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!!

2018 here we come

A year ago Mr H and I wished that 2017 would see the birth of our triplets without major health complications. Our wish was granted and on 24th April the three little clever monkeys were born much healthier than we were preparing ourselves to face. The day they were discharged we were so scared to break them that we agreed that we would count ourselves lucky to reach the end of the year and still count 6 arms and 6 legs. Well, I’m happy to report that we were also successful at that 🙂

Tomorrow we’ll be able to start talking about “the year the girls were born” and, in 2018 we’ll continue to marvel at their development, worry about whatever cold or bruise they get and also we’ll be taking our first family trips. I can’t wait to see them crawl, walk and hear them talk. 

Inspired by Father of Triplets letters to his sons, I’d like to write something for my girls. 

Alicia, my sweet girl, my smart cookie. I’ve enjoyed every moment with you since you were born. You were the strongest from the start and, in good “older sister” fashion, you rarely complain about anything. You’re a student of your surroundings, there’s no challenge you don’t take up and conquer. Nothing is sweeter to my ears than to hear you try to talk dadadada … You just get things. You also like to scream for fun which we hope you’ll grow out of eventually 🙂 you sit, you (try to) talk, you grab and steal all the toys, you try soooo hard to crawl it makes you scream with rage when it’s just not working. You smile at your sisters’ sight and you belly laugh when you see Stella. You are just solid. Smart, thoughtful and kind but also very jealous of others’ belongings!! I love you with passion. 
Laura, my cheeky monkey, you are just delightful to be around. Always smiling and entertaining whoever dares look at you. You are full of mischief and we’ll be looking out to make sure you dont get your sisters or yourself in trouble! You’re a fighter and have decided that you won’t be the little one on anything other than your size! You have found out that crawling isn’t needed to move across the room. Rolling is just as effective and twice as fun. You love to steal your sisters’ dummies but may I kindly advice you not to suck on them in a celebratory fashion in their faces. They are, after all, bigger than you and could easily slap you around (daddy and I would probably let them as you boss them around so much!)  You won’t take crap from anyone I’m sure, and you do right. I can’t wait to hear you talk and call mama however I have a hunch that you’ll be calling daddy and grandad more. You amaze me and I love you like crazy!

Ana, you’re such a lovely baby. You crave attention and we’re happy to give it you when you look at us with those sparkly eyes. Yet, you’re also the neediest of the three and I have a feeling it’s because you know they are twins and you’re not. Fear not my little one, you’re all triplets above it all and your sisters will love you just as much as they love eachother and you love them. You are so happy to play with them, it makes my heart swell. You are also very lazy! You know how to do things but will only do them if needed (you might take that after me) You sit, you try to talk like Alicia, you grab just as good but you won’t hold your bottle if you can drink without using your hands (clever girl lol) You also are taking your time to roll over! Seems like you will walk before you can crawl.  You’re the closest thing to a zombie in our lives when you constantly make noises that reminds us of “brrraaaaaiiiin”. You just want to enjoy life, easygoing, playing, eating and being held. In return you give amazing smiles and hugs. You emanate love.  You’re a star and I love you to bits. 

And to my wonderful husband: I love you more

May 2018 bring everyone as much happiness and fulfillment as 2017 brought us (but not as much exhaustion)