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Henry, James, and Elanor Turn Six

Henry 

  • Standing 3′ 11.5″
  • Weighing 53 lbs
  • No more Georgie! But he still has to have his oma blankie at bed time
  • Very much into nerf guns
  • Loves Ninja anything
  • He’s still saying he’s never getting married, that he and his friend Roran are going to be ninjas together
  • His laugh is the best…I hope he never loses it
  • He’s definitely a lefty
  • He’s been fantastic with his math
  • Counting and identify his numbers and letters is still a struggle
  • He is still my most snuggly baby….he’s quite content to sit in my lap
  • He definitely has very strong opinions on things, whether it’s clothes or food, or anything else. He knows what he likes and sees no reason to be flexible about it.

James

  • Standing 4′ 3.25″
  • Weighing 60 lbs
  • Probably the more mature of the three. I sometimes forget how old he is and expect things from him beyond what I do the other two.
  • Has the most massive temper…and Avelyn does a perfect job of setting it off.
  • Loves helping in the kitchen and is always wanting to cook something up
  • He’s big….it’s an understatement. He’s strong, and the days that I can throw him over my shoulder are numbered
  • He loves doing his school work, and honestly between the three he’s probably the more rounded when it comes to his numbers and letters.
  • He’s doing ok with both, but the letters are still a struggle.
  • He has a very kind heart, even if he does fly off.
  • He loves to push….push…push. He definitely is the one who pushes me the most.
  • He’s all about doing what the adults are doing…going in the woods, etc. He’s the one that’s the most interested in hunting.

Elanor

  • Standing 3′ 10.46″
  • Weighing 48 lbs
  • This one…phew! She’s exhausting. I love her like crazy, but she takes a ton out of me.
  • We’re always on an emotional roller coaster. One minute fine and the next in tears.
  • I think we’re dealing with anxiety or ADHD or something.
  • She canNOT focus on her schoolwork.
  • School is the biggest struggle with her. She doesn’t seem to retain anything from one day to the next.
  • She can count and identify a few numbers, letter are not happening.
  • She loves playing with dolls
  • Loves her big sister…she has a really hard time on the nights when Avie goes somewhere for a sleepover
  • Ellie’s love language is absolutely touch. She wants to be next to you constantly. I can always tell when she needs to be loved on because the tears happen more and more constantly.

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

HENRY

1. What is your favorite color? Blue
2. What is your favorite toy? Nerf Guns
3. Favorite thing to play? Rainbow Tag
4. What is your favorite fruit? Cherries
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) 
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? Chip and dip
10. What is your favorite outfit? Batman shirt, black hoodie, and jeans
11. What is your favorite computer game? Lego Star Wars
12. What is your favorite game? Shoot guns with Daddy (Nerf)
13. What is your favorite animal? Dogs
14. What is your favorite song? Transformers’ Theme Song
15. What is your favorite book? Flip Flop Fish
16. Who is your best friend? Roran
17. What is your favorite cereal? Honey nut cheerios
18. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Invite my friends over
19. What is your favorite drink? Milk
20. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Birthday
21. What is your favorite vacation we’ve taken? North Carolina…The beach
22. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My oma blankie, teddy bears
23. What do you want to be when you grow up? A ninja
24. Favorite place to visit? Roran’s House
25.  Least favorite family rule? Obeying
26. Favorite thing about our family? That we play together and go to the pool

JAMES

1. What is your favorite color? Orange
2. What is your favorite toy? Basketball launcher
3. Favorite thing to play? Rainbow Tag and hide and go seek
4. What is your favorite fruit? Sour apples, peaches, and plums, and pears
5. What is your favorite TV show? Transformers Prime
6. What is your favorite thing to eat for Breakfast? Egg in a frame, and dippin’ eggs 
7. What is your favorite thing to eat for Lunch? Oooey Gooey Grill Cheese or Turkey Avocado Sandwich or Liverwurst
8. What is your favorite thing to eat for Dinner? Meatloaf
9. What is your favorite snack? Chip and dip
10. What is your favorite outfit? Spiderman Pajamas at night, and my Captain America Shirt and Sweatpants
11. What is your favorite computer game? Disney Games
12. What is your favorite game? Lightening McQueen Racing and Descendants
13. What is your favorite animal? Fishes
14. What is your favorite song? Hush Little Baby
15. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter
16. Who is your best friend? Abby, Roran
17. What is your favorite cereal? Honey nut cheerios and Rice Crispies…mixed
18. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Talking to Roran through the fence and playing at his house
19. What is your favorite drink? Lemon Ade, and apple cider/juice
20. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween and Christmas and Summer
21. What is your favorite vacation we’ve taken? North Carolina…The beach and Hershey Park
22. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Hootie, Flaggle, and Crockie
23. What do you want to be when you grow up? Car and Motorcycle Racer
24. Favorite place to visit? Baba and PopPauls, and Oma and Opa
25.  Least favorite family rule? When I have to go to bed.
26. Favorite thing about our family? My brothers and sisters, because they play with me, but not that much, because Avie doesn’t play with me, because she doesn’t like me.

 

ELANOR

1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? My teddy bear, Dr. Wiggles
3. Favorite thing to play? Barbies
4. What is your favorite fruit? Pineapple
5. What is your favorite TV show? My Little Ponies
6. What is your favorite thing to eat for Breakfast? Chocolate Chip Pancakes
7. What is your favorite thing to eat for Lunch? Pasta
8. What is your favorite thing to eat for Dinner? Spaghetti and Meatballs
9. What is your favorite snack? Carrots and ranch dressing
10. What is your favorite outfit? Pants with a tunic top
11. What is your favorite computer game? Pinkalicious
12. What is your favorite game? Rainbow Tag
13. What is your favorite animal? Bunnies
14. What is your favorite song? Can’t Stop the Feeling
15. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter
16. Who is your best friend? Natalie and Madison
17. What is your favorite cereal? Honey nut cheerios
18. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Go on the swings
19. What is your favorite drink? Water and milk
20. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Spring and Summer
21. What is your favorite vacation we’ve taken? Hershey Park
22. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My oma blankie (it’s called Floki) and Dr. Wiggles
23. What do you want to be when you grow up? A ballerina teacher
24. Favorite place to visit? Roran’s House
25.  Least favorite family rule? Cleaning up the house
26. Favorite thing about our family? That we spend time together

 

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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Henry, James and Elanor 4 Years Old

It’s hard to believe these little tiny babies of mine are huge, strapping 4 year olds!

DSC_0764editHenry

  • Weighs 43lbs
  • Height 42″
  • Wearing a size 12/13 in shoes and solidly in a 5 for clothing
  • Loves everyone, but especially his littlest brother, Peter…he’s completely enamored with him. Always saying how adorable he is and asking if we can keep him. He is always calling him “Pickles”
  • Knows all his colors, some of his shapes, and learning his letters
  • Loves telling jokes that make absolutely no sense
  • Goes from telling me that I’m a mean mommy {or daddy} and he doesn’t like me to telling me I’m a good mommy and he loves me
  • He loves playing with his trains and tracks
  • Loves sneaking off with ipads and iphones

Questions:

  1. Favorite color: Blue
  2. Favorite toy: Legos
  3. Favorite fruit: Chocolate Chips {then Bananas}
  4. Favorite show: Lightning McQueen
  5. Favorite clothes: Buzz Costume, Pirate Jammies
  6. Favorite computer game: Lion Guard
  7. Favorite game: Legos
  8. Favorite sport: Soccer
  9. Favorite snack: Fruit strip
  10. Favorite animal: Hippo
  11. Favorite song: Lightning McQueen {no idea}
  12. Favorite book: Cars and Mater
  13. Favorite cereal: Crispix
  14. Favorite outside game: Mommies and Daddies
  15. Favorite drink: Milk
  16. Favorite breakfast: Crepes
  17. Favorite lunch: Mac and Cheese
  18. Favorite dinner: Pasta
  19. Favorite holiday: Halloween and Christmas
  20. Best friend: Peter
  21. Favorite thing to take to bed: Oma blanket and Mommy’s Oma blanket
  22. When he grows up he wants to be a boy and play soccer

James

  • Weighs 47lbs
  • Height 45″
  • Wearing a size 1 in shoes, 5/6 in clothes
  • Now wearing glasses
  • Takes 30 minutes to say goodbye to anyone, he needs to make sure he gets all his hugs and kisses in
  • Knows his colors, most shapes, and learning his letters.
  • Has a fiery temper
  • Loves playing computer games
  • He’s starting to show some interest in “school” with Avie
  • He does get frustrated when you can’t understand him, but his thoughts and word choices are incredible and elaborate
  • He has a very particular bed time routine every night: The door stays open, the lights stay on, he sleeps for only 2 minutes and we have to tell everyone not to wake him up.

Questions:

  1. Favorite color: Orange
  2. Favorite toy: Robot
  3. Favorite fruit: Orange
  4. Favorite show: Despicable Me
  5. Favorite clothes: Lightning McQueen jammies that Baba made
  6. Favorite computer game: Lion Guard
  7. Favorite game: ABCMouse.com
  8. Favorite sport: Baseball
  9. Favorite snack: Fruit strip
  10. Favorite animal: Tiger
  11. Favorite song: Jesus Loves Me
  12. Favorite book: Pirates Don’t Take Baths and Oscar and Tilly
  13. Favorite cereal: PopPaul’s with strawberries
  14. Favorite outside game: Tag
  15. Favorite drink: Healthy Drink {Kombucha}
  16. Favorite breakfast: Egg in a frame
  17. Favorite lunch: Liverwurst sandwich
  18. Favorite dinner: Chicken
  19. Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving {I think Avelyn was coaching on this one}
  20. Best friend: Our neighbors–Esther and Anthony {although they barely ever see them}
  21. Favorite thing to take to bed: Oma blanket and mommy quilt
  22. When he grows up he wants to be a daddy on a boat.

Elanor

  • Weighs 37lbs
  • Height 40.5″
  • Wearing a size 12 in shoes, 4/5 in clothes
  • Knows her colors, shapes and learning her letters
  • Such a daddy’s girl…most days I hear all day long “When’s my daddy coming home? I miss him so much”
  • Knows how to work her tears and meltdowns
  • Very much enamored with Avie, until Avie doesn’t do what Ellie wants
  • She has to make sure she has the right blanket by smelling it…that’s right…smell
  • She’s a whiner and has a scream to rival a bansidhe
  • Loves playing with her dolls
  • Must have everything PINK

Questions:

  1. Favorite color: Pink
  2. Favorite toy: My Little Pony
  3. Favorite fruit: Cheddar Bunnies {then strawberries, bananas etc}
  4. Favorite show: Cinderella
  5. Favorite clothes: Princess Dress
  6. Favorite computer game: Palace Pets
  7. Favorite game: Palace Pets
  8. Favorite sport: Baseball
  9. Favorite snack: Cheddar Bunnies
  10. Favorite animal: Zebra
  11. Favorite song: Feel the Light from Home
  12. Favorite book: Paddington and Dragons Love Tacos
  13. Favorite cereal: Letter Cereal
  14. Favorite outside game: Bouncy {Trampoline}
  15. Favorite drink: Milk
  16. Favorite breakfast: Pancakes
  17. Favorite lunch: Mac and Cheese
  18. Favorite dinner: Spaghetti
  19. Favorite holiday: Holiday Sauce {Halloween and Easter}
  20. Best friend: Avie
  21. Favorite thing to take to bed: Oma blanket and hot water in her sippy
  22. When she grows up she wants to be a princess in a tower.

All three kids

  • They’re all finally potty-trained for day and night {Henry we finally just had to take away the night time diaper, because he was dry every morning, but if I didn’t get him changed fast enough he’d poop and then say he needed a shower}.
  • They’re all in big kid beds: The boys have bunk beds and the girls have bunk beds.
  • No more naps….which is killing me.
  • They’re actually starting to listen more and help with things around the house. Elanor in particular loves helping.
  • They’re all obsessed with having a loose tooth.
  • They DON’T STOP EATING!