Year and a half mark

18 months today (16 and a bit adjusted) and the little ones are still little but growing up so fast! Watching them grow up into toddlers is amazing. They’re definitely not babies any more and look more and more like little girls (trying on pretend bracelets and all!)

Funny how we don’t both anymore with obsession about weights etc. We can SEE they are developing well so, knock on wood,things will continue to be like that.  They have pretend tea parties, babble all day long, do animal sounds (in three languages!), dance and sing to nursery rhymes, run, scream, laugh… what more can we ask for? well, maybe some better sleeping patterns and a bit of better eating but besides that, not much more to want and definitely nothing needed.

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Colds, coughs, sneezes, snots

I think the title sums the last month up. With the return of all the children to day care, all the germs of the world seem to have fallen upon us. We keep trying to figure out how to avoid the constant colds they get: are we dressing them enough? too much? is the heating on/off enough? are 1 tog sleeping bags still OK or should we move on to a higher one? socks or tights? fluffy or jeans jacket? … enough to drive you insane when the lingering cough shows up, yet again, in the morning. Mr H and I also had a “wonderful” run of throat infections that required antibiotics the size of a horse. Suffice to say we’re tired… but managing!

A bit worried about Alicia as her last cold ended up with some aerosols because of a slight respiratory distress. The doctor felt her spleen a bit enlarged and thinks it’s the viral infection she was fighting which, in turn, could have caused the distress. We’ll still be monitoring that closely. I committed the enormous error of googling enlarged spleen and of course it’s all terrible things I don’t want to think about unless they actually happen. Now it’s constantly playing in the back of my mind and can’t wait to see if it just goes away as the paediatrician thinks it should.

Other than that, Alicia is just not progressing towards solid foods like her sisters despite having the most teeth. The paediatrician tells us it’s just a question of maturity of her throat and her swallow reflex and to just give it time. While I know she’s right it’s just frustrating at this 1.5 year mark to still have her eating pureed food (and not that good either!). We need to avoid pushing too hard or creating tension around feeding time to ensure she doesn’t develop negative associations with feeding time. It’s just so hard!!!

The three now roam free around the ground floor of the house which is really fun but also a source of numerous falls and bumps. But it’s clear they enjoy having spaces to go to and hide and play together without everyone watching them. The kisses have arrived too! and it’s the cutest (and sloppiest) thing 🙂

Talking is also starting to happen. We’ve now moved beyond “zapato” and “giraffe” to “cat”, “teddy”, “woof woof”, “doggie”, “ana”, “bath time”, etc. It’s lovely! And they point correctly at most of the things we ask them to show us, they bring stuff, they take stuff to each other, they comfort each other by bringing dummies… and of course, they also shove, push, pull hair, sit on… but that’s old news so I’m not focusing on it 😉

Fun story, our poor Stella has been re-baptised “Caca” (poo, in spanish) as every time they tried to pick up her toys to put it in their mouths we kept telling them “no, caca” so now they point at Stella saying “caca” … oops!

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17 months

(15 and a bit adjusted)

Full steam towards talking. It’s amazing to see how they hear us and try to repeat the sounds that come out of our mouths! Our days and hands are full. Full of games, toys, cries, screams, giggles, wrestling, books, laundry, laughter, kisses, hugs and cuddles. I’m loving this new phase in their development. see, most parents of single babies tell me it gets more difficult as they grow up but parents of multiples “know”, for us it gets easier. And it does! As they grow older they might require more attention at some points but they also are a lot more entertained with each other.

We have three toddlers that are often left to their own devices on the ground floor of our home. The gates of the play area are often open and these little monsters have claimed every inch of space given to them lol

They now play together in the see-saw, they push each other in the toy truck, they make each other laugh by throwing food to the dog, they bring dummies to the sister crying, they stroke the hair of the one feeling poorly or tired … but don’t be fooled, they also steal from each other, wrestle, push, shove, pull hair and require a patience of steel not to lose our minds because they just don’t get it yet so there’s no point being mad at them. It’s just so bloody hard to calmly repeat ‘no, that’s naughty…’ ‘no, leave it’… ‘no, get off your sister, you’re hurting her’… over and over… and over!!! Add to that, our lovely Stella barks at us when we tell the girls off! sometimes it’s just a mad house…

So, in good multiples tradition, the highs are even higher and the lows are lower but it’s so obvious that they’re going in the right direction. When not ill or when the weather is normal (i.e. not a heatwave) they’re sleeping well, they’ve got rid of all reflux issues, no more medicines other than Vitamin D, they come when called, they are cute as buttons bringing shoes to adults, they stroke Stella so kindly! It’s quite a miracle 🙂

So, until next time, I leave you a few pictures and videos of the little monsters in action!

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Toodaloo!!

Turns out I was right

Guess who’s in bed with fever and probably with the flu? Mr H!

So yeah, overly positive blog post = crap days ahead

On a good side, Alicia woke up today at 7.30 and Ana at 8.30! Of course nothing here is free, Laura was up at 5.30 after screaming in her sleep every hour before that. Lovely 🙄

My wife’s going to kill me…

It seems every time I write a post like this, things go to shit immediately. My wife blames everything that goes wrong and everything that looks like it might go wrong on whatever blog post I wrote last. My crime? Being positive about the progress our girls make. I mean, she’s the same, but saying it out loud or putting it down in writing for someone else to read?! Omg that’s just asking for trouble! Continue reading → My wife’s going to kill me…

Zapato!

First word alert! We’ve had the usual mama and dada for a while now but it’s never really been in the right context so we’ve always discounted those. Then it happened, “zapato!” … while holding up a shoe! We are a multilingual family and zapato means shoe in Spanish, so there we have it. Not the most inspiring of first words but we’ll take it. Both Alicia and Laura wander around carrying shoes now…