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Bon appétit, bébé! {How and When to Feed Baby}

In last week’s introduction to this series (Bon appétit, bébé!), I shared some of the questions I am most frequently asked with regards to feeding babies. So, I’ll begin by letting you in on the little journey I have been on for…oh, about 15 months now. Once upon a time, when the babies were two months old… I began dreaming of the day when their nourishment was not dependent entirely upon me. This was mainly due to the immense challenges I faced with breastfeeding all three babies and supply issues (you can read our journey on breastfeeding here). I read somewhere that babies often begin cereal at four months old so I figured I’d better get on this if I’m going to do it right! …Right? … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Is…

Like you, I was hit by a tsunami of "I love my mother" posts on all the social media sites. It was precious seeing everyone's baby pictures, all of the "you're the best mother in the world" declarations, etc. And I loved seeing all the women honored - women who have sacrificed bodies, careers and unending hours of time to produce and care for and love their children. However, I found myself tossed by different emotions and thoughts. It seems to me that Mother's Day is actually very similar to every other day before it and after it! (Bear with me here - I have only celebrated a few Mother's Days, ok? I'm new at this. =) I mean, right? Would you agree that Mother's Day is: wiping snotty … [Read more...]

Bon appétit, bébé! {overview}

One of the topics I receive questions about most frequently (besides “are they natural?” =) has to do with how I made baby food for the babies. Now, I’ve only been feeding the triplets for about a year, but during that year I have made a lot of baby food. A lot. And, if you know me, I’ve done more than a little research on this region of parenting – nutritional aspects, cost analyses, time efficiency, product reviews, etc. So, I am happy to finally be able to share my efforts and experiences with you! Some of the most frequent questions I hear from you are: When did you first give solids to the babies and what did you give them? How did you decide what to give them? How did … [Read more...]

Babe In A Mug

Recently my hubby said he was surprised I hadn't picked up on the "baby in a mug" craze going around. I said, "what's baby in a mug?" He was even more surprised to learn I hadn't seen this yet. So he told me to Google it. I did. And ohmygoodness, sooooo cute and so fun! So, of course I had to do it. Heehee! And why stop with one baby? Let's get TRIPLETS in a mug!!! So, without further ado, here is our snapshot of #babeinamug: This was obviously a very large mug. Kidding. It's actually the mug we got from our honeymoon. :sigh: Now I need to go reheat my babies...er, coffee! And you wanted to vote for us below, right? Cause you haven't yet today? See, I knew there was a reason I was including … [Read more...]

Little Daycare in the Suburbs, part 2

Welcome back! If you're just joining us, check out the first part of Little Daycare in the Suburbs. So. Why is it so hard to leave triplets with a sitter? Glad you asked! Here's why: It is physically exhausting. Loading three babies into highchairs (12 times), out of them (12 times), onto a changing table (18 times), off of it (18 times), into cribs (9 times), out of them (9 times), into the stroller (3 times), out of it (3 times)...it is exhausting. (That's a full-on workout!! And mine "only" weigh 22 lbs!) And of course they aren't all happily watching you cart one kid around...oh no. It often sounds like a daycare class. I challenge anyone who isn't rattled by crying babies to join a … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Triplets: A Battle of Love

**The response to this post has been overwhelming! I truly hope it is helpful to others to hear the struggles and victories of a mama who is breastfeeding triplets - against many odds. Please take a moment and "like" us on Facebook so that you can stay up to date with the goings-on here at Growing Up Triplets! And leave a comment to say "hey!" =) ** Today I’m guest-posting over at Intoxicated on Life. Trisha is running a series on breastfeeding – the challenges, joy, obstacles, paraphernalia and stories of dozens of women and their children. And she asked me to join these women and share my journey. If you’ve been reading Growing Up Triplets long, you know sharing what God has done for me … [Read more...]

Little Daycare in the Suburbs

It's really interesting, the spectrum of responses I get on various aspects of life with triplets. Sometimes I feel like a volleyball, being hit from one side to the other. I regularly have conversations with people who can't stop shaking their heads at how I "do it all." (I don't. See my explanation here.) I often hear, "My one (or two, or three, or four) is so challenging - I can't imagine having three at once." Neither could I, friend. Neither could I. =) These are often the same people who seem surprised to see me around town - at church, the grocery store, etc. Somehow, I should be unable to get out until maybe around age 6. And the fact that I am out must mean I am Super Woman. Most … [Read more...]

Top 25 Moms of Multiples Bloggers

It's that time of year again! Last year we landed 11th in the Top 25 Moms of Multiples blogger contest...thanks to you! It was incredibly close and super fun "meeting" all the other moms of multiples! Well, the contest just opened for the Top 25 Moms of Multiples blogs for 2013. You can vote once a day through May 8th. Would you pretty please vote for us? Feel free to share with your friends and help us get more votes, too! We appreciate all the help we can get. While we're bloggy-bragging, what contests are you in? Feel free to share a link in the comments section so we can "ooh" and "ahh" over your little one(s) and vote for you! Thanks, everyone! Love, Makenna Mae-mae, Noah David, and … [Read more...]

If You Were Born With Your Siblings…

Any mom can attest to the crazy joys of parenting several children all at once. The fights over...well, everything. The tattling. The "ick" factor. The exhaustion. The laughs... but think back to when you were "one of the kids" growing up. Remember? Well, recently David's identical twin brother, Daren, and his family were at our house. They were in town vacationing and we were super excited to have them visit. Pretty much anytime I'd been with David's twin was when we were visiting his family in Georgia - David's home state. And of course pretty much everyone had watched them grow up and were used to their identical-ness. But this time they were on our turf. They came to our … [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...]