Trip to Northside

Yesterday, I went to Northside to turn in my breast pump.  Yes, I am a failure.  I quit pumping the first week the babies came home from the hospital.  I just couldn’t do it all.  At least they got 5 weeks worth of breast milk.  Oh well, I digress.  I took the  babies with me yesterday.  I wanted to show them off.  I have so many wonderful friends in Labor and Delivery at the hospital.  I was so excited to go and see them!!  Since I had to take my pump back, it was the perfect time to take the babies.  It was so much fun to see everyone.  They were so amazed I was out by myself with the babies!!  However, all I did was put them in the stroller and go!! 

I finally got to thank some, not all, of the people who helped me through some of the hardest and happiest times of my life.  I was so happy to get to finally say thank you.  I am working on my birth story.  You will soon see all they did for me.  It was so neat to show off three healthy, happy babies!!  In fact, it was fun to show off a healthy, happy mommy too!!!!  Here are some of the pictures I took!! 

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The babies in front of the “quiet” sign!

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Me and the babies with some of the most wonderful nurses in the world!

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Bob was the scrub tech during my c-section.  He stayed after his shift to do my case.  It meant tons to me.  I was so much more relaxed with him there.

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Erin Wolfe with Josh!  Erin brought me a season of 24 to watch.

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Two of the pregnant nurses!!  They each only have one baby!

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Kathy Sanford is my “tough love” friend.  When I was irrational, she brought me back to reality…quickly!!  I am so glad she was there to bring me back to reality.

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Patty Jarvis is so wonderful.  She came to see me every time she worked.  I am so glad she was around.  She is such a dear friend to me.

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Sabrina is amazed by the babies…and the stroller!!

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Tina Vaughn took care of me after I got out of recovery from the c-section.  She also took care of me until I went to postpartum.  She was fantastic.

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There are not enough wonderful words I can say about Sandy Mooney.  She is wonderful.  She helped organize my hospital baby shower.  She came in the OR and took pictures during my c-section.  She helped calm me when I was so nervous.  She is so wonderful and caring.

This does not begin to show all of the people who cared for me.  I am the luckiest woman in the world.  In my honest opinion, if you need to have a baby (or babies) in Atlanta, have them at Northside.  You will never regret this decision. 

I have no idea how this became an ad for the hospital.  I just wanted to share pictures of some of my dear friends and collegues.  I had such a wonderful time seeing them!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!

The title is a little deceptive.  I spent all afternoon with my favorite photographer in the world.  Sundra Paul, with Ananchel Photography, has done pictures for Raj and I over the years.  She did our engagement portraits, wedding portraits, my pregnancy portraits, and now she is doing our babies’ portraits for us.  Raj and I took the babies for their “newborn” pictures last week.  I had to pick out the pictures I wanted today.  I was not prepared for how difficult it was going to be.  I loved every single one of the pictures.  They turned out so well.  It really blew my mind.  I could have bought thousands of dollars of pictures.  However, I picked my six favorites.  Sundra has graciously allowed me to post a couple of them here on the blog.  As soon as I get them, they will be posted.  I can’t wait for everyone to see them.  I think I have the most beautiful children in the world (and the best photographer to boot!)!!

However, I have a couple of pictures from today that I took.  Yes, I know how they will rival Sundra’s portraits!  Mimi went and bought the babies coordinating outfits!  They are so cute!  I LOVE taking the babies out in matching clothes.  At home, I could care less!  Since I took two of the babies with me today, I dressed them all alike.  They looked so precious, I took a few pictures!  I never realized how hard it was to photograph three babies until this attempt!  Here are my futile attempts of getting them to sit up and look cute!!  I am so glad I don’t do this for a living!!  I will leave the real pictures to the professionals!

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Attempt #1 Maggie, Josh, Evie

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Attempt #2 Maggie, Josh, Evie

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Attempt#3 Maggie, Josh, Evie

So, I am not the best, but I tried!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Bath Time!

I would not say giving the babies their baths is my most favorite part of the day.  However, it does give me time to spend with each individual child.  This is so important.  It is not that I don’t like doing the baths, it is just very tiring.  I love the way the babies smell and look after they are bathed.  Plus, they sleep REALLY good the night of the bath!!  I am trying to make bath time more fun for me!  I am snapping pictures of the babies as I bathe them.  This makes me smile and laugh!!  It is hard to be that coordinated though!  They are just so sweet and precious!  All of the babies have such distinct personalities, and they show them best when they are being bathed!  I love every second of it!!!  Here are some fun pictures of yesterday’s baths!!!

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Maggie being dried off!

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Maggie is enjoying every moment of this!

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Josh is very unsuspecting of the water waiting for him!!

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Isn’t Josh’s alligator towel cute?!

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Evie in the sink being bathed!

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Getting a bath makes Evie hungry!

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Evie is all done now!!

I hope y’all enjoyed our bath pictures!

I love you all.

Ginny

Pictures Of The Grandparents With The Triplets!

I just thought I would share some pictures of their grandparents spending time together!

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Aajjii and Aajjaa with Josh

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Aajjii with Maggie and Evie

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Grandaddy with Evie

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Grandaddy with Josh

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Grandaddy with Maggie

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Mimi with Maggie

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Mimi with Maggie (again)

I just wanted to show off all of the grandparents with the babies!  I know they enjoy getting to see them and spend time with them!  I want to tell all of them how much I appreciate everything they have done for us!  We know the babies love the time they have spent with y’all!!

I love you all.

Ginny

I Am Ready!

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This is a me post.  Sorry no baby pics!  I will get them up later today or tomorrow.  I was reading on Triplet Connection about the mother of sextuplets who just ran a marathon.  Her babies were just about to turn one, ONE, when she ran her race.  She also went into heart failure after her delivery.  She RAN a marathon.  HELLO, if she can run a MARATHON, I can run a half marathon.  I “only” have triplets, and I did not have any complications after my babies were delivered.  I have no goals of running a marathon any time soon, but I long to run another half marathon.  I want my body back.  I am only ten pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I am ready for the last ten to be gone.  I want my clothes to fit again.  I know my body will never be the same after triplets, but I want to get it as close to the same as I can.  I also need just a little bit of “me” time.  So, I am now training for a half marathon.  At this point I am not going to say which race, Mimi may kill me, but I am working on it.  Plus, I may change my mind about which race I run!  I am going to keep myself accountable to training by posting updates about how it is going here.  Wish me luck!!!!  I can’t wait to take a picture of me, Raj, and the babies after I run the race!  I can’t believe the picture above was only 15 months ago!!!!

I love you all.

Ginny 

THANK YOU Aunt Ashley

My older sister, Ashley, came and spent the night with me Monday night.  It was so wonderful.  I had hit the wall.  I was so tired.  It was the first day I felt like I was not going to survive.  Ashley came and went above and beyond for me.  She let me go to sleep at 9:30.  She and Raj did the 11:00 feeding.  At 2:00, Ashley and I fed the babies.  It went so fast.  At 5:00, Ashley and I got up to feed, but Mom showed up.  Mom and Ashley sent me right back to bed, and they did the feeding without me.  It was so nice getting some solid sleep. 

Ashley did even more than feeds for me.  She stayed at home and watched the babies while I went to the store!  It was so wonderful to get out of the house for a few minutes.  I definitely have cabin fever…and it is not even RSV season!  She did laundry for me.  She did dishes for me.  She did a little bit of everything.  There is no way I can thank her enough.  Several times while she was here, I nearly cried out of gratefulness.  I really needed the help she brought to me at the moment she brought it.  I am so lucky.

I am really lucky to have such a wonderful family.  I love all of my siblings beyond words.  Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to call their siblings friends.  I am.

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Aunt Ashley with Evie!

I have two other new posts below this one!  Enjoy!

I love you all.

Ginny

Feeding Three Babies

I am trying to find a fast and efficient way to feed all three babies.  Finding that efficient way is a TOUGH task.  I am starting to get in the groove of Raj working and me being totally responsible for the babies….without help!  It is a little scary to me even though Raj is just working upstairs right now!  It has actually been a good day today.  

I will say feeding the babies is the toughest part of the day.  At the babies’ 2:00 feed, I tried something different.  I used my two boppies that were downstairs and Josh’s bouncy seat, and I tried to feed all three babies at one time!  It was pretty tough.  I only have two hands and the babies are not totally ready to have their bottles propped.  I am also not sure how to burp the babies and continue feeding.  I finally decided to just stop feeding them all and burp them in order.  I definitely had crying babies during this process, but I was totally done feeding in about 30 minutes!!!! 

I do not plan on feeding like this every time, but I know there is hope when I need a feeding to go fast.  I know this may sound appalling to some, but life with three babies is very different than life with one.  I really like spending time with each baby as they eat, but bottle propping will help me.  If anyone knows how to burp  and continue feeding the others, let me know!

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I had Raj come down and take a picture  for me!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Happy Father’s Day Raj

Happy Father’s Day Raj!  You are such a fantastic Dad.  I know you were worried about being the father of three children…..at one time, but you have proven to be a fantastic dad.  Your confidence with feeding, changing, swaddling, and soothing the babies has increased by leaps and bounds.  You do such a great job with them.  I love how you give them kisses, laugh at their funny noises and faces, and how you soothe them when they are fussy.  Evie, Maggie, and Josh are lucky to have such a great dad.  I am lucky to have a husband like you to muddle through all the craziness we now call life!  I can’t promise, but I bet, you will not be so tired next year!  Happy Father’s Day! 

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Raj with Evie, Josh, and Maggie.

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Raj holding Maggie, Josh, and Evie together for the first time.

We all love you Daddy.

Ginny and Evie, Maggie, and Josh

One Month Old Letters To Evie, Maggie, and Josh

Dear Evie,

I can’t believe you are one month old!  You are such a precious girl to your mommy.  You have come so far in a month!  One month ago you were getting 4cc of formula every three hours.  Now, you take 60cc every three hours!!  It is amazing how much you have grown and changed,I can’t believe you are home with me and Daddy. 

I could look at you for hours.  You have the most inquisitive eyes.  They are so beautiful.  You look like you are contemplating many deep issues when you are awake.  You have the most beautiful dark brown hair.  I prayed I would get a baby with dark hair, and I got you!  I can’t wait until I find bows to clip in your hair.  We are going to have fun dressing you up!

You always wake up like clockwork when it is time to eat!  You are ready to go, but you do take your sweet time eating.  I think you enjoy the love you get while you are being fed.  You are my little grunter!  You grunt all of the time, but you never seem upset or disturbed by it.  You even grunt when you eat.  Because you are not disturbed by grunting, Daddy and I are not disturbed by it.  You love to lay like a frog on my chest.  I remember one time at the hospital you did this after you had breastfed, and I had sweet little imprints of your feet on my tummy.  You love getting kisses from me, and I love giving them to you.  I pray for you every day.  You are such a special, wanted and loved little girl.  I will always love you.

Love,
Mommy

Evie the day she was born
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Evie today
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Dear Maggie,You are one month old today!  I can’t believe it.  You were the littlest when you were born.  You are still the littlest now!  However, you love to eat more than your brother or your sister.  I call you my little “Mighty Mite”!  You can suck down an entire bottle in less than five minutes if I let you.  However, when this happens, you throw the whole thing back up.  We have to pace you a little bit.  We also have to work to burp you to prevent you spitting up  Daddy and I have both been bathed several times with your meals that did not stay down.  None of us like it when you spit!  You love to sleep in between your brother and sister.  You are the biggest cuddler.  However, you do have a tendency to whack them in the face when you wake up.  Josh never seems to mind.  Evie is not real fond of getting hit though!  Sometimes when we come to feed you during the night, you have scooted yourself so close you have your face touching Josh or Evie’s head!  It is so cute!  You love to be held by Mommy and Daddy too. 

I love how little and petite you are right now!  It is so much fun to dress you up.  You have enough hair for bows too!  I love it, and I love you.  I hope you like the way I dress you with lots of pink!  I pray for you every night.  You are such a special, wanted, and loved little girl.  I will always love you.

Love,
Mommy

Maggie the day she was born
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Maggie today!
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Dear Josh,You are Mommy’s little man.  You have grown so much in one month.  I still can’t believe it!  You are so sweet and loving.  You have huge eyes that look around and analyze everything.  You are already so loving towards your sisters.  You put up with getting hit in the face and having to wait until the girls have been fed to get your turn eating.  You  already seem to be protective of your sisters.  I hope you stay like that.  Brothers are very special people.  I know.  I have a very special brother. You are such a happy baby.  You get the hiccups a lot!  It makes your Daddy laugh when you hiccup for long periods of time.  He thinks it is really cute.  You have already played on the computer with your Daddy too!  I think you had a lot of fun.  All of the girls love you!  Your cousins think you are the neatest baby because you are a boy!  We are all hoping Aunt Joy will have a boy so you can have someone to play with!  Otherwise, you are going to be around girls for forever! 

You are my slowest eater.  A lot of times you eat in your sleep.  I think you miss the feeding tube you had at the hospital!  It seems you think it was the easier way to get food.  Your Daddy and I mess with your head to get you to eat.  Sometimes I will give you kisses on your neck.  This makes you mad and then you eat!  I am so glad you are my son.  I pray for you every day.  You are so special, loved, and wanted.  Remember, I will always love you.

Love,
Mommy

Josh the day he was born
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Josh today!
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I love you all.
Ginny