Friday, April 30, 2010
One year ago I was spending my nights in the hospital on the very roomy, smaller than a single bed, pull-out in Rian's room. It is amazing to see how far both Rian, the Critters, and I have come in that year. While it has been the toughest thing that both of us have done, bar exam included, it has also been the most rewarding experience either of us will ever have. It is truly a treat every time we walk into their room on the morning only to be treated to three beaming faces.
Well here we go, here is a rundown of year one in numbers:
1. 5 star NICU stay - $512,500 (Thanks United.)
2. Diapers - 8,280 (I averaged it out, error range +/- 30.)
3. Formula - $3,039 (Luckily we were able to get some from the pediatrician.)
4. Bottles - 1,680 (That is a lot of shaking, except for the few ready made formula jugs we got.)
5. Baths - 1,020 (We are probably the cause of the AL/GA/FL water dispute.)
6. Naps - In excess of 1,000 nap, duration of the naps definitely ran the gamut.
7. Sleepless Nights - 46 (Give or take 10.)
8. Teeth - 7.5 (Brother is still working on one, so I gave him .5.)
9. Number of Square feet of our House lost to Baby Stuff - 150 sq. ft. (I guess that's not too bad for triplets.)
10. Smiles - too many to count (Cheesy I know, but it really is the best thing ever.)
Here's to a great year and many more to come. Thanks again to everyone who is following the blog.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Man, one should really step back and read a post before you just throw it our there. After speaking with Rian and really re-reading my post I have made some serious edits. I had intended my post to come across in a certain way and after re-reading it I definitely struck-out. Sorry if I offended anyone on the first go around.
I really can't fathom that it has been a year since the Critters were born, man time moves fast. I figured that I would do another list of more things that I have learned about raising children.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The good ole Gummy Bears who bounced here and there and everywhere. Man have cartoons gone downhill. With today's Japanese Anime you have to worry about a seizure with all of the flashing lights going on. The only thing that you had to worry about with the Gummy Bears is whether or not Evil Duke Igthorn would learn the secret recipe of gummi berry juice so he can take over the kingdom. Life seemed so much simpler back then. I can remember the excitement of getting up Saturday mornings at 7:00 to start watching cartoons. Rian and I had the TV on last Saturday morning and the cartoons these days look like some sort of twisted nightmare.
I really hope that the Critters enjoy and appreciate the cartoons that their parents watched. The definitely had an innocence about them. The most violent thing that you got was GI JOE, which would be approved for infants these days. There were so many great cartoons when I was growing up I wanted to list a few for the Critters:
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I consider myself a little old school when it comes to certain toys for the Critters. One of those toys being a wagon. I remember the days of the good ole metal Radio Flyer. These are probably considered a safety hazard these days due to kids hitting their heads on it or knocking out teeth.
The old metal Radio Flyers have been replaced with plastic and wood but I guess that their spirit lives on. I have also noticed that these new wagons have this revolutionary safety device in them, seat belts. Back on up, say what? I know, seat belts. School buses still don't have them but a wagon with a top speed of three miles an hour does.
Grandma Barbara approached me about getting the Critters a wagon to cruise the neighborhood with and asked me which kind I liked. She had bought a "new" Radio Flyer, but I told her that I liked the Step2 wagons. The wagon that I really like is called the Choo Choo Wagon but that is been discontinued until this Fall when Step2 plans to reintroduce it. Grandma Barbara ended up getting the Step2 Wagon for Two and the optional Tag-Along. Let me tell you this thing is great. It is pretty funny though that the Tag-Along says in multiple places that it is not meant to carry a child. Don't worry I did the research and many parents of multiples do this. Once again I find this rather humorous because the reason that it is not meant to be used by a child is that it doesn't have a seat belt. Really?
Here are a few pics of the troops:
Oh and here is a picture of the wagon that Reese wanted that was vetoed, apparently Jesse James is in the business of kids wagons also.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
We pulled into New Smyrna Beach around 11 am and found a parking spot right on the beach. After getting the Critters in their swim diapers and swimsuits we were off to find a spot on the beach.
The Grandma's found a spot that was partially shaded by another couples canopy. Grandma Barbara bought a couple of beach tents for the Critters to give them a break from the sun. I also didn't factor in that the water temperature would be on the colder side. Let's just put it this way CarCar (or CocheCoche, espanol for carcar) did not like the colder water. It was as if Rian just put her toe in a vat of acid. After a second attempt we realized that CarCar would be a land shark for the rest of the day. Reese apparently also prefers the water on the warmer side because he too just wanted to sit on the beach and play with the sand. Hadley on the other hand took to the water right away. I did not take Hadley for our child that would have no fear, but she proved me wrong. She.Absolutely.Loved.the.Beach. As soon as I took her into the water she started beaming and she didn't want to get out. We had to have a few mandatory sun breaks but she would always let you know when she wanted to go back in. We stayed at the beach for about and hour and a half and then headed back to Orlando. On the way back we stopped at this BBQ joint in Winter Park called 4Rivers. Hands down some of the best BBQ that I have every had. Definitely stop by if you are in the area.
Hadley unwillingly taking a break from the water.