Sunday, August 28, 2011

Goodbye Corporate Catherine ...

... for now. The time had come and my last day in the office was this past Thursday. I can't say that the day did not pass me by without tears and all types of emotions. It was a hard decision to make, but when I picked up my purse to head to work one day it hit me. I looked down at the floor and saw all three of my babies were looking back at me. This time they were smiling and giggling...they were trying to get up on their knees or rolling. Things are happening so quickly and it's time for me to slow down while everything else speeds up.

On my last day my awesome friends at Lutron brought in an adorable cake along with some other delicious sweet treats. On Tuesday we went out for lovely group lunch where I held back tears. Here is a picture of the cake along the old Catherine and office that I waved goodbye to. I made so many friends throughout my career and even met my husband. From Sotheby's in NYC, to the K'NEX toy world and Lutron Electronics in PA; I can honestly say that I'll miss that part of my life for now. I'll be back though...but first I need to get down to some serious baby business.

Grandmom Stimson

Our First Cold

It's official...we have a cold. Well, when I say "we", I mean the majority of the house. Alton, Baxter, Charlotte, and Kreg are all miserable with runny noses and coughs. Like hurricane Irene, there's not much you can do except stock up on supplies and ride out the storm!

Do Not Disturb

This is how Charlotte sleeps. You can't blame her considering her nursery company. I mean, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to get her beauty sleep!

Leon Ladies!

My oldest friends came for a visit this past Monday. It was so nice to spend some time with two of my favorites and to share this new world that I live in. Here is a picture of Amy and Tess with the triplets. Baxter is showing off his new trick "the raspberry" which Tess found quite entertaining. Amy, Tess, and I may not chat that much in person, but we have the kind of friendship that starts right up again. So glad to share these babies with them. :)

Visitor from Burlington

We recently had a visitor from Burlington, Vermont spend the weekend with us. UNCLE KIRK! Yeah! It's always a good time when Kirkie is around. Kreg and his brother had lots of fun playing with the babies - it was really sweet. Uncle Kirk came bearing gifts as usual. Here are some pics of the babies in their new tie dyes from our favorite granola guy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Babies with Helmets are Cute!

A lot has happened in the past month that I have not posted about. First, because our babies are "very premature" (born 8 weeks early) we qualified to have the Intermediate Unit's Early Intervention team come in and evaluate Alton, Baxter, and Charlotte's development. We wanted a gut check on the boys, but mostly expected confirmation that they are doing well. This was confirmed, though their reflux still seems to be an issue and is causing a bit of muscular tension. Nothing to be worried about, but they're back on their medicine. They do not need any additional attention.

Our main concern was Charlotte since, at the time we scheduled the evaluation, I wanted them to review her strength. We also had a lot of concerns regarding "torticollis" and the shaping of her head. Though our daughter is simply beautiful :), her prematurity and the fact that she is an IUGR baby (In Utero Growth Restricted) have increased her chances of these issues. The unit confirmed that she indeed qualifies for physical therapy and they validated our concerns of her head shape. 7 months is not too late since a baby's head is not fully developed until age 3 and we've taken the next steps to get her proper care. We just got back from an appointment with our new pediatrician and are on the quest to get our pretty little redhead some head gear. We'll soon be off to CHOP in Philadelphia for a complete evaluation and are on our way to protect our daughter's pretty little head!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

We Love Toys!

When I was pregnant, I admittedly told my mother that I did not want too many toys in the house. First of all, that's a ridiculous thing to say to my mother, second of all, it's a completely unrealistic statement for a mother-to-be of triplets. Well, the time has come and these babies LOVE TOYS! I'm enjoying watching them explore and learn all the fun stuff that comes with varying textures, movements, squeaks, crackles, and whatever else come with good ole' toys.

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

It's time to spread out and get the party started - so we bought an area rug for the family room to allow for some serious floor-time. The babies have taken the floor and are constant entertainment for us. Though Alton can gain some ground with his flipping and turning and Baxter is the champion at the baby push-ups, Charlotte has proven to be a stellar performer on the mats. We call her the "Toy Snatcher" since she will swoop in snake a toy right out from under her brothers' noses. They will fuss and whine after her stealth attack while she smiles away with her new prize.

Cleo is pleased to find three new friends at her ground level. She constantly tries to steal a lick or two, but only at the cost of a potential tail grab. We all gasped when Baxter came up with a fist full of fur - hang in there Cleo!

Kreg and I learned after day 1 with the carpet that we needed a blanket for coverage and easy washing along with a carpet pad for added protection. All is complete now...let the games begin!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Just Another Day

Yesterday was so nice. I was home with the babies and managed to get through two feedings, two naptimes, and one cereal feeding all on my own. This calls for a bunch of trips up and down the stairs, but my butt will thank me. My mom's highschool friend, Kathy, came by to help for a few hours which was wonderful. The babies practiced a lot of rolling on the floor and enjoyed spending time with their longtime friend.

Being home was so nice...exhausting, but nice. I really have to enjoy every moment since Alton, Baxter, and Charlotte are changing and growing so quickly!