April Fools! Okay, so I'm not pregnant, but I did get the
sudden urge to make a baby, so I created a life-size replica of Nadia
when she was born - accurate weight and length - and all that's missing
is the face. I'm relying on Loren's artistic talent for that. Here's a
picture of her: Been busy busy busy with the babies. I'm working
on a video of our extreme babyproofing. Should be done by next
week. Crazy stuff.
Milestones and memorable moments:
Ruca has learned Angus's name (Ang-ee)
and Nadia (Yaya).
A few days ago, Angus let the babies
out the front door - despite the deadbolt being locked. Max
escaped and was headed down to the street. It scared the life
out of me. More babyproofing. How scary!!!
Angus was angry with me a few days ago
and told me that the Easter Bunny is going to hit me. Well,
guess we won't be having the Easter Bunny drop by this year.
Wouldn't want him to hit me.
Nadia choked on some food yesterday.
I was around the corner and never would've even seen it.
Luckily Kelli was right there to help her get it out. Our
angels are watching us all.
Speaking of angels, in counting my blessings at the end of each day, I
always remember to thank God that I was able to keep the little ones
from harm. It's so tough to be in so many places at once. I
count my day a success if, when they're off to bed, everyone's healthy
3/22/06: As you can see
from the picture on the left, our babyproofing doesn't end in the house.
I thought I was ever-so-clever for gating the children inside of the
play area in our backyard to keep them safe and contained, but no sooner
had I gotten the monstrous babygate up than Ruca had climbed the ladder
and was teetering at the top awaiting a certain fall. So much for
keeping them safe. Later, I snaked the gate under the
ladder, so we'll see how long that lasts.
Don't know how much more babyproofing
we can do around the house, but it's apparent that we're not done.
Max was ON TOP OF the pool table today, standing up reaching for the
ceiling fan. This is the most challenging time I've ever had in my
I'm planning to do some changes to the
look and maneuverability of my website in the near-future. I can't
stand it when a website changes and I can't find things, but I'll
hopefully make this more user-friendly.
My book will go on sale Tuesday or
Wednesday of next week. I'll post a link when it does.
Milestones and cute stuff: Two
things... Ruca and Nadia both said "Hi, Doggie" today to one of our
dogs. Sentences! They both say "B" when they kiss - it's
their "kissing sound." Oh, and so cute... Angus is a doll with his
pronunciation of Ipsy-Bipsy Fider (Itsy-bitsy Spider). I just
really hate to correct little people.
3/13/06: Angus was biting
Ruca on her back a few days ago. I said, "Angus, don't bite her
back, please." He replied "I just giving her a back rub with my
teeth." So, that's the stage we're at - stretching the truth.
I honestly LOVE 3-year-olds. No sarcasm. Angus says
when he's bigger and he grows wings, he's going to go up and catch a
star and bring it home for me. How sweet!
The babies are now expressing a strong
interest in learning their A,B,C's. I'm not accustomed to it, as
Angus is just now taking an interest. Ruca will touch
letters and say A-E-C-A, etc. Max sings his A,B,C's and you can
understand a few letters. Nadia's right there with them, but not
nearly as vocal. Angus is just about at the same stage,
reading-wise. I'm in no hurry and have no worries in that
department. Everyone has a built-in pace.
Kristi, Kevin, and Kelli are busy all
the time, but not too busy for their mom, thank goodness. Kristi's
moving into a house on the military base this week. I'm so glad
she'll have time to get my granddaughter's room ready. Kevin and
Kelli are getting ready for exams. Kevin has serious senior-itis.
He's gotten lots of scholarships already and is already pre-enrolled in
USF Honors - going pre-med probably. But he's just losing his
momentum. It's tough seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and
you're not quite there. Kelli's been busy with ROTC, but I think
she'll be ready to be done with ROTC this year. Not her cup of
My wonderful man's been busy with
work, and following up at home as World's Best Dad and husband.
What an exciting life he has! I love hearing about his job.
I live vicariously through him at times and I'm content with that.
As for me, I'm anxiously awaiting the release of my book. I've
been keeping more than busy with the wee ones, so time's flying.
It'll be here before I know it.
3/5/06: Gosh, I love my
weekends! Spent yesterday at the Gasparilla Arts Festival.
Although I felt as though we were more on display than some of the art.
Several people asked if they could take a picture of the babies - even
one of the artists took a picture of the babies and mentioned using them
in his art.
What little talkers we have now.
Max loves to say "NO" and "All Done." Done with lunch - "all
done," bored in the stroller - "all done," etc. Ruca has her own
variation of all-done. She screams "ALL!" Perhaps soon
she'll add the done part. Nadia said "pizza" yesterday.
Last week I had my friend Brooke over
with her little girl, Thalia and her triplets (website at
What a trip it is to see six toddlers and 2 preschoolers running around
knowing that we were WAY outnumbered. Loads of fun.
The week before, I had my friend Laura
over with her son, Joey, and her twins who a just a day younger than our
babies. So exciting to watch them all interact.
Well, naptime is done and I can hear
Max on the monitor singing "all done." Guess it's time to get back
2/25/06: We had a wonderful
Solomon's Castle. What a neat place. A guy had a vision
back in 1972 of creating a castle of his home in the middle of nowhere
using only recycled things. What an incredible place. Angus
really enjoyed meeting the "King." He also enjoyed touring the castle.
I think the king of Solomon's Castle was as impressed with the babies as
we were of his unique home. Great experience for all.
Speaking of royalty, Prince Angus got
a new set of bunkbeds. How wonderful for him. How tragically
sad for me. I snuck into his room the night before and got some
shots of him in his toddler bed for the last time. Can't think
about it too much or I'll cry. Hard to tuck a guy in when he's in
the top bunk. I knew this day would come.
I had to include a picture of my Ruca
with her Grandma Dolly. She developed quite an attachment to her
grandma last time they visited. In fact, we nearly had to
surgically remove her from her grandma when they left. So, I
created a "Grandma Dolly" for her and she carries it around and sleeps
with it. Took me about 5 minutes to make it. Loren jokingly
says I intended it to be a grandma voodoo doll. Not a chance.
Luckily I have a great set of in-laws. Now to make the Grandpa
Doll, a set of the other grandparents, best friend dolls, etc., in my
spare time. Yeah, right!
Twins in Peril: Twin to Twin
Transfusion Syndrome, the Discovery Health Channel special which
included parts of our story will be airing again early March.
Here's a link to the schedule.
I'm very anxiously awaiting the proof
on my book. Should be coming within a week or two. I'll
update when I get it.
2/20/06: More stuff later,
but for now, just wanted to post a link to our newest little video:
2/15/06: Journal entry:
Today is Day 486 in captivity. My captors grow increasingly
restless and seem to exhibit very few characteristics of civility....
primal instinct plays strong in their day-to-day rituals that appear to
be of a uniquely destructive nature. But communication between us
is growing, and there is definitely hope...
But seriously, although they're busy
and curious, it seems like things are sort of moving in the right
direction this month. They're beginning to ask for things - with
actual words like cracker, juice, cheese, etc. Verbal skills are
such a leap into life being much more manageable. They've
already mastered voicing animal sounds, pointing to most body parts,
etc. Great strides!
As most had seen, I got to see my
granddaughter this past weekend via ultrasound. How exciting.
Her name is Camryn Mila. What a different experience it is to
watch my daughter go through this - especially since it's all so fresh
in my mind from my own recent pregnancies. Anyway, Kristi spent
the weekend at home with us for her birthday. Great seeing her, as
always. Actually saw more of her this time - she's starting to
Angus and the Triplets, the book, is
off to the publishers. Coming soon!
2/6/06: The babies and
Angus got to experience Disney World for the first time this past
weekend. What a magical time for Angus! He can't stop
talking about it. As for the babies, well, that's a different
story. We didn't find Disney to be very triplet-friendly.
First, we had a run-in with a rabid Disney employee who didn't want us
to bring our triplet stroller into the Baby Care area. Then we
encountered some resistance in the lines at the Buzz Lightyear ride.
The babies and I spent a few hours at Disney and the rest of our group
extended their stay into the evening. It was almost more than I
needed to experience with triplets at their age and stage of
development. I expect that the next time we go to Disney, the
babies will be 3 or 4 and it will be MUCH easier.
This weekend, I'm going to see my
grandchild for the first time. Kristi's visiting and we're going
to get a 3-D ultrasound. I can't wait. Stay tuned for
pictures and updates!
Oh, and PS... I felt a state of
momentary nirvana today. A stock-woman in our local supermarket
told me, "I'd hate to be you," as we passed her by. I paused for
just a moment and replied, "I'd tell you that I'd hate to be you,
but then that would be rude, wouldn't it?" I knew instantly she
had gotten the point. Never before had I spouted something so
apropos and with such finesse. I was impressed.
1/30/06: They're running amok!
Each time we've reached the point where I believe the level of
chaos has peaked, those babies raise the bar. The question is,
just how far can the bar be raised?
Max now knows how to move chairs over
to the counter in order to climb. The girls will soon follow.
We've installed more gates in our house. It's like a lock-system.
Gates to every separate area of the house. But it's really just
like putting a bandaid on a bullet-hole. Eventually even the gates
won't hold them. It's getting ridiculous. The sad thing
is/the good thing is that they'll grow out of this.
As for the rest... Angus is getting
easier and more pleasant to deal with. What a sweet age
3-years-old is! Kevin's getting ready for USF. Kelli's
playing catch-up after her hospital "vacation" and Kristi's starting to
wear maternity clothes. Did I miss anyone?
1/22/06: What a year it's
been already! Read 1/17/06's entry for some of the details.
Looks like things are returning to normal around here (whatever that
means). The babies got their first taste of the beach - literally
- today, on what turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous winter day in
Florida. Man, are we lucky! Anyway, we spent only a few
minutes letting them discover the beach, and in that time Nadia began to
eat shells, Ruca was covered in sand, and Max was on some sort of
mission to get as far away from the rest of us as possible. What
Angus is back to normal, as are the
rest from various illnesses. Kelli's on the mend, too. Out of the
hospital (a week-long E. Coli infection) and onto the internet.
Teenagers! Kevin's been busy lately, so he's made himself scarce.
And, I got to hear my grandchild's heartbeat a few days ago. That
was exciting! Kristi's doing well and looking forward to finding
out the sex of the baby mid-February.
1/17/06: Generally no news
is good news. In this case, no news means life's way too hectic to
do anything but survive. Since January 1st, we've had a lice
scare, Angus had his arm in a sling for a while, while we waited to see
if it needed further investigation. Nadia had pneumonia. The
other kids all had terrible colds. I had the worst sinus infection
ever. After 3 trips to the emergency room, Kelli's in the hospital
with a kidney infection that's kicking her butt. And, I'm sure I'm
forgetting something. But that's the latest. I hope to have
more positive news for everyone at my next update.
12/31/05: Nearly New Years.
Where do I start?! We had a great time on our trip to Ohio.
We donned the babies in squeaky shoes and harnesses in the airport.
Such a sight. Going through security was a NIGHTMARE! I wish
we had been able to video tape the experience. Ruca was running
one way, Angus another. Counting heads, passing babies, loading
and unloading stuff to go through the x-ray, folding and unfolding two
double strollers. CRAZY. But we survived.
Our trip was great. We had a
nice white Christmas. Angus got his first taste of snow and was so
anxious to make a snow angel that he dropped down in the snow without a
coat and soon realized that snow is COLD. Poor guy was crying.
Next time he made a snow angel, he was happy that he was dressed
The babies were challenging on the
trip and busy, but that's what this 14-month-old stage is all about.
So it was business as usual.
We all survived the trip with colds
and Loren with an additional case of food poisoning to boot, the day
after we arrived home. We were a mess.
In less than 2 hours it will be 2006
and this is the first year I've had no time to reflect on the year and
wax nostalgic. Nor have I had time to think of resolutions.
Just too busy to give any thought to anything outside of survival and
the daily enjoyment of this crazy life. Perhaps next year at this
Be sure to check out our newest movie
of the crazy squeaky shoe airport experience.
Also, see a before and after of my experiment
with table eating.
12/21/05: Just couldn't
stay away. A couple more pictures for you...
Kristi heard my grandbaby's heartbeat
today. She was crying, she was so happy. All is well.
12/15/05: This will
probably be the last update before Christmas. The kids met Santa
last night. We were in line waiting to meet him and there was a set of
triplets right behind us - ten-year-old boys. Seeing another set
of triplets is always exciting. Max was the only one who didn't enjoy
the Santa experience.
Today we spent time playing with
"snow" in the backyard. Styrofoam peanuts really - the kind that
disintegrate with a little moisture. Angus tried his skills at
making snow angels. He should be enjoying the real thing soon.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Check out the newest picture on my
The Book Page. Almost there...
Okay, so it's 11:45 at night. Loren just snuck into Angus's room
to cover him with a blanket (our nightly ritual) and of course, we found
him snuggling up with his latest obsession - his "triblets" (triplets.)
He has 3 tiny metallic babies he stores in a tiny box stuffed with doll
stuffing and covered with a bit of fabric for a blanket. They're
his "babies." I couldn't resist snapping a shot. Precious
Speaking of precious
moments, precious and few are the moments of peace in our household
right now. As is evidenced by the recent pictures, all
you-know-what has broken loose in our home. Max is climbing tables
and couches and stacking toys to reach ever-higher peaks. Ruca and
Nadia are right behind him. To describe a day of mine... Picture
yourself in the swirl of a hurricane, outside with no protection,
holding onto a telephone pole for dear life. Wind and rain are
whipping this way and that and the rain is pelting you so hard it feels
as though knives were threatening to tear away your skin. Picture
the sun then, peeking through the clouds and the wind dying down.
You say to yourself "I made it. I actually made it." Proud of
yourself, you breathe a sigh of relief and let go of the telephone pole.
Suddenly you are overcome with the realization that you didn't make it.
It was only the eye of the storm. Uh-oh. Here you go again.
That's my "Groundhog Day."
Well, I love this
hurricane in which I live, but sometimes I wish I didn't have to hold on
so tightly to the telephone pole. These little people are one very
powerful collective storm. Sometimes Angus notices how overwhelmed
I am and says "Mommy, take a deep breath." That alone brings me
back to my center. And I know that this too shall pass. And
I know that when it does, I'll miss this part so much that it aches.
I had a tough time
today controlling my tongue while we were out with the babies. A
guy saw them and remarked "I'm glad they're your babies and not
mine." I replied that I was glad they were mine, too. Then
he yelled very snidely to his wife across an open plaza, "Look at the
triplets. Are you jealous?" "Yeah, right!," was her response
followed by a few other "can-you-even-imagine - no way" comments to
follow; quite a few spectators watching. Tough being pleasant, but
I held my tongue. I feel terribly sorry for the next ignorant
person who cares to comment about the babies. They will catch the
full wrath of my pent up resentments toward all of the people who have
been rude lately. "Mommy, take a deep breath."
Tomorrow our family
will decorate gingerbread houses. I can't wait. I love the
Christmas season so much! More to follow. I'm tired.
Be sure to check out
more new shots on the Uh-oh page. Also,
there's a new movie "Playroom Cleanup" on the
Movies page. My next project will be to update and clean
up the kids' individual pages. Quite out of date.
12/3/05: Holy cow! It's almost 2006. Time flies. Angus is
really geared up for Christmas this year. He's got a very firm
understanding of Santa's importance this year. He's so much fun.
His newest craze is needing to drink hot chocolate (hot-uh-melted-uh-trocolate)
every night. He's sure Santa drinks it, so he wants it. What
I was certain that the
babies were peaking with their crazy out-of-control curiosity and the
seeking out of dangerous things to do. I was wrong. Max has
learned to open our bedroom door and loves to pave the way for the girls
to aid him in his pursuit of all things dangerous. They are
We're getting mentally
geared up for a plane flight to Ohio at the end of the month.
Should be quite an experience - two adults, two teenagers, a 3-year-old,
and 3 crazy 14-month-old babies. We're going to take up the back
row of the plane. I'm so sure that everyone we pass on our way
back will be thinking about how LONG the flight will seem with us on the
plane. We'll do some video taping if we get the chance.
Check out the newest
pictures in our Uh-oh section. There's
another amusing video on my Movies page - this
one of Max and his hat. In addition, I added some new things to my
Everything Triplets page.
Also, by popular demand, I've put all the video shorties on my
Movies page for your viewing pleasure.
Please let me know if you find a link that doesn't work.
11/24/05: Happy Turkey Day. Spent the day with my parents today. The
bonus was that Kristi was able to enjoy Thanksgiving with the soon-to-be
Great Grandparents before we drove her to the airport. More than a
piece of me went with Kristi on that plane today. Is grandmaternal
a word? If so, I'm feeling it.
These babies continue
to present new challenges for us around every turn. They really
keep us on our toes. Today while at the grandparents' house, Max
had to try out every cabinet door, every closet door; he had to push,
pull, and manipulate everything that was not bolted down. Nadia
helped us out by finding even the tiniest specs of dirt on the floor.
We tried to catch her each time before she popped things in her mouth.
It's such a struggle with her, trying to dig things out of her powerful
jaws. Ruca found every other area in the grandparents' house that
was not babyproofed. We were exhausted by the time we left and my
parents' house looked like it had been in a hurricane.
movie for your viewing pleasure - 24 seconds of the four little ones
in action. Quick and not too creative, but oh well.
We had a REALLY busy day today. It was Thanksgiving at the Rhoton
house, complete with turkey and pumpkin pie. Since Kristi won't be
around on Thanksgiving, we decided that Thanksgiving had to come early
this year. Angus called it "thank you turkey" instead of
Be sure to check out
more new pix on my Uh-Oh! page. And don't
forget to peek at my The Book page.
And, still under construction is my new Just the
Fun Stuff page. Be sure to check back soon on that one.
Okay! So, what was I saying? Oh, yeah! My computer
crashed. I lost Loren's book, I lost thousands of pictures, I lost
every recent vital document that is part of my lifeline. I was
crushed and if I let myself think about it, I could sincerely vomit.
But, what to do? I've been working intermittently at sorting out
the rubble and salvaging what I can. FINALLY, I can edit this
site. I hope, anyway.
So, anyway, big news.
I'm gonna be a grandma. Let's see... should I go by Maw-maw or
Granny Gums. Hmm... maybe my mother-in-law can tell me which one
she prefers to be called. Just joking. As soon as I got the
news that Kristi's expecting, I ran to the mirror to see if the wrinkles
had increased. Just in case, I slathered my face with a mud mask
followed by a healthy coating of Oil of Olay. I'm going to be a
grandma! Crazy news, huh? Strange what a different sensation it
is, this whole "grandma" thing. Unexpected feelings. I'm
years away from even being 40.
Okay, news number 2.
We had a good birthday party for Angus last Saturday. Loads of
fun. What we lacked in creative decorating and a creative cake, we
made up for in presents and the wonderful dolphin bouncy castle.
We wore ourselves out.
Angus has been just
too cute lately. Just when I was sure he had reached maximum
cuteness a few months ago, he outdid himself today. He made note
that Lance Carbuncle (our resident life-sized skeleton) has no tongue.
He stood on the couch next to Lance and told him "Maybe Santa bring you
a new tongue. That make you all better." Too cute!
The babies are so
cute, and so much fun right now I could explode from the love and joy I
feel inside from caring for them. They are 3 incredibly amazing
Oh, and coming soon in
the not too terribly distant future, I hope....
my new book.
More on Kevin and
Kelli later. I'm exhausted.
Trick-or-Treating was so much more fun this year than last year.
Angus had a little warm-up trick-or-treating on Saturday, so he was revved
up and ready to go last night. He charged from one house to another
like William Wallace of Braveheart storming into battle, shouting "Trick
or Treat, Trick or Treat" over and over well before he even made it to
each driveway. What a sight!
Last year, I was 2 weeks
out of a C-section and the babies had only been home for 3 days, so I
couldn't really enjoy it. This year, however, we all had fun.
Kevin passed out candy dressed up as a hillbilly, complete with straw hat
and overalls. Kelli came along with Angus and the little ones as
Loren and I walked them around the neighborhood. Buzz Lightyear and
the babies passed out without a peep from any one of them as soon as we
tucked them in their beds. Lots of excitement!
You've probably noticed the front page has a new little video on it.
This is just an experiment. I don't know how it loads on anyone
else's computer. If it slows the site down or you can't view it,
please email me and let me know. I want this site to be as
user-friendly as possible. I plan to update it with different little
snippets of the babies as I see something short and sweet that's just too
cute not to share.
Check out my
Triplet Card, the business card I
hand out to thoughtless strangers on my Everything Triplets page.
Also, see new photos of the babies misbehaving on
my Uh-Oh page.
Stats of the babies:
Max now weighs 22 lbs. Ruca weighs 19 lbs. Nadia's 17 lbs.
years ago today, I brought Kevin into the world. What a great young
man he's turning out to be. Hard to believe he's almost an adult.
Happy birthday, Kev. You'll always be my baby boy!
Kristi came this past
weekend to visit. I thoroughly enjoyed her company. We went
out for wings on Wednesday night and met her boyfriend, a great young guy
stationed in the Air Force here in Tampa. Then Friday we had lunch
at Chuck E. Cheese and then hung out with the babies and Angus.
Angus loves her SO much. He was sad to see her go. I was too.
fast-approaching 3. He's great little company during the day.
He's at a very sweet age. He misses the babies when they're sleeping
and can't wait for them to wake up, but when they're getting into his toys
he asks "can you make the babies take a nap, please?" Just about
every sentence that comes out of his mouth right now is laughably cute.
The babies are
super-busy now. Max has learned to climb anything and everything in
the house. His favorite pastime right now is bouncing balls back and
forth with someone. He's really very good at both catching and
throwing. Ruca's a good dancer now and rocks and sways to music any
time she hears it. Nadia's our scrappy little one. She's ready
to pick a fight with anyone who takes her stuff. They're all biters
now and I have a nice little bruise on my shoulder from Max. I
thought he was trying to cuddle with me when he sunk his teeth in.
Kelli enjoyed her first
homecoming (a rival school) a few weeks ago and is getting ready for her
own homecoming dance in a few more weeks. So glad she's enjoying
high school. She'll have some great memories to look back on.
an incredible whirlwind this past year has been. Loren and I wear
the exhausted bags beneath our eyes like little badges of courage - we did
it. We survived the first year of sleepless nights and days of
nonstop noisy chaotic madness without losing our minds. When I look
back to those early sleep-deprived months (waking up to almost a dozen
bottles in the sink in the morning), the spit-up covered clothes I wore in
public, getting accustomed to the gawking eyes of strangers, changing all
of those diapers, washing thousands of bottles, the loads and loads of
laundry... well, it's amazing I even remember any of it at all. The
first year of life with triplets really tests your will, your patience,
your marriage even. Luckily, I'm traveling this crazy road with my
best friend and through it all, we've maintained our sense of selves and
sense of humor. It has NOT been easy, this triplet life, and these
demanding little people have made life fulfilling and exasperating at
times. One minute we're overwhelmed with emotion as we hold each one
in our arms. The next minute we're just plain overwhelmed.
But, all in all, it's been an indescribably wonderful ride. We're
looking forward to continuing on this wild journey with these three
wonderful little blessings.
I woke up this morning... it was just like any other day... that is, until
I looked out my front window and saw a school bus parked at the end of our
driveway. It seems Kevin met a Christian hardcore rock band that's
touring from Atlanta, Becoming the Archetype, last night and invited them
back to our house for a place to crash and a shower. Little by
little, this morning, one band member after another trickled into our
house to freshen up. The five of them were very nice, took their
first showers in 6 days and then headed off to church. Life in this
house is never boring.
Just wanted to let everyone know about the new video of
Ruca walking. Only 25 seconds long.
Just a quickie for anyone interested.
Brag time again. This time about my first baby. Kristi is
going to receive a LOA - a special award for outstanding achievement - for
her exemplary efforts in aiding in an important mission in the Middle
East. I still don't fully understand the technical aspects of her
job, so I can't say I can explain much more than that, but I'm very proud
Max took his first step
yesterday. Only one, but he tasted that freedom, so I'm sure he'll
be hungry for more steps soon.
The girls are sick right
now and we're expecting the boys to follow any time now. That's just
how it works in our house.
We got more crazy
comments from "know-no-betters." I am including this one in here
because it just went a step into bizarre. A woman this morning said
we were lucky that the babies aren't all stuck together, and that usually
with three at least two are joined together.... hmmm, I did not know
that. I guess we are lucky.
Kelli's looking forward
to going to homecoming this weekend with a boy from another school and
Kevin's busy promoting his band and his website,
the left are a few new favorite shots. I'm going to create a new
page for just the new photos before I add them to the individual pages.
Look for that soon.
We've had a busy week.
Last week I enjoyed spending the day with my friend Laura and her crew.
Her little boy is just one month older than Angus and her twins are a day
younger than our babies. So we had a blast watching everyone play
This past week we took
the babies to get a new portrait done. You'll see that on the front
page. Angus followed two days later, getting a portrait done -
donned as none other than Buzz Lightyear. I'll post that one next
Ruca's just discovered
language skills and can say doggie and kitty now. It's only a matter
of time before the others catch on.
Kelli's new video clip on
the Everything Kelli page. She's in ROTC at school and in drill team
and color guard after school. Tonight she performed with her group
at the high school football game. I was, of course, proud mom and
video taped it.
of the week: Cleaning up after triplets
is a lot like blowing up a balloon with a hole in it.
What a really thrilling time this is! I barely finished typing the
last entry, when to my surprise, Ruca took her first real steps. She
can take about 4 or 5 steps at a time now. Big milestone!
Today marks 11 months with the babies. How time flies. Time to
plan the big birthday bash.
Other developments... we
got a new swingset for our backyard and Angus had a blast discovering it
just a little bit ago. Fun stuff.
I'm not going to be too ambitious from now on in my updates of this
website. We are getting really busy right now. Ruca's really
on the verge of walking. Max and Nadia are soon going to follow and
things are getting hectic. It's easy to forget, when you're not
right in the middle of it, just how active babies this age are - then
multiply it by 3. Some days I feel like it's two steps forward and
one back, but mostly it's ONE step forward and TWO back. I no longer
am surprised by the "fires" I need to put out everyday. I just wait
for it to happen. Can't go against the grain.
Be sure to check out the
new page, Our Triplet Story - a
longwinded chronicle of our journey from before conception to birth of our
triplets. Also, check out our newest movie -
Walker Madness. And finally, check out my
Links page if you're interested.
Well, we've graduated. The babies are no longer in the tripledecker
stroller with the car seats/stroller seats. What a sad day it was to
say goodbye to that one. Onto the new triplet stroller which is much
more time-consuming to manage - more maneuvering of babies in and out of
car seats and into the stroller. And, I can tell you the logistics
of getting the babies and Angus in and out of the house now, by myself,
well... it's not easy. I imagine my neighbors get a good show
watching me run back and forth in and out of the house for baby after baby
or toddler. And, when it rains... fun stuff! But, no
complaints. Life is good.
If you check out our
Movies page, you'll see a new video of Kevin and
his band, The Refuge. They're a Christian rock band. All
original music, all original lyrics - Kevin writes both. Kevin plays
lead guitar and he ROCKS! We're so happy that they're practicing at
our house now. I'm sure our neighbors are happy about it as well.
Kelli's knee-deep in
JROTC, her Naval program at school. Fundraisers every weekend, drill
practice and color guard practice everyday after school, uniforms, PT
(physical training), etc. She's definitely found her niche.
Kristi calls me nearly
everyday to fill me in on her exciting job. How incredible her job
is! She deals with NASA, gets to talk with people all over the
world, and is instrumental in some of the more serious missions in the
Middle East. I'm so proud of her!
As for Angus, excuse me,
Buzz Lightyear, as he calls himself, he's just cuter than ever.
Learning new things everyday. I blinked and he went from toddler to
preschooler. Uh-oh, I feel tears coming. He just needs to slow
down a little bit. If only I could keep him at this age for a bit
Babies. They ARE
BUSY! They're really coming into their own and interacting with each
other on deeper levels now. So much fun to watch. See my
Everything Triplets page for new
8/13/05: What an
exciting few weeks it's been. New developments everywhere. All
of the babies have teeth now. Nadia popped her second one out, with
Ruca right behind her. Max is going to be cutting his second this
week, I'm pretty sure. That's an interesting thing to me - that they
all have sort of gotten teeth within a day or two of one another.
Should make for some interesting molar teething weeks ahead. I'll be
thankful if they all come in together.
In other news, Max got
his first haircut. How sad that is. I dread cutting the baby
hair for the first time. Something never feels quite right about it.
Angus has decided that
all of babies are side characters in the Toy Story life in which he lives.
Max is now Woody and the girls are both Jessie. Other names he has
for them are: (for Max) Little Daddy and Mass; (for Nadia) Little
Mommy and Naya; (for Ruca) Big Little Mommy and Wooga. He still
absolutely can't tell the girls apart and refers to them both as Little
Mommy most of the time. It's just more cuteness than I can handle
most of the time. My heart's going to explode.
I'll update more soon,
but my brain's about had it for today. Oh, and on that note, I only intend
to update the website about once a week and I'll put an "updated on" on
the top of the main page when I do. That way, if you want to check
back once a week, that should be sufficient.
First day of school. Time to begin reciting "What do you have for
homework today?" Kelli was much less than enthusiastic about
returning to school, even though she's in high school this year.
I can remember when she couldn't wait for the first day of school.
Ah, memories! Kevin'll start next week when he returns from Mexico.
Kristi, speaking of school, passed her first of many CDC's (training level
tests in the Air Force) with flying colors. She's much relieved, as
she would have had to answer to the much-higher-ups if she hadn't.
So, today Loren and I,
along with my parents, took the 4 little ones to have their picture done.
It was much by accident that Loren and I ended up being a part of that
shot. The experience was, um, interesting. We had 4
little children going in 4 different directions, crying, drooling, turning
the wrong way, grabbing for things. In short, it was crazy!
SO, as a means to even get a picture done at all, Loren and I sat down and
held the babies. It was a chore, even, to get Angus to be still
behind us. As it turns out, it's not half-bad. It definitely
stands to be one of the most memorable pictures we will have taken, I'm
Well, we got the rudest of the rude comments yesterday. This one
just about takes the cake. Loren, Angus, the babies and I were at
the checkout at Home Depot and the cashier was playing 20-Questions with
us about the babies. All the while, the babies and Angus were pretty
well behaving themselves. Then as we ended the transaction and were
walking out she called out to us "Don't have any more kids!" She
said it in a pleasant enough tone, but the implication... So, Loren
replied "oh, we have a couple more on the way." Some people!
Ruca and Nadia each have
a tooth now. Opposite sides. Max is still waiting. It
doesn't stop any of them, however, from eating everything they can get
their mouths on. They're pretty much off of baby food now.
In other news, Kevin's
in Mexico right now doing a missionary thing for the week. He'll
miss the first day of school, but he doesn't mind. Kelli's looking
forward to Kevin being in the same school as her this year as she can
enjoy being the "obnoxious little sister" in the hallways. Kristi
called me today - of course. She's still enjoying her job and is
looking forward to a trip to Rochester, NY in the fall. I probably
won't see her till next summer as she will just about have used up her
leave time with the fall trip.
Ruca has a new tooth.
Angus believes that Santa brought it for her.
Nadia's first tooth is
about a day away.
Max has none in sight.
Angus's favorite saying
now is "Stop-eep (stop it). I mad at you. I serious." He
says that mostly to Max but has said it to me, to Loren, to the cat, and
to his toys.
I'm no longer
considering homeschooling Kevin because (long story short) he'd end up
spending more time and money on homeschooling than if he just enrolled in
a university. So, he's still deciding where to start school in just
a week or so.
Speaking of Kevin...
he's in the running for valedictorian of his school. He's currently
a close #2 in a class of about a 1000 seniors. I tried to get him a
special assignment at a high school locally and they won't accept him
because it might threaten the standing of the student currently in line
for valedictorian. How's that for discrimination! To not allow
a brilliant student access to an education at a school strictly because he
may be the best... Kevin could care less about being named valedictorian -
it's the education he wants and that school had the classes he was
interested in. I'm still steamed!
7/20/05: Entertaining 4 tiny children at
home is sometimes not an easy job. Tuesday we decided to play
pin-the-toys-on-the-mom game. We stuck little plastic toys using
suction to my face. Angus and Ruca were having so much fun pulling
them off and hearing the cork-popping noise that I continued.
Everyone was entertained.... including Loren when he got home. Much
to my dismay and surprise, I discovered that I had created little circular
hickeys all over my face. I was mortified! Such are the perils
of being a stay-at-home-mom willing to do anything to keep my children
a week we've had. All kids with ear infections! We went to the
doctor on Tuesday and we're doing antibiotics and other meds right now for
all. Nadia weighed 15lb 15oz. Ruca weighed 17lb 2oz. Max
weighed 19lb 14oz. Ruca and Nadia are trying to get their teeth.
I suspect that they'll have them completely emerged on the same day -
soon. Max? Who knows? All are crawling, climbing,
cruising, babbling. Max is clapping. They are so busy!
In other news, Kristi
continues to like her job. Kevin's getting a new job in daycare at
the local YMCA. Go figure, a brother of many, working daycare.
We're hoping to homeschool him this year if it pans out. Kelli's got
a week coming up of ROTC training and orientation. She's really
excited about ROTC. And, Angus is just busy learning what 2 1/2
feels like before he moves on to 3. He's into "stop it, Mom" and
"no, my turn" a lot. He's very helpful, mostly. And, he can
count to 10 now. Well, did I forget anyone?
It's 1:15 am. We're
letting the babies cry it out right now. They're not letting us
sleep, so I thought I'd avoid listening to the poor tortured infants
crying out for their mommy to hold them and get some stuff done in here.
All sounds silent now, so I think I'll head back to bed. Goodnight.
Super-abbreviated update. On 6/4 I wrote that Nadia was the only one
crawling. No sooner than I had finished typing and saving that entry, I
went out to see what the babies were up to and all 3 were up and crawling.
Oh, and Max DOESN'T have a tooth. What we thought was a tooth coming in
turned out to be something else. I'm sort of relieved. It was the
strangest looking tooth I'd ever seen. This past two weeks have shown an
explosion in development for all babies. Today in fact, Max and Ruca stood
on their own for the first time. Nadia surely will follow very very soon.
update. We had the babies weighed yesterday. Nadia's 14 lbs 9 oz. Ruca's
16 lbs even, and Max is 18 lbs 7 oz. Nadia's crawling very well now. Max
is doing what we call "the slap and drag" method. He slaps one hand in
front of him and drags himself forward with the other. Ruca's still sort
of velcroed to the floor, although she can get where she wants to be. It
just takes a bit more time now. Max's first tooth made it's grand entrance
today. Nadia and Ruca's teeth are nowhere in sight. Nadia's also pulling
herself up to kneeling. The babies need me right now. More later.
set, go! Our babies are on the verge of crawling... yikes! Tough to
believe these babies are already seven months old. It feels like a blink
since they were born. What a change these babies are going through right
now. Hardly content to play with what's in front of them, they prefer to
wiggle to things beyond their grasp. I thought life, at this point, would
be easier, but on the contrary, it seems just as crazy, but in a different
way. Between the bottles, the 3 meals a day, the baths, and the need for
individual attention, I hardly have a moment to breathe. If I'm not
tending to one end of a baby, I'm tending to the other... Speaking of...
Angus is still potty training, but prefers diapers. He's really thrown me
for a loop. I've had 3 kids before him who were champion potty-trainers,
but this guy's one tough cookie. I broke down and bought my first-ever
potty-training book. We're hoping he's trained before he goes to middle
babies had their 6-month checkup this morning. Rounds of vaccinations for
all. Poor babies. They all checked out well - Max weighing in at 16lb
10oz, Ruca at 15lb even, and Nadia closing in the gap between the girls at
13lb 13oz. This is the closest in weight the girls have ever been and it's
getting increasingly more difficult to tell the girls apart.
babies are 6 months old today! Hard to believe. Had a wonderful 1/2
birthday. We went to the playground so big brother Angus could play and
the babies could get some fresh air. I only had to yell at two people
about touching the babies. Boy, I'm getting good at that.
Theme of this month seems to be "Fun with Poo," and I don't mean Winnie
the... Angus has learned that if he poops, he needs to take off his diaper
to use the potty. His timing's off, however. This afternoon, I had his
whole crib to clean. YUCK!
Went to Dunedin yesterday for the Scottish Highland Games. Loads of men
in kilts, bagpipe bands, and haggis. Angus sported his real wool Scottish
kilt and fit right in. It was an absolutely perfect day, weather-wise.
We enjoyed a picnic in the shade and spent a lot of time fielding
questions about the babies.
we went to the zoo for a reunion of all of Dr. Quintero's former fetal
surgery patients. About a hundred sets of twins and a few sets of
triplets attended. We were invited because we played a big part in the
Discovery Health Channel special helping to spread the word about his
work. It was really interesting seeing so many identical twins. Most of
them had some big differences in their looks or stature. Only a few
looked indistinguishably identical. Lots of media coverage from the local
paper and tv, including Fox, CBS, ABC, as well as Inside Edition. We met
another triplet family and lots of really lucky families. Sad, also to
see the ones who only had one baby - knowing they lost the other twin in
utero. But, they too are lucky to have the one who survived. The whole
experience nearly brought me to tears, as I sat with our little group of
perfect beautiful babies. We are so truly blessed to have them.
Hey, everyone! Thanks for
stopping by. I'm typing one-handed at the moment... forever holding
babies, you know. Life's a whirlwind right now. This week's been crazy
as a stomach virus has invaded our house. Poor Max is the first, but
probably not the last to suffer.
growing like a weed - the little ones, that is. Angus has adjusted quite
nicely in his role as Big Brother, much to our intense relief, so we now
feel it's potty time for Angus. He's doing very well without diapers in
the waking hours, but is not there yet with his Number 2. With 4 in
diapers, I must admit that we'll be happy when he's fully trained.
are a source of great joy and amusement for us. It's hard to believe that
just one year ago this week we found out we were expecting triplets. We
had no idea to what extent our lives would change. This has been a month
of profound groth for the babies, more so than ever before. Max and Ruca
are scooting around in their walkers. Nadia, poor girl, is just a wee bit
too tiny for her legs to propel her, but it's not for lack of trying.
Nadia's rolling from front to back and back to front with ease, which
makes us get into the "Uh-oh, they're going to be mobile soon" mode. All
of the babies are babbling and enjoy talking to one another.
still a bit unpredictable now, and Loren and I average about 4 hours of
uninterrupted sleep per night (if we're lucky), then about 3:00 am till
8:00 am we're up nearly every hour with someone. I keep reminding myself
that this will pass eventually.
news, Kelli's recently started guitar lessons and is doing very well so
far. She's recently painted her room a shocking green with black trim.
It looks better than imagined. She's looking forward to highschool next
right now preparing for the new SAT. He's working, going to school,
studying, and continuing his church activities. Busy teenager. I see him
so seldomly. Sad, cuz he's such a fantastic kid.
called me to let me know that she's heading out on a TDY (temporary tour
of duty) in the Air Force. It'll be a break from her current Scott AFB
tour in southern Illinois. She's going to be in California and in Hawaii
for a while at the end of this month. Good for her!!! Wish I could join