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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...]

Saying Goodbye to Grandpa

I didn't think it would work out. I really didn't. The logistics of taking an unplanned trip with triplet 15mo seemed insurmountable. And my heart hurt. I was torn. I wanted so badly to be there to honor the memory of my Grandpa, to share memories with the family, to laugh and cry...but I just didn't know how to do it. The questions attacking my mind seemed endless: Do we fly? What do we do with the third baby since we can only hold one each? Where do we stay? We'd need two hotel rooms or half of my Grandmother and Granddaddy's house. How do we bring three pack 'n plays, three car seats, the "beast" (our triple stroller), and three babies on an airplane? Not to mention suitcases, diaper … [Read more...]

A Memorial – Lt. Colonel Howard Lightfoot

I lost my Grandpa on Wednesday. He was 89 years old. He was a father to four children, grandpa to 10 and great-grandpa to five. It was only a couple of weeks ago that he underwent heart surgery that appeared successful and he seemed to be on the road to recovery, finally, as late as Tuesday! But sometime during the night he collapsed. And now he's gone. Grandma passed away when I was 12, about 20 years ago. They're both gone. I want badly to hold on to the earliest, faint and fuzzy memories I have so that when the babies are holder I can tell them about Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma. I remember being really little and going with my family over to visit him and Grandma - there was a funny … [Read more...]

First Trip to North Carolina

I tell you what...everybody should take a trip to North Carolina in the fall. It's just "bee-yoo-ti-ful" (who can tell me where this phrase came from - $5 Sbux gift card in it for you!!! Leave a comment if you know the answer!). The leaves are changing and falling, you can see the mountains between the bare limbs on the trees, and the sweat is dripping from your armpits...hold on, what?! It's true. It was hot. H-O-T, hot. At least for this mama! But...lemme skooch back to the beginning and give you the low-down of the babies' second out-of-state trip! We decided to leave on a Monday morning. This was after much, much, much deliberation. You see, with children you don't just leave whenever … [Read more...]

Beach Bums!!!

I'll post more later, but we made a quick trip to the beach last night. It was so incredibly challenging and stressful but ohsofun seeing their expressions as they experienced sand and the ocean for the first time. And have you ever seen so many itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny swimsuits??? … [Read more...]