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Friday, March 23, 2012

It's your 'Happy Birthday!"

Tres, Tres, Tres
Trois, Trois, Trois
Drei, Drei, Drei
San, San, San,
Tre, Tre, Tre...

No matter how you look at it, no matter which language, they all say the same thing.


Today, I have three beautiful children and they are all THREE!


This fact astounds me almost as much as the news, once upon a time,  that I was going to have 3 babies. Their  birth on March 23, 2009 was quite possibly the most amazing day of my life. My memory in general is actually pretty bad, but not of that day.

I can remember everything about that day.

The butterflies in my stomach the morning I woke up knowing that I was about to meet the three little people whose faces I'd seen previously, but only in the grainy black and white of ultrasound monitors.

I remember heading to the hospital that morning, and the feeling of Brian's hand holding mine in the car as he said a prayer for everyone involved in the delivery and care of me and our babies (one of the last calm moments of my life, in fact).

I remember the hustle and bustle as DOZENS and DOZENS and DOZENS of nurses, doctors, technicians and students each did their jobs to prepare for my babies' delivery.

And that moment when I first locked eyes with those three beautiful, tiny humans so alert and full of wonder. That is the moment I remember best.

That day was truly....amazing.

As I held those sweet three pounders in my arms and sang them songs to the beat of the NICU bells and whistles, 3 years old seemed SO FAR AWAY. When you're holding babies who weigh less than a bag of sugar,  3 years old might as well be starting college, because all you can think about is how much you love the moment you're in and how you never want it to change. 

But if there's one thing I've learned in my relatively short stint as a mother, it's this- change happens subtly.  SO subtly in fact, that sentimental moms like me don't notice that one day her babies are practically wearing doll clothes and the next they're wearing Buzz Lightyear Big Boy Underoos.

Live in every moment and when the day comes that your babies turn three, you'll be okay with it. You'll be okay because you'll know that you enjoyed every moment of their lives before it. 

And  you will have learned that newborns are precious, and babies are delightful, but toddlers are simply amazing. 

If you're doing it right- every age will be your favorite.

And today, I love my three year olds.


There is no greater joy than watching my big kids talk to one another, invent games to play together, push each other down and help each other up. There is nothing better than the moment they learn something new or achieve something they've been striving for. Nothing beats the first time I see them in the day. The cheers for going pee pee on the potty, the independence, the stubbornness, the cuddles. The "I love you mommys."
Yeah...it's not so bad to be three.

So, to you, my dear big kids, I want to wish you the happiest of  days. (Because finally, after weeks of counting down, TODAY really is your 'Happy Birthday.'

You three have given me several grey hairs, a few new wrinkles, a hoarser voice, and a few more aches and pains.

But more than that, you give me unlimited smiles and laughs, you give me purpose, you give me hugs, and you continually give me the gift I wanted for so many years....the gift of being your mom.

I love you my very big kids and I think you're gonna be great at being three. 


Happy Birthday.  :)
Love, Mom & Dad and all the world who loves you. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bunnies make good photos.

Well, I'm down 2 followers since yesterday which is a pretty good indication that I've been a lazy blogger.   So I'll try and make this post extra cute and maybe reel 'em back in with cute photos of babies....and bunnies!
Anyhoo, you know that feeling you used to get in high school the minute your teacher announced a big test? That jolt of adrenaline and panic that instantly jumped into your chest? Well that's the way I feel anytime anyone mentions taking photos of my kids. It is an instant stressor because as their mother, I know it is a veritable certainty that several things WILL happen:

1. The three amigos will conspire to NEVER look in the same direction at the same time.
(case in point)

2. Ethan will choose EVERY moment that the camera clicks to exert his independence and uncooperativeness. Period. 
(see what I'm saying?)

So when my sister said, all chipper and upbeat, "So do you want to bring your kids out to take pictures with Paige's bunnies tonight?" I'm pretty sure I said, "You must be out of your damn mind."

Oh, but wait. I'm sorry, have you not met my alter ego? Her name is IMA SUCKER.

It's a good thing there were bunnies.

Surprisingly, it was a remarkably stress free photo op. (Unless you were a bunny. I'm pretty sure they were totally stressed out being chased by little people excitedly screaming, "I gotchoo bunny! Come mere bunny!" and tossing them into their baskets with a vengeance and death grip.)

So-bottom line? It wasn't all bad! The bunnies were hilarious; the kids even more so,  we've got a lot still to learn about our cameras (my sister and I) and babies don't like sitting in cold grass.  All in all, I'd say it was a success.

And now, some of the pictures.

I swear this kid totally won for the cutest photos. He was really the only one would actually sit still with the bunnies.

 I heart this photo...

No surprise, most of Ethan's pictures were blurry because dude never stopped chasing bunnies. The death grip? Yeah, he's got it. Poor bunnies. 

 This next series of photos cracks me up. Watch the progression of bunny and Ethan. 
Here, I like to think he's saying, "Come mere, bunny...."
 "A little closer, bunny. I'm gonna gitchoo."
 "I gotchoo bunny!" 
 "Now get in my basket, bunny!" 

Another bunny....
 Another challenge...

Two words: Death. Grip. 


Okay, she's got some pretty cute photos too. She was so sweet not only with the bunnies but with her little cousin, Brinley. They are so lucky to have each other.

Did I mention babies don't like sitting in cold grass?
(Who cares! Look how stinking cute she is!)


Now, just in case you were afraid that bunnies weren't going to be enough for my kids to talk about for the next week, it didn't stop there. For the love of God, Paige also had turtles, fish, birds, dogs and CHICKENS!
 Remember the death grip??

And in case all those animals weren't enough, Jilly and Lacie (Paige's daughters) have triplet dolls and triplet strollers!! I could've left my kids there overnight and I'm pretty confident I would not have been missed. 

 Thank you Paige for an enlightening and entertaining outing! 
My apologies to your bunnies.  :)
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