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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bath Warriors!

On a prior post I wrote about all the bath challenges we've been facing. We had a great system in place with the infant tub in the kitchen sink. But the babies have outgrown that small tub. So we tried to transition them to the big tub. But slippery babies & a hard tub just don't mix. 2 of the 3 bonked their heads so we decided that was enough. So we decided to try out an inflatable duck made for a big tub. Although that was a disaster because we didn't know if we left the water running there wouldn't be enough warm water for all 3 babies. So I'm pretty sure we traumatized poor Jake with a cold bath. Today we decided to give it another go learning from our past mistakes. And I'm happy to report all of us made it through with minimal trauma. We may just have this bath thing figured out after all.

On another note, I'm not sure if I posted this yet or not, but both Sarah & Jake have their two bottom teeth. We're still waiting on Luke to get his first tooth.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

So many reasons to be thankful

I just don't think it's possible to be thankful enough for all of our blessings. But I will try. I am so thankful for my hubby. I am so thankful for wonderful family and friends. I am so thankful for a home, for food, & for a job I love. And of course, most of all, I'm thankful for the trio. Two years ago on turkey day, we were just 5 days past losing our daughter Leyna. Honestly, we were so heartbroken, I don't even remember much about the day. I was just trapped in a cloud of sadness.

Last year, I was in a much happier place, but the uncertainty about the triplets had me on edge. I was only 27 weeks and 2 days pregnant. If they had been born then, they would have been in the NICU for months. I had no idea how far the pregnancy could go. Luckily, they stayed put for another 5 weeks. By November I had gotten my appetite back and was really craving some turkey. In fact, I didn't get enough with the actual meal and leftovers. Kurt went out a got me a small turkey that I ate all by myself over the course of a week. Crazy!
This year was the triplets' first official Thanksgiving. We started the day with our traditional breakfast at Nanny's house. Unfortunately, we left the triplets' bottles at home so I had to rush back out to Kroger to get some formula. I was so happy they were open! Then we had all the family over to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. It was fun but busy! And to top it all off, both Kurt and I as well as the trio have colds. But we didn't let it ruin our day. Now, all I can think about is taking some NyQuil and crawling into my warm and cozy bed. It's calling my name!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Ode to Shutterfly

Oh Shutterfly, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! I must take a moment away from blogging about the triplets to tell you about my favorite site. I upload all my photos to Shutterfly and can easily order prints, cards, make photo books, and more. And right now they have a promotion that if I tell you just how much I love them, they will give me 50 free photo holiday cards. As a mom of 10 month old triplets, I need all the "free" I can get. So this year when you see my babies' smiling faces on our Christmas card, you will know exactly where it came from. You can link on over to some of their best selling stuff right from here. Check out their:
holiday cards

and selection of birthday cards. We'll be using them for the triplets' 1st birthday!

Don't forget about the photo books too! We used them to make hard cover books for the professional pics we had made of the trio. When the trips turn one, we plan to make a hardcover book for each of them of their first year. I can't wait! Much love, Shutterfly!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sarah's first haircut

Sarah is such a big girl now! Today she got her first trim and got her ears pierced. She did so awesome! She got to sit in a Barbie Mustang at her hair appointment. I see us getting her one of these for the house one day. Then we got her ears pierced and she barely fussed for a minute.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Now that Thanksgiving is just a few days away, all the stores are getting geared up for some serious shopping. Even the radio stations are starting to play Christmas tunes. It's so exciting to think about Christmas. This year has been a year of many firsts for us as parents- first Valentine's Day, first Easter, first July 4th, first Halloween, etc. Next week will be our first Thanksgiving as new parents and next month will be our first Christmas. Now that the babies are mobile, it leaves us with a dilemma about what to do with our tree. We always get a live tree. Last year we got a tree, put all the lights on it, and then I was admitted to the hospital. Kurt commuted daily back and forth to the hospital and worked full-time so our poor tree sat undecorated all month. This year we want to decorate but we don't really have room for a tree. Plus we don't want our little mobile monkeys tearing down all the decorations. Oh well, I guess we will figure out something. Stay tuned........

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

10 Months- some busy babies!

The Koenig triplets have been very busy these days! First, on November 6th they turned 10 months old. There's now less than 2 months until their first birthday! Kurt and I have to put our heads together and plan a fun party for them. I can't believe how fast time is going by.
Speaking of birthdays, Kurt's Dad celebrated his 60th birthday with a party on Sunday. The triplets had fun meeting a whole bunch of new people. Although they were very tired so they conked out about halfway through the party.

Kurt's grandparents came into town from Cincinnati for the party and stayed at the house with us on Saturday night. The babies just loved spending time with them. In fact, I think the kids were trying to show off a little because Luke sat up from a laying position all by himself and full-on crawled for the first time too. Jake wanted to show off a little too because his first tooth finally cut through. Sarah showed off her dancing moves.

Kurt's brother and grandparents watched this kids for us Saturday night so we could celebrate our anniversary. 9 years ago we went on our first date, 7 years ago Kurt proposed, and 6 years ago we tied the knot. What a fun and crazy ride these last 9 years have been. To celebrate, we had dinner at our favorite place- The Melting Pot...mmmmmm.

We're all starting to get excited about the holidays coming up. Thanksgiving is a week from Thursday. I know we'll have lots of pics and stories.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

When do you know?

Since the triplets have been born, I have asked myself a lot of "when does a parents know..." type questions. Like, when does a parent know they have a prodigy in their midst? I guess I could ask Mozart's, Doogie Howser's, or Bill Gates' moms...if only I had a way to get in touch with them. Did Picasso's mom know she had an artist in her home? Did Christie Brinkley's or Cindy Crawford's moms know they had a supermodel in the family? I guess the reason I ask this is because every so often one of the triplets will do something that I think is unique. And I wonder if we have a future artist, model, CEO, US President, professional athlete or more among us? When I look at Sarah's big blue eyes and sweet smile I wonder if she's going to be the next big supermodel.

When I pick up "big Jake" and marvel at his broad shoulders, back, and neck, I wonder is he genetically pre-destined to be a future hall of fame football player?

The most recent example of this is with Lucas. He is unbelievably smart for a 9 1/2 month old. If I hand him and one of his siblings both a toy, he will hide his toy behind his back or under his belly for protection and then go after the sibling's toy. He already understands he needs to first protect his belongings before he goes after someone else's. How does this kid know that already? Is he destined to be a corporate raider- obtaining and taking apart another's company? Or could he be on the path to be a leader in the military? The other day I saw Luke put his problem solving skills into action. He was sitting on the kitchen island in his bumbo seat (don't judge) while Kurt and I prepared food. There was a can of veggies next to him but just out of reach. I watched as he stretched and stretched to touch the can but couldn't quite do it. So he sat for a minute devising his plan. He picked up the toy from his lap and used it to slide the can over within his reach so he could touch it. I was so amazed that I immediately told Kurt what had just transpired. He couldn't believe it either. Is that the normal mind of a baby his age? He's not even pulling up or walking yet and he's already solving problems. So how do you know if you have a baby genius? Only time will tell. But mark my Lucas...he's got something special.