Monday, November 21, 2011

1 Samuel 1:26-26

   Sunday November 13, 2011 was a very special day for our family.  We dedicated our 3 sweet baby boys to the Lord at church. As the verse says above:

  - and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.  So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.   1 Samuel 1:26-28 NIV

  If you have read my story you know that getting pregnant has never been easy for my husband and I. So I feel tremendously blessed to have four beautiful healthy happy boys that the Lord has blessed me with. William & I wanted to dedicate our three latest blessings to the Lord. I feel so blessed that he would trust me with not one but three new baby boys.

   As with any special occasion the attire is very important! When Willie was dedicated he wore William’s dedication outfit.


   So since he had such a special outfit I wanted the boys to have their own special outfit. I decided to make their outfits. Knowing my limits I ordered them each the shirt to wear underneath which, my M-I-L got for the boys along with sweet little socks with crosses on them , and a beautiful blanket with their name and dedication date on it.  I was a little nervous but I am so glad that I made them because I LOVE them and the boys looked precious in them.


(I know it looks like Drake’s pant legs are two different lengths it is because I had rolled them under when I put it on Drake and one leg came unrolled. )

    Anyway, I wanted the boys to have to option to use their outfits for their sons, but I wanted to monogram them so I decided to make them little bibs.



















   Since there were three babies all three pastors participated in the dedication ceremony.


It was such a sweet service.  Afterwards we headed back to our house for a celebration lunch.  All in all I think everyone had a wonderful time.

Here a few pics from the day:

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  I am so glad that the day went so smoothly and we got to share this special occasion with our wonderful family!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Halloween 2011

   Yes I know Halloween was 8 days ago but I going to pull the triplet card and say that I have been crazy busy! Which is TRUE!! I am currently trying to prepare for the boys Dedication. I have decided to make their outfits so I have been working on them. Today I made 2 but they just don’t look PERFECT so I am going to make new ones tomorrow (cause I have so much time to be such a perfectionistSmile with tongue out) !  HA! I laugh just thinking about TIME!!

Any who, back to Halloween 2011!

    We started the weekend on Friday planning on going to a Fall party hosted by a local church. Well after about 2 hours of packing & dressing four boys in their costumes (one of which may I say was throwing a FIT!!) We headed out the door already an hour late! By the time we arrived and started unloading our brew there was supposed to be about 30 minutes of the event left. But to our dismay they started packing up the party as we were walking up. Sad smile  So we packed everyone BACK UP and headed home. We called it a practice run that went bad.

   I am proud to say the day of Halloween went MUCH smoother; maybe it was because of the practice run Winking smile

    We decided to start our Trick or Treating at the Santa Fe Zoo for “Boo at the Zoo”. I was so excited because my Quad stroller arrived just in time for us to use it!

Here is my “boat” all filled with Toy Story characters… Woody and the 3 aliens!










The Zoo was SUPER FUN! They even had a little Toy Story section set up so the children fit right in.

After the zoo we headed to Publix to trick or treat through the store.

    We managed to go through the entire store and have time to swing through Little Cesar's for a $5 pizza “yum” and make it home in time to feed the babies before we trick or treated through the neighborhood! Woo hooo!! Let me hear a cheer for US!!! That is a feat in itself!

   Here are my sweet alien trio again. Since it was a bit chilly they stayed home and helped (“aka napped) Nana & Papa hand out candy to the trick or treaters.


Jake, Ross, & Drake

   Willie had the best time Trick or Treating with his cousins AB and W his Uncle Devin brought his 4-wheeler and a trailer and pulled us all around the neighborhood! Willie LOVED ALL the candy or as he says “nandy”.







    When we got back home there were still lots of children going around the neighborhood William & Willie helped Papa & Grandma hand out candy. They had to keep reminding Willie to give the candy to the kids not take candy from them. He is too cute!

Here is a picture of Willie with his Nana & Papa


This was before ALL the candy! By the end of the night he was wound UP! He could barely sit still for a picture with his Nandy!


I would have to say this was the BEST Halloween EVER!! I just know the upcoming holidays are going to be so MUCH fun!!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Triplets 2 Month Update!

   The month of October marked the boy’s 2 month birthday! There were LOTS of milestones met this month!

    First the boys ALL broke 8 pounds! Second the boys came in home in car beds. They look like little casserole dishes that you strap in you car. It allows the baby to lay down to make it easier to breathe.

Here is Jake in his car bed…



   The boys took a car seat challenge on September 9 and Ross & Jake passed. The test to be able to not have to sit in the car bed, the baby has to sit in their car seat for an entire hour with a little reader attached to their toe that measures their oxygen levels. Well it took 3 tests, BUT Drake finally passed the test this past month.


Now that he has passed his car seat challenge all 3 boys can sit together in the back row of the car; SO MUCH EASIER!!



   The boys have started holding their heads up, playing with their toys in their bouncy seats, and smiling this month.



  I am so excited about all the big changes that they are going through. I can’t believe they are almost 3 months old. They are growing so fast.

Here are a few random pictures…

This is what it looks like when I take the boys to the Dr.:

Drake & Jake





How many babies can you fit in 1 stroller?


I am SURE this is NOT approved by the stroller manufacturer! Ha!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

8 weeks later …………..

   8 weeks ago on August 17th, 2011 my entire family's life change more specifically in my tiny family little family of 3! But before I go into that the night before William and I took our weekly photo session of my growing belly! Here’s what it looked like… “ WARNING…. object appears larger in photo (yea right I wish!!! Smile with tongue out)


    I went to bed that night convinced that I had 1 MORE week in me! I was behaving in my normal “overachiever” self and wanted to make it to the specific due date we had set with our Dr.

                     Well Drake had OTHER plans!

    At 4:30 a.m. I woke to what felt like the HARDEST kick I had EVER felt! It felt almost as Drake had kicked his way out! Then all of a sudden water started just GUSHING out!!!! And I am NOT exaggerating!!!! Drake had broke my water. And let me tell all those out there that have never felt what your water breaking….. there is NO mistaking it! You will know it!!!

     My first words out as this was happening was “Oh NO! NO! NO! MAN!!!” As I crossed my legs… As if that was going to stop what was happening to me! William woke up saying, “Huh, what is going on?” I started to cry as I said , “My water just broke!” I promise I have never seen William LEAP out of bed so quickly! Things moved along fairly calmly after that. Before I knew it I was at my parents house dropping Willie off with my dad and picking up my mom. Then within a blink of an eye I was in triage and the Dr.’s were saying that they were going to deliver the babies before 9 a.m. All I could say over and over was WOW I am going to be a mother of 4 BOYS in just a few hours.


    The C-Section went beautifully. I was so glad that I had my friend who is an RN and  William with me. She was able to be there to hold my hand when William wasn’t allowed to. I was so surprised how smoothly things were going. I was so happy that the Dr.’s on call were so sweet, one I saw during a previous visit to triage and the other I just met that morning but she was a mother of twins which was cool. She was so sweet to take the time to carefully label where I thought each baby was so the baby that was Baby 1-Drake was delivered matching (if that makes any sense) and Baby 2- Ross and Baby 3-  Jake. They even came out perfectly so that my two rhyming names were not next to each other; they had to deliver Ross before Jake. 

First came Drake @ 8:34 a.m., he cried immediately…


Next came Ross @ 8:35 a.m. weighing 5.0 lbs.


Last was my sweet Jake @ 8:36 a.m. weighing 4.8 lbs.


    All my fears of not being able to hold or see my babies were put to rest. I got to see each baby as they were born. As soon as Drake and Ross were evaluated I even got to hold them. Jake was having breathing issues so he had to be intubated and taken to the NICU so I didn’t get to hold him, but I did get to hold him right away. 


    The surgery was over before I knew it and I was back in recovery surrounded by my family. Drake and Ross were doing so well they were allowed to come see me in recovery. 


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    They ended coming straight into the room with us. William & I were beside ourselves! And even though we weren’t able to hold Jake we felt blessed because he was doing well he just needed a little help.

083Ross & Drake

   As soon as I was in the room and allowed to I was wheeled to got see my youngest baby! By that point he was no longer intubated.



By the 2nd day in the hospital Jake was doing much better and was released to our room at lunch time. Once in the room Jake took turns sleeping with both of his brothers.



   That afternoon William’s mom brought Willie up to the hospital to meet his new baby brothers! And on a side note I felt as though I hadn’t seen him in weeks because he looked like such a BIG boy! Anyway… he immediately wanted to touch and hold the babies. (in between running around the room that is Smile)



                           Our First Family Picture!


The rest of the hospital stay was pretty uneventful other than having Triplets and learning how to take care of them. By the day we were to go home we thought everyone was coming home with us, but the morning we were to go home Jake lost his temperature and was having feeding issues so he was readmitted to the NICU and we had to go home without him. Sad smile Going home without him was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. But I knew it was best for him to get strong and grow.


   Bringing home Drake & Ross was bittersweet but we knew Jake would be coming home soon. We were greeted by a very excited Willie!



Jake ended up spending 11 days in the NICU. When the day came to finally bring him home we were overjoyed!! It was so sudden though that we didn’t get to dress him in his coming home outfit.




  Since that day we have been getting adjusted and settling into a routine. Things were kind of crazy in the beginning, but thank goodness we were blessed to have some very special helpers that came morning noon and night to help us! They did everything from feedings &  changings to housework. And we were blessed to have three full weeks of meals prepared for us by friends and family. We feel truly blessed.

  Things have started to calm down, well as calm as a house can be with newborn triplet babies and a two year old. Willie has I think finally gotten used to having 3 new little brothers as well as the triplets have gotten used to a new BIG brother! Each baby is referred to as “baby” I think eventually they will each have their own name given to them by Willie!  He is a wonderful helper. He gets diapers and gives paci’s , that is when he isn’t taking them away! Smile 

  Overall we feel so blessed to have 4 happy healthy boys! Every night I thank God for blessing me & trusting me with each of them!