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Building Birthday Memories

12th July 2014

This week saw my three three year olds turn four.  Yep, they are four.  I cannot believe how fast (and yet so slow some days!) the time has gone.  I have four little people now, each having their own little personality and idiosyncrasies.  Hayden is still the ultimate big brother, who knows all of his sisters toys names, knows how to fix a tea party, and who has unconditional love for his siblings.  This is one of the first photos of him being a big brother – here he is visiting Emma (about 6 hours old) and singing to her (Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick sick sick…)

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Being school holidays, we have had the fun of having them home every day.  Last week we took them to a special high tea (Enchanted Forest High Tea at the Stamford Plaza in Brisbane) to celebrate their birthday, get dressed up like princesses and princes and have tea and cake (a daily mission for them!).  We were the only ones there, and we got the special treatment.  The kids were overwhelmed with the tea pots, cake and sandwiches.  It was very special – and reports from the kids “I think that high tea is very special Mummy”.

High Tea!

High Tea!

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It was an amazing time – and so incredibly worth it (we got 2 for 1 vouchers off of Facebook, so it was very affordable!).  They all had an excellent time, and had happy birthday sung to them!

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Moving along to their actual birth ‘day’.  They all wanted different cakes.  Yep, three cakes.  They all decided (as a collective I guess) that they wanted to go “Birthday Camping” for their birthday wish/present.  So, for the cakes, Brendan wanted a fire truck, Emma wanted Slimer from the Ghostbusters, and Caitlyn a Princess.  This is what we ended up with –

Cakes are even in birth order!

Cakes are even in birth order!

We sang happy birthday three times, and they had a small piece of each cake.  (we still have left overs even after giving some away!).

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B

Ems

Ems

CJ

CJ

After cake, we set off for birthday camping.  We went to Murphys Creek Escape, in the Lockyer Valley.  It was amazing.  The kids love the caravan.  So do I.  It is some quality screen free time where we all have to work together, play together and be together.  We had a camp fire every night, and some marshmallows roasted over the fire one night. 

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We set off on a “safari” where we wandered through the creek bed and the rocks.  It was a wonderful few hours (yep hours!) where the kids were able to safely explore and look around.  Even though it was cold and the water was freezing, they all unanimously decided to go for a ‘safari swim’ and build a dam.  Thank goodness for warm showers (20 cents for 2 minutes) and extra clothes!

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All four kids were dripping wet, covered in sand, mud, and red dirt.  But they had FUN.  And so did we.  Watching them work together (for a bit!) building a dam, then running off and splashing, playing and just being kids.  It was beautiful to watch.  And I know they will remember it.  No fighting, just fun and exploring safari style.

This is one of my favourite photos from the trip away –

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I have started the impossible washing load (am 6 loads in…a few to go) and the kids have mentioned a few hundred times how much they love camping and want to go again.  And soon. 

So now I have a 7 year old, and three 4 year olds.  I cannot wait to see what the next year brings!

Kids

Around here…

20th April 2014

Around here there has been so much going on – which is hardly surprising when I stop and think about why I might be busy!  There always seems to be something to do, and some things that are not done yet as there are not enough hours in the day.  But days are filled up with four little beings who leak energy non stop and never seem to be out of any energy.  I only wish it was contagious, as quite honestly, some days I would sleep all day given the chance!

We are in school holidays right now, and we have had quite an eventful two weeks!  We have successfully been to a movie and been able to sit the whole way through!  I was nervous that we would end up leaving half way through and that Hayden would miss out on seeing all of the Lego movie.  Well, I was proven wrong!  The trio were amazing!  Not sure if was that they loved the movie, or that it was completely full, but they did not muck up at all!  I actually even got to watch the movie.

Popcorn!

Popcorn!

everything is awesome!

everything is awesome!

 

It is the first school holidays the triplets have had.  They have now completed their first term of Kindy.  A milestone in itself!  The holidays sees them enjoying the relaxed routine, but also asking when they are going back to Kindy as they are missing the play and the kids there.  I really can see why so many parents go round the bend and cannot wait for school holidays to be over!  These guys have had a busy few weeks with lots of picnics, parks, play and fun, and yet it seems to not really be enough!

In saying that, it is actually unbelievable that we are nearing the end of April *already*.  The year is almost one third completed (I seem to use the rule of thirds a lot!!) which is scary considering it still feels like January some days!

And March is done!

And March is done!

Every day I still collect one photo at least that is shows some significance of the day.  It is a great memory keeping device, and this is the third year I am doing it.  Works well with my Project Life spread as well 🙂  The kids do like looking at the photos and seeing things we were doing even a month ago is the source of a good laugh some days!  It is also a great way to see the subtle changes in my little chickens as they grow.  And they grow every day!  Emma no longer refers to grapes as “Apple Trees” any more.  I find that sad as it was so darn cute!  I have even asked if she would like some apple trees for morning tea and she corrects me – “Mum they are grapes, not apple trees”!!

They really are growing so fast. And they hear everything! I was delivering a class to some of my students a few weeks ago and they were listening to all of the anatomical terms and points of our bodies. I always find it amazing that my children take interest in what their Mum or Dad do for work, and seem to want to know the quirks of our jobs.  Being both a teacher and a nurse, the kids often think it is tricky that I can do two jobs that are kind of the same.  Anyway, here is their version of anatomy –

I think it is just a bit cute.   I think toilet humour will never grow old.  Like NEVER.  Haha!

We went to Dreamworld the other day, and it was a great day.  The girls and I got to spend a bit of time in the Fairy Shop and we walked out with two full bags of fairy and princess goodness (and in all equality, the boys got some super cool stuff in the animal store at Dreamworld).  There was much deliberating and oohing and aahing, but no fighting over the same thing (it honestly *never* ceases to amaze me how inately different these two girls are).  It was a very exciting shopping trip!

The end result is that we have a rainbow fairy (Emma)  and a princess (Caitlyn). Caitlyn wants to be a princess when she is ‘a growed up’.  When pressed for a name, she often quips, “Princess PooPoo” much to the humour of many siblings and friends. Emma is quite firm in her aspirations – she wants to be a Ghostbuster, but wants to wear a rainbow uniform and not the brown one.  Chalk and cheese right there.

Onto the dresses.  They are so cute.  I mean they are heart melting – that is how cute they are.  It is one of those mummy moments when you think, ‘yep, I have little girls’ – much the same as the lego moments, or dump trucks or dirt and mud for boys.  Filled with pride and wonder for what these gorgeous little beauties will become, and how they will remember this day, if at all.  I did get a bit teary truth be told – but more so from their comments than anything else.

Two pretty girls!

Two pretty girls!

So this was the dressed up result.  Gorgeous!  They were both using their wands and aside from turning their brothers into toads, they were wishing big.  I mean really big – and this comment/wish made my heart full.  “Mummy, when I get bigger, I want to magic the whole world to have cups of tea and cake, *every day*”.  I think this is gorgeous.  The insight into this – ‘everyone would be much happier mummy if they had a nice cup of tea and some cake every day – just like a birthday’.  We don’t have cake every day, but Caitlyn says ‘Happy Birthday’ everyday to someone (usually me) in the hope that there will be cake.  Cute, and long running as she has been doing it for over a year!  She also has been of late, introducing herself as “Cakelyn” as she wants to have ‘cake’ in her name.  I hope she remembers this, as I can see the neurons firing and the ideas and imagination just in full swing.  She is a delight – all my kids are, and what makes it even more delightful is their differences.  Emma is all for cups of tea and cake everyday, but she thinks that it would be good to have drawing and colouring every day with pens that smell like strawberries.  This is the stuff I want to remember!  Little minds completely open to any dream and hope. My job as their mum is to keep those minds open, enquiring and fuelled.  If there has to be tea and cake every day to keep them adequately fuelled, so be it!

So that is about what has been going on around here lately!

Kids

Three 3 Year Olds….today it is official!

8th July 2013
The trio are three!

The trio are three!

Well, I have to say, it has been an amazing ride, and this time three years ago, we had just entered the world of being parents to multiples.  Be warned – this is going to be a long and photo heavy post!  So, it all began, on the 9th of January 2010 when we found out we were more than 13 weeks pregnant with TRIPLETS.  Yep, we did not expect that.  Kinda explained the weird cravings and need for sleep – excessive amounts.  That and I stopped drinking coffee….which is a sure pregnancy sign for me.

So began the ride.  Smooth uncomplicated pregnancy, moved house, interstate even, and things didn’t slow down for me until I hit the 32 1/2 week mark.  Then moving seemed like it had to be optional – I mean really….but I pushed on for another couple of weeks…..anyway…on this day, three years ago at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, I delivered three healthy, and heavy (for triplets) babies.  All in the order we thought, and all with their own stories.

Here is me, minutes before being rolled around to theatre.  Jason is TOTALLY freaking out, can’t string a sentence together and laughing, a lot.  Laughed at the size 16g IV thinking it was a ‘bit big’ for just a caesarian…

Minutes before going to theatre....

Minutes before going to theatre….

The room was packed with about thirty people.  Jason was still nervous.  The anaesthetist was literally shitting himself as he had never had to do the calculations for a triplet caesar before.  He was on the phone to his consultant – a lot!  He was awesome though!

Preparations

Preparations

Preparations

Preparations

First up, born at 1431hours was Brendan Paul.  Screaming on arrival (and still pretty much every day!!) he was so chubby!  A quick review by the team allocated for him and we got our first cuddle before he was taken to the special care nursery for monitoring.

Meeting B for the first time

Meeting B for the first time

A minute later there was an “oh” from the surgeon followed by (our hearts racing) how amazing.  When we asked ‘what’ it was our eldest daughter Emma – she was born in caul (meaning in the amniotic sac) which is rare and was looking straight through the sac at everyone.  Amazing was the comments….Here is meeting our little girl Emma Grace at 1432 hours –

Meeting Ems

Meeting Ems

Then finally, making her the youngest by three minutes, came Caitlyn Jane.  Little miss was our chicken little coming in at the lightest, but she is the heaviest now, and the bossiest….and the one with the most ‘spunk’.  Here is Jason cutting her umbilical cord –

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CJ

We were blessed and had totally uneventful babies – they were home within a fortnight.  Then the fun began.  They hit all their milestones, and there are about six months where I don’t remember much other than feed, change, wash, sleep, repeat.  It was crazy.  It was certainly one crazy ride.  Fast forward a year – and we have three walkers – at their first birthday party –

B at one

B at one

Emma at one

Emma at one

Caitlyn at one

Caitlyn at one

Yep, I know it is July, but these rompers were hand stamped by a very very close friend, and I had to get a shot (inside with heaters on) of them in them.  Gorgeous!  And so time went by even faster.  Walking turned into running, talking started, and they developed a bond that is indescribable.  They will never be able to tell me what it is like to be a triplet either as they don’t know any different.  The whole time through this, we have been blessed with a very very special big brother in Hayden.  He has been amazing and has never once chucked a tantrum about the ‘babies’.  He was talking the other day “Mum, remember when you were always giving the babies the milk all the time – that was boring for me, but I knew you had to do it” – that statement completely blindsided me, and made me realise how lucky I am to have such a special and intelligent little boy.  The kids absolutely idolise him.  Hayden is their be all and end all.  They fight over sitting next to him, talking to him…you name it.  Between 1 and 2 they became a little more ‘fun’ for Hayden.  Here they are at two –

Let them eat cake!

Let them eat cake!

B at 2

B at 2

Between 2 and 3 we have seen the emergence of their individuality and also their effectiveness as a team.  They have their own language, and they are most certainly in tune with each other.  Emma has hair – masses of it – Caitlyn has stuff all and wants it.  Hers is ranga red mullet style.  Suits her attitude I guess!  B is a clown – he loves getting a laugh and is a gangly stringbean.  They are all active, running, laughing and hilarious kids.  They plot, they plan, and they play.  They fight, sure, but they seem to work out their differences quickly and are very protective of not only each other, but of Hayden as well.  They don’t dob if it is a group effort.  They dob if they think they can get something out of it.  They are hilarious, life changing, and so incredibly loved.  People still get shocked when I say I have four kids – they ask the ages and I say 6 and 3 – they work out the equation and say – you have triplets?  To us, we know no different now!  But I guess, it is not normal to have triplets so the novelty will always be there.  Fast forward to 3.  Today they are 3.  Officially a couple of hours ago.  I cannot believe all that they have done, and even more so what more they will do.  I look at all my kids and get glimpses of what they might be like in 10 years or so…it is amazing.  So here they are yesterday at their un-birthday (Jase had to work today and also it is return to school for Hayden) – I made their cakes (as I do every year! This year it was Peppa Pig and George Pig).

 

Blow out the candles!

Blow out the candles!

They got a crazy coupe each (those cool car things) an a cubby house.  The cubby is for Hayden as well obviously!  Jason has been putting it together over the past couple of weeks (fighting the rain and all) and it only needs painting now 🙂

DIY Cubby - Jason's handiwork!

DIY Cubby – Jason’s handiwork!

So over the past three years,  I think we have singlehandedly propped up a few companies – Nuk for dummies, Zaraffas for coffee and then there is the nappies.  I cannot count the number of nappies I have changed.  I cannot count the number of cuddles, kisses or songs I have sung.  I cannot count the number of sleepless nights with sick babies or kids (thankfully not that often), the number of times we have given nurofen and panadol, or just held a child (or all three or four) because they were crook.  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard Mum, Mum, MUMMY!  Some things are priceless – and the unconditional love from my kids – all four of them, is one of those.  These kids are going to make their own mark in this world, and in my eyes they are already great!

I have four kids that will only eat cake if ‘my mummy’ made it.  Who ask for any number of baked items….we go through 4 litres of milk a day on a good day, then bread by the loaves, and fruit by the kilos.  It is only going to get more and more..and this is not a whinge.  It is a reality.  These kids are our lives.  They have changed them indefinitely – all four of them.  ANd only for the better.  I need to learn a little more patience, but I guess I am allowed a flaw or two along the way!

So my beautiful Brendan, Emma & Caitlyn (and yep, still always in birth order) I wish you the most wonderful of birthdays.  With so, so many more to come.  But three three year olds sounds pretty darn cool!  Stay true to yourselves and true to each other.  You will always be loved to the moon and back and then around again – yep Hayden too!  Happy happy happy birthday!