Wednesday, December 26, 2007

First Christmas past...

We survived!

What were we thinking?!? Christmas dinner in our house? Four grandparents, three newborns, a sister and an uncle? While not complete pandemonium, it was intensely busy. Mom helped me get a turkey prepped for the oven, Dad helped here and there getting things ready. The beans were so very cooperative, napping well and not reacting too negatively to the upheaval of their familiar surroundings. Furniture was rearranged, there were more people in the house than they'd ever seen and they took it all in stride. Noah even took the opportunity to show off the vocal abilities he's been concealing from us. he decided Christmas was the day to reveal that he could chatter as well as big sis. Sydney is still having attachment issues (don't walk away from her!), but she dealt pretty well all day being passed from parent to grandparent and back.

They all got to try Christmas dinner thanks to a baby food grinder we got at the shower. Noah was not a fan of turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans... Sydney and Emily seemed to do OK with it.

I've uploaded some of the new pictures, but I'm really tired and I'm going to bed now. I'll finish up the red-eye reduction on the last group and get them added soon.

Oh, and Sydney *FINALLY* pushed out her second tooth!!! Maybe that's why she was fussy last night between 2:30 and 3:30... Anyway, like I said, really tired and I'm going to bed.

Goodnight all, thank you to those who sent things for the beans or for us. We have books to read to them, toys for them to play with (and us, too!), new clothes for them... Just so much stuff! We are not only blessed with our wonderful children but with kind and generous families who help and support us as we get through this.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It all happens so fast...

I know my sibs, my friends, my extended family by blood or heart that have experienced new parenthood stand by and watch with what must be the quiet amusement of someone who knows how the story goes but they don't want to spoil it for me. I make what posts I can (or just upload another batch of pictures trying to keep up with what my wife posts...), marvelling at my amazing children, boasting of their accomplishments and all the while, you know this. You've been there. Our parents, without whose help I don't know how we could have made it this far, are still teaching us. Showing us how to do things, how to respond to them, maybe at some level we're seeing how *we* were cared for before we were old enough to remember it.

Amy did SO much work getting Christmas cards together, getting prints ready to tuck them into the envelopes... I had one simple little job, print up labels for the backs of the pictures... I apologize now to my youngest daughter for goofing up a batch and spelling her name incorrectly. Sorry Syn... oops! Sydney!

Sydney's been a little moody lately, we think she's about to push her second tooth out into the world. Poor girl... She's changed so much in the last few weeks, visibly putting on weight. Her cheeks are so round now when she throws her little pout.

Emily's proud pair of bottom choppers are all she has at the moment, but she loves to show them off whether it's a huge smile for whoever she's looking at or during her vocal practices. She's stringing more syllables together all the time. Her latest achievement, however, is so much fun to watch. She sits up unsupported on the floor and plays. Her wobbles are decreasing and she catches herself more often than not.

Sydney and Noah can sit up for brief stints, but they haven't quite got the balancing right and they'll tip over pretty easily.

Noah is an absolute eating machine. He knows the schedule, and he does NOT like to eat late. He still gets the Sensitive Formula and the daily doses of Zantac and Prilosec, but he hasn't had any major reflux problems for a while. His biggest problem with his baby food is if the person with the spoon is moving too slow.

They nap well (most days), they eat well (most days), they're no too fussy (most days... seeing a pattern?)... I say it a lot to most people who ask about them, but they are absolutely three individual little people. Noah and Sydney love to play together, Emily loves to be the center of attention (sometimes pushing one of her sibs away from the center, but we have time to work on that...).

I can't describe what it feels like to have a little face light up when it looks at you, let alone two or three little faces. They hug us, they kiss us (watch out for Noah, he'll slobber all over you), they respond to their names. They love to look at the Christmas tree when it's all lit up, they love the ornaments that have little bells.

This may be the best Christmas ever.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

First Photo With Santa

Santa was a hit with Emily, Noah & Sydney. He looked so authentic with his real beard and chubby cheeks. All 3 sat on his lap for individual photos and then we had a group shot taken with all three. They all smiled and Sydney even cuddled with Santa. I wish you all could have witnessed that moment. She snuggled against his beard and stared into his eyes. We decided to purchase CD's of the pictures so we can send copies to our families and friends.

I forgot to mention that Sydney now has 1 tooth and another one starting to come in. Noah is now rolling and is doing well sitting on his own. All three can sit up unassisted, but not for long. We just need some more practice

We have some new snapshots to share. I'll try to get John to add them to our album tomorrow.

Love to All,