Saturday, November 30, 2013

Picture update!

Here are some fun pictures of what has been going on with us this past month!

Dave and I did our first overnight away! Henry and Nolan went to Cindy's house (our Wednesday caretaker) and Graham went to my friend Katie (Monday caretaker) Dave and I headed to Mystic for the night. Despite a sad little Henry for a few hours (he finally settled we were told), we had a great time eating at the buffet, playing some fun slot machines, and sleeping through the night!! 

Our boys just love dinner time! They always are so excited when we sit them in their chairs, they know what is coming!

Henry is hanging out, in the laundry basket, why not!?

Graham was so over tired, he would not go to sleep by me rocking him, so I set him down, and this is what happened! 

Auntie Casey got the boys these cute shirts! A little big still, but still so adorable!

Play time!

Got together with my special care nursery moms. Jen (middle) has twin boys (one was sleeping), and Katie has a cute little girl!
We got a 1,2, 3 going... lol

Thursday, November 28, 2013


I am going to break down a few posts... to not overwhelm you all!
First, we had our first Thanksgiving!  We were ambitious enough to go to Dave's side in the early part of the day and my side the later part of the day! I know, we are crazy!

We got the boys bathed and dressed and out the door we headed to Lakeville by 10:15am.

It was nice to have all of Dave's dad side there... to hold, play, and help feed babies.... once it came time for us to eat, they did pretty well at playing on their playmate.... but eventually had to join us at the table.
It was shortly after we ate it was getting to be nap time.... Surprisingly we got them all asleep in their car seats in bedrooms upstairs. That lasted about 45 minutes (stinks to not have a monitor, so I had to keep running up the stairs to check for noises)
Grandma Lynda and Henry

Since naps were not that long we decided to head out and use the car ride to my parents as an official nap time.... well the car ride was a bit longer than expected... Dave got sick after we left his cousins.... I ended up driving him all the way home to Coon Rapids, then back to my parents (ambitious, but at least I would have help there, and a meal). I got to my parents in time for the boys to have dinner....

Right before we ate we had family friends stop over. Laurie is a friend of my moms... her two daughters, Amber and Ashley have been life long friends of mine. Ashley brought her two kiddos, Addison and Bryce with her. It was fun to see everyone... it was chaos.... thats for sure!

 By the time everyone arrived and food was ready, it was about meltdown time. So as family held three fussy babies, I scarfed down another meal (it was hot and homemade.... not passing on that!). I was in the car on the way home around 6:30pm.
I think we pushed the limit with the boys.... of course they slept on the way home, but woke up as soon as the car stopped.... so then they were up for a while before going back to bed again... I felt bad disturbing a sick hubby, but he had a good attitude about it!
It was great to see family, but I am suggesting hosting Christmas eve at our place this year.

Monday, November 4, 2013

5 months old- Halloween

How old? 5 Months Old!

Our weights: Estimates:  Henry-14lb , Nolan- 13lb, Graham-12lbs

Our sleeping patterns? daytime- Graham is only up for about 2 hours at a time before he needs to go down for a nap... sometimes 30 minutes... sometimes an hour... he usually takes a better afternoon nap. Nolan takes few and short cat naps throughout the day, and fights sleep every time. Henry, will just fall asleep wherever, doing whatever... every couple hours.
Nighttime: We go to bed around 6pm and each wake up 1 more time between 8-9 for one more bottle before bed. 
Nolan sleeps through the night now. Around 12-13 hours a night! We are grateful!
Henry and Graham- after a good 6 hour stretch will wake up every 3-4 hours for a bottle and then  go right back down. (Graham needs to be sung "He's got the whole world", while falling alseep)

Our eating schedule? 
We all take 5 ounce bottles first thing in the morning, around 7 am. Then we eat every 3-4 hours... 4 oz bottles. Nolan needs pear/prune juice in all his bottles to keep him regular.

We have oatmeal cereal, along with a fruit and a veggie at 5pm. We started trying solids at 4.5 months... and they took to it right away! We now do it every night, and between the three of them they polish it all off! 
Graham LOVES solids.... Nolan is loving it and getting the hang of it.... Henry will last about 5ish minutes and then want to be done and just eat a bottle.
Our favorite foods? Sweet potatoes, bananas, apples, and carrots.

Our likes? The ceiling fan, bathtime, dinner time, walks outside, being held, the TV, babbles, and blowing spit bubbles, mom and dad's funny noises.

Our dislikes? tummy time after about 5 minutes, laying on the floor for too long, waiting to eat if we are hungry.

Our favorite games/toys? peek-a-boo, activity mats, baby Einstein music toy, mirrors.

Our milestones? Henry rolled over on 10/24, started cereal on 10/13,  Nolan started sleeping through the night regularly 10/18, Henry is blowing raspberries, Nolan is sucking his thumb, Graham loves to stand and look out the window, first Halloween, Baptized, holding toys and bringing them to mouth, signs they are starting to teeth.

Things we do to make Mom and Dad smile? Henry talks to us while he eats, lots of smiles, cuddles, and fun noises! 

Their pictures are from their first Halloween! 
We just headed to my parents for a couple hours to show off their 'super' costumes, and then headed home for more grandparent time with Dave's parents... then off to bed for the night!

Our Pictures:

We did head to another triplet's house for a play date on Halloween. They have all girls... and were born 2 months after ours. So 6 babies... and 2 moms... at one point they were all quiet, either eating or sleeping... it only lasted about 20 minutes but it was fun to get together regardless and talk to a mom who is going through the same thing!
We are sporting our orange and black for halloween before getting into costumes!

Our potential future wives...
Henry, Emma, Graham, Harper, Nolan, and Zoey!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Baptism- October 26th, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church

The boys got baptized! On Oct. 26th, Saturday at our 5pm service. Being a pastor this was something I knew would be a big event! We didnt want to do it too early, since they were preemies, but we didnt wait to go too far into the cold season, because you worry about RSV and germs! So our window was limited.... 
Working at a church, I wanted my other pastoral colleagues to be present and a part of this cool milestone! So Oct. 26 was the date that worked best!
The day....
We got a late start to the day... but once we got started, things got hectic. Dave had to run out to get the cakes at Costco... along with some party items I had forgot... I was home with the babies, who were off that day... especially Graham... just a little more fussy than normal. This made me nervous that this is how they would be in church later that day.

Of course this too was the day that Henry and Nolan decided to take three hour naps... and we had to wake them up to get them bathed, dressed, and out the door!
believe it or not we got to the church on time! 
We took some family pictures before the service, and by 5 we were off and running. 

Henry's Godparents are our friends Marina and Michael Kern. I went to high school with both of them, and they are two of our closest friends now!

Nolan's Godparents are Katie and Ryan O'Hara. Katie and I have been friends since 2 grade. We have always been a part of each other's big milestones... this was no different. We love getting together for game nights with Katie and Ryan!

Graham's Godparents are Kelly and Brady Schmidt. Kelly and I grew up together at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. I officiated at their wedding, and we love getting together with them for dinners!

These are couples Dave and I have always enjoyed spending time with, and we knew would love and care for our kids! They are dear friends that we hope to grow closer to over the years as our boys grow up and in closer relationship with their Godparents.

Our church also has congregational Godparents. This role is given to 2 people in the congregation who promise to pray for our boys, and send them cards on their baptismal anniversary! We chose Pam and Bill Travis. This couple has been so loving and supportive ever since they found out we were pregnant! Since the boys have been born, they have provided meals, come over to help us in the beginning, and have babysat quite a few times... they LOVE our boys, and we LOVE them! It's a great fit!

The boys behaved SO well during the service! No one cried... they actually fell asleep during the sermon... so they slept through their actual baptism! 

Henry getting baptized by Pastor Kathie Nycklemoe

Graham getting baptized by Pastor Sue Wallager

Nolan getting baptized by Pastor Connie Tiede

The after party/dinner was downstairs in fellowship hall with about 75 of our closest friends and family! What a testament to how much these boys are loved!
They slept well that night none the less! It was such a wonderful experience! Although stressful, I enjoyed every minute! 

Our boys were sealed by the Holy Spirit, and marked with the cross of Christ forever!