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If You Give a {Crunchy} Mom a Cupcake

If you’re finding us here at Growing Up Triplets via Pinterest or Facebook, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. =) If you’d like to get to know us a bit more, click on the “About” page above. You can subscribe by email so each new post is delivered right to your Inbox and like us on Facebook – both are on the sidebar to the right! I have a confession to make. I really like the label "crunchy." I work uber hard at living life simply and naturally, while doing so as frugally as possible. It is not easy, but it is fun! (See my Baby Steps to Natural Living.) I don't claim to do it all (or even much!) perfectly, either. But I have a really great time learning and implementing. So I wear the … [Read more...]

Loving Moms…

You may or may not have come across a teensy-weensy debate or two when perusing the web, Facebook, blogs, etc….debates where loving moms are criticizing others for the ways they are raising their children. I certainly have my convictions and am happy to share those with others. =) But the way I do things is not the only way. Many kids are being raised (and have been raised!) in loving, happy homes and are parented in completely different ways. None of us appreciates being made to feel we are doing something unloving for our kids. (However, shouldn’t we all be open to evaluate – through others’ suggestions and information-sharing – how we could improve? I think so!) The point is that we … [Read more...]

18 Month Update

Ohmygoodness. It’s just sososo hard to believe that my babies are 18 months old! The time has flowwwwwwn by; they’ve changed so much…and in just 18 months! From 3lbs 12 oz to 22 pounders, my little M&Ms have transformed seemingly overnight. Friday we had our 18 month well-visit (I really only make these because I like hearing “good job, mama” every once in a while from a professional…there’s my confession =). Each one is right on track for children their age born full-term! This is just amazing to us and we never cease to be amazed that God has brought them so far. They spent the first 7 weeks of their life growing outside of the womb-home they were “supposed” to be still living in. … [Read more...]

Ahhh, those newborn days…x 3!!!

If you've ever had a newborn baby, you know that there is no other sleep exhaustion quite like that of the first newborn days, weeks and months (sometimes years!) of your baby's life. Add in two more newborn babies, and life gets CRAZY. Like many moms, mine planned to stay with us when we brought the babies home from the hospital...little did we realize that it would take her, me and David to just care for the babies! Clean the house? Nope. Fix meals? Nope. Nap? Ha! Night-time feedings were especially chaotic! The babies came home eating every three hours or so. Can you imagine what it is like to have one waken early? And then the challenge to get three settled back down so you can then … [Read more...]

Another First – Staying with Papa and Yaya

David and I haven't been away from the babies in 539 days...or since they were born. (We did take a very short overnight, two weeks after they were born and still in the NICU for a quick breather. But I was hooked up to my friend, the Pump, every two hours so you can imagine how crazy that was!) I haven't been away from them for more than four hours. Ever. I have been entangled by three babies 24/7 for 18 months solid. Because of our breastfeeding schedule (which I l.o.v.e.), nobody has taken one or two and left me with "the baby." I've eaten, slept, dreamed and breathed baby x 3 for the past year and a half. And I have loved it. Of course there are times I've been touched out (every day!) … [Read more...]

Doing “Normal”

Yesterday I felt the most "normal" I've felt in a long time. Having three babies oftentimes limits me in so many ways. Breastfeeding three babies oftentimes limits me in so many ways. I love having three babies. And I love breastfeeding them. By nature of these things, though, we simply don't do a whole lot. Oh, we get out of the house. I am asked that all the time - and we really do. David and I enjoy running errands with the babies and doing things on Saturdays. And of course we make every effort to get to church on Sundays. But fun things? Things that many parents can do on a whim or by themselves? Things like the park? ...not so easy. But in the last few weeks I have dropped our late … [Read more...]

We’re Gonna Miss This…

Or that's what they keep telling me! It's so easy to get caught up in my task list and the things I need to do each day - the grocery list, the emails, the appointments needing to be made, the budget tracking, the cleaning, the food-prep, the laundry, the deal-finding, the research, the-the-the... It never, ever ends. But today will. And we all know our children will never remember whether the floors are sticky or clean, but they will remember the time we spent with them and the love we gave them. And before we know it, they will be grown and gone. Oh, those days seem so far away but I know they will be here before I truly want them to be. So today we might just stay in p.j.'s again and my … [Read more...]

The Booby Trap

It's no secret that I'm a fan of breastfeeding...and now I'm a fan of extended breastfeeding. =) It is probably my most favorite-est accomplishment in all my life - to teach three babies how to breastfeed and be doing so still at 17 months! You may remember my post on Covenant Eyes' blog last year: P*rn. Well, Luke (CE's blog manager) and his wife Trisha are the authors over at Intoxicated On Life and are currently in the middle of a series on breastfeeding. I'm sosososo excited about it because this information is so needed! Through a variety of contributing authors, they are addressing a massive amount of topics and information each week - from latch issues to myths to … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday!!!

Happy birthday, dear blog! I hope it's a blast! You've been such a great friend - forcing me to think and do research. You've been a help in remembering precious memories and tidbits. You save pictures of our sweet babies for us to see later and marvel at how far they've come. So thank you! Here's to many more! Ok, so technically it's not your birthday. Technically your birthday is November 9, 2009. David and I weren't even married yet. We needed a place to communicate details of our wedding and, of course, to share our engagement pictures (inaugural post: Engagement Shoot). But see, I took a really long break between then and this time last year. What was I thinking??? Oh, how I missed … [Read more...]

The Great Shot Debate, part 2

I shouldn't have been, but I was: I was surprised by the huge response to the first part of this series: The Great Shot Debate (if you haven't read it, start there and take the quick poll, too!). I have received Facebook emails, text, comments and questions galore! Part of why I think this topic is so popular is because we all love our children so very, very much. And, with new information cropping up every day - both pro and anti vaccinations, I think all our ears are tuned in. Each of us wants to make sure we are doing the best thing(s) for our children and to feel confident in those decisions. Which is a good thing. What we shouldn't be doing is blindly accepting anyone's recommendations … [Read more...]