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!

Pictures: 

Declan

Owen

Evelyn


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Life Update

Sorry I have been mia lately! We have been very busy, as usual. I figured I would just write about the last few weeks to get us caught up and hopefully I can start being more regular in posting!

We had am awesome Mother's day weekend. Patrick surprised me with dinner on friday night since we didn't want to be out when it was super crowded Sunday. I was actually our first real date night since before the babies were born if you can believe it! We have done some low key things since, but nothing fancy! On Saturday we had a family day. It was pretty windy so we headed to the aquarium in Monterey. The babies loved it! As you may know Patrick and I love water and used to do a lot of Scuba diving so we were right at home. We spent the whole day there and had a blast. On Sunday, we headed to have brunch with Patrick's family to celebrate all the moms. The babies loved hanging with their cousins and all the attention they got! We went home for afternoon naps and then headed to my parents house for a BBQ dinner. The weather was amazing and we had so much fun there too. It was an awesome real first mother's day for me. Its crazy to think that last year I was still pregnant. Although we still celebrated it didn't feel quite as real. I am so grateful for my little munchkins!!

Last weekend and week Patrick had a ton of work to do for a case so he was pretty busy. My mom was over to help a lot and we spent a lot of time at the local park. The triplets have been really into actually playing at the playground now.

Also last week, the preschool that my brother and sister in laws kids preschool had a few days off because the teacher was sick as well as a lot of the kids. So we spent a lot of time with them and the cousins!

This weekend should be another low key weekend for Memorial day. We will probably spend time with the family and just relax!

The babies have been loving swimming lessons and are making so much progress! I am so excited for the summer! They all love the water and are all confident to go under the water!

They turn 11 months on Monday and I can't believe it! We are starting to plan their 1st birthday party and I can't get over how much they have grown and how quickly the time has flown!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 Months Old!!


We have had a very busy month! What's new! The babies are growing and getting so big! They are really becoming toddlers and aren't our little babies anymore. Their first Easter was great and we spent time with both Patrick and I's families. This month we have signed them up for baby swim lessons! They have been to two classes so far and seem to love it! We are basically the whole class, there are only 2 other babies and both of them were only there for one class so far. Patrick and I take them with usually one of our parents since each baby needs an adult. It has been so much fun! We are getting ready for a busy summer and have a lot of things planned. Its starting to warm up quite a bit besides the last bit of rain which is awesome for getting out and about. We really can't keep them inside too long anymore, they need to get out! We have settled into a good routine now and everyone is happy!

Declan


He is still such a sweetheart and so laid back. He is usually very calm until his brother gets on his nerve.  He is still climbing everything and loves to be on his feet. He comes up to us a lot and pulls up on whatever furniture is nearby and just watches. He follows his siblings around everywhere but also love to sneak off and see how far he gets (Its not far by the way)! He still has four teeth and has figured out how to wave!

Weight and Length: No idea on weights, we won't have another appointment until they turn 1!

Eating: He nurses 5 times a day and eats 3 solid meals a day as well.

Sleep: He sleeps from 8pm to 7am still and naps almost always 2 hours twice a day. He has completely dropped a third cat nap.

Clothes Sizes: Mostly 12 month size except for a select few outfits. We are slowly transitioning into all 12 month.

Favorite Things: Baths, climbing on everything, being outside, music, sneaking out of the play area.

Least Favorite ThingsDiaper changes still are a struggle and he really doesn't when he can't get to things.

Milestones: Pulling up, cruising, climbing, and waving!

Owen


He is our clown still and has become quite the little flirt. He was the first to figure out waving and now waves and smiles at everyone he sees! He definitely isn't shy! He is very active and is always cruising or climbing on everything. He is a little leader and tries to get his brother and sister to follow him or just laugh at him. He always needs attention! He also has just 4 teeth.

Weight and Length: No idea on weights, we won't have another appointment until they turn 1!

Eating: He nurses 5 times a day and eats 3 solid meals a day as well. He is the only one that may nurse another time.

Sleep: He sleeps from 8pm to 7am still and naps almost always 2 hours twice a day. He has completely dropped a third cat nap.

Clothes Sizes: Mostly 12 month size except for a select few outfits. We are slowly transitioning into all 12 month.

Favorite Things: Baths, climbing on everything, being outside, music, sneaking out of the play area.

Least Favorite ThingsDiaper changes still are a struggle and he really doesn't when he can't get to things.

Milestones: Pulling up, cruising, climbing, and waving!

Evelyn


Look and those blues! Evelyn is a sweetie but all girl and all drama. Everything is always a big ordeal for her. She loves her Daddy and loves to explore and try to lead her brothers (although Owen isn't always easy to control)! She has caught up to them in mobility and now is just as quick. She loves to find mischief and get into things. She has 4 teeth now too! Also, her hair is growing a ton!

Weight and Length: No idea on weights, we won't have another appointment until they turn 1!

Eating: She nurses 5 times a day and eats 3 solid meals a day as well.

Sleep: She sleeps from 8pm to 7am usually and naps usually around 2 hours. She also has dropped the third cat nap.

Clothes Sizes: Mostly 12 month size except for a select few outfits. We are slowly transitioning into all 12 month.

Favorite Things: Baths, climbing on everything, being outside, exploring, books, swinging.

Least Favorite ThingsShe doesn't like to be trapped and she still has a weird thing about socks!

Milestones: Pulling up, cruising, climbing, and waving!