandma and Grandpa's for a few days, only K and J got to trick-or-treat at G's office today. Don't worry, though, they pulled in enough loot to share with their sister. And we'll have her back tomorrow in time for the neighborhood trick-or-treating, so she'll get plenty of her own!!

Here's a quick snapshot of the two little pigs with G.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Little Moments

This morning as I was playing with E and K (J is on a solo vacation at Grandma and Grandpa's), E got up and went over to the gate at the bottom of the stairs and started saying "kitchen." We have a little play kitchen set up there for them to play with when they need a change of scenery. I opened the gate to let her up the stairs and she started to go, then she stopped and went quickly around the corner and said "(K), play kitchen!" I was amazed. She wanted her brother to come up and play with the kitchen with her, so she stopped and called him. That's the first time I've seen anything like that between the trips. It was a very cute moment.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Warm October Weather

Thanks to the recent increase in temperature in the area, we were able to get out of the house and play in the backyard for the first time in a long while. The kids had a blast, and I got to take some pictures. Note the kids on the see-saw by themselves!

Monday, October 19, 2009


We had the opportunity this weekend to take the kids to a local fruit farm. Everyone had a great time checking out the pumpkins, corn and all of the other goodies that the farm offered. Here are a few pictures from our little adventure.

E hangin' out with mama
J picking out her pumpkin
K trying to lift his pumpkin
E helping Grandma pick out a pumpkin
K making his way through the pumpkins
Our failed attempt at a group photo.

J found the corn, and licked it.
K wanted to pull the wagon.
J found a flower and a leaf.

Friday, October 9, 2009


Okay, so maybe I jinxed myself with that last post. Maybe I shouldn't have posted that no one had taken their diapers off while in their cribs. E woke up from her nap on Tuesday with her clothes off and her diaper pulled halfway down her butt. Just enough to allow the turds to sneak out onto the sheet. Fantastic. Wednesday and Thursday went by without a major incident. Then this morning I went into the room and K was standing there with absolutely nothing on except his huge grin. And poop on his hands and all over his bed. Fabulous. After I cleaned him up, lecturing him the whole time, he got to stand in the corner until I was done cleaning up the mess. He was not a happy little guy. Then I found that J had somehow gotten her diaper off without taking off her pajamas. It was balled up near her calf, still inside the pajamas. Unfortunately, she had urinated after she removed the diaper. E was the only one to stay completely dressed so far today. They're napping now, so we shall see what happens.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Swaddling, Sacks, and Blankets

Our triplets are finally using blankets. Yaaaaahoooo! Right? Not really.

Let me start at the beginning. Just after the kids were born, normal swaddling blankets worked just fine for us for a few months. As the kids grew stronger, the swaddling worked less. Then Gretchen found these waffle blankets. They were like normal swaddling blankets but they had a waffle pattern to them and they stretched out more than a normal blanket, allowing me to get a tighter swaddle. Those worked for a while, but eventually the kids were getting out of those, as well.

A friend of ours told us about these Swaddle Me blankets that had velcro tabs to keep the kids arms and legs in place. Awesome! We used those things for quite some time - I can't remember exactly when we stopped using them, probably when the kids were too big for them, or, knowing us, a little while after the kids were too big for them. You can find them at any Babies R Us store, and probably at Target or Wal-Mart as well.

After they grew out of the swaddle blankets we moved up to the SleepSack. These things are like a sleeping bag with arm holes. Some call them a wearable blanket. They can also be found at Babies R Us. Most kids have a hard time getting out of them, until they learn how to work a zipper. Even then, you can just put them on backwards. As an added bonus, we found that as long as the kids were in the SleepSacks, they couldn't get out of their cribs. They would try, but they couldn't get their legs high enough because they were restricted by the width of the SleepSack. They also couldn't take their pajamas off while in the SleepSack. Definitely a plus when dealing with toddlers!

Alas, all good things must come to an end. A few weeks ago, after E busted her foot out of the bottom of her SleepSack, we decided it was time to switch to normal blankets. The first few nights were rough. We would put the trips down to bed, have them lie down, cover them with their blankets and sneak out of the room all quiet like. A few minutes later we would hear "banket, banket, BANKET, BANKET!" over the monitor. E would be standing in her crib holding her blanket. We would have her lie down and cover her up, and all was well. Then K would start saying "Fut, Fut, Fut!" His feet were out of the blanket and he wanted them covered up. We did this a few times a night for the first few nights. Since then it's gotten better. We are now trying the cry-it-out method again. It seems to be working.

Unfortunately, all three have taken all of their clothes off either during a nap or in the morning. Luckily they kept their diapers on. Fortunately, no one has tried to get out of their crib just yet. Knock on wood.