Sunday, June 29, 2014

First Hair Cut!

Yep, another big milestone for us!
June 28th, 2014 Henry and Nolan had their first hair cut! Little Graham is just not quite ready for his first haircut yet... maybe in a year or so... lol
 I knew this was a big milestone for any parent to celebrate... so I had to make sure I documented as much as I could.... I didn't get emotional till after we were home and I had time to look back through the pictures... since at the time, it was a little too chaotic to "have a moment".

We had appointments for 3:00pm. The boys took great naps and ate a great lunch so they would make it through the next couple hours....
We arrived and we were greeted by great staff. We had a little bit of a wait but the boys loved crawling around and exploring this new environment!

Henry went first. He was a bit unsure at first, but as soon as I gave him a dum-dum lollipop he was fine! (Imagine that!) He held it together pretty well as she trimmed cut, (and re-wetting his very fine blonde hair). Toward the end you could tell he had enough and was ready to be done. to be honest, I thought she took a bit too much off at first, but once she added a little product, yes product to his hair... he just looked so handsome! He looked so OLD!!!! But I couldn't dwell in the moment too long because Nolan now was being seated and I needed to give directions for his new do!
All done but no product yet....

All done but so over pictures... And ready for a nap!

I gave Nolan a sucker too... which of course he loved... and he just sat there, looked around, and enjoyed it!  They also put product in his hair for a little mohawk which was so cute!

All done, product and all!

Sweet Graham hung out with Grandma Lynda and Grandpa Dave so mom and dad could get pictures! (he got a sucker too of course)

It was such a fun experience that went better than I expected! I still can't believe we have little boys that need haircuts, and shoes to start walking, and soon big boy car seats... seriously... my babies... are little dudes!

So big!

Friday, June 6, 2014

1st birthday party!

It has taken me a little while to get this post up, but better late then never!

The boys had their first birthday party on Saturday May 31st, 2014. We did it on a very busy weekend, of graduation open houses, I preached all day Sunday (their actual birthday), did a wedding the night following their birthday party... good gracious!

Well Henry, Nolan, and Graham, here are some fun details about your birthday I want to make sure you know so you can look back and see what a great day it was to celebrate each of you

Family shot!

Your monthly pictures! What a difference a year makes!


  • We were nervous about the weather, but the rain held out till right at 2:10 when your party ended... Thank GOODNESS! But it was a hot one!
  • Your grandpa Dave cooked amazing burgers and smoked hotdogs (mom's favorite), with fabulous toppings like bacon, cheese, grilled onions... as well as great salads made by dear friends to help out, including grandpa Tim's famous chicken pasta salad!
  • There were over 50 guests that came to celebrate, including:
    • Marianne- your primary Nurse from the Special Care Nursery who took care of you in your first few weeks of life

    • your triplet girlfriends- Emma, Harper, and Zoey and their parents Michelle and Matt, and the Guimont family, Nicole and Mark, and boy triplets and big brother who I think you will look up to someday soon...

    • Each of your Godparents, the Kerns, the O'Haras, and Schmidts

    • Many Aunts, Uncles, great aunts and great uncles, grandparents, and great grandpa Don!

    • Your nanny Cindy and her family- who made your smash cakes for the day!

    • So many of your mom and dad's close friends and mentors who have been so loving and supportive this first year with you three boys!
    • Zion staff and church members who have walked along side us this first year with hearts of understanding and willingness to help!
  •  You LOVED your cakes! (it was your second cake since you had your cake smashing session a couple weeks earlier.)
      •  Henry- dove right in. Nolan, was shy and a bit timid. Graham just loved all the attention from everyone

Getting ready

Ready. Set. Go!




The after math

  • You all were rinsed off post cake, and came back out for present opening.
    • This was done in turbo speed due to your attention span, need for nap, and pending rain.
    • We are amazed at the helpers who recorded, cleaned up, and transferred gifts inside once they were opened.
    • You got such great gifts, such as toy cars to ride, pajamas, big rubber balls, Santa bears,  diapers, sheets for big boy beds, books....just to name a few!

  •  The party was done around 2pm, the rain started about 2:10... and you all were napping soundly by 2:30pm. 
  • Everyone did so well being passed around and visiting with all the people that have surrounded our family with so much this first year!
It was a spectacular day that couldn't have gone better! It was the fastest three hours I have experienced but I just remember feeling so overcome with joy and amazement of the village that has been created for our boys!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

12 months old!

How old? 1 year old on June 1st!
Has it really been a year already!?
Our weights: Henry- 21 lbs, Nolan- 19.4lbs, Graham-  19.8lbs
All still wearing 12 month clothes, lots of shorts and T-shirts now with nice weather, finally!

Our sleeping patterns?  Wake up-around 6:30
                                        Naps- 10-12, and 3-5pm  - Afternoon nap is hit or miss for N and G, H  always needs 2 naps though!
                                        bedtime- 8pm

We have had pretty successful nights sleep lately. Although lately Nolan's new thing is to wake up and fuss, and all we have to do is move him to the pack and play in the living room and he goes right back to sleep. (I think this is his way of telling us he wants his own room)

What are they eating: Everything! We rarely do baby food anymore... really only the food pouches (which are amazing, especially if we are out and about)
Still do lots of peanut butter and fruit. Its fun to just give them portions of what we are having, mum mum crackers are still a favorite, along with goldfish crackers.

Of course they love anything sweet now that they have had birthday cake! (stay tuned for birthday party post)

They are fascinated when grownups eat: they mock our chewing as they watch..and always want bites...
We are so grateful to have such good eaters!

We are officially off formula! We did that about a month ago and have not looked back! They absolutely LOVE whole milk and have no problem finishing their 3 8oz bottles a day! 
We still do water in the sippy cups at meals, but once we talk to our ped on Friday, we will see what the next step is.

Our likes? Being held and tackling mom or dad when we come home... playing in the kiddy pool or water table outside, sitting on the front lawn watching cars drive by,  daddy's crazy coughing noises, swinging at the park, walking behind our push walker toys, riding on our little mini car/scooters we got for our birthday, morning chats with each other before wake up time, crawling around everywhere together, banging things together that make noise, dancing to music, waving bye bye... they are such busy little dudes and are so happy to explore!

Bragging rights:

H: making funny faces and noises, dancing, being held (such a mama's boy), fake crying is his new plea for attention, plays peek a boo with blanket, loves his naps, 2nd to crawl, he can stand alone unassisted and is very proud when he does, has the most hair, loves to take away Nolan's bottle from him, toy stealer of the group, sill has his monkey paci for sleeping, my sensitive boy still.

N: The leader of the pack. First to crawl, almost walking unassisted, curious as can be, can say bye-bye (more like nye-nye), wave with both hands, plays peek a boo, dances from side to side, shake his head no, belly laughs at almost anything, loves bath time, fearless baby, social buttterfly of the three, sleeps with a few blankies.

G: Great eater, lots of babbles of talking, loves to push his walker toys around, still needs some rocking to be put to sleep, waves his arms up and down while kicking when he is excited (we call it sizzling bacon), fascinated with our dog Bosely, sleeps with his blankie, waves bye bye by flicking his thumb with his pointer, can say dada, mama, just getting over 2 ear infections in 2 weeks, still my observer of the three...
Our dislikes? being changed, faces wiped, being gated in... they would prefer free range of our house, toys taken away from each other, too much chaos sometimes with too many people (over stimulation, but who doesn't!?)

Teeth check: Henry- bottom 2 but top 4 I think are close...   Nolan: Bottom 2  Graham: Bottom 2
we go in spurts of when we think teeth will come... we have a long road ahead of us!

BIg events that happened this last month for us: first kiddy pool/swim suits, family photo shoot, great grandpa Clair past away, ear infections, lots of walking with assistance, more and more play dates are filling our calendar, celebrated our first official mother's day, first trip to chick-filet!

Stay tuned for their first birthday party post! lots of pictures!

Henry loved his cake... Can you tell?

Nolan was a little more timid... But enjoyed it just the same!

Graham loved the experience and eventually sat I'm his own cake.... His feet got the most frosting on them!

Happy birthday to our three precious sons.... It has been quite the year but you have brought us so much joy through all the fun experiences!

Cars they got from great grandpa Don!

Family shot

We love the park!

Chick-filet- the Northside MoM's club fundraiser.... So many twins and triplets present!