Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Baby Number 4!

Today I am 10 weeks! And I am definitely pregnant! I am already showing, although some of it is bloating. I feel more pregnant than I did at this point with the triplets! My body is definitely saying, "I remember this..." I feel pretty good but still have a bit of "morning" sickness. I haven't thrown up in a long time but just get sick to my stomach. I can't complain because its not nearly as bad as with the triplets. My appetite is all weird which is the hardest part because now I need it more than ever! Since im still breastfeeding, I technically am eating for 5! Ive been trying to sneak the calories and nutrients in with smoothies and bars. Other than being a lot more tired and a bit more emotional, im doing great!

Everyone is very excited for this new little one. I found out a month ago at 6 weeks after having a few weird symptoms and the babies acting a little odd. Im not sure if my milk could have changed or if it was related at all but I tested and it very quickly turned positive! I was very shocked although immediately excited. I didn't do anything too special to tell Patrick, but it was cute. I acted a little weird the night before but didn't say anything and I think he knew something was up. He was feeding the babies breakfast while I was getting ready and thats when I tested and found out. I went downstairs with the test behind my back and asked, "How do you feel about the number 6?" He looked kinda confused and said, "Um, It's ok, why?" I just said, "Because that's how many people we have in our family!" It took him a second, but then he got it and he stood up (knocking his chair over!) with a huge smile on his face and said "You're pregnant?!!" and I pulled out the test! He gave me a big hug and kiss and the babies squealed because of all the commotion. It was really cute!

The pregnancy was definitely a surprise to us but we had started the conversation about when we wanted to have another. We had decided to try maybe around 16 months so they would be a little over 2 years apart. I hadn't gotten my period back yet so it wasn't really on our minds that I could get pregnant. Now they will be about 20 months apart which is a little daunting to think about having 4 under 2! But, we have so much help and what's one more?!

I had my first appointment at 6 weeks and a few days and everything looked great. We had an early ultrasound because of the situation of not knowing when we conceived/last period and having had multiples before. That one showed just one healthy baby! We had another appointment last week with my OB and just heard one heartbeat again. We have our next ultrasound at 12 weeks but we are pretty certain it's just one!

The triplets don't really get it yet, although we have been talking about it a lot. They are just too young right now. To reveal to family, we were going to wait a bit longer but we were going up to Tahoe for a last of the summer trip, and some of them would have been skeptical since I wasn't feeling great and I was already showing a bit. So we decided to reveal to most of the family at a big dinner the first night everyone was there (last Saturday). We dressed the babies in "Im a Big Brother!" and "Im a Big Sister!" shirts and just waited for people to notice. It took a good 30 minutes or so and it was my Mom who said,"what do their shirts say??" Then everyone looked at them and freaked out! There were lots of shrieks and hugs and it was the talk of the trip. Of the few family members that weren't there, we Skyped them and asked if they wanted to see the babies, then they saw the shirts! We also tried to teach them to say baby while pointing at my belly, but it didn't work. They are still too young to get the concept.

Anyways, we are due March 11th and are not going to find out the gender so that will be a surprise! Ill try to post pregnancy updates often, but I dont think i'm going to do them weekly like the first. We'll see!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Our Family...

...Is Growing!!

We're Pregnant with baby number Four!! We are very surprised and extremely excited!! We found out a few weeks ago and told family this past weekend so now I can reveal it here! It was such a hard secret to keep. I am not quite 10 weeks along and due March 11th 2015! I will post more details soon but for now we just wanted to share our great news!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Breastfeeding Three Toddlers!

So this post has been a work in progress for almost a month now but oh well...

I wanted to do an updated post on how breastfeeding is going now that our triplets are officially toddlers! I originally just wanted to breastfeed them for as long as I could because I didn't want to set any goals that I couldn't reach. As they got older, I slowly realized that I could do this and I must just be made to nurse! So when they were around 9 months old I started doing research on extended breastfeeding and benefits as well as just logistical ideas and how to do food/drink after they turned one.

WHO, the World Health Organization, actually is now recommending breastfeeding until 2 years old as opposed to just 1 like it used to be. Im happy that it is becoming more normal to do this as I really do think it is important and love the bond I have with my babies!

I have chosen to let them self-wean which basically means that I will let them choose when they want to stop. I will eventually set boundaries and limit the amount if they are still going strong after 2. For now, my milk is their main form of dairy so I do not have to introduce whole milk yet. They nurse at least 4 times a day and sometimes 5. They nurse when they wake up, before naps, and before bed, although I do not nurse them to sleep. Owen is definitely the most connected to it and goes the longest and asks the most often.

I tink he is really the only one that wants to nurse more than the four times but if the others see him thats when they want to as well. Evelyn asks to nurse sometimes if she's upset or really tired.

The way we nurse now is a bit different than before as they can be more patient and it isn't their only form of nutrition anymore. Owen is always the first to wake in the morning so he gets some one on one nursing and cuddling and then Evelyn and Declan get fed as they wake and if they are up at the same time, I tandem.

At night we always have the same routine which I will do another post on, but after reading books I tanden Evelyn and Declan while Owen just hangs out a bit longer. I put them down and they fall asleep quickly. Then Owen gets his turn as he needs a bit more one-on-one time at night to nurse and wind down before he can fall asleep.

With naps, it really depends. A lot of times I will feed one before we even go into their room because they need it and then just tandem the other two once in the room. If I have help, I will feed one at a time while the others are getting changed and read to, and sometimes I do it like our night routine. They only nurse for about 5 minutes at naps and maybe 7-10 morning and night.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

We're Alive! Our Triplets are ONE!

It's been over a month since my last post and a lot has happened! First off, my babies are ONE!!! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by and how much has changed. It has been a whirlwind but so amazing and I wouldn't change a second. We celebrated their birthday with a party at our house a few days after their actual birthday. We had lots of family and friends over and had a great time! I didn't really do much of a theme because I didn't find anything I liked but we just did lots of bright colors and patterns and kept it very "summery". We did a big Barbecue and just enjoyed our little munchkins and their big milestone!! The triplets had a great time and loved all the attention.

The morning of their birthday they woke up and we just enjoyed some family time. We had them open up a couple gifts and that was quite the ordeal haha. I think the paper was a bigger hit! We took them to the playground to wear them out for a hopefully long nap that didn't happen. We had people come over at 11am. We had lunch and games and the weather was great. That time worked out really well except I wish we did the cakes a bit sooner. We had smash cakes for each of them but we pulled them out around 12:300. I think they all, especially the boys, were a bit tired and overwhelmed at this point. Declan wanted nothing to do with it and Owen followed suit. They ended up needing to be held and then Owen got into it. Evelyn was a bit wary at first but figured it out and really enjoyed it! Overall it was an amazing party! (I am working on another post with more pictures and details of the party).

The week after their birthday we went up to Tahoe with the whole family for just over a week for the forth of July and just got back today. We had a great time and the babies really enjoyed the beach!

Now here's their One Year Update!

Weights and Lengths: D- 22 pounds 29.5 inches, O- 22 pounds 3 ounces 29.5 inches, E- 21 pounds 1 ounce 29 inches.

Eating: Still nursing about 4 times a day, when they wake up and before naps and bedtime. They eat 3 meals a day and some small snacks throughout. They are great eaters!

Sleep: They all go to bed at 7:30pm and wake up around 7am. They nap twice a day for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Clothes Size: All of them are in 12 and 18 months sizes.

Milestones: They all were walking before they turned 1! Owen was first at just over 11 months, Declan was next at 11 months and 1 week and Evelyn at 11.5 months!