Thursday, May 31, 2012

"Little Character Contest"

I have entered a few photos of the boys in Disney Baby's Little Character Contest. It is sort of a complicated contest with several contest going on in one. The gist of it though is to vote for this one, the others are decided by Disney Judges.


The main prize is a $10,000 scholarship for the boys. There are other prizes including an appearance in a Disney flick, a Caribbean vacation & some Huggies prize packs. They all depend on what contest(s) in the contest we win, if we win, we need LOTS & LOTS of votes!!!

So pretty please, if you have 2 minutes, vote for our boys!!! You can vote daily. You do have to register an email address, but you don't have to sign up to receive anything.

Thanks in advance :o)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

This holiday means more to us this year than it has in past years, as my cousin Patrick was killed in Afghanistan last August defending our country.

Remembering Patrick on this Memorial Day Weekend

As for our weekend, well Tropical Storm Beryl put a damper on our beach plans :( We ended up staying close to home or rather we stayed home. We had everything we needed for the weekend here & so it ended up being pretty relaxing.

Saturday we picked blueberries from the backyard. I had been picking them all week, trying to get them before the birds or dear did.

 Kellan, Garren & Caden
parking in front of the blueberry bushes.

 The boys watching Mama pick berries & the dogs playing.

 Getting a little restless, ready for a ride around the yard :o)


Sunday we dodged rain most of the day but did manage a little more blueberry picking & some hamburgers & hot dogs on the grill, good thing the grill is inside a cook-house, it started to pour just as Donna got everything on the grill.

 Donna & my Bonus-Dad cooking in the rain.

Donna got a break in the rain,
just in time to get the food off the grill

The boys loved their hamburger, hot dogs & even a little cauliflower salad (like potato, but with cauliflower) & baked beans.

 Kellan

 Caden

 Caden, Garren & Kellan

Garren

We finally had a long enough break in the rain for the boys to try out their pool for the fist time...

 Garren

 Kellan

 Kellan, Garren, Caden

 Caden


Haddie hiding in the bushes :)

And then it was time for home-made blueberry pie...


On Monday we had blueberry pancakes for breakfast. We cooked out again, steaks this time & had home-made blueberry ice cream.

Thank you to all that have served & are serving our country & we hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

13 Months Old

I had this delusion that once we hit the big 1 year milestone that time would slow down... It was a delusion!!!

Of course time has not slowed down, not one bit!!!

So here we are at 13 months old & what a month it has been...

 Kellan

 Caden

Garren

Apparently when babies turn 1 they instantly develop opinions, about EVERYTHING!!!

Eating has become quite challenging for the 3 of them. They each want to feed themselves which is great, except for they chew veggies very well & therefor don't digest them well. So I've been experimenting with different foods that I can make with chopped up veggies in them. Quesadillas & quiches work well & are well loved by the boys. The other challenge is that they don't all like or want the same foods. Caden is obsessed with any kind of bread (bread, waffles, tortillas) & cheese. While Garren likes his fruits & veggies. Kellan is not hard to please, he will eat anything & everything including his brothers leftovers. No wonder he has taken over the biggest baby spot :o)

Here are the boys trying Jello...

 Kellan

 Caden

Garren

The boys drink all of their milk exclusively from straw cups, they still get one bottle of formula a day. Transitioning from bottles to cups was no problem at all. It was more breaking my habit than it was theirs. Bottles are just so easy & when they get one, they sit back & relax & drink pretty much the whole thing, they were occupied for a little bit & I could get other things done real quick, like letting the dogs out & getting breakfast ready. All 3 of them had been losing interest in their bottles for a while so I just stopped giving them to them. I put milk in cups & set them on a blanket on the floor when they wake up (in the morning or from naps) & then when they go into their highchairs to eat we bring the cups along. Once they're done eating they don't usually want anymore to drink & that is that. Once they don't need the formula anymore I will just stop that bottle.

Kellan crawling over for a sip

The boys have also become very determined or better yet, stubborn, they are Taurus's after all. When they want to do something or get something they will do all they can to achieve it, even when being told no or even being blocked from it. If we take something from them or one of them takes something from the other, they scream as load as they possibly can. Garren has taken to throwing himself backwards on the floor. It only took him a few times of doing it to figure out he was only hurting himself & now he does it a little slower as to not hit his head so hard, lol...

Since their birthday Kellan has cut 3 more teeth, a 3rd on the bottom & his 2 top front teeth. The poor kid ran a fever on & off most of the month with a runny nose, croupy cough & of course loose stools. I'm almost sure it was all due to teething (except the cough, I think it came from the runny nose.) He would wake up in the middle of the night crying either from teething pain or fever, so he spent several nights in our bed. Caden has also cut his 2 top front teeth & had on & off fevers, runny nose, croupy cough & diarrhea :o( He spent more days uncomfortable than nights but got plenty of extra attention too. Garren's top front teeth are "right there." I can see the whites of them pushing on his gums. They are causing him plenty of discomfort as he spends a lot of time chewing on things or just pushing on them with his thumb. He has also had on & off fevers, runny nose & diarrhea, but no cough. He has had a few late nights getting some one on one time with Donna & I, he has always been out night owl so I don't think it really has anything to do with teething.

All three of the boys are cruising the furniture & trying to stand on their own. They will squat down & stand back up without hanging on to anything & they will walk across the room hanging on to someones fingers. They love any toy that makes noise & they love banging items on the tables, walls, doors & tile floors.

Garren

They are each super lovable & will crawl over just for a hug or sit on our lap for a minute. They've been interacting with other for a while now, but it just gets better & better all the time as they discover new games to play with each other, kiss & hug each other or comfort one another when someone is upset.

Caden & Kellan

Being a mom truly is the best job ever, being a mom to multiples has got to be the ultimate mom promotion!!! I can't think of a better way to spend my days than with these 3 amazing boys, or my nights for that matter :o)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Emergency C-Section vs Emergency Surgery

When I delivered the boys they called it an "emergency c-section." Everything happened really quickly but there really wasn't a sense of urgency about it. There were a lot of doctors & nurses coming in & out of my room as they were prepping me & there were about 30 people in the delivery room either working on my delivery or preparing to work on the babies. There was a good vibe, of course Donna & I were concerned about the condition the boys would be born in, but everyone involved was really upbeat about it all.

Less than 4 weeks later I was rushed to the emergency room hemorrhaging. My blood pressure was near nothing & I passed out in triage, which won me a very fast ride on a stretcher directly into the ER. There were suddenly 6 or 8 doctors & nurses working on me, putting in 4 IV's & trying to do scans to figure out why I was bleeding. There was too much blood too fast & they decided "emergency surgery" was the only option. There was definitely a sense of urgency this time. They put in so many IV's to get as much fluid in me as fast as they could & then they ran, literally ran me through the halls to the OR. It was crazy & the mood was not positive.

It's been a year now since that incident & obviously everything worked out ok. I've kept track of the time because I have a rare blood type & would like to start donating blood again :o)

Here are some pictures of the boys then...

 Caden, just about 4 pounds

 Garren, just under 4 pounds

 Kellan, not quite 4 pounds

And the boys now...

Caden & Kellan, 23 pounds & Garren, 21 pounds

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My BIG Bad ONE Year Olds...

***WARNING*** this post contains a lot of photos!!!

Garren during some serious playtime.

Garren

Poor kid has been doing some serious teething :(

Playful Caden.

Kellan looking especially BIG!!!

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Kellan having a snack.

Caden happy to have a Mum Mum treat.

Garren

These boys are always happy to eat!!!

Silly Garren

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More silliness from Garren

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Sweet Caden

More silliness from Garren

It's hard to believe he is the same baby that started out so quiet & content!!!

Caden

 Look who got into the cabinet...

 Looked like fun, Caden & Garren couldn't get there fast enough.


Caden & Kellan

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