Fever and Yuck-O

My poor Evie has not had the greatest week.  Poor girl has been running fever since Monday.  I took her to see Nancy (our PA-C) on Wednesday.  Her ears and throat looked fine.  I was told that unless she was still running fever Friday, I didn’t need to worry.  Well, she’s still running fever.  Tonight she still had 102.6 temperature.  I have a feeling we will be back seeing Nancy.  Yuck-o…….  I hope she gets feeling better soon.  I hope the other two don’t get whatever she has.  I hope to have pictures of the babies soon.

I love you all.

Ginny

Marathon Monday

Yes.  I know it is Tuesday.  In fact, it is 39 minutes from being Wednesday.  I still want to do my “Marathon Monday” post! 

We are getting our bikes ready.
We are getting our bikes ready.
I was starting to question my ability here.
I was starting to question my ability here.
Here we are getting ready.  Do you notice the kids?  They were great!
Here we are getting ready. Do you notice the kids? They were great!

I participated in a “Tiny Tri” on Monday morning.  My friend Kate, who is also the director of the North Gwinnett Galloway Group, organized a mini triathalon for Memorial Day.  It was SO MUCH FUN!!  I am almost convinced to train for a sprint triathalon….who knows……. 

Goggles and a swim hat would helped a lot!
Goggles and a swim hat would helped a lot!
Go Kate Go!
Go Kate Go!
Chris is finishing up!
Chris is finishing up!

Anyways, we swam four lengths in the pool (A length is back and forth…not just to the other end of the pool. FYI.), we biked three miles, and then we ran two miles.  I miss swimming a lot, so even though it was hard, I loved that part.  Running is “easy breezy” in the VERY relative term.  Biking was the brutal part of the race for me.  I have very poor balance.  This is a combination of MS and genetics.  I had not sat on a bike in years….maybe even a decade before this ride.  It TERRIFIED me.  I was so afraid I was going to fall.  I never did!!  I know if I trained, I would get more used to the bike.  We’ll see.

Now it's time to ride!
Now it's time to ride!
Do you see fear?  I do!
Do you see fear? I do!
Chris and her family are getting ready to ride!
Chris and her family are getting ready to ride!
I am not too fond of hills....up or down!
I am not too fond of hills....up or down!
I love this pic of Chris's husband and kiddos!  They didn't quit!
I love this pic of Chris's husband and kiddos! They didn't quit!
I am glad that part is finished!!
I am glad that part is finished!!

It was such a fun time.  It was nice to do a little bit of cross training as I train for the marathon.  There is an “Iron Girl Triathalon” at the end of June.  Should I train for it?  Is that insane?  We’ll see…….

My legs felt really funny running after having ridden the bike.
My legs felt really funny running after having ridden the bike.
Running is much easier!
Running is much easier!
Our spectator.  He reminds me a ton of my Joe-Baby.....
Our spectator. He reminds me a ton of my Joe-Baby.....
I was behind the "pros" starting the run segment of the tri.....
I was behind the "pros" starting the run segment of the tri.....
Here I come!!
Here I come!!
I caught up!!!  Yea me!!
I caught up!!! Yea me!!
Here come Chris and her daughter!  Girls rock!
Here come Chris and her daughter! Girls rock!

I love you all.

Ginny

One Year Doctor Appointment

I forgot to mention that the kiddos went to the pediatrician for their one year old appointment.  It went great!  The babies are all developmentally on par for one year olds!  That is amazing!  They only have to be on par for ten month old babies because they were born two months early.  I am so proud of my munchkins!

On another note, going to the pediatrician  with help is FABULOUS!!  My BFF from Nashville has been down for a week.  It has been wonderful having her here.  It was even MORE wonderful having her at the kiddos’ appointment!  It made it so easy and fun for me!  Thanks so much Aunt Manders!  Love you!!

I love you all.

Ginny

One Year Old Letters

Evie on her birthday!
Evie on her birthday!

Dear Miss Evie,

I can’t believe you are a one year old!  It is amazing at how time flies by!  Your first year has been a fun and wild one.  One that I would not trade for anything in the world. 

When you were born I made sure Dr. Henke and Dr. Bilek told me you were the “real” Baby A.  You had such a distinct personality on the inside, I just wanted to make sure it was really you.  Right after you came out, Dr. Bilek told me you were the ‘real” Baby A.  If Maggie would have been delivered first by suprise, I wanted to make sure y’all got the correct names!  You didn’t cry much after you were born.  It made me pretty nervous.  I remember seeing you and thinking you were so tiny.  I was afraid you were a two pound baby.  You proved me wrong!  You were 3# 14oz!  Your Apgar score at birth was 5 at one minute and 8 at five minutes.  I didn’t really even get to see you before you went to the NICU.  I was pretty crushed when all I got to see was your sweet little face for a few seconds.  I wanted to touch you and kiss you before you left me to go and be taken care of.  I already loved you more than life itself.

Now look at you!  You have stood on your own, albeit very wobbly!  We think you have said bye and mama and dada.  You love to wave at people.  You are a great eater.  You love everything, but your favorite is fruit.  You are only taking 10 ounces of formula from a bottle now.  In fact, that is all at night.  You are my most constant child developmentally.  You continue at your same steady pace.  I hate to say this, but you are my benchmark.  I can compare you and your siblings and know how all of you are doing.  Since y’all are all doing about the same, it is great!

You are definitely my clingiest child.  I never knew you could clamp your legs on my waist so tightly.  I am almost certain I could let go of you totally and you would not fall!  You are my most skiddish kiddo too.  If you know the person you are fine, but if you are in a new environment, you have to figure it out before you are okay.  You get held in the nursery at church a lot because of this, but they love it, so it’s all good!  You also keep your thumb in your mouth when you are nervous.  I hope we can get your thumb out one day.  We’ll see…….  I love how much you love being with me.  It warms my heart.  I hope you always love being around me.

Okay sweet girl, let me tell you about one of your funniest habits.  When I put you in the stroller to go for walks, your brother is always in the middle.  You love to pick at him!  It is the funniest thing ever.  You pull at his straps.  You mess with his hair.  In general, you drive the poor boy crazy!  There is nowhere for him to go, so he just has to deal with it.  I try to tell you to stop, but you just look up and grin.  I have to fight not laughing.  Generally I fail at that though!!

You weigh 19# 15oz and are in the 25% for weight.  You dropped from the 50% three months ago.  We are just going to watch your weight.  No fears!  You are 301/2 inches long.  That puts you in the 90% for height!  You wear a size 4 wide shoe.  You are still in 9-12 month clothing.  You wear a size three diaper during the day, and you still need the size four diaper at night.

You amaze me little brown bean.  You have brought joy, fun, and definitely noise to my life!  I love you forever.  I am so glad you are exactly who you are!

Love Always,

Mommy

Maggie on her birthday!
Maggie on her birthday!

Dear Miss Maggie,

Oh my sweet girl.  I can’t believe you are a one year old now!  I still vividly remember the moment in July when I thought you would not see your first birthday.  I still remember wondering if I needed to quit doing CPR because you were not coming back.  I still remember that weak little cry and knowing you were alive!  Oh my sweet baby.  There will always be a bond between us that not even your teenage years will break! 

I will still never forget the moment you were born!  I heard you crying instantly.  That was such a relief to me.  I also knew Mark, a respiratory therapist and my friend, was taking care of you.  You were in good hands.  Your Apgar score was 8 at one minute, 8 at five minutes, and 9 at ten minutes.  You were the only baby I got to kiss before going to the NICU.  That was the first time I cried in the OR.  It felt so wonderful to put my lips on your little face.

Let me tell you how amazing you are!  You have actually taken two purposeful steps!  In fact, you did it the day after your birthday!  You are the cutest little dancer!  When you sit in the high chair to eat, you just wiggle your head and dance!  It is the cutest thing ever!  You have even taught your brother and sister how to do it!  You say mama and dada.  You stand on your own all of the time.  You are definitely the mover and shaker of the group!

You love to eat!  How shocking is that?!  You will sit and eat all of your eggs, sausage, and fruit at breakfast.  You are definitely the best eater in the group!  You still are not the best drinker, but you are getting there.  You do make wonderful hair gel out of peanut butter and jelly.  That I could live without.  You don’t seem to have a favorite food.  You like it all!

You have sprouted over the past three months!  You weigh 19# 7oz.  You are in the 25% for weight.  However, you are holding steady on the growth curve, so we are very pleased.  You are now 30 inches long.  That puts you in the 75% for height!  You are getting tall fast!  You are still in 9-12 month clothing.  You wear exclusively size three diapers.  Your shoe size is a 4 medium.  It is all just amazing.

One other neat thing for you Maggie.  Your physical therapist is nominating you to be a poster child for Children’s Miracle Network for CHOA at Scottish Rite!  How thrilling.  It is an incredible honor to be nominated.  That just shows how far you have really come! 

I am so grateful God spared your life and left you to be with us!  You are my peanut….even though you are getting tall.  I love you so much.

Love Always,

Mommy

Josh on his birthday!
Josh on his birthday!

Dear Mister Josh,

I am so glad I had a boy!  I am so glad you are exactly who you are!  I always wanted one boy and two girls.  I got exactly what I wanted.  However, I did not realize how much easier you were going to be than those high maintenance sisters you have! 

When you were born you sounded great to me!  I heard you give a cry.  I immediately felt better.  You actually struggled the most at birth having an Apgar score of 4 at one minute and 8 at five minutes.  I was shocked you got a four.  It seemed to me you were doing great.  However, you did better than the girls in regards to getting off CPAP and nasal cannula.  You did not have wimpy white boy syndrome at all!  You were remarkably impressive during your stay in the NICU.  They brought you by in the isolette before you went to the NICU, but I did not get to touch you.  All I saw was your sweet little face.  I was disappointed to not get to touch you, however I did love seeing your precious face.

You are an amazing little man.  In general, you are the most laid back and easy going child I have.  However, you have the nickname of Mr. Short Fuse for a reason.  You have a temper.  When you get mad, you are MAD.  You are pretty impatient when it comes to getting your food.  You will starting shaking you are so mad if you don’t get your food fast enough.  We are working with you stopping this behavior.  It is hard to teach you, but you are starting to catch on that this is not appropriate behavior.

You are a ‘fantastic crawler.  You even hold your own bottle at your night time feed.  That makes me sad.  You love playing with balls and cars.  They are definitely your favorite toys.  You will throw a ball and chase it.  Then, you will pick it up, throw it, and chase it again.  It is so funny to watch.  You love pushing cars around.  You are definitely a boy!  You are not standing on your own yet.  We are having to work at getting you off of your toes.  As soon as you start to stand flat footed, I am pretty certain you will be standing alone and walking.

There is one thing about you that shocks me.  You are a picky eater.  Where did that come from?  You eat the least of all three kids.  However, you seem content, so I will not push the issue.  You love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  You LOVE fruit.  You are not too fond of eggs.  I’m working on that one though.  You do like maple sausage and chicken nuggets.

You are growing like a weed.  You now weigh 22# 2oz which puts you in the 50% for weight.  You are 30 inches tall.  This puts you in the 50% for height.  You are perfectly on par for where you should be.  You wear size 12-18 month clothing.  You are still in a size 4 wide shoe.  You wear exclusively size four diapers.  You also have the most kissable neck in the world!

I love you so much.  I can’t believe how much you have grown and flourished this year.  I am so glad you are my son.

Love Always,

Mommy

Off To The Farm

Our first trip to the farm.
Our first trip to the farm.

For the summer growing season, our family has become a member of a farm coop!  I heard about these on NPR a couple of years ago, but the timing was not right to join one at that time.  Then, some moms on the Atlanta Triplets and More brought up the idea again a few months ago.  I decided to look into because I now have the time and ability to go and get the produce.

Maggie and Evie with the herbs!
Maggie and Evie with the herbs!

  I did some research and found Cane Creek Farmin west Forsyth.  It is wonderful!  All of the produce is organic, like really organic.  It is amazing to see the fruits, vegetables, and herbs growing along with the chickens, rooster, and hens.  It is even more amazing how wonderful it tastes!

Isn't Maggie cute in her overalls?!?!
Isn't Maggie cute in her overalls?!?!

The babies and I go every Wednesday to pick up our weekly portion.  I am really hoping they will come to appreciate healthy food and conserving our environment.  Also, they are learning all about farm animals.  Josh is definitely NOT fond of the rooster!  Poor boy would cry every time the rooster “cock-a-doodle-do’ed”.  Towards the end of our last visit he was doing better with the rooster. 

Look at some of the animals we get to see!
Look at some of the animals we get to see!
That darn rooster!  He and Josh are not friends!
That darn rooster! He and Josh are not friends!

I look forward to going to the farm every week.  Anyone who knows me knows I consider staying at the Holiday Inn roughing it.  However, I really enjoy the farm.  It is amazing to see how beautiful they keep the farm.  I also like all of the moms I meet when we are there.  In fact, this week we met 5 year old girl/girl/boy triplets!  It is amazing to have a teeny glimpse of what the babies will be like in four years!  It was also nice putting a face with a name of a mom on ATM.  So, so neat!

Josh is checking out our loot for this week!
Josh is checking out our loot for this week!

Here is the final thing about the farm.  The food!  What a shocker right?!?!?  My goal is to cook all of the food we get every week.  Today, I made a swiss chard (I didn’t know what swiss chard was before yesterday:o)) quiche with swiss chard, eggs, and green onions from the farm.  It was fantastic.  I also made homemade strawberry muffins from the strawberries we got yesterday.  Who knows, by the end of the summer I may actually have some cooking skills up my sleeve…..maybe!

Evie kind of likes this!
Evie kind of likes this!

I highly recommend joining in a farm coop if you have the ability.  It is the best investment we have made.  Plus, the food tastes so much better than any grocery store food could ever taste!!

I love you all.

Ginny

Baptism

Sunday was a very, very special day for our family.  The babies were baptized.  It is so wonderful to know that we are giving our children entirely to the Lord.  We promise to raise them in a Christian home.  We promise to show them Christ in all of our actions.  We completely understand that baptizing the babies does not save them or get them into heaven, but it is a symbol of our faith in Christ and our recognition that Christ is the only One who can save them.  We are so lucky to have a church family like the one we have.  Not only were our families there, but our church family was there too.  We love every one of the with all of our hearts.  We are so glad to know we have such wonderful love and support as we raise our children.  It really does take a village.

Dad, Josh,Maggie, Mom, and Evie
Dad, Josh,Maggie, Mom, and Evie
Evie being baptized.
Evie being baptized.
Maggie being baptized.
Maggie being baptized.
Josh being baptized.
Josh being baptized.

 

Dad and Mom taking our vows.
Dad and Mom taking our vows.

Having the babies baptized on my birthday was the MOST special gift I could have ever received.

I love you all.

Ginny

Marathon Monday

I am starting to do “Marathon Mondays” every week!  I am currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon, and I am going to share the joys and struggles of my training.

We ran 7.5 miles on Saturday.  It went well.  I was pretty exhausted because I only slept 4.5 hours the night before, and my MS medicine was making me feel a little crummy.  However, running with the girls was so fun!  I so enjoy their conversation and company.  I did drop down to the 2/1 group for this run, but I plan to go back to my 3/1 group next week.  Oh yeah….I had the babies’ birthday party 2 hours after I finished running!  How crazy!!

Tonight I had my first tumble.  I busted my hiney…actually my knee and hands…running the greenway.  However, we were almost at the halfway point of the run, so we just went ahead and finished our entire run.  Why stop at that point? 

I hope to hear from and encourage other moms to start running.  It is so good on so many levels.  It doesn’t matter whether you have one baby or three babies, little ones or teenagers, running can do wonders for you.  Just look at me!

I love you all.

Ginny

The Cake/Cakes

My best friend Stephanie made the babies’ birthday cakes!  They were phenomenal!!  Who would have believed 21 years ago we would have been in each other’s weddings, had babies, and be 31?  I am sure neither of us would have believed that one!  If you live in the state of Georgia and ever need a gorgeous cake, just let me know.  I can get you in touch with the BEST cake decorator around!

Evie is purple.  Maggie is pink.  Josh doesn't have a bow!
Evie is purple. Maggie is pink. Josh doesn't have a bow!

I will work on fixing the pictures of Josh later.  I am so, so tired.  Off to bed!

I love you all.

Ginny

The Big Birthday Party!

Oh today was so much fun!!  I don’t think I have ever had more fun at a birthday party than what I had today!  We had so many wonderful friends and family there to celebrate with us!  Because we had the party at the park, the kids were able to play on the playground.  It was awesome.  Also, the weather was overcast with a 60% chance of rain.  It did not rain on us until everyone was sitting down eating!  That was fantastic because we were in a pavilion and no one got wet! 

I want to thank everyone for coming and celebrating with us!  I don’t know how we would have made through the past year without all of you.  For those of you who could not make it, thank you too.  The love and support I have gotten from my TC, BBC, and other online friends has been a life saver.  I wish we were not spread all of the country.  I wish we lived on the same street.

I now have a plethora of pictures from today!

 

The incredible cake pictures will be the next post.

I love you all.

Ginny

The Water Table

Have I mentioned I LOVE Step 2?  We got the choo-choo from Step 2.  Now, we have another fantastic product from them! 

We have a water table!!!

I want to keep the babies active and loving playing outside!!!  They love this table!  Healthy, active, and happy kids.  That is what I want.  This table is going to allow us to have tons of wet, splashy fun this summer!

I love the drops of water on Evie's face.
I love the drops of water on Evie's face.
Evie and Josh
Evie and Josh
How fun!!
How fun!!
Look at the cute tushies!
Look at the cute tushies!
Splash!  Splash!
Splash! Splash!
Okay...On to other things!
Okay...On to other things!

I love you all.

Ginny