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When There’s Three on the Screen – Three Babies

When you're lying there with goop on your belly, nervous and excited, and the technician says, "There's three!" Three babies. And time stops. And your heart takes forever to start beating again. And your mind goes numb, yet races at the same time. And someone tells you to smile. And you feel like a freak. When you look at the man you created a child with, learn there are three and wonder if he'll stay with you. And your heart wills him to feel through the panic and walk it with you. Even as he does the same. When logic commands you to deny all possibilities, every fibre of your being in confusion. And yet curiosity compels you closer. And the mother's heart within you draws you, … [Read more...]

Posting at the Breastfeeding Place

Not long ago I was asked by Trisha over at Intoxicated on Life to write a couple of posts for a series she was doing on breastfeeding. I thought about it for all of two seconds and said YES. This series turned into something bigger than anticipated and has become a website of its own: Breastfeeding Place. I am so excited to be one of the regular contributing authors to this site! It's been fun getting to write about something I love and am passionate about: breastfeeding! Amazingly, the information available for assisting mamas breastfeeding multiples (especially triplets) is almost non-existent. It certainly was lacking when I began breastfeeding over 21 months ago. I hope to join other … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Things To Say To Moms of Multiples

Welcome back to our series on Life with Multiples! Some of your favorite posts in this series have been If You Were Born With Your Siblings and Ahhh, Those Newborn Days...x 3!!!. And read through to the end for a special deal for you! Being a mom of multiples (MoM), I am no stranger to embarrassing and, oftentimes, challenging questions while out with my family. It comes with the territory: I remember the day we first tried to go to our local Farmer’s Market when the babies were really little. There were three adults with me and we did not have enough fingers between us to count the stares, looks, points, questions and whispers. No joke. (I did get some free cheese for having … [Read more...]

Meet the Boss – the Babies’ MFM

Recently I got to visit my MFM with the babies!! If you've ever had a high-risk pregnancy, I'm sure you understand my excitement. Right? Have you visited yours post-birth? =) If you haven't been high-risk, an MFM stands for maternal-fetal medicine specialist (or neonatologist, or perinatologist). These men and women walk us through our pregnancies more closely than our OBs! We see them on a weekly basis sometimes. They make life-saving decisions about our babies and even us! They become much more than a white coat. They watch our babies grow, literally, weekly, and celebrate all the milestones with us - halfway for triplets, halfway for singleton pregnancy, viability, term for triplets, … [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...]

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...]