Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

After the snow died down, we had ourselves an exciting weekend! Marmie graciously volunteered to take on the girls as her Valentine's dates. Pop-Pop came to her rescue. Good thing he was around because they had an eventful evening. Marie took off her pajamas and peed all over herself before bedtime, and both the girls woke up at 3 a.m. and cried until Marmie and Pop-Pop took them away for cuddle time. They are so demanding, and they know which suckers will fall for their tricks!

We stopped by her house to drop them off, and she had bought some bows for Abby and Marie. Well, what the girls have, Will must also have.

Here he is sporting a bow. It's brown, of course, so it's more manly. Daddy wasn't happy about this look.
Marmie has a lego table, and the girls sat down to play nicely. That was short-lived.
The girls really like wearing adult shoes, or "choos," as they call them. Can you see Marie watching Abby intently? She's planning how she will knock her down and steal the choos for herself.
Here are the girls enjoying a meal at Marmie's. Will enjoyed dinner at Outback with mommy and daddy. He was our special Valentine! Speaking of Valentine's Day, the kids Valentines, aka Marmie and Pop-Pop, showered them with love and presents! Marmie got them each a new "na-na" pillow. At night, they refer to their entire night-time routine as "na-na." They want to drink their bottles, which they call "na-nas," and then, they want to go to sleep to go "night-night," which they also call "na-na." When we get their bottles (yes, I'm a terrible mother and continue to refuse to wean them), we tell them to get their "na-na" pillows, and they each retrieve a throw pillow of their choice from the stack that they have in the play room. Well, Marmie got them some fancy, soft, new ones that they promptly fell in love with! Pop-pop provided some new pajamas in size 24 months! We are getting big! Will's have dinosaurs, and he got another pair with zoo animals. Very cute!

Marie's say "I heart hot chocolate" on hers. She got another pair with ballerinas!

Abby's say "I love my mommy." These are very appropriate for her, as she's going through a mommy stage. Her other ones have flowers all over them.
Thanks, Marmie and Pop-pop!

Snow Day!

On Friday, it snowed in Atlanta! Here are the girls (including Winnie) staring out the window at it. They weren't sure what to make of it. They kept signing "rain," and when Michele tried to explain that it was snow, they kept saying, "NO!"

My office closed early so I came home and took them out to experience the "no." It was really coming down.
Will was trying to catch snowflakes.

Marie was just happy running around looking at everything.
Abby just kept trying to run away. She thinks it's funny to run out into the street or around to the back yard. She didn't care much about the snow falling around her. If it gave her an excuse to get out, she was thrilled.

Here is our house covered in snow. We got quite a bit. Billy even went sledding with some neighbors on Saturday morning. I wish I had a picture of that, especially since Winnie chased him all the way down the hill and almost dragged down our neighbor who kindly volunteered to hold on to her while he took his turn on the sled. The poor woman didn't stand a chance against our beast!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Triplets-Positive Career Move?

I figured that having three babies would probably slow down my career significantly. Before I had them, I worked a, night, weekends, etc. However, I knew that with 3 little people in the house, my attention would be directed elsewhere when I was at home. Although it's true that I don't work as hard as I once did, I am a more efficient worker. I am focused when I work, and when I'm home, I'm totally present for the kids. I do log in to my work e-mail at night and get a few things done on the weekends, but it revolves around when I'm not busy with the kids. The time I spend with them is theirs.

I have found that having them also gives me a lot of cred at work and in other professional activities. I might show up late for something or ask a stupid question, but all is forgiven because I have triplets. People say things like, "I'm just impressed you are here" or "I can't believe you have a job and triplets." I'm like instantly amazing! It's awesome!

It's also something that everyone remembers about me. I'm the "lady with triplets." When I have given professional presentations at conferences since having the kids, I'm often introduced by someone who reads about my career achievements, my educational background, my volunteer activities, etc. The personal bit they always add is the part about me having triplets. The groups I have spoken to are always most impressed by that little tidbit. Is there a section on my resume where I can add that?

Marmie set up their little play bricks like chairs for them, and they sat around and listened to music for a while.
Will looks like he's wearing a baby toupee in this picture. Look at those rosy cheeks!

Here is Marie's little shiner. My poor, sweet girl. It's much better now, but it was bad for a few days.

I went shopping for babies and found 3! It was a 3 for 1 sale.

Abby leaning over to get a closer look at Winnie. Winnie is getting a closer look at Abby because she's looking for some food particles

Will all wrapped up after a bath at Marmie's house.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Da-da Pee-pee

Abby was in bed with us one night, and when we got up in the morning, Billy immediately headed to the bathroom to pee. As soon as I could hear his pee hitting the toilet, Abby sat up in bed and asked, "Da-da pee-pee?" I told her that yes, da-da was going pee-pee in the potty, and that she's getting to be a big girl and will need to go pee-pee in the potty too soon. She proceeded to grab a spare diaper off my night-stand, wiggle off the bed, run full speed to the bathroom, push open the door, and throw in the diaper. She yelled, "Da-da pee-pee!" and came running back. She was all proud of herself because she thought her daddy needed to go pee-pee in a diaper and didn't have one. How funny!

Marie's pee-pee behavior is not so funny lately. Last night, she tore off her pajamas and diaper, and peed not once, but twice on the floor. As if that wasn't enough, she also pooped on the floor in our bedroom. She does not like the feeling of going in her diaper anymore. On Sunday, she ran up to me while she was playing and said, "Ca-ca, pee-pee" and laid down on the floor in front of me. She had pooped and wanted to be changed immediately. It's time for the little potties. How is this happening so fast?

Marie also wiped out on Sunday morning and has a black eye (pitiful picture forthcoming). She was trying to wiggle out of her pajamas, lost her balance and fell on her face onto the lid of a plastic bin we use to store their clothes. It makes me sad to just look at her, but she's handling it like a champ.

Will continues to be his charming self. He bullies around the girls, but always with a cute smile on his face. His favorite thing to do is to chase them and push them down to the ground. Another favorite: running up behind them when they are at the gate and smashing them into the metal bars. Lovely. Yet another favorite: bashing their heads with his plastic golf club. Do you get the picture? The child is insane. God, give me patience.

I promise pictures in the next post. I'm too lazy to go downstairs and get my camera right now. I've been sick. Give me a break. Freakin' flu nearly killed me last week.