Monday, December 14, 2009

On Wednesday the triplets turn one. I cannot believe a year has passed. It has been a difficult one in a lot of ways. But I never forget for a second how truly blessed we are. We moved in October to a beautiful house that we absolutely love. It has a huge yard, 4 bedrooms, an enormous basement, high ceilings, etc etc. We are so happy. It was amazing how stressed we were cramped in our old house. We were so lucky to have my mom up for 3 weeks helping us pack up the house. Every day was a new drama of something that could potentially fall through or needed to be fixed. At one point we were prepared to move all 6 of us in with my sister Allison. But, in the end it all worked out and we are quite settled in the new digs. Logan adjusted very well. Periodically he will ask to go home. When I say we are home he says no this is our new house. But it is few and far between and I think he really enjoys all the space to run around. My only problem is I desperately miss living close to Allison. My parents bought us a swing set for Christmas and Bob and our friend Carlos put it together. Logan and the babies were able to play on it before the weather got too cold. I am sure all the bys will enjoy that for many years to come.
Logan is 2 and a half now. He says the most amazing things. We really need to keep a better diary as we laugh everyday at how observant he is. Not to mention how good his memory is which can sometimes really bite us in the ass. After 2 months home Bob and I decided he needed to get into some type of activity with kids his age. HE gets bored at home. He is so social and loves to play with other kids. Unfortunately there aren’t very many his age in the neighborhood. He started in a school down the street from our house 2 days a week for 4 hours. He had a great time the 2 days he has been so I am glad we did it. Even though it is hard for Bob to leave him. I know it is good for him and for Bob! He is an amazing kid and Bob and I say everyday how awesome he is. We keep saying if we are blessed with 4 boys like this it would be a miracle!
Justin is the most advanced of the babies. He has been crawling for over a month now and is pulling himself up and cruising on the furniture. He has even climbed a couple stairs. He smiles all the time and has the best belly laugh. He is very ticklish. He is also our biggest challenge. He still suffers from reflux and has asthma. We have struggled with him most nights as he just doesn’t sleep. And he is not easily consoled. So we can be up for 2 hours just holding a screaming baby. It is the worst feeling in the world not to be able to calm or sooth your child. We have had him to several dr’s who continue to say he will grow out of it. Some days I am convinced there is something very wrong with him and other days I just think he is not easily settled and will give us the most trouble!! Last night was one of the first nights he actually cuddled with me. I was singing to him and he had his head on my shoulder. He lifted his head and just looked right at me. Then he laid his head aback down facing me and looked up at me and smiled. I just looked at him and stroked his head. It was an amazing feeling since most nights I want to jump through the window! It’s true, some nights I just cry. Our frustration level is through the roof and we feel like this is it, we just can’t do this anymore. But, you do and morning comes and it’s a new day and you just do it again. As I said though, he is so happy during the day. He has adorable dimples and hazel eyes. Very big head though.
Mason is our bruiser. He is like 24 pounds and solid as a rock. He is not crawling yet much to his dismay. He gets very upset when we all leave him sitting there. He lies on his belly like he is swimming and just yells. It is very funny. He is rocking though and I am hoping that by Christmas he is there. He does sit up and pulls himself up so I am not too worried. He says mama and dada while the other 2 don’t yet. He also claps his hands as does Justin but Noah isn’t there yet. So they all have their own pace. He is a bully during meal time and frequently takes toys from Noah and Justin. It’s funny because if a toy gets taken from him he screams and starts to cry. They are hilarious to watch at the table. Banging each other’s heads and pushing. Mason is Logan’s favorite. Every time I ask who should get something first, it’s Mason. They look the most alike too which is funny. Mason is extremely happy and smiles a lot. But it is harder to get him to smile than the other two. Most of the time he just gives this look like “what?” HE is very independent though and will sit and amuse himself and play for the longest time. He is a joy to put to bed or naps. Just give a kiss and lay him down and he just goes to sleep. He is very addicted to the pacifier though and he will wake up at night when he can’t find it. We put like 10 in his crib but they mostly manage to find their way to the floor. He is very cuddly and loves to snuggle.
Noah is our little peanut. He started to crawl about a week ago and is very proud of himself. He is starting to pull himself up and loves being mobile. He has the brightest blue eyes, almost piercing. He has a great smile and his whole face just light s up. His eyes squint shut and he just gets so happy. He is becoming much more aware of who mommy and daddy are and doesn’t take to strangers as well as he used to. He is still the smallest but over 20 pounds and eats as much as his brothers. As I mentioned he is not clapping his hands or making too many sounds other than his weird little screech but he seems to be fine and I am sure he will get there in his own time. They are 9 months adjusted and I don’t see him being too far behind that age so I am fine with it. He is a climber too and anytime I am on the floor changing one of the babies he has to try to climb on my lap. He is a great sleeper as he has been for a long time. Just lay him in his crib and he will amuse himself till he falls asleep. Such a joy. He rarely gets up at night and sleeps close to 12 hours. If he was my only baby I would truly not understand how someone could say it is hard. Bob and I often say what if we only had Noah? Cake. Noah is going to be the sweetheart and the little peacemaker.
My parents have been here since Thanksgiving and they will stay through New Year’s. It is always wonderful to have them around and it certainly is nice to have help. I am nervous when they leave Bob and I will have forgotten how hard it is when we are by ourselves. We hosted Thanksgiving this year with bob’s family. We had over 25 people and I think it was a success. I don’t remember much of it as I really was just taking care of the kids while bob cooked. We had a holiday party yesterday with my Mom’s family which went really well also. I just love the holiday season. It is so nice to see people you don’t see all the time and just be around family. Christmas day will be with my family this year and I am excited to just be home. Logan is anxious for Santa to come and loves to count the days on the calendar.
2009 has given us some pretty amazing blessings and also some not so great things and I have often felt that there is a black cloud over the world this year. My sister Chrisanne said that 9 is not a good number. Something about its placement, I don’t remember but it made sense when she said it!! I will not be sad to see it go. I have a good feeling about 2010.
I hope that if anyone is still reading the blog (since it has been so long since I wrote) that you have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and healthy New Year.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hello everyone…Sorry it has been so long. It has been almost 2 months since this was updated. Where to begin…I will start with the present and work backwards…We are moving! We make settlement October 9th and move to Mullica Hill NJ to a beautiful 4 bedroom home, with a huge yard and a basement..Logan cannot wait and neither can we. This 3 bedroom rancher is giving me cabin fever! We are going to miss our neighbors terribly, but hopefully they come and visit. Logan will stay home with me from October until I go back to work around May (flu season should be over). It will be tough, but I know Tracey and I can do it.
The trips are doing great! They had their 9 month developmental follow up yesterday and they are on track with their adjusted age. Justin is about to crawl, Mason has two teeth coming in, and Noah is just happy as a clam…They smile most of the time and eat great. Mason is 19lbs 12oz, Justin is 18lbs 14oz, and Noah is 17lbs 8oz. They all have large heads for their age (so the Dr says) whatever that means..I know it does not mean they are going to be tall because no one in my family is over 5’8…Mason and Justin just got over having ear infections. I am not sure how they got them since they are at home with me all day. It cleared up pretty quickly. They had their baptism about 3 weeks ago and they were perfect angels. Logan wore a little suit and did not fuss at all in it. The celebration afterwards was a success and I think everyone had a good time. Mason and Noah are still sleeping through the night (7:00-7:30 until 5:30-6:15ish)…Justin sleeps through the night when he wants to. He had an upper GI, a milk scan (which sucked for him) and has seen a few specialists. The bottom line is he has reflux from his middle to upper esophagus. It does bother him from time to time, but more frequent feeds seems to have helped. Who know, everyone Dr has a different opinion. I just need to know that he is not in pain. We have a new triplet table that my in-laws bought for the babies for their baptism present. The table is great. It is one of the tables you see in a day care with 3 seats in it. The boys love it (so does Logan).
Logan is doing wonderful. He is the smartest 26 month old ever! Doesn’t every parent say that about their kid? He comes up with the funniest sayings and some things that he does just makes me laugh out loud. He is my little buddy and I love spending time with him. We went fishing for the first time about a month ago. He caught a little perch and he was a little scared at first to hold it, but then loved it. He asks to go fishing a lot now. It is great. I really missed my dad when I took Logan fishing because it made me think of the first time my dad took me fishing. I reminded Logan who taught his daddy to fish. It was a nice bonding moment. Thanks dad for those memories….Logan has taken up golf. He loves hitting the ball as hard as he can. He swings it like a hockey stick right now, so you never know, it could go either sport. His vocabulary is improving every day. As much as we talk in this house, this kid is going to learn a lot and never shut up! He listens and repeats everything but puts it in the correct context when repeating it which is great. He is still a picky eater and hates his veggies. I have to start making my own food for the trips. It is getting way too expensive. We go through 12 jars a day plus 18 tablespoons of oatmeal a day. I cannot wait until I can just make a huge ziti and just have them eat that all week! Logan wants to help us with everything. He loves prepping the babies food and calls them “my babies”. It is very cute. Overall he is doing fantastic and we are both very proud of him. He is adjusting well to the babies. Now we get to yank him out of his school and move him to a strange place…UGH!
We have to start packing! We have 29 days to go and nothing is even started. If anyone wants to come over and babysit a kid or two while I pack, please feel free to ask or come over anytime. Tracey and I are going away next weekend. My in-laws are flying up from Florida so we can go away. They are going to watch the kids. They are awesome. I want to thank everyone who has helped us up to this point. Every food dish, phone call, gift, words of encouragement, and assistance is greatly appreciated and is not forgotten. I wish we could pay everyone back and do something, but at this point we can only say THANK YOU. I know there is much more to write but a baby needs to be fed…Until next time…I am on facebook and update photos on there so you can friend me on there if you like. Bye….

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I decided I would take a little time and write an entry since I haven't really had time since I went back to work. I have thought of a million things I want to write about but I'm not sure I will remember it all now. Life for us is crazy. I don't know how else to say it. Every minute of every day is packed. Work has been fine. It is very hard because I am so exhausted all the time but each week gets a little easier. I have been flexing my hours a little so that I can get home in time to help with dinner and bedtime which is by far the most chaotic time for us. Everyone is exhausted. Logan eats dinner around 5:30 and we try to eat with him but that doesn't always happen. At least one person sits with him and eats. The other is usually tending to the babies who are exhausted and whiny. It is that period where you are doing anything to keep them awake until 7. I try to get Logan in the bath by 6:30 so he can sit and watch TV for 15 minutes while I feed a baby. Hopefully whoever I am feeding falls asleep quickly and I then put Logan to bed while Bob and either my sister or Skye (our 14 Y/O helper) feed the other 2 and get them all ready for bed. By 8 everyone is usually asleep. But not always. We decided last week to start to let them cry it out. We got Justin adjusted on his meds so he is actually doing a lot better. He is still a needy baby but at least he doesn't wheeze anymore which was what kept us from trying to get him to sleep through the night. As you know, Noah pretty much sleeps through most nights from like 7-7:30 through to 6:30 or 7AM. I know, a dream baby!! We had to have one! Mason got the hang of sleeping through the night pretty quick. He wakes up and fusses but not too terribly. Although he did have a cough the other night so we do give him some water to help soothe that. But he sleeps until around 6AM. Of course, since I am writing this they will both get up all night tonight but what can you do!! Justin has been a challenge. That kid can cry like I have never seen. When we planned to start the cry it out I was mentally prepared for him t cry forever. I really thought he could. He didn't but it was a good 2 hours. After the first hour he would sleep for like 10 minutes and then wake up and cry. Torture. Poor bob had to listen to it because it was Thursday and he was on duty. The poor kid was so tired he napped for 5 and a half hours on Friday. Friday night I was on duty. We put him to bed and he cried for about 45 minutes. Now, we do go in and check him and give him the it's ok, ssshhh. We start at 10 min. then 15, then 20 and so on. He woke up at 11:20. By 12:30 he was still crying but clearly getting tired. I was so exhausted I actually fell asleep while he was crying. Can you believe it? I NEVER thought I would be able to do that. I woke up at 1AM and he had stopped. I ran into his room to see if he was ok and sure enough he was out cold sleeping very soundly. Saturday, well, he went to bed a little easier but woke up around 3:30 (we almost thought we were home free) and he was up until about 4:30. I got up with Mason at 5AM and Bob slept in until 9 since he was up with justin crying. I really believed by tonight he would be almost there. Everyone I talk to says by the third night they get the hang of it. Not my Justin. My heart aches for him. he really was meant to be an only child. He is so smiley and happy during the day. I am still hopeful that this method will work if we really stick it out for a couple more days.
All 3 are eating their solid foods farely well and I am hopeful that they will be on 3 meals a day in the next 2 or 3 weeks. They don't like eating cereal that much but they are great with the veggies. Bob has a really tough job and I do appreciate the challenges he faces getting them to eat off a spoon. I know how hard it was to teach Logan and he was only one. This morning I had all 4 boys sitting next to each other and I was feeding them all oatmeal. Well, logan was eating his own but he wanted to sit in the row with his brothers. It was actually really cute.
We are currently negotiating a contract to sell our house. We will find out tomorrow if we are going to officially go under contract. Then we have 6 weeks to find somewhere to live. We saw a house in Delran that we really like. I am hoping it all works out. I do believe what is meant to happen will be.
Both noah and justin rolled from back to front this week!! They have all gone the other way but this was a big deal since they have such issues with their neck and back strength. Mason is almost there but since he is a little buddha he may take a little longer. They are all holding their heads up nicely and doing well in the exersaucers. Won't be long till they are sitting up!! We are baptizing them in August. I am looking forward to that especially since my parents will come up for it. W will really miss having popop there. But I know he will be watching over these boys every step of the way.
Logan is still doing wonderfully. He is quite a handful and can test you like the best of them but he is adorable and loving and kind to his brothers. I could not ask for a better family.
I have so much more to write but I have to go to bed soon and I have so much laundry to fold and put away. And I also need to go find the stupid puzzle in Logan's play room that keeps talking and scaring the crap out of me.
I hope everyone is doing well and having a fantastic summer.
Thanks to all of you who take such good care of us. Especially my sister Allison who I know spends more time here then she intends every day. And our wonderful neighbors. I tear up thinking about moving away from you. Good night.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hello everyone. Sorry it has been so long. There is so much going on right now. I will update you on the babies.
Noah is doing great! Sleeping through the night. Goes down around 6:45-7:30 and gets up around 6:00-6:45. Mason generally gets up once a night. He has had a terrible cold/cough for almost 2 weeks. The night time sucks the most when he gets all of the junk in his lungs. Justin....Well, he still gets up every 4 hours or so. We took him to the pulmonologist. I feel so bad. He wheezes so much and has trouble breathing. He has reflux, bad cold, his esophagus is partially closed(causing wheeziness). Now we have to give him flovent, albuterol, zantac, zyrtec, and bethanechol. I know it is a lot and I told the Dr I would try this regiment for 1 week. Poor kid cant sleep because he has reflux, post nasal drip, and cant breathe. We have to start letting them cry it out, but it is so hard becasue they are in 1 room. That may not be for too long...It looks like we sold our house! We agreed verbally and we get the contracts next week with the buyers addendums. I am sure we will go back and forth, but we are looking now. It is so exciting and sooo nerve racking at the same time.

The boys had their checkup last week. They are almost 4 months old (adjusted) 7 months since they were born. Justin is 17lbs 1oz, Noah is 15lbs 2oz, and Mason is 18lbs, 2oz. They are getting heavy! Developmentally Justin is a rock star. He can stand up solid on both legs with only my one hand on him. He pretty much rolls over. He has to get than damn arm out of the way so he can go from back to belly. We are going to stop swaddling them now. This is going to suck because it is so easy to put them down when they are all bundled up. I took them all to the mall last week to get an oil change at Sears. I took them around the mall while I waited. They were perfect little angels. Of course I got stopped by every woman wanting to talk about the babies. It was fun, but it gets old fast. I just wanted to cruise around with my boys and not be bothered. It is the price I pay for having handsome boys!

Logan is doing awesome. He had his 2 year appt at the Dr's. She was very impressed with his cooperation and vocabulary. He speaks almost everything in full sentences now. He is becoming very bossy as he understands what he wants and when he wants it. It is pretty funny. I get so excited at the end of the day when I know he is coming home from school to see how his day was and what he did all day.

Overall, the Commack's are doing ok. The days are getting a little more organized. Tracey and I have planned our 5 year anniversary trip. My in-laws are flying up from Florida for the weekend so we can go away. How awesome are they! I cannot wait to go away. I am sure I will bring a web cam with me so I can see Logan and the boys from our hotel room. It is going to be hard to leave Logan and the boys for a weekend. They are in good hands. Until next time....

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hello everyone,
I want to start off my blog by saying hello to my dad and that I will see you later down the road. As many of you know that read this blog that my dad passed away on June 16th. I will miss him terribly, but will keep his memory alive through me and my 4 boys.

It is 2:50 AM and I just put Justin down to sleep. (again). They are all so off their somewhat loose schedule that I was trying to nail down for them. This past week has just been all over the place. They all generally fall asleep around 8:00-8:30 at the latest. Noah generally sleeps all night until around 6:00-6:30. Mason wakes up 50% of the time around 3am-4am, takes 2-3oz and goes back to sleep until 6:30-7:00. Now, Justin....He falls asleep after 20-30 mins of restlessness and leg kicking. Then lays down for 2-3 hours, wakes up, we rock him a bit, and place the binky back in his mouth. Then he falls asleep until around 3:00 am. He wakes up around this time 6 out of 7 days a week. We try to get him back to sleep, but end up giving him 3 oz then he goes back until 6:30-7:00. They all get up around the same time in the morning, have a full bottle, are up for about 1 hour and then sleep for 1.5-2 hours. We then get up and do some exercises. Mason needs to work on his neck muscles and symmetry the most. Justin is excelling faster than the other two. It is nice to see progress. I KNOW, I need to start letting them cry it out a bit and skip the bottle. Someone buy us a bigger house so they wont hear each other....

Today was my first full day as the stay at home dad by myself. My in-laws left on Saturday to go back home to Florida. They will be missed very much. Staying at home today was pretty much what I expected. It is going to be a tough road ahead with a lot of patience and ear plugs needed. There was only 1 time today when they were all crying. They had just eaten after waking from a nap. Of course this is the only time that Tracey called so I debated not picking up the phone, but I did. So, I am thinking now what do I do to get them to stop? They just ate and napped. I picked up Noah first because he was crying the hardest, and swaddled him up. They all just needed 1 more burp and then fell back asleep for 30 more mins. I took them for about a 20-30 minute walk around the lake and development. Most people walking by stop and stare and ask questions. The best is,"do triplets run in your family?" I tell people, actually quads do, so I got cheated! Out of all of the questions to ask, why is this the most curious to ask? I would have so many different questions to ask someone who had multiples. Or the question is, " is it tough?" I would love to respond, "nah, I have my servants enter from the east wing of the house after they take out my trash, cut my lawn, and wash my Ferrari. Then they tend to the babies all day while I go fish, golf, and sleep. They fill me in on what the babies did all day so I can tell my wife what happened during the day." Ok, so I am laying on the sarcasm pretty thick right now, it is afterall, 3:10am. I have to go to sleep. We have a showing for the house tomorrow. It is the girls 3rd time coming back! She better buy it now, after all of the cleaning I have to do each time. I am going to invite her to my neighbors Luau. It was his idea. She can meet all of the neighbors and help her decide. I am not sure if this is good or bad? Just kidding, all of my court is amazing and I would love to stay where I am at. Tracey and I are going to miss all of them so much.

Overall, the babies and Logan are doing well. Tracey and I are surviving. We have to get out on a date night by ourselves soon. It is tough, and we just high five each other in the morning as we pass each other with a diaper in one hand, bottle in the pocket, and a baby on our hip. We make a good team and I am looking so forward to so many memories with my family. I know my dad will be watching, so I have to make him proud.

Monday, June 15, 2009

(Bob's post)
Hello everyone,
It has been about a week since I last wrote so I am due to write some updates. Let's start with:

The Trips have been doing a little better sleeping through the night. We generally get them to bed between 7:30-9:00. I know this is a huge window, but we are working on it. Noah and Mason generally go right down, but Justin....Well, he is a different animal. I have never seen a baby kick and grunt so much to not go to bed. Then once down, I know that it is only going to be 15-25 minutes later and then he gets up and then gets rocked back to sleep for a few hours. He gets up 95% of the time between 2:55am-3:05am. I am not kidding. He has an internal clock. Once this happens I try to rock him for 15-20 minutes but then he just looks at me and smiles. I know what he is saying to himself (HA! sucker, now I get a bottle!) He does get 3oz and then he goes back to sleep until around 6:30-7:00. Mason gets up, but at like 4:00-5:00 am and sometimes goes back to sleep. Noah is the best. Right to bed and grunts a bit during the night and gets up around 5:30-6:30, gets a full bottle, stays up for about 45 minutes then goes back to sleep for about 2 hours! It is great. By this time I have already been up since 2:55am from Justin and then Mason. All in all it is going ok. I hope to have all of this chaos with bedtime licked in about 2 weeks. I know this is my ego talking, but I have to set goals. My in-laws (wonderful, helpful, I am forever grateful) will be leaving on Wednesday. I am on my own then. They have truly been so helpful and I am very lucky to have had them here for the past few months. I am having my nephew Patrick (he is 14) come over during the week to help out when he is not too busy with school, summer fun, and girls. He is a good kid and this can give him some extra cash over the summer.

Justin had his physical therapy appointment last week. He did great. He held up his head, grabbed at toys, kicked his feet, put toys near his mouth, and laughed and made noises the whole time. We were very proud. Mason and Noah have their appointments this week. Noah and Justing have both rolled over from belly to back. Mason is usually 7-10 days behind. Plus, he has such a big head with no neck, so he has trouble. He is pretty funny. He needs some serious work on holding up his head.

Logan had his 2nd birthday party this weekend at Jelly Bean Jungle
( Mount Laurel. It was an absolute hit! He had so much fun with his classmates and his large family. He laughed, screamed his head off, ran around like a crazy person, and then crashed at the end of the day. I enjoy so much watching Logan play with his friends and interact with them. He is such an awesome kid. He got a bike and a lot of great toys and clothes. So, now I have to start all of the thank you notes. This is one job that Tracey is glad to get rid of and that I do not remember volunteering for. Hey, it comes with staying at home now I guess. No problem, I have it covered. I have 1 year to get them out right? Does that just count for weddings?

Fathers Day is coming up and all of us are headed over to my dad's house to celebrate being fathers. I am looking very forward to it. It is going to be a lot of fun seeing everyone together and watching all of the kids play together.

Our house is still for sale. We had one girl come back for a 2nd look last week. She seemed positive, but still no offer. My neighbor 5 doors down just put her house on the market for 25k less than mine. Oh well! Her house needs a lot of work. Hopefully people will see that. It is 10:00 now and I have to go to bed so I can get up with Justin in 5 hours!!! Thank you to everyone over these past few months who have helped with either food, clothes, gifts, prayers, and anything else that I may have forgotten. Our heads are still spinning. Tracey and I are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and family in our lives. Goodnight!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Another Blog entry from Bob:
It’s been a while since I wrote in the blog. Tracey usually does this. It seems that I will be taking over much of these duties now that I am going to be a stay at home dad. For those of you who do not know, Tracey and I decided that for the next 6-8 months that one of us should stay home with the babies. I drew the short straw. Just joking, but it is going to be one of the toughest things I have ever done. I keep hearing how I will start to talk to adults in baby talk, and start wiping people’s mouths while out to dinner with my spare burp cloth in my back pocket at all times. I am getting my holster next week that holds two 6 ounce bottles on each hip. I will be prepared!
We went for the developmental follow up last week. They are a little over 2.5 months adjusted age and it has been a little over 5.5 months since they were born. Mason weighed in at a whopping 15 lbs, Justin at 14lbs, 3oz, and Noah at 12lbs, 10oz. Justin would weigh more, but continues to have reflux issues and spits up quite a bit. The Dr. told us that their weights are off of the charts for being premies and to cut out the bottle or 2 they were getting in the middle of the night. It was getting crazy with no schedule and feeding on demand. We were also able to start to introduce solids, so rice cereal was started immediately. This is the 4th night that we attempted to cut out the bottle at night and get them to bed around the same time. It seems to go like this, Mason and Noah usually falls asleep between 8:00-8:30 and get up around 3:00 or 4:00. Have 3oz (dream feed) and go right back to sleep until 6:00-7:00. Justin usually falls asleep after much discomfort around 9:00-9:30, gets back up around 2:00-3:00, has 3oz, and takes some work to get back in his crib. He usually ends up in the swing at this point because it gets him back to sleep the quickest. It is going to be a slow transition, but each day they show progress.
Developmentally, they did pretty good. They all did well tracking, smiling, (Noah and Justin laugh all of the time, Mason is catching up) and pretty well on their belly. Justin is the worse of the 3 right now with his neck. It needs some work. We were showed quite a few different techniques on how to strengthen their necks and back. We are starting to get a routing down during the day for all of the babies 2x a day. We need to get a chart going because half way through the day I cannot remember who did what and when! I remember this being easier with Logan, but then again, it was just 1 baby to concentrate on and not share time with 3 at once. We go back in 30 days to the Dr. to see how they have progressed. This is going to be a test for the babies and for us. The day goes by so fast and we have to find time to do the exercises with the boys. I also have to start getting a routine down for myself. It is going to be a lot of fun over the next few months, but I know it is also going to be a lot of work!
Logan continues to amaze me with his language and athletic ability. I love when he comes up to me and points outside and says either, “outside…golf” or “outside, ball” of course this is baseball. I got him one of those big barrel whiffle ball bats and he puts the ball on the little red cone and whacks it pretty good. Then he runs around and hits it on the ground like he is golfing. I have to start looking for a golf cart that hold 5 so all of the boys can go golfing with me. They may want to walk the course, but no thanks. Where would I put my adult beverages? Logan’s birthday is coming up and we are getting him a bike. He is so excited. Tracey and I ask him all of the time what he wants for his birthday, and we ask if he wants a bike and he says “soon” as if he knows he is getting it and telling us to back off and just get it already. It is truly a blessing and more than I could have hoped for watching him develop into my little man. We are going to the zoo this Tuesday for the 1st time to see all of the animals that we have been reading to him about since he was born. It is going to be so much fun watching his face. I am going to video tape the whole thing.
This weekend flew by as usual. We still have not sold our house but it looks promising as people continue to look at it. The next year is going to fly by and the boys will outgrow this house very quickly or the walls will just come crashing down from all of the activity. Either way, the Commack family is doing well and we look forward to sharing more blog entries with all of you soon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another few weeks gone by. Where to begin. Logan started his new school in the midst of cutting a very painful tooth. He was miserable and up at night like every hour. Not to mention super cranky during the day since he was so tired. I brought him to the school and he would scream and cry. It was horrible. On Tuesday I had to go pick him up because they called to tell me he just wouldn’t calm down. By Thursday he was coughing. New school, new germs I suppose. The weekend did not prove to be any better. He woke up from his nap in a tantrum. He yelled “go away!” every time Bob and I went in the room. He wouldn’t get out of his crib, and was just crying and screaming. Not to mention coughing and practically gagging he was so upset. Finally I asked if he wanted to see if Marty (our neighbor) was mowing. That seemed to be moderately enticing and so he let me take him out of the crib. Of course, he wasn’t mowing so we knocked on our neighbor’s door and thankfully they are the best and asked us in so Logan could see Marty and play with the army trucks they have. Thank God for our neighbors. By the end of the weekend all 3 boys were getting sick and so was I. Monday I kept Logan home from school and Bob had to stay home as well. With all 4 boys we needed the help. Tuesday at school was no better so finally I said that Bob should do drop off for Logan. Seemed like me doing it was almost worse. I would stay for like an hour leaving my parents with the babies. By the end of the week, Logan would cry for only a few minutes at drop off and then have a really good day. So I am hopeful he is finally getting adjusted there. Plus he isn’t really sick and the stupid tooth finally came in! As for the boys, Justin was full blown wheezing by Wednesday and so I was at the Dr’s with him Thursday. His oxygen level was ok but he clearly needed some help breathing. So began the nebulizer treatments. For those of you who never had to give a baby a Neb, be thankful. It is about 10 minutes of screaming and kicking and crying. Although, he seems to have become more accustomed to them and actually smiles sometimes and dozes off. Those are the best treatments. I was at the Dr’s Thurs., Fri, Sat and mon. When they have respiratory issues the dr’s check them daily to make sure they are getting enough oxygen and don’t need to be hospitalized. The Dr thought he might have RSV again. But by yesterday he seemed to be doing much better. He still has a lingering cough but at least we can space out the treatment to every 6 hours instead of every 4. Mason and Noah have slight coughs and mild congestion but are otherwise doing great. Knock wood. I weighed Justin at the dr’s. 13 pounds 10 ounces. Can’t believe it.

Justin is nuts. He is the happiest baby; he smiles and laughs out loud. He is not sensitive to cold and doesn’t mind at all when you change his diaper. But when he cries, wow. His cry is like scratching nails down a chalk board. He is incredibly squirmy too. I think it is the dry skin which he has tons of. I try to lube him down daily with Vaseline as it is the only thing that seems to work. I have a hard time getting him on his belly since he starts wheezing and has trouble breathing. I am quite sure he will end up needing physical therapy because I can’t seem to get his neck muscles to where they should be. He is not so great on walks and is usually the one crying. He can’t seem to hold the pacifier in his mouth and gets all upset when it falls out. But he plays for long stretches by himself on the mat or in the bouncy seat smiling and cooing and batting at the toys. Which is welcomed considering it gives us time to tend to the other 2.

My dad wrote a little about each boy so I wanted to incorporate what he said too:

Dad on Justin—he was the first born, and continues to be first in nearly everything else. Justin has gained over ten pounds since birth and is keeping pace with Mason. What little hair he has is light auburn in color and his eyes lean toward blue. He has one dimple on his left cheek, and he shows it off when he smiles. He’s the most physical of the three, and always seems to be in constant motion while he’s awake. He’s been very vocal lately, cooing and ah-ing, and smiles spontaneously. He can remain by himself for extended stretches; exercising his extremities, and moving his head around focusing on anything and everything. He doesn’t like wet or poopy diapers, and will let you know when he’s uncomfortable or hungry. Justin is congested much of the time. Perhaps he has allergies (peak time in the spring) although he shows no other symptoms. He has actually laughed out loud several times, and enjoys playing “this little piggy”, or “peek-a-boo.”

Mason is solid as a rock and feels like he weighs 20 pounds. He is definitely more serious than the other two. It takes a lot for him to smile. Usually it is only when we play pat-a-cake with him. He looks like he has no neck and has a widow’s peek that makes him look like Eddie Munster! He is adorable though. He eats like a pig but still won’t sleep through the night. He is up more than the other two!! He is very laid back and is the kind of baby that will doze off anywhere. Which makes him the one I always offer to take with me if I am taking 2 kids and leaving 2 home. He is batting at toys now and kicks at them too. He struggles with tummy time also because he doesn’t have much of a neck so it is tough for him to lift his head so he just falls asleep. When he is hungry he screams like you would not believe. And if you take the bottle out of his mouth to burp him he freaks out. He will down 6 and half ounces in 10-15 minutes. It is amazing.

And from my dad…Mason—has always been the biggest, and has always been the most laid back. Mason has dark skin and hair, and his eyes are a definite brown. He sleeps more than his brothers, and can remain cool and calm for long periods of time. But, when Mason is hungry, there is no confusion about what he wants. He will cry loud and long until he gets what he wants—6.5 ounces of formula, or a diaper change (he too is not a fan of wet or poopy diapers). Like his older brother, Mason takes 6.5 ounces of formula, and has even tried solid food, although he didn’t seem to care for it. Mason is easy to burp, and rarely spits up his bottle. He has recently begun to smile and coo like his older brother, but still maintains his easy-going demeanor. Like his brothers, Mason enjoys going out for a stroll, but the recent weather has prevented very many excursions.

And Noah, the little professor. He is still the most curious and alert baby I have ever seen. He has the most expressive face. It’s like he wants so much to say something and tell you all these things he is thinking. He smiles and laughs a lot. He also sleeps the longest. Who would have thought? He will go 6-8 hours which is great except the other two don’t so we are still up. He rarely cries anymore. Even when it is time for him to eat he is really patient and waits for his bottle. That is especially helpful when you are trying to feed him and Mason at the same time. Noah will let you get Mason all situated and stop him from screaming and sit there with a smile on his face waiting patiently for his bottle. He will smile while you feed him and it is impossible not to laugh. He is very tiny with a small head and the most piercing blue eyes. I still believe he will be his brother’s keeper.

And Dad says…..Noah—is known as the “little professor”, because he has big wide eyes, and a penetrating stare. Noah is the youngest and the smallest weighing in a full 2 pounds less than his bigger brothers. Yet, he’s the most alert, and seems to be curious about everything. He finds his brothers very interesting, and will watch them for extended periods. He holds the record for the longest nocturnal sleep period, but much to his parent’s dismay has decided to only do that once. Noah has fair skin and dark hair with deep blue eyes. Noah has a small cleft in his chin, and can overwhelm you with his smile. He will definitely break a few hearts in the years to come.
Logan is so great with his brothers. He loves to kiss their heads and their feet and tickles them. When he makes them smile he gets so excited. One night when I had them all on my lap trying calm them he came over and sat with me. I said, “look - Mommy has all her boys with her.” So now whenever I am holding a baby he sits on my lap and says “mommy’s boys.” He is so amazing. He learns new words everyday and is the most loving warmest kid ever.

It has been 2 weeks since I started writing this blog entry and a lot more has happened. Logan likes school although he is still fighting whatever sickness he got there. He had a low fever yesterday and today but seems to feel ok. He talks about his friends at school and all the stuff he does. We took him to the circus where he was in complete awe. He loved it. We did have a small mishap though. He sat on a folding chair and it folded with him in it. It was very scary and he could have been really hurt considering there was a big bolt that could have gone into his head. Fortunately it missed him and once they shot the cannon off he was totally distracted from being scared (it took mommy & daddy a little longer to recover). Bob has been home for 2 days and we are trying to work on getting the babies onto a routine before I go back to work in 2 weeks. I can’t believe it has been that long. I will miss being home so much.

My parents will head back to Florida after Logan’s birthday. I will miss them more than anything. And Logan is going to have a really hard time without them here. It will be good to have some time with just Bob and I and the kids as the past 4 months it seems our house is always packed. But all I can say is how blessed we are to always have a packed house. So many friends and family that help us out. It amazes me everyday how blessed we are to have 4 beautiful healthy boys and such wonderful family and friends. I thank everyone who has been there for us through this entire experience. It has been one crazy ride.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Life has continued to fly by and be totally crazy. I actually fell asleep with my eyes open last week. It is possible. I was feeding Noah and all of a sudden dropped the bottle but my eyes were completely open. Very strange. The babies are doing really well. Getting so big. Mason has decided when he is hungry he is going to let everyone know. He wakes up and screams so loud. Then, if you take the bottle out to burp him he freaks out. Logan used to do the same thing. He is pretty much off the zantac and hasn’t had too much trouble with it. Justin is the antsiest baby ever. He is also the happiest. He lies on the ground cooing and smiling and actually laughing. He has adorable dimples. Noah is still the Professor. So wise beyond his years!
Logan started his new school on Monday. He is doing ok. He is teething really bad right now and has been super whiny and in pain for the past 5 days. He has been up every night every hour crying. It is horrible. He is exhausted, we are exhausted. Today the new school called and I had to go pick him up because he was so upset. I feel horrible that I moved him in the midst of this chaos. He is such an awesome kid and I know he is just not himself. He says he wants to go home all the time and my heart just aches for him. He is talking so much, putting sentences together, using possessives. He is obsessed with being tall and lawnmowers. One night when I was reading to him he would not stop saying mow, mow, Marty mow, Marty mow (that’s my neighbor’s name) Now every night I have to open his blinds and tell him Marty is sleeping.
Monday night we took everyone to dinner at Friday’s. It was great but truly exhausting. The babies were awesome. Only minor fussing. I definitely want to start getting out of the house with them as much as possible even though it is so hard. Plus, during this period they are so unpredictable. Like Noah slept 8and 1/2 hours the other night and then last night he was up twice. I am hoping by the time I head back to work they are all sleeping at least 6-7 hours a night or Bob is going to have a tough time. Did I mention Bob gave his notice? He will stop working the end of May and stay home with the babies. We decided that right now that is what will work best for us. They were really nice to him about it and he certainly didn’t burn any bridges so I feel a little better knowing he could go back if that’s what works better for us. I think he is excited and scared at the same time. It is quite a life change to just quit working and be a stay at home dad. I know it will be great for the babies and he will do a great job.
My parents are still here and help out everyday along with my sister Allison. I love having them here and we are so lucky. My sister Chrisanne came down from New York for my Mom’s birthday which was fun. We took Logan and the babies to Bob’s dad’s house. It is crazy getting everyone out. Packing the bags takes some serious pre planning!! Bob’s mom was over this past weekend and I was able to get some fun time with Logan while she and Bob watched the babies. For Mother’s Day I asked to sleep in. I just want to get up when I feel like it. That’s all. Then spend the day with my family. I am so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life.
Logan’s birthday is coming up and I can’t believe he will be 2. It just flies by.
I wish all of you mum’s out there a happy Mother’s day.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The boys are now 4 months old and they are huge. We had their well visit Tuesday. Mason and Justin are both 11 pounds 11 ounces and Noah is 10 pounds 1 ounce. You'd think at that size they would all be sleeping through the night but no such luck!! They are all smiling now and make great eye contact. Although Mason is a little lazy about it at times! He is definitely a little lazy. But that's ok. It is helpful to have one mellow kid. Justin and Noah can be challenging especially in the evenings still. Our night help has decreased significantly because she has another job. I knew about it before we hired her but thought they would be sleeping better and so I wouldn't mind. The nights can be brutal. Last night I slept from 9:30-1:30 and when I got up i was never able to lay back down. One was either fussing or eating or needed to be rocked. It is really tiring. I know Bob is exhausted at work too and I feel bad but I just can't do the whole night by myself. My parents of course, are still so helpful. By the time they go back to Florida I am afraid they will never want to come back! Everyday is so busy. We found a house that we really love and put a bid on it but of course need to sell this one first. I am a little stressed about that and keeping the house presentable is tough with 4 kids. I am lucky if I get them in the bath once a week. I guess that's ok for now since they don't really get very dirty. I intend to bathe them everyday but something always happens to sidetrack me. Laundry is endless. The burp cloths alone are unbelievable. Thank goodness we have a good washing machine! One of the triplet moms I know came over for a few hours Sunday to help so Bob and I could sleep. She brought her former nanny. So I of course discussed with her working for us periodically. She is going to come Saturday to watch Justina and Noah and I am going to take Logan and Mason to visit my friend Kim. And Bob finally will be able to go golfing! I am so happy for him. It is always nice to have a day away from the kids. They are so wonderful but it is all consuming. They will be 8 weeks adjusted next week and I am hopeful that it will start to get easier. We'll see.
I know my posts are all over the place but I just write whatever pops in my head and I frequently get pulled away so I don't even know where I left off.
Logan is doing really well but is definitely entering the terrible 2's. He can be very defiant at times and since we are so exhausted our tolerance is lower than normal. I work really hard to be patient with him since he doesn't deserve to be the outlet for my frustrations or exhaustion. He is such a good kid and so loving and caring. He is pretty good with the babies. He kisses their heads and feet and one night even made Justin laugh. He was so excited and happy!! I can't wait till they can play and interact. We are switching his school soon. Hopefully very soon. One more transition for him which I am upset about bu I am not happy with several things there and it is just time to get him out of there.
Our house is being shown this morning so I must get the babies out of here and over to my sisters. Thank God she lives so close and doesn't mind our invasion for an hour. She comes home from Poland today. Yeah!!! I have waited to watch American Idol with her and I can't wait to see who was voted off. So don't ruin it for me!!!
Hope everyone is enjoying their spring. Even if it has been raining and miserable a lot. Here's to a beautiful May!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The babies are 4 months old this Thursday. I cannot believe it. And Logan is 22 months. Of course they are only 6 weeks adjusted so they are not acting like they are 4 months old. NYC was so much fun. Logan loved it. We went on the carousel in Central Park and went to FAO Schwartz. He was amazed by everything. We really had a great time and it was fun to visit Chrisanne. I don't get up to NY very often. The week was ok although Noah contracted some sort of GI virus and was projectile vomiting for several days. I was back at the pediatrician with him to make sure he was still gaining weight and didn't need to have his belly scanned. It's funny, with a full term baby I would have never thought to worry about a GI disorder. Turned out just to be a bug and he was over it by the end of the week. As soon as the bug was gone he was starving! He is now taking 5 ounces like his brothers and I think he is going through a growth spurt. He is sleeping better, probably because he is finally eating enough. He was so hungry when he had the bug but would throw up every time we fed him so he was generally miserable. Mason got the bug a little too but only for a day or so. We took the babies over to see Bob's father last Saturday. Their first trip out (except for the dr. visits.) Mason stayed home with my parents cause he wasn't feeling very well. It was nice to get them out but it was a little hectic. Bob's sister Marianne was there with her son Colin and Justin and Noah were a bit fussy. But all in all it was a nice day.
Easter Sunday was chaotic. Seems everyday is like that. We took Logan to church with us, Bob and my sister (who came down from NYC) stayed with the babies. He was pretty good. At one point when a song had finished and the church was completely silent Logan said quite loudly "All done" It was pretty funny. We had Easter dinner at our house. We actually were able to get all 3 babies to sleep and sit down for dinner together. It was short as Mason woke up to eat but it was really nice while it lasted. Logan had a little Easter egg hunt. 12 eggs took like 30 minutes!! I guess he is a little young:-) He also ate too much chocolate and got really hyper. That wasn't very fun but it's only once a year.
So far I have learned the following about the babies. Justin is super sensitive to everything. He doesn't like his brothers to be upset and he gets very bothered by his flailing arms. He needs to be swaddled and in his own quiet place to sleep. Mason sleeps a lot and fusses only when something is really wrong. He is what would be considered an easy baby. Noah is like the little professor. He stares very intently and always looks like he is deep in thought. Noah and Justin are definitely higher maintenance and get annoyed if you are holding the other one. Jealousy begins already!! They are all smiling and almost laughing. I hear a couple coos here and there but I have to say, I am constantly going from one baby to the other. I find it is hard to spend quality time playing with them. Since they eat at different times they are awake at different times and having a routine is just impossible at this point. They are only 6 weeks old really so I am not too worried about it for now. When they are 8 weeks old I am hopeful they will start to sleep through the night and I will be able to get them all on the same schedule. But who knows. It really is a crap shoot! It has taken me 2 days to write this as I am always getting up to get one of the babies.
Bob and I decided to put the house up for sale. I am scared to death and I am also so excited. We are looking in Mount Laurel . I can't wait to be in a place with more space. This house is just too small. So anyone looking for a house let me know!
My parents continue to come over everyday to help with the babies and my dad has done a bunch of stuff around the house getting it ready to sell. Allison is over all the time and helps so much. Chrisanne came down and stayed late into the night so Bob and I could get some sleep. My sister in law Lisa is coming on Thursday evenings to give my parents a break which is great. It can be so exhausting being here everyday. I am so lucky to have them and have really enjoyed spending time with them. To Lorraine and John who are across the pond, we miss you terribly. Logan yells John every time we pass your house!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Another week flown by! The boys went to the dr. this week. Mason is now 9 pounds 14 ounces, Justin is 9 pounds 5 ounces and Noah is 8 pounds 8 ounces. They are getting so big. Noah still looks like such a little peanut though. Mason is a ham. They adjusted their Zantac dosage and I am hoping that will help. Seems they have gotten worse with spitting up as they gain weight. It's like you are constantly chasing the right amount since they are growing so fast. I'm not complaining though. I am so glad they are growing!! My mom and dad were here everyday helping out this week. They come early in the morning and help all dy into the night. We also have a teenager coming from 5-8 after school to help while I get Logan to bed. Our house is always crowded. But, I apprecitae all the help so much and know it would be so hard without it.
I had one of the worst nights so far with the babies. I think it was Wed. night. I went to sleep at 8:30 and Bob got me up at midnight. They had been really good for him. I got out their and Mason was due to eat. Once he finished and went to sleep it was Justin's turn and then Noah woke up. While I was feeding Noah, Justin decided to freak out for about an hour. I ended up feeding him another couple ounces because I couldn't figure out what the heck was wrong. He sucked it down and kept screaming. In the meantime, 4 hours had passed and Mason was waking up to eat. I finally had to wake up Bob. I just couldn't handle all three freaking out at once. It was really the first time I have just been done with it. The sleep deprivation makes it hard but I am just tired of the infancy stage. I remember feeling this way with Logan. The first 3 months are just so hard and we have it longer since they were so premature. The first month was really 2 months. I wish I could take maternity leave when they turned 4 months old!! Don't get me wrong, I love my babies and am blessed beyond belief but I really prefer when they are a bit older, sturdier, can hold their heads up and are distractable. Plus the walls of our house are closing in on me. I am so sick of winter and cold weather. The days that it has been nice out it is so windy I can't really get them out of the house. Or I am so tired I can't motivate. So Thursday night I went out to dinner with the triplet moms in South Jersey. They are so amazing. The kids range in age from 4 to my babies. They have all been through this and they really made me feel like I wasn't crazy! They gave me really good suggestions and assured me it will get better! That and several glasses of wine and Friday I was a new woman. It really does help to talk to people who understand what you are feeling and don't judge you for it.

Today Logan and I went to an Easter egg hunt in Moorestown. It is so windy though and the egg hunt lasted like 30 seconds. Oh well. Tomorrow we are headed to NYC with my mom and Allison to visit my sister Chrisanne. I am very excited. I think Logan will love it and it will be a nice road trip for the girls. Bob and my dad are staying with the babies. Should be an interesting day!!

All 3 of the babies have started to smile. Haven't heard too much cooing yet but I am hoping that will come this week since they are about a month old. Their development milestones are so hard to predict since you really don't know what their age is.

I am hoping that the weather will be nice now and we will get the babies outside as much as possible. We still will not take them to any public places or around other children as they still have suppressed immune systems and have a tough time fighting infection. Even full term babies have no immune system until they are 3 months old. They go to the dr. on April 17th for their second set of shots. At that point the weather should be good and they will be a bit bigger.

I am posting a more recent picture where you can really see their faces. They are getting so cute. Mason is just like Logan was. Justin is totally a McCoy and Noah is definitely his own man.

Hope everyone is doing well. Happy Easter to you all!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

I cannot believe it has been so long since I wrote. I don't even know where the time has gone!! I have never been so tired in my life. The boys are doing really well. I can't believe how much they eat. Mason and Justin are up to 5 ounces every 4 hours and Noah is at 4 ounces every 4 hours. We try to keep them on the same schedule but that doesn't always happen. Mason is such an easy baby. Thank Goodness. He sleeps A LOT but is alert and content when he is awake. The zantac has done wonders for all of them and Mason has stopped throwing up for the most part. He has got to be well over 10 pounds at this point but I won't get him weighed until Tuesday. He is huge! I can't believe he is 3 times his birth weight. He looks a lot like Logan did as a baby so I wonder if they will end up looking like each other more than he does with the other 2. Justin and Noah are definitely more fussy. Seems the witching hour is from 5 to 10 at night. It is absolute chaos when Logan comes home and all the babies are awake. Justin gets really fussy around 8-10 at night. He cries and screeches and acts like he is starving. We always end up feeding him a little more even though he might have just eaten and then he seems fine so maybe he is gearing up to have a full belly before bed. He has red hair which is a McCoy trait and I think he looks a lot like my sister but no one else seems to think so. He has beautiful blue eyes (thanks to the Commacks) and an adorable dimple. His face is really filling out and he is about 9 and a half pounds. (I weighed him yesterday) . Noah is still a screecher. He is one of the loudest babies I have ever seen! He is over 8 pounds now but won't know his weight till Tuesday also. He still looks like a preemie but is really starting to fill out. He went to the urologist last week about the duplicate collecting system and he said he is perfectly fine and won't need any follow up unless he develops an unexplained fevers. Great news!! He has the biggest and brightest eyes and perfectly curled eyelashes. He gets fussy sometimes and has this loud screeching cry. It can be piercing especially when he is sleeping soundly and he all of a sudden yells out. He is also bothered by everything. If you switch positions while holding him he gets all annoyed. And he hates the hiccups.

But all in all they are wonderful babies and it is so awesome to have them.

Logan is doing well. He is having some issues sleeping that I am sure are related to all the chaos that has become our house. I feel so bad for him because I know how tired he is. He is such a great kid. He really is pretty good with the babies. He tries to give them fishies (the food) and I have to tell him they don't have teeth. He cheers his milk to their bottle and tells them to eat. He is adorable.

My parents went back to Florida this week and a friend of the family Leslie came ans has been with me all week. It has really been fun. She has raised 4 really great boys and I have learned a lot from talking and watching her. We have had a really good week and I will miss her when she goes back to Florida. My parents are back tomorrow and I can't wait for them to see how much the babies have grown. My sister as always has been a huge help and comes over in the evenings to help out. She cooked us dinner twice! What a huge help that is since I never feel like cooking! I have hired a very nice 14 year old girl to help out after school when Logan gets home and Bob and I decided we needed more night help so we got a night nanny with experience with multiples to come 3 nights a week. I know the sleep will make me a better mom.

All in all I feel so blessed to have all 5 of my boys. Bob is a really great father and he is so good with the babies. I know he is exhausted at work and I feel so bad for him so I am glad that with this help he will be able to sleep. Last weekend was the worst. By 6:30 on Sunday morning when Logan got up Bob and I could not keep our eyes open. I just thought there is no way I can begin my day right now. I had to call my sister and Mom to come over so we could sleep for 2 hours. When Logan is home all day it is just impossible to nap. Plus I don't want to. I miss him and want to hang out and play with him. So I am hopeful that all of this will make things a little less chaotic.

That's all for now. I am posting a picture of the boys taken this past week. Thank you all for your support!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

The boys are home!!They were discharged on Friday. Both turned the corner pretty quickly but still, 2 weeks in the hospital was a long time! The nurses and dr's at Virtuaa were wonderful. They took such good care of the boys, loved them and held them knowing that we had to be home with the other 2. I went with my dad to pick them up. Logan was very exc ited to have his brothers home. He is so cute. I was very nervous the first night. My sister Allison stayed until like 2:30 in the mroning and helped Bob. I was able to sleep for a bit and got up around 4 to help with the morning feeding and be up for Logan. My mom came over at 5:30 in the mroning and my dad shortly after. What would we do without them?? The weekend is a blur. Allison stayed Sat. night also and all day Sunday. My dad left to return to Florida Sunday for 2 weeks. Logan misses him so much. He calls him uppa and my mom amma. Too cute. When he gets up in the morning he asks for them. He hasn't quite gotten Allison down but knows as soon as I ask him about her who I mean. The boys have been doing well. Justin and Noah are both on zantac. They still reflux and we go through A LOT of burp cloths, bibs and clothes. Laundry never ends. But we seem to have quickly gotten back into the swing of it and although we are alwasy tired we are so glad they are all home. Bob's brother and sister in law came over Sunday while I took Logan to a birthday party at my friend kim's. It was nicwe to spend the afternoon with him and to see Kim and her family and friends. Many of whom I have not seen in quite a while. Her daughter Kyra was Christened 2 days before I ha the babies and I was not able to make it even though I am the Godmother. my sister stood in for me but I am still sad I missed it.
Today we followed up at the pediatrician. My mom and I went this morning and as I am sure it will alwasy be, it was a production. The dr's office is great. They take us right back so we do not have to sit in the waiting area with bunch of kids. Even though they got RSV their immune systems are still weak and so they can't be around other kids for another month. Then flu seson will be over and they will have their second set of shots under their belt. I am counting the days till spring. Mason weighs 8 pounds 10 ounces, Justin is 7 pounds 15 ounces and Noah is 7 pounds 4 ounces. All still growing and doing really well considering the setback in the hospital.
Noah is still really noisy ALL the time. He grunts and groans more thanany child I have ever seen. My mom stayed over last night and pulled an all nighter with me. She could not sleep a wink because he kept groaning. I told her she needs to ignore him. Hopefully she will bring ear plugs wednesday night! She stayed all day today and we cleaned the house. She will sleep well tonight. So lucky to have her!!!
I have been going to bed around 8 or 9 and sleeping until about 1 or 2 and then Bob goes to bed and I do the rest of the night.
I have to go now becasue Justin is crying and needs a bottle and Mason will be up soon. I don't have a ton of time to write but am committed to continue this blog as long as possible. Thanks again to everyone who has helped and prayed for us. We appreciate so much each and every one of you.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Noah and Justin have been in the hospital for 8 days now. Noah has improved dramatically. He is down to room air with only ½ liter of flow. He has been moved out of the ICU and sounds so much better. The cough is minimal now and his lungs are clearer. He is still a bit tachypnic and so they will keep him until that is under control. They put both him and Justin on zantac to try and help their reflux. They were on neosure in the hospital instead of the sensitive formula at home and they really had a hard time with it. It was awful, you could actually see how uncomfortable and painful it was for them both to eat. Noah did have a feeding tube for 2 days. He pulled the IV out of his neck himself and so they decided not to put it back in thank God. He is feisty! Justin is kind of hanging not getting worse but not quite better. He still sounds like crap, congested and coughing. He is eating like a pig though. He too is tachypnic and tachacardic at times still on half liter of oxygen at 30 percent. The dr. thinks they will be home at the end of the week or the weekend. I can’t wait to get them home again. I miss them so much! I do not, however want to have them home too early and end up back there. They have both lost a little weight which is a bummer.
Mason is still home with us. I am constantly watching him and making sure he is ok. I don’t sleep. I feel so scared all the time. He is a little congested and I feel like he is breathing fast. The night nurse is coming tonight. Even though we only have Mason it will give me a night to sleep. I know I wouldn’t sleep if he was with anyone else. Hopefully she can tell me whether he is “tugging” when he is breathing. I have to say, I thought I would be so scared when I first brought them home but I really wasn’t. I felt really good. And now I am afraid all the time.
Logan is feeling better thank goodness. He is so much fun. He is talking up a storm and so incredibly happy all the time. Well, except for the occasional whining session.
My sister was here over the weekend which was nice. She was able to see all the boys and it was good to have my whole family around me. I feel like I have been out of touch for the past 2 weeks. I am so consumed by what is going on I have barely talked to anyone. Thank you to everyone for the emails and support. I am sorry I have been out of it.

Friday, March 6, 2009

It has been 5 days since Noah was admitted. I am hopeful that yesterday was his worst day. He has been on oxygen at 3 liters, 40% and unable to be weened off. He is just having such a hard time and my heart is breaking for him. His lung collapsed yesterday which sounds worse than it is. Sort of. Basically there is a clump of mucus in his lung that he cannot cough up for obvious reasons and as a result his lung is unable to inflate with air. They are doing chest PT every hour and had to stop feeding him because he just couldn't breathe and suck at the same time. They had to put an IV in but could not find a vein so the Dr. ended up placing the line in his neck. When I saw him yesterday I just lost it. I couldn't stop crying and just telling him how sorry I am. I am so sorry that I couldn't keep him in me longer so he would have more time to develop and that he has had to do all this growing on his own. I am sorry that he has to go through all this crap again when he finally was done with the monitors and sticks and pokes and prods. He is such a fighter. The worst part is there is nothing I can do. They will likely put a feeding tube in because he is clearly hungry and miserable. I went to see them this morning and his lung had resolved but the other then collapsed. He is so pale.
Justin is hanging in there. His case is not as bad but I am not sure he has hit his worst day yet. He had to go on oxygen this morning because he was having blue spells while he was eating. He is only on half a liter and hopefully will be off it in a day or so. He is still eating. The dr. said his case is much less severe as Noah's and hopefully he will fly through with this being as bad as it gets.
Mason is still home with us. He is doing well (as I knock wood). He is a little congested but basically doing well. He is eating and seems to be breathing fine. I watch him like a hawk waiting for him to get sick. Since he was able to get his second shot I am hopeful that he will pull through this with an incredibly mild case if not get through without getting the virus. But that is probably wishful thinking.
Logan has been home all week sick. He has a nasty cough still but has been improving. He is completely discombobulated. Since the paramedics were here Sunday to today his whole routine is totally disrupted and he just doesn't know what to make of all of this. He stopped eating for a couple days. probably his way of acting out. I am trying to spend time with him so he doesn't feel left out but I am torn between him, Mason and the hospital. I cannot cross contaminate him and Mason so I have to have different clothes on when touching both of them. My parents are in scrubs everyday and they usually take care of Mason since I am constantly covered in Logan germs. (not that Logan is a germ, that sounds bad but you get the idea). While i go to the hospital my parents have stayed with Mason and Logan and each take a kid rotating since Logan can be exhausting. He really is such a great kid though. So loving. He wants so much to play with Mason and I feel so bad yelling for him to stay away. He does get to kiss his feet though since Mason can't stick those in his mouth yet. Logan went to school today for a half day just to get him out of the house and to play with other kids. He is definitely bored at home and was glad to have the diversion. I missed him though and so he is home now napping. Which is really what I should be doing:-)
As I said, my parents have been amazing. We are so blessed to have them here to help. My sister Allison as well. They are so supportive and have been a God Sent. Our neighbors and friends also. Everyone has been so helpful bringing us food and helping with anything we need. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives. I know I say that all the time but it really is true. I am thankful everyday for the people in my life and for the beautiful children I am blessed with even if this has been the longest winter of my life. Only 4 more weeks of flu season. I cannot wait to take these babies out in the fresh air and show them off!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Apparently we just can’t stay away from the hospital. It al started Thursday night. Logan had been starting to cough a bit with a runny nose. We had an eye dr. appt for the boys Friday morning. We dropped Logan off at school and headed o the appointment. I felt so bad leaving him there. I knew he didn’t feel good but I couldn’t take him with us. About halfway to the appt I called my sister Allison and asked if she could pick him up and watch him for the day. My parent flew in Thursday so the 3 of them picked him up and kept him at Allison’s for the day. I felt better knowing he was with family. He started to get a fever and slept on my mother’s lap for a few hours. He came home and was definitely warm. Friday night was horrible. Logan was up all night crying with a fever and a horrible cough. My sister stayed overnight to help because bob was in bed sick with a stomach virus. Saturday Logan was a bit better. At least his fever had broke. Fortunately my parents and sister were able to help us because we were both so tired. Saturday night was tough as well. Logan was up a lot and Bob was on triplet duty so neither of us slept much. Sunday morning we were feeding the babies and all of a sudden Noah turned blue. Bob was holding him and patted his back. I jumped up and started yelling his name moving him around. He was breathing but his color was not coming back. We kept talking to him and trying to get him to come back. He spit up a lot and burped which helped a little. I dialed the pediatrician and while I was on hold he had 2 more episodes turning blue and going a little limp. When I finally got through after 10 minutes on hold the nurse told me to call 911 and have them evaluate him. They came quickly and after looking at him determined he needed to get to the hospital. He wasn’t acting like himself. He wasn’t waking up and was generally lethargic. I rode in the ambulance with him. His color did start to come back on the ride but he still wasn’t waking up. We got to the ER and they started to evaluate him, had him on a monitor, drew blood etc. The dr. felt it was likely reflux related. As I was sitting there he did it again, started to turn blue and needed a lot of stimulation to come back. They decided to test for RSV even though he wasn’t presenting with RSV symptoms. Shockingly, he was positive. For those who don’t know, RSV is a respiratory virus that to adults is simply a cold but to infants it can cause a lot of breathing problems. Tons of snot and generally total anxiety for parents. They decided to admit him, repeat the sleep study to see if the brady’s were in fact related to feeding and evaluate him. Once we got him up to the room and settled bob and I decided to go home and get ourselves together. Shower, eat and then I would come back to the hospital and sleep over. My parents would stay overnight and help Bob out since Logan still wasn’t feeling well. About 30 minutes after we were home the dr. called to say that Noah had a couple more episodes of turning blue, dropping heartrate and oxygen level and they were going to move him to the PICU (pediatric ICU). I headed back to the hospital to stay with him. Around 10:30 I realized I had forgotten my coumadin. Since that is definitely a problem I had to drive home to get it, through the snowstorm. We decided Noah was in good hands and I had better just stay home. I spoke to his nurse and she told me she would stay in the room either him since he was her only patient.
I spent the entire night staring at Justin and Mason to see if they were going to start showing symptoms. Justin was definitely starting to get congested and I knew he was getting RSV. It is very contagious. I cannot thank my parents and sister enpough for all they have done over the past few days. Not sure what Bob and I would have done without their help. We decided to take him into the ER Monday morning and since we were taking him we would have Mason tested as well. Sure enough, Justin was positive and the dr. said it won’t be long before Mason is too even though he was negative at that point. He planned to send us home since Justin seemed to be doing ok but wanted to watch him for a little bit. He gave him an albuterol treatment and his heartrate jumped to 220. Very high. And it wasn’t coming down. Plus he was breathing faster. The dr. came back in and decided to admit him just to be cautious. Noah’s dr. was kind enough to take Justin onto his service so they are now in the same room. We have Mason at home and are trying to keep him from getting sick. It is strange not to have the babies. Logan is still sick. He was up at 3:30Am this morning and would not go back to bed. His cough is so bad and it just breaks my heart. Bob and I are eon our own tonight. Bob has to go back o work tomorrow so he will feed Mason at 11 and I will do the overnight shift. Mason goes to the pediatrician in the morning for his RSV shot and my parents will watch Logan who I refuse to send to daycare. It is so germ infested there and I wish I could just keep him home till spring. As I write this I am listening to Mason starting to get congested. I am really not sure how much more I ca n handle. I doubt I will sleep much tonight because I will wake up every so often checking his breathing. I am hopeful that Logan sleeps through the night or Bob is going to be very tired at work.
Thanks to everyone for their support and prayers. I have to get to bed now so I can get up around 1 for the night shift.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The babies are 10 weeks old and have been home for 2 weeks tomorrow. We are definitely exhausted all the time. Let’s see what I can remember. We have a night nurse who comes on Tuesday s and we count the hours till she arrives because we can go to sleep for 6 hours straight. We had been trying to stick to the 4 hour feeding schedule but it just isn’t working. They seem to wake up sooner and are hungry. We tried to just push them the extra time but it was tough. So today we are all messed up. They are eating around 3-4 hours but we are feeding essentially on demand. They seem to wake at the same time and if they don’t we wake them. We shall see how this goes for us. Bob and I each take a night feed while the other sleeps. It takes about 90 minutes to get it all done. It is hard but doable. This way we can sleep for about 3 to 4 hours at a time. We have been truly blessed with a lot of support. My friend Kim has come several days to help and not only has it been truly helpful but selfishly I have enjoyed spending time with her. Today we took a walk around the lake while Bob stayed with the babies and I have to say, the fresh air was such a gift. It really can be exhilarating!! Bob’s sister has come to help and of course my sister Allison has been amazing. Seriously we are not sure what we would do without her. Our neighbors have been great. Lorraine and John’s daughter Sarah visited last week and they played with Logan a ton. He adores them and it was so helpful to us since we cannot focus on him alone anymore. He is so good with the babies and just wants to play with them. The weekends are tough when he is home all day and we can barely leave the house. I know he just wants to go outside and play and since we cannot take the babies out he spends a lot of the day in the house. A couple times he has moped around almost like he is sad that we aren’t playing with him. It breaks my heart. Thank you also to everyone who has brought us food. It is incredibly helpful to have dinner prepared for us. We don’t have time or quite honestly the space to cook. Our entire kitchen is covered with bottles, nipples, and pacifiers. We are so blessed with amazing neighbors!!As for the babies, Mason is a sleeper which is really great because if we had 3 Noah’s I would be pulling my hair out. Noah is awake a lot. More than I have seen any baby at his gestational age. He grunts and groans a lot. He is definitely more needy. It is actually a little funny but not so much in the middle of the night. Justin is so sweet and calm for the most part. He is patient while we get his bottle ready and usually is willing to wait for us to feed the other two. They all have reflux pretty bad and projectile vomit around once or twice a day. I feel so sad when they spit up their bottles. It probably is partially why they eat more often. They are all so beautiful and I just love them. I cannot believe how far they have come. I think back to when they were born and how tiny they were with all those wires and needles and breathing tubes. It has been such a crazy few months and we are so blessed to have them home with us. As challenging as it is sometimes, and it is challenging, we are so lucky. I can’t wait for spring when I can take them all outside and Logan can play with them. I am so sick of winter.My parents arrive tomorrow and I am excited. I can’t wait for them to see the babies and how big they are and also to see Logan and how amazing he is. I spoke to my mom today and she said her and my father gave up sleep for Lent. Which is good since they won’t be getting too much! Bob goes back to work Monday. I’m not sure how we are going to do it. I know he will need sleep in order to function at work but I cannot do both feedings and not sleep at all. Guess we will just keep doing the best we can.I have one more month on the blood thinners and then I plan to have several very large glasses of wine. Reply Forward

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hello everyone, it has been a week since the boys have been home. Yesterday was our first pediatrician visit. What a production. It takes us forever to get out of the house! Especially with Logan. Everything went well. The babies have gained a good amount of weight. Mason is 6 pounds 5 ounces, Justin is 5 pounds 13 ounces and Noah is 5 pounds 1 ounce. They are getting so big! They got shots at the Pediatrician which is always tough. Although, 8 week shots are better than the 18 month ones. I cried when Logan got his becasue he knew what was going on. The babies just passed out. Except Noah who of course needed to see what was going on. Monday night we had a night nanny come and help out. I slept and Bob was up with her until 3 and then he slept and I got up. It was nice to have 5 hours of straight sleep. Noah, however, was up for like 2 hours crying and fussing. It was a bad night. So it was good we had the nanny. She held him and Bob was able to take care of the other 2 when they got up.
This is Bob writing now. I cannot believe it has only been a week since the boys came home. I feel like it has been 3! It is harder than I thought it would be. We have a nice routine down right now. They feed at 4, 8, 12..Every 4 hours and eat about 13-16oz / day. They are gaining weight which is great. Mason is the big load who just eats and sleeps. He is probably the biggest because he does not burn any calories doing anything. He can pretty much hold his head up on the boppy right now during "tummy" time. He is pretty strong. He has only had 1 bowel movement since last Thursday. That is making me worried. We may have to provide some stimulation for him to go. Justin had his bloodwork and his hemoglobin was 7.9 when he left the hospital. The Dr. took it and it went up to 11.7! That was great news. He still looks pale, but we think that just may be the way he is going to be. Mason is olive color so they look much different. Justin is usually pretty calm and still has some reflux issues. We have to hold him upright for about 20-30 minutes after each feed. Noah is a little noise maker! All he does it grunt and groan. He sleeps during the day a bit and is up at night. He is the smallest of the 3, but eats the most and is awake the most. He burns those calories up so he never grows! They all look so different from each other. I miss playing with Logan and not having that much energy to do anything. Things are getting better as the days pass and we get more efficient with the feedings. Tracey actually let me sleep from 1:30-5:00 am this morning. She did the 4am feeding all by herself! I know she was motivated from the NICU nurse who stayed the other night and helped us out. I am going to try it tonight, but let's be honest. I know I will tell her that they were easier for her and they are being so difficult for me so I will need help! Just kidding. I am looking forward to trying it. We have to be able to do this because I go back to work in about a week. I have no idea how I am going to function. I feel so out of touch with work. I had intentions of working a few days from home, but I really just have no time and am so tired. Enough wining from me, I hear it enough from the boys all day. All of our friends and family have really made this past week tolerable and easier. Thank you is not enough for the time and help that everyone gives. I cannot wait for the weather to get better...All Logan keep doing is pointing out the window and front door and yelling "outside" but it sounds more like "side" with him pointing. It is so much fun watching him learn new words and develop more of a personality. Tracey is going to take a nap so I am on duty now. Talk to everyone later!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The boys have been hone for 3 days now. Bob and I are exhausted. We love having them home and not running around to the hospital but wow, it is tiring!! And they are sleeping a lot now so I am thinking it will get much worse before it gets better! We do have some help lined up this week so we should be able to get some rest. And my parents get here Feb 26th.
So far we have learned that Noah sleeps with one eye open. Looks like he is going to be the protector. He is awake A LOT for a little guy. That is probably why he is so small because he burns all his energy staying awake. Like his big brother he is afraid of missing something! Mason sleeps really well. He is much more mellow and and not as high maintenance which is good for us since we are running a zone defense. Justin is in between. He has some major reflux issues so we are trying to find the right nipple, the right formula etc for him. He does not do well with breast milk and throws up every other feeding it seems. We go to the pediatrician on Tuesday so we will see if they prescribe anything that might help him. He takes the longest to feed since he needs to stay upright for at least 20 minutes after eating and it doesn't work to put him in a car seat or anything. He has to be held on your shoulder. So we try to feed Mason and Noah first so we can dedicate more time to Justin since Noah and Mason usually go right to sleep afterward and don't spit up as much at all. We are on the 4,8,12 schedule which works around Logan's schedule. That way we have time to give him dinner and play with him while they sleep. Friday my friend Kim came to help us. She folded laundry, put in the bumpers and helped with feeding. What a difference it makes to have another set of hands. Yesterday we had a ton of help from my sister Allison and our neighbors John and Lorraine and their daughter who just flew over from England. They adore Logan and play with him while we feed the babies. It is so much easier when you have one adult per baby but that obviously isn't always possible.
Logan has been wonderful. He smiles and points to the babies and says hi and bye to them. He was very good this morning while we fed them but I can tell he is a little sad when we are not playing with him. He really is a great kid. My sister Chrisanne is coming down from NYC to help this afternoon and tomorrow. I have my leg ultrasound tomorrow and find out Wed. if I can stop the coumadin!!! That would be so great. Especially becasue if I don't I have to get weekly blood draws and will have to find help for my mom and dad so I can go out each week.
That's all for now. Lorraine took Logan to the park and the babies are waking up so I have to run.
I want to say thank you to so many people who have helped us, sent us gifts and good wishes. My neighbors Debbie and Joan who brought us food. I am very diligent about writing thank you notes but know it will take me a long time before I get them to you so please know how much we appreciate everything you have done for us.