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Henry, James, and Elanor – 5 Years Old

It was emotionally having these three turn 5. So many thoughts and memories of what it was like to find out we would have three babies at once. So much remembering doctors appointments and their births. We just got a copy of their birth records and to read them it’s awe-inspiring; Ellie’s APGAR at birth was 1.  Reading her reports you start to realize just how close she was to not making it in those first few minutes.

We’ve always known how incredibly blessed we were with their pregnancy, birth, and everything else, but sometimes it HITS you just how blessed we are. As crazy as it is having triplets, I wouldn’t change any of them or it for the world. I think about that doctor who wanted me to abort one or more of them and I think, “How could I? Who would we be without?” I can’t imagine being without any of them.

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  • Weighing 49lbs
  • Standing 3′ 8.8″
  • Absolute Lego FIEND….not kidding this kid is obsessed with Legos. He’s just started being able to put legos together on his own via the instructions, but builds crazy elaborate things from his imagination. He’s content to just play Legos quietly for such a long time.
  • Way skinnier than he looks (he’s got that adorable chubby baby face)
  • Acts like a crazy boy and can’t make a normal face in a picture
  • LOVES his baby brother (and all babies)
  • Loves playing rough, but only if it’s on his terms
  • Is a total momma’s boy…he’s very content to stay home with me, rather than go to anyone’s house, especially overnight
  • Struggles with when things don’t go his way or his lego creations break
  • Loves getting snuggled on the couch with lots of blankies to watch movies
  • He very much internalizes any sort of correction, he has a very gentle soul…it’s a struggle to correct him without his shutting down or becoming defensive

 

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  • Weighing 56 lbs
  • Standing 4′
  • He’s a BEAST! An absolute beast on every single level…he’s physically huge, emotionally huge, intelligence huge…just huge.
  • He thinks he’s in charge…which gets him into quite a bit of trouble. He doesn’t think twice about telling me (or other adults) what we should be doing or not doing
  • He likes Legos, but nowhere near the way Henry does
  • Really enjoys books…he’ll sit down on his own and just look at the pictures and pretend he’s reading (there’s a video on instagram of him reading Where the Wild Things Are)
  • Has a temper like you wouldn’t believe, and thinks nothing of hauling off and whacking me (fortunately he doesn’t do it with his siblings…for the most part).
  • He loves playing with Avie
  • He’s fantastic with Peter and such a big help with getting him from upstairs (only Avie is big enough to do that, besides James…he’s only an 1″ shorter than her)
  • Despite all of his temper and aggression about things, he really is such a loving and compassionate boy. He’s very aware of taking care of me…refilling my glass of water is a big one.
  • Has his first loose tooth (lost it on 1/21/17)

 

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  • Weighing 41lbs
  • Standing 3′ 7″
  • She rules the roost!
  • She’s still the peanut, even though she’s really not that tiny (she’s 63% for height!)
  • LOVES Barbies….Avie likes them too, but Ellie takes it to the EXTREME
  • She loves being snuggled and cozied in my or Matthew’s lap (having her Oma blanket is an absolute MUST)
  • She’s becoming a fantastic artist…she loves painting and coloring (still on my walls!)
  • Elanor has a very sneaky and deceptive streak…she will say she didn’t do something that you KNOW she did, then give the hugest sigh and says “I did it”…so much drama
  • SO MUCH DRAMA!
  • Being the littlest, before Peter, we weren’t sure how things would go down between the two of them, but she absolutely LOVES her little brother. She loves when I will hold both of them and say that I have my two babies.
  • She loves hearing about how she’s always been in the middle between Henry and James…whether it was in my tummy (she was originally baby B) or in cribs (when she was released from the NICU she was still struggling with maintaining her body temperature, so she was always nestled between them to keep her warm).

HJE at 5

In Their Own Words

Henry

1. What is your favorite color? Blue
2. What is your favorite toy? Legos
3. Favorite thing to play? Play on mommy’s iphone because it’s blue
4. What is your favorite fruit? Pasta
5. What is your favorite TV show? Ninjago
6. What is your favorite thing to eat for Breakfast? Eggie Sandwich (scrambled egg on toast, with avocado and pepper jack cheese) – He said Crepes.
7. What is your favorite thing to eat for Lunch? Mack-y-doodle (mac n cheese)
8. What is your favorite thing to eat for Dinner? Meatballs and Pizza
9. What is your favorite snack? Strawberries
10. What is your favorite outfit? Pajamas
11. What is your favorite computer game? Lego Ninjago
12. What is your favorite game? Shoot guns with Daddy (Nerf)
13. What is your favorite snack? Chips and dip
14. What is your favorite animal? Sheep
15. What is your favorite song? Can’t Stop the Feeling and Schlaf Kind
16. What is your favorite book? Lego Ninjago Stickers
17. Who is your best friend? Roran
18. What is your favorite cereal? Mommy’s cereal
19. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Going on the swings when you swing me
20. What is your favorite drink? Water and milk
21. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Birthday
22. What is your favorite vacation we’ve taken? Uncle Brian’s cuz they have cool legos
23. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My oma blankie and georgie
24. What do you want to be when you grow up? Luke Skywalker! Because he has a blue light saber
25. Favorite place to visit? Roran’s House
26.  Least favorite family rule? You don’t let me go on devices whenever I want
27. Favorite thing about our family? Because we get Legos

James

1. What is your favorite color? Orange
2. What is your favorite toy? Optimus Prime Transformer
3. Favorite thing to play? Spiderman on LeapTV
4. What is your favorite fruit? Mangos
5. What is your favorite TV show? Care Bears and Cousins
6. What is your favorite thing to eat for Breakfast? Dippin’ Egg
7. What is your favorite thing to eat for Lunch? Turkey and avocado with mayo on rye
8. What is your favorite thing to eat for Dinner? Breakfast Dinner
9. What is your favorite snack? Mango Smoothie
10. What is your favorite outfit? Sweatshirt and pants
11. What is your favorite computer game? Ninjago Legos and ABC Mouse
12. What is your favorite game? Shoot guns with Daddy (Nerf)
13. What is your favorite snack? Creamy cheese dip
14. What is your favorite animal? Giraffe and Penguins
15. What is your favorite song? Jesus Loves Me and Hush Little Baby
16. What is your favorite book? Where the Wild Things Are
17. Who is your best friend? Abby
18. What is your favorite cereal? I don’t like cereal
19. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play and watch superhero
20. What is your favorite drink? Apple Cider
21. What is your favorite holiday? Easter, cause I get candy.
22. What is your favorite vacation we’ve taken? Hershey Park
23. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Croc (his pillow Pet)
24. What do you want to be when you grow up? a pilot and (Not a doctor) be a ninja
25. Favorite place to visit? North Carolina
26. Least favorite family rule? Not getting him what he wants (a video game)
27. Favorite thing about our family? All of us snuggling together in mommy and daddy’s bed

Elanor

1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Barbie
3. Favorite thing to play? Barbies
4. What is your favorite fruit? Apples
5. What is your favorite TV show? Night at the Museum
6. What is your favorite thing to eat for Breakfast? Pancakes
7. What is your favorite thing to eat for Lunch? Mack-y-doodle (mac n cheese)
8. What is your favorite thing to eat for Dinner? Mushrooms and Pasta
9. What is your favorite snack? Carrots
10. What is your favorite outfit? Pretty comfy clothes
11. What is your favorite computer game? The Wild Kratts
12. What is your favorite game? Duck Duck Goose
13. What is your favorite animal? Dragon
14. What is your favorite song? Ariel
15. What is your favorite book? Dragons Love Tacos
16. Who is your best friend? Clare Bear
17. What is your favorite cereal? Mommy’s Cereal (crispix)
18. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Swing with Mommy
19. What is your favorite drink? Pineapple Juice
20. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
21. What is your favorite vacation we’ve taken? North Carolina
22. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Oma blanket and stuffed animals
23. What do you want to be when you grow up? A mermaid fairy princess
24. Favorite place to visit? Esther’s house
25. Least favorite family rule? No jumping on the couch
26. Favorite thing about our family? My baby brother

(At some point I’ll upload their videos)

Paying it forward

I’m not sure how it’s been 5 years, but it has. On Thursday Henry, James, and Elanor will be turning 5 years old. I may have to spend the day in bed with the blankets over my head, because I am completely in denial that they’re 5. There are no words as to how grateful I am that we have Peter, because it’s been a whir!

Five years ago, on December 22, 2011 we found ourselves at Albany Medical Center, very anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little ones. A few hours later Henry, James, and Elanor were born and hurried off to the NICU. I was discharged on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, going home to our two-year-old, leaving our babies in the hospital. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do.

Christmas morning, we drove the two hours back to AMC to spend our first Christmas with our newest family members. It was the first time we could hold all of them. The nurses in the NICU were wonderful and had told us that someone had knit little hats for the babies in the NICU on Christmas and would we be willing to accept one for each of our peanuts.

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Every Christmas we look at those tiny hats and marvel at how they were BIG on our now huge five year olds. The gift of those hats meant so much to us on an incredibly hard Christmas. It has been my goal that for our babies’ fifth birthday I would make three Christmas baby quilts for three little ones spending their first Christmas in the NICU. These are those quilts.

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Peter 18 Months

Mr Pickles is 18 MONTHS OLD!

  • He’s weighing in at 27.5lbs and measuring 33.5″ long
  • Loves jumping, and does a surprisingly good job at it for an 18 month old
  • Really played in the snow for the first time…he wasn’t too keen on being all bundled and kept falling over.
  • Teeth 13 and 14th have started working their way in
  • He’s starting to articulate much more with his speech
  • Signing a lot more too
  • Wanting to play more and more with his big brothers and sisters, much to their chagrin
  • Still sleeping well at night and for naps
  • Loves to rub his dinner plate on his head and throw his cup in the pots {during dinner}
  • Becoming more “assertive” in what he wantsimg_3109

Peter 17 Months

Oh my…this boy is just growing up in leaps and bounds! I’m sure having older siblings really doesn’t help. Just today I was looking at him and he doesn’t even look like a baby anymore…it really is the little boy peeking back at me.


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  • We have a solid 12 teeth now.
  • Running and climbing absolutely everywhere
  • Does a great job of throwing balls…he can actually kind of play catch.
  • Loves being on the trampoline (as long as no one else is bouncing him)
  • Loves hugging the dogs
  • Keeps coming out with new “words”. He now says “Where you?” “Everybody”
  • LOVES music and dancing. Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” is his JAM!
  • Throws temper tantrums…but they’re really funny. He slowly lays himself out on the floor and looks at you…doesn’t flail about or anything, just lays there.
  • Loves blankets…he’s quite content to curl up on the couch (sometimes) and just cuddle, as long as he has a blanket and his thumb.
  • Occasionally he’ll lay on the floor and wait for you to get the idea that he wants his diaper changed.

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Avelyn Turns 7

My oldest baby just turned 7…that’s just way too close to 10, and then 20. :-(

If you’re new here let me give you the rundown. Every big birthday (or month for Peter) I’ve written a post about the the birthday girl or boy. I never did baby books for the kids, but this has been my way of documenting what and who they are. Feel completely free to skip right over these posts if they’re not your cup of tea.img_9094

Ave has been asking for a kids party for a couple of years, but honestly the whole idea of it was not something I was up to. Every day of my life is a kids party. We decided that 7 was the perfect age to have your first kids’ party, and it was! It was such a fantastic day for her. She was so excited to have her friends over, to have time with them to play, and the presents were just the icing on the cake!

The guest list will give you a bit of an idea how varied this girl is; none of the 4 little girls who came knew each other. Avie had our neighbor, a friend from playgroup, and the daughters of two of my oldest friends. They all had so much fun playing together (we even had 2 little sisters join us). It was so fantastic to see 4 girls playing together nicely without any nastiness or drama.

My parents came over on Sunday to do her birthday (we didn’t do any family party this year…my ILs are in Hawaii and it was just easier). On Tuesday Daddy popped in before unloading trucks in the evening and she got her big birthday present, the Barbie Glam Getaway House. My goodness! She was thrilled to no end!

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On to Avelyn!

  • Measuring 50″ tall and weigh 53lbs
  • Wears a size 1/2 in shoes and an 8 in clothes
  • Still very particular about her things, especially projects she’s working on
  • Loves music and is constantly swiping my phone to listen to Ellie Holcomb (she even got her own headphones for her birthday)
  • Still not reading. She definitely understands and knows how but is really just not interested in gaining any sort of fluency with it.

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In her own words:
1. What is your favorite color? Purple and Indigo
2. What is your favorite toy? Barbies
3. Favorite thing to play? Barbies
4. What is your favorite fruit? Barbie…hahaha…bananas
5. What is your favorite TV show? Documentaries
6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Turkey sandwiches, with a slight hint of avocado, a teensie bit of mayo, a slice of turkey, on rye bread.
7. What is your favorite outfit? Play clothes that are dressy an comfy
8. What is your favorite computer game? I don’t really have a favorite computer game, but I like playing on Barbie website
9. What is your favorite game? Barbie
10. What is your favorite snack? Oranges and apples
11. What is your favorite animal? All of them
12. What is your favorite song? Ellie Holcomb
13. What is your favorite book? I don’t really have a favorite
14. Who is your best friend? I have quite a few: Esther, Kahrin, Teagan, Meghan, Reagan, Claire C, Clare my cousin, Natalie, Madison, Ellie, and Lilly
15. What is your favorite cereal? Fruit cereak
16. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Run around
17. What is your favorite drink? Pink Lemonade
18. What is your favorite holiday? The holiday we’re in today, and yesterday (her birthday and Halloween)
19. What is your favorite vacation we’ve taken? Uncle B’s and North Carolina, because we were on the beach for a week (which was in 2015).
20. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? George
21. What is your favorite breakfast? Eggs and Bacon
22. What do you want for your dinner birthday? Pigs in a blanket and squash soup
23. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Mommy with 10 million jobs like you.