Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Our new baby

I saw this on another blog and wanted to see what our baby "should" look like. I guess we will have to wait and see if anyone turns out like this. LOL
Here is the website if you want to see what your baby "should" look like. http://www.vw.com/vwhype/babymaker/en/us/

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pretty Girl

Sleeping beauty

Nick and Ella

What a ham

Pretty girl

I just had to show Ella off in her cute new bows. My friend Ginny from Georgia got these for her girls and I had to have some. I was going to order them and then my mom called and asked if I liked them and when I said yes she had an order in the same day. Gotta love Grandmas:) The are very southern, but I think in a former life she may have been a southern belle. They are even better in person and are very reasonable. If anyone wants the info let me know.
We have a lot to catch up on, a few weeks ago Nick and I went on a field trip to the dairy farm and had a great time. They have about 100 cows and produce 1100 gallons of milk every 2 days. The milk the have goes to kroger so we may all be drinking some.

That same weekend we went to Backyardigans live with Aunt Donna. Nick go treated like a king, Aunt Donna got him a hat, t shit and light up want, not to mention the snow cone and after we had some sonic. Here is a picture of Nick showing off all of his goodies.

We came home yesterday from the hospital and I was pooped!!! I took a shower had a bite to eat and took a little nap before Nick and I were off to trick or treat at Greenfield Village. It was cold but a ton of fun! Nick has Bobo the bear from school so we had to take him with us and get some pictures so we can share them with his class.

Cooper came home from the hospital yesterday and all is well. I hope we are done with hospitals for a LONG time. On the bright side of the hospital visit there was a floor host who stocks the room with sheets, gowns, diapers and stuff you need while you are there. Well when she found out we had triplets she stocked the room. She said she was "playing dumb" on how long he was going to be there. Anything in the room that is not used has to be thrown out so she put a case of 2oz ready to feed formula and 4 packs of diapers in the room. So we got a few day's of formula and 80 diapers out of the stay. And she gave us 3 knited blankets, very sweet. She kept saying she would leave us alone and not come back and I told here as long as she was bringing gifts she could come back any time. The nurses loved Cooper, he was on the pediatric cancer floor so they don't get many healthy tiny babies on the floor. I went to go get something to eat and the evening nurse asked if she could take him for a walk and "show" him off. I guess he was a ladies man and the hit of the floor. Well off to feed the babies and then off to bed for them.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cooper's Surgery

Cooper had his surgery this morning and all is well. We got here at 6:30am and the surgery was done and we were in a room by 10am. Clyde stayed most of the day with me and now I get a little quiet time. Clyde has gone home to take care of the other kids and try to get some rest. My wonderful mom came to watch the kids at 5am and got relieved by Clyde's mom so she could get a much deserved break and keep her plans for the evening. I will post more over the weekend and some super cute pics my mom took today.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fun Fun Fun

We had a fun weekend. On Saturday evening my Aunt Donna took Nick and I to see Backyardigans Live. It was so much fun and Nick LOVED it. I wanted to post pictures, but they didn't allow cameras in:( Nicholas was spoiled rotten but Aunt Donna who got him a t shirt, hat and light up wand oh and a snow cone, so he was happy as can be. When we got up this morning he couldn't wait to tell his dad all about it and show off all of his goodies. All in all a good time was had. If you are a fan of the show "Were knights that's right!!!"


Dear Family and Friends,

We’re writing regarding a very important matter: RSV. For those of you who plan to visit us over the next few months, and even if you are not, please takea few minutes to read this letter.We want to start by saying thank you for the outpouring of support we havereceived from everyone. So many people have done so much for us, (making meals and gifts of love) and every bit of help we have received truly is appreciated. We are experiencing the biggest challenge of our lives, and we’re lucky to be surrounded by so many family members and friends who have shown us so much love and support.We’d also like to share an important topic that we recently discussed with our babies’ pediatrician. If you are not aware of RSV, respiratory syncytial virus, you are among the majority. Most people have not heard of RSV, even though nearly every child has had the virus by age two. For full-term babies, RSV typically is not any worse than a common cold, but for preemies, the virus can be quite different. Babies born earlier than 36 weeks are at the highest risk for serious complications like pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and other sometimes fatal complications. Our babies were born premature, are multiples, and had low birth weights; these are among the highest risk factors for contracting RSV and developing serious complications. This website offers a great visual comparison of apreemie’s lungs compared to the lungs of a full-term baby: http://www.preemiecare.org/LungsTrees03-4.pdf Preventing the spread of RSV is very difficult. Thus, we must be vigilant about keeping our children safe during RSV season (October through April). The virus is spread through physical contact, in the air via a cough or sneeze, or by touching an infected object. The virus can live as long as six hours on hands and up to twelve hours on objects, and it spreads very easily, especially from child to child. Studies have also shown that infants pose aneven higher risk of spreading RSV to others.You may ask, “Can’t they fight it off and build up their immune system? Kids need to get sick, right?” The simple answer is NO. Since our babies were pre-term, they did not acquire the necessary immunities to fight off infection.If they contract RSV, they could be hospitalized and develop serious complications.We’ll be asking our visitors to follow a few guidelines to help prevent the babies from contracting RSV or any other illness.We ask that all visitors do the following:
1. When you arrive, please wash your hands and use hand-sanitizer as needed before touching the babies.
2. Please, if it is possible, get a flu shot.
3. Please refrain from coming over if you are currently sick and have not been symptom-free for at least 5days, if you live with someone who is sick, or have been in close contact with someone who is sick.
4. If you smoke, we ask that you change your clothing and refrain from smoking prior to visiting, as apreemie’s lungs are very sensitive to smoke. Most RSV sites recommend against passive smokeexposure.
5. If you are parents to a baby or toddler, please refrain from bringing them to our house during RSVseason.
Please understand that this letter is not meant to offend anyone, just simply to provide an explanation. We hope you understand, and we appreciate your help keeping our babies safe.

Love and best wishes to all!
The Family of much loved preemies

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Five Minutes

It only took me five minutes to get some free stuff. There was a coupon in the Sunday paper for $1.00 off formula, but it was on the larger cans. I called similac and said that I had seen the coupon and that the formula my TRIPLETS were on only comes in the small cans. The lady on the phone was very excited for me and asked me a million questions. After our conversation she said she was sending out 3 cans of formula and some $3.00 off coupons. Bonus!!! I'm so glad I took the five minutes to call instead of being mad that they do stupid stuff like NEVER putting a coupon in the paper for the smaller cans.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Great Friends

We have some great friends:) Sharon who I used to work with come by last week for a quick visit and brought us home made chocolate chip cookies (YUMMY ;P) and the best part 2 cans of formula and a case of diapers!!! And then on Saturday our neighbors Shanda and Steve left a case of formula on the porch!!! I can't say thank you enough to them, the smallest contribution makes a HUGE difference in our lives. Sharon was able to stay for a minute to see the family and Shanda and her boy's stayed for some cuddle time with Ella, she was the only one still awake. I just wanted to say a quick thank you and give big hugs!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Apple Charlies

Well we took our annual trip to Apple Charlies with my brother in law and his family and it was fun as always:) It was quite a time with the babies, I could have made some money had I charged $1.00 for everyone who wanted to take a peek or ask a question. I guess
I don't blame them, but we were just like any other family our for a nice afternoon with our kids. I wonder when the novilty will wear off? We did run into another set of triplets and they were 7, so I know it can be done. LOL Their Granmother said their mom survived and I felt better. LOL Well it was packed probably because it was such a nice day. We got a pumpkin, but not the best so we will have to venture out to get another one but it was FUN!!! Here is a little slide show of our fun.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Happy Three Months A Day Late

I can't even believe that our babies have been here for three months!!! They are getting so big and turning into little people. They each have their own little personalities and we could not be happier. Nicholas started floor hockey yesterday and had fun. I think it's really important for him to have his own things to do so he doesn't feel left out since we are incredibly busy with the babies. The reason this post is a day late is because I was in the emergency room most of last night. I was having really bad abdominal pain and decided I should be seen instead of suffering and I need to feel better so I can take care of my babies. Well I'm glad I went because I have an infection in my intestines. I have to be on 2 antibiotics for 10 days, but they said I should be feeling better in a few day's. I sure hope so, Clyde stayed home yesterday and today to help me with the babies because I'm in a lot of pain. I will post some pictures later:)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Weekend Happenings

Well this weekend started off with a trip to the Dr for Cooper and Jackson to have their follow up from surgery and My suspicions were confirmed and Cooper has to have surgery again. He will be having it on the 24th. I know everything will be fine, but it just gives me 3 weeks to worry about it. We have had lots of visitors over the past few day's. My friend Joy and her daughter came over Thursday night, My dad and his wife came over Saturday and later that day Clyde's cousins and Aunt came over for a really nice visit. My brother in law and his wife came by and picked up Nick so he could go to a birthday party on Sunday. I think that's the most visitors we have had since we have been home. It's so nice to have an adult to talk to, especially when they want to talk about other stuff than just the babies. Today was a beautiful day and nice and quiet:) Nick didn't get home until after 5pm and when he did get home he was really good, he must have been tired. I will post some pics in the next few day's. I can't believe that my babies are going to be three months old on Wednesday!!! I'm still so tired and I fear that I will be for the next 18 years. LOL

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Photo shoot

Well the babies and Nick had their first photo shoot together today and what a work out. I can't wait for the proofs to be ready, the few shots that I saw came out soooooo good. My mom got Ella the cutest tutu and she looked like a little princess. The boy's were cute too, but Ella was all about the camera. She was wide eyed and ready for her photo op. The boy's on the other hand were either crying or sleeping. We got great shots of all the babies and all the babies with Nick. The photographers were great and it sounds like they have some great ideas for these pictures and for future sessions. My mom and Aunt Donna came over to help and I could not have done it without them. I am so tired from the outfit changes and baby shuffling and stuff. I have a month or so to recover from this, because we are getting holiday pics done in November. I will post the link to the pics when I get them. I can't wait to show off my beautiful babies!!!