Well, we did it. It wasn't easy but it's done. All three kids are asleep and Lucas is tucked in his very own toddler bed. The past few nights and naps have been a challenge. Lucas was easily climbing out of his bed despite rearranging the nursery to separate all the cribs. He also found a way to break the baby gate and therefore escape his bedroom. So after converting his crib to a toddler bed and putting a deadbolt on the nursery door, we have a workable situation again. Tomorrow we will do the same thing to Sarah's bed. We think we can hold off for awhile with Jake. He seems pretty content with his crib. So far Lucas is loving the freedom to get in and out of his bed. He's probably already done it a couple dozen times. Silly monkey!
Our little Lucas has been sleeping in his crib for the past 2 years...
And he's NOT going to do it another day!
He has decided that crashing in his brother's or sister's "nest" and cramming them out is a much better option. Yesterday when we got them up from their naps Lucas was in Sarah's bed. He slept in her bed again last night. Today he was in Jake's bed. I guess he wanted to try out them both. Tonight he tried to climb into Jake's bed again but Jake was not having it. He started screaming at the top of his lungs! So I went into the nursery and put Luke back in his crib. Just as I closed the door and started walking down the hall I hear "thump". Lucas is back in Sarah's crib. She didn't seem to mind too much because they are all quiet now. Toddler beds are in our very near future.
It had to happen. We had to go claim our children & head home. But the 2 days we spent in Tennessee were so wonderful. It gave us a chance to be Kurt and Kelly instead of just Mommy and Daddy. Saturday morning when I woke up in Kurt's arms I felt like the most loved person in the world! We slowly rose and got dressed and headed out to get breakfast. We then found this little rustic day spa in a renovated dairy barn and had the best couples massages in the world! Then after a low-key lunch we headed back to the resort to catch a nap. Later in the evening we ventured into Gatlinburg and ended up having dinner at The Melting Pot. This is our favorite place! The next day we had a hearty breakfast at Flapjacks and headed back to Atlanta. I'm so glad we had the chance to get away! And the kiddos had an amazing time at Mimi and Papa's house. This was the best weekend in a long time!
The past few weeks have been quite stressful. Work has been busy. Kurt & I have had colds. The kids have been acting out as well. We are not sure if it's a response to our struggles or if this is the on-set of the terrible twos. Either way we were tickled when Mimi & Papa volunteered to watch the kiddos for the entire weekend. So Kurt & I are spending a few days in a timeshare in the Tennessee mountains.
The resort is only a few hours away & it was an easy drive. We enjoyed a yummy dinner at Fuddruckers then went for a swim in the indoor pool. Tomorrow we plan to get a couples massage, tour Gatlinburg, then have dinner at The Melting Pot. Seeing all the sights will be fun but we're really looking forward to sleeping in. And maybe catching a nap! So far it has been nice not to have to worry about the kids at all times. We're able to do what we want to do when we want to do it. And it helps knowing the kids are in great hands!
Wow- another big milestone...250 blog posts! 15,581 views! When I first started writing this blog I mostly did it to keep family and friends updated on the pregnancy. I had no idea how writing would actually help me too. I have poured a lot of heart and soul into every post. I've used it to vent, to talk about sadness, to celebrate victories, to discuss worries and fears, to brag about my babies, and so much more! So I thought for this 250th post, I would reflect on the past few years and write a letter to the 28 year old gal who's 6 weeks pregnant and just started this blog.
Hi. I am you at 31. I know it's hard to believe but it's true. Just for verification purposes I will tell you something about yourself that no one else knows. You have a small scar on your index knuckle of your left hand from a cheerleading accident in high school. See, it's totally me.
I know you have just gotten the most shocking news of your life and you are more scared than you are excited. But I promise you everything works out perfectly and being mommy to these babies is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to you. I know you are worried about your job, childcare, how you will afford everything they need, transportation, best rest, and even finding a stroller to tote the brood. Your job is fine. You find the most amazing "manny" in the world and you get to sleep with him as one of the perks (p.s. it's Kurt). You just somehow find the money to pay your bills. Your Dad and Elizabeth will give you a minivan. You will only be on strict bed rest for 22 days (not too shabby). Your new friend Ginny will help you get a stroller. See...nothing to worry about!
I won't lie to you and tell you it's been all hearts and flowers. There have been some tough times. The morning sickness for the first 22 weeks is hellacious! Just hang in there...it's not forever. The last 2 months of the pregnancy are pretty tough. It will be hard to sleep and your belly will hurt a lot. Try sleeping on an air mattress. They gave us one in the hospital and it helped so much! Speaking of hospital...try not to complain so much about the month you spend there. Looking back, it was actually pretty nice. I know you are scared the babies will come early and will not be healthy. Rest assured, you carry them 33 weeks and 1 day. All the nurses and doctors call you a "rockstar". The NICU days pass quickly and the babies are very healthy. Oh, and drag Kurt with you to get a damn flu shot! He gets the swine flu the week the babies come home from the hospital right as your "baby blues" set in. This is not fun.
You will grieve your old life. And that's ok. You will not bond with the babies immediately and you will worry you've made a terrible mistake. This is ok. It is completely normal and doesn't last forever. It's just another hurdle you have to jump. Not connecting with your babies right away does not make you a bad person or a bad mother. You just need a little time to adjust and you will be smitten with those little munchkins.
You cannot imagine the joy you will experience during their first 2 years of life. Being there for all their "firsts" is just amazing. Now you have this sweet, caring, funny little girl with long brown hair and blue eyes. She tries to say everything you say. She wants to be picked up all the time. She asks to hold your hand and cuddles with you to watch movies. She is in every way your little "mini me" except for the hair. That is all Kurt. You also have this little chunky monkey man who looks just like his Daddy. He just has the best smile but is as stubborn as they come. He's also very sensitive but likes to play rough and tackle you. Finally, you have your little climber...your little engineer. He will always find a way to get into everything you don't want him to. He is so mischievous but has these big blue eyes and this smile that will keep him out of trouble. He is fascinated with lights and electronics. Go ahead and start saving for his engineering degree.
I wanted to write this letter to calm some of your fears and allow you to relax during the next 6 months of pregnancy. But you won't anyway...I know you. And that's ok. It's all part of this unbelievable journey you're on. Enjoy the ride!
So this blog primarily focuses on the triplets, but today I want to boast a little about being a proud auntie-to-be. For those who know my older brother, it seemed like he might never find the right girl to settle down with and start a family. But thankfully Sara came along and soon it will be baby makes three. I just have to share this pic of my beautiful niece/nephew. I can't wait to spoil them like crazy. Being an aunt means all the kisses and snuggles with none of the sleepless nights! I've already logged more than enough of those!