We did it! We have survived the first year! I don't think that there has been a single year in my life that was as much of a blur as this one has been. Thank goodness for the thousands of pictures that I took, because I don't think I would remember much of anything without them. At my age, I can only pray that the next ten years with triplets don't go as fast as this one did...I am already approaching 40 much faster than I would like.
I just can't begin to imagine how we would have made it to this point without the support of so many people. This is where I begin my acceptance speech for the "surviving triplets" academy award :) Above all else, we thank our families for everything they have done for us...for being here day after day and night after night, for the diapers, wipes, clothes, gifts, and meals. Also, for helping to get Simone and Noa where they need to be when we couldn't do it. I don't know how we would do it without all of you. We would also like to thank our friends and coworkers...for baby showers, gifts, and the understanding of my coworkers after a rough night at home!
Thanks to Aunt Dana's awesome birthday gift, we had some adorable first year birthday pictures taken. It was much more challenging to photograph 3 mobile and somewhat sick/cranky babies than it was to photograph 3 sleeping, premature 5 week olds. Nonetheless, the photographer did a great job. Here are the preview pictures that she sent with more to come!
|Mya, Lia & Ava in their cute Valentine's Day outfits|
|The girls in birth order with their birthday cakes...poor Ava was having a rough day!|
|Mya, Lia, Ava|
|Birthday cakes....made by mom's friend Kathy who also made our wedding cake almost 13 years ago!|
|Ava, Lia & Mya with their personalized smash cakes|
|Ava really dug into hers!|
|Lia - their new sun hats were a big hit.|
|All cleaned up after the cake smash|
|Playing in the new choo choo wagon|
On February 6th, we had the girls' 1st year checkup. Other than the non-stop colds and runny noses we have had this winter, we have 3 perfectly healthy girls. Here are where we are on heights and weights compared to one year ago:
Ava - 3 lbs 4 oz. - 15.5 inches
Lia - 4 lbs 14 oz. - 18 inches
Mya - 4 lbs 8 oz. - 16.5 inches
Ava - 20 lbs. 12 oz. - 28.25 inches
Lia - 25 lbs. - 30.5 inches
Mya -22 lbs. 4 oz. - 30.5 inches
Of course, I couldn't resist making another video to commemorate their first birthday. It's fun to watch it and see how much they have grown and changed over the past year. I think I have already watched it 20 times just because it amazes me to see it. Click on the play button on the picture below if you would like to watch. I give you fair warning that it is about 14 minutes long...I just could't make myself cut it down anymore!
We are still waiting for our first walker...but I am putting my money on Ava at this point. We will have to wait and see. She is starting to take a couple of steps, but she is always in such a hurry that she doesn't make it very far. She takes two running steps and then lunges at her target with all the confidence that they will catch her. If she would just learn to slow it down a little bit, I think she would have it. She has modified her kickstand stance a little bit so that now it is somewhere between a crawl and a walk. She kneels on one knee while pulling herself along with the other leg. There are no hands involved, which makes it amazing how quickly she gets around. The other big news for Ava is that she went from 0 teeth to 4 teeth in the past month!
Mya is still the little instigator of the group. She is a bit of a diva with all the charm and attitude to go along with it. I am guessing she is going to be the talker of the group. Her favorite thing to do now is repeat "no" everytime we say it to someone which is about 10 billion times a day lately. Quite a few of us have sworn we have heard her say "thank you" also when she is handed something.
Sweet Lia is my lover of the group. She just kind of hangs back most of the time and does her own thing. Every time you look at her and smile she always has a big smile to give right back to you. We have been in physical therapy for the past month or so with her to work on her trunk strength on her left side. She was having some balance problems and was often leaning to her left side, but she seems to be doing much better now with exercises. She is such a cuddle bug...she is always the first one to clap and she has been waving a lot lately. Her latest thing is to smack her lips and blow kisses...so cute!
Well, one year down...I can't wait to see what the next year has to bring for us and to share it all with you! Again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everybody for all you have done for us during this first year.
|Ava, Mya, Lia|
|The look on Ava's face cracks me up...it like she's saying "see what I have to put up with..."|
|Ava's mean face|
|Ava - love this smile :)|
|Aren't these the cutest butts you have ever seen?|