Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Baking With Triplets

I recently found a recipe for these really cute melted snowman cookies and thought it would be fun to try to bake some as a family. Sunday morning Gretch got everything together and started working with the kids. They had a lot of fun, and swiped a few cookies early, too.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Beautiful Holiday Moment

I wanted to share this beautiful Holiday moment with you that took place while we were decorating the house for Christmas. Note the dog at the bottom of the picture.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Taking Triplets To The Dentist

Nobody likes going to the dentist. That’s a pretty well known fact. So when it came time to take our three-year-old triplets to the dentist, I was a bit more than apprehensive. I imagined it ending up something like this:

We’re pretty good about taking care of our kids’ teeth. We brush their teeth at least once a day. We try for two, but it doesn’t always happen. We brush for them because they haven’t developed the dexterity to do a good enough job yet, and that’s okay. We do let them practice, but only after we have done it for them. We don’t feed them a lot of sugary snacks, we don’t give them a lot of sugary drinks, etc., etc., you get the idea.

We made the appointment weeks ago, so we had plenty of time to prepare for it. Still, somehow, I was surprised that the day had arrived. We woke the kids up, got them dressed, fed, brushed their teeth, and loaded into the van for the 15 minute ride to the dentist’s office. We arrived only a few minutes late (small victories) and got the kids settled in the waiting room. They had a huge Lego table there for the kids to play with, which was a pretty good distraction.

After just a few minutes of Lego time, we were called back into a room where the dentist was waiting for us. Juli, with her Tinkerbell doll, Elisha, with her Jessie doll, KJ, who opted not to bring a toy, Gretch and I all piled into the room. Gretch sat in the chair while the dentist sat next to her, and we opted to start with Juli. I got to watch the other two and keep them out of trouble, which wasn’t too difficult since there was an Etch-a-Sketch and two Waterfuls toys in the room for them to play with. These are quiet, simple toys that are great for diverting little ones’ attention from what’s actually going on without disturbing anyone else in the room.

Gretch had Juli sit on her lap, and the dentist began by examining Tinkerbell’s teeth. We didn’t plan it, but having the girls bring dolls was genius. Letting her see the dentist “examine” Tinkerbell’s teeth seemed to help calm her nerves quite a bit. She then had Juli lay down across Gretch’s lap with her head in the dentist’s lap. Again, genius. Keeping her in both eye and physical contact with their mama, I think, helped keep her calm. The Dr. quickly examined her teeth, said everything looked fine, and it was over. One down, two to go.

Elisha’s and KJ’s exams were very similar to Juli’s. I was absolutely astounded. We had made it through the triplets’ first dentist appointment and no one was screaming or crying! I thought for sure all five of us would be in tears by the end of it. Instead we all had a great experience and were in and out of the office in about 30 minutes.

The moral of this story, folks, is to find a good pediatric dentist who knows how to work with children. If you can find one, they are worth their weight in gold.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My First Post On CleveDads.com

My first post is up over at CleveDads.com. It's not much, but at least I'm contributing now!

Follow the link to check it out: http://j.mp/gsbBVC

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Triplets Get Advent Calendars

We got each of the triplets advent calendars with a little piece of chocolate behind each "door", because, you know, we need to remind the kids every day that Christmas is coming by raising their sugar level! Seriously tho, it is pretty cute to see them all excited.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Nativity Set for the Triplets

Shortly after we put up our Christmas Tree one of the trips decapitated one of the Wise Men from our Nativity. While we were not very happy, we saw it coming, as the figurines in our Nativity are quite fragile. We thought the kids were ready, obviously they're not quite there yet. So we decided to get them a Nativity that was more age appropriate. They love it, and we get to use it to teach them the true meaning of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010