I feel SO special! Did Dot really make this basket just for me?
April 8th, 2009
Thanks to everyone for the fabulous birthday wishes! Thank you for the cards, e-mails, comments, text messages, singing, cookie arrangements, balloons, etc...We had an exciting day and we can't believe we have two more parties to celebrate.
This morning I videotaped each baby waking up and took pictures and video throughout the day. We had a fun morning wearing party hats and sneaking a little cupcake before dinner. We read two new books "Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb" and "Are You My Mother?". We played, listened to music, danced and partied all day long.
Grandma came to spend the day with us and she brought over some presents (cute, cute, cute outfits). Then Auntie K and Britta (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!) showed up with balloons, a card and a new book. A little bit later Dot, Sue and Kathy came by with the most amazing Easter baskets ever. Dot actually made the baskets and they are BEAUTIFUL (as you can see from the pictures). Inside the baskets Sue had bought the babies each a GAP sweatsuit and an Easter book. Boy oh boy...that family sure does know how to spoil us. Of course along with those baskets and gifts came a container of Dot's famous lemon blossoms (a favorite for Paul and I...we actually hide them from each other).
Then the doorbell rang...on the other side of the door was the biggest cookie bouquet you have ever seen (check out the picture). That bouquet was from our triplet friends, the Cunninghams: John, Debbie, Hayden, Morgan and Landon. Yum! Yum! They will be turning one on the 22nd of this month. We sure hope to have a play date with them someday.
Daddy and Grandpa came home from work and we had some pancakes for dinner. Aidan was so funny. He would eat them, but wasn't crazy about picking them up himself. Then we stripped the babies and gave them each a birthday cupcake. Oh, what fun!! Aidan was rather neat about the whole thing. Sissy dug right in and didn't stop eating until we started cleaning them up. Calahan preferred to play with the cupcake and smear it all around. We get to relive this excitement on the 19th at our family party and again on June 13th for our big birthday bash!!
Tomorrow we are having our pictures taken by Greta Myers, a fabulous photographer with two year old triplets. Friday we have an all day brachial plexus palsy clinic for Calahan and Sunday is Easter. What a busy week! I am tired just thinking about it, or maybe I am just plain tired.
Thanks again for all of your love and support this past year. We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful people in our lives.
And once again, Happy Birthday Aidan, Brooklyn and Calahan! You are my world! I love you!
As Paul and I sit here and reminisce about where we were and what we were doing exactly one year ago today I am overwhelmed with emotion. Our sweet babies are turning one in only a few short hours. Thank you GOD!!
As we look back on the birth of the babies it was a day of joy, but also a day of uncertainty and wonder. The first two months of their lives were among the most difficult for us; the beeping machines, brain bleeds, open vessels near the heart, bilirubin levels, medications, possible infections, spinal taps, blood transfusions, all more than I thought I could handle. But God walked Paul and I through it, holding our hand all the while. Looking back, it is only through the grace of God that we survived that time. Seeing those poor helpless babies and knowing there was nothing we could do, but trust the doctors and nurses and give them our love and affection through a glass window. How horrible it was not to be able to touch them and love them. How awful it felt to leave the NICU every night without our babies; frightened every time the phone rang worrying that something might be wrong with one of our three fragile babies. The first few months home were scary as well. With a return trip to the ER for Aidan and constantly worrying if someone was going to stop breathing.
A rocky start...yes, to say the very least! But no doubt the most wonderful miracle of our lives! We have loved watching these three little ones grow and change before our very eyes. Simply put...they are amazing! Completely amazing! Words cannot begin to express our love for these little ones. They are everything to us. I consider myself the luckiest woman in the world.
Thank you God! Thank you for choosing me to be the mother of these three angels. I love every day, every minute that I spend with them. My heart is overflowing with love and I couldn't be happier...
Happy Birthday to our COUSIN CAMERON (a day late)! Our April Fool's cousin just turned FOUR! He is such a big boy and we all look up to him. Cameron is our good buddy and we can't wait to get into some trouble with him.
We also went to visit the Easter Bunny yesterday. We had a great time and then we went to lunch at Max and Erma's. Of course Mommy and Daddy needed back up so Grandma and Grandpa came too. What an exciting day!
Today it was so nice outside. Nana and cousin Madison came over and we played at the park and took a nice long walk. We sure did need this nice weather! We hope it is here to stay.
We are still just waiting for some warm weather! Calahan is getting a helmet on April 3rd. He has scaphocephaly (a boat shaped head). My sweet little boy will have to wear the helmet for 23 hours a day for four to six months. Bummer for me because I love to kiss his sweet little head, but we want to give it a try (it may or may not work). Other than that, all is well!