Sunday, April 11, 2010

The last day of being EIGHT


We spent the evening swimming with friends who are also multiples!
One of our triplets woke up this morning and said, "I had almost forgotten this is the last day of being eight." Of course I know their birthday is tomorrow, but hearing those words from her sweet little mouth made me so sad. Of course I am happy they are being blessed with another birthday. We have all come so far! But I also find that as happy as it is to see them grow and change, it's also hard. It's hard to see them have their last bottle, their last night in a crib, their last time with training wheels, and their last time with all baby teeth. Our sweet ones are growing up. We love who they have become.

A is all boy and just the other night, his true love for reading was ignited. He stayed up 2 hours past bedtime to finish reading a book. I was thrilled to see him love to read like that! He is an avid golfer and a good friend. He swims well and is a great big brother to four sisters. There is nothing more tender than to see him guiding his youngest sister or helping her swim. Our boy loves to learn and is especially proficient in Math. He loves the outdoors and has a mind that is so inquisitive. Sometimes he fires off questions faster than you can answer them, but he always retains whatever you tell him. He killed his first deer at Christmas with his uncles and could hardly wait to come home and tell us all about it! He loves riding his bike throughout the neighborhood and playing basketball or football at home with his Daddy. The 2 pound 5 ounce baby boy who struggled to learn to breathe on his own is a bright big boy now. Despite 7 weeks in the NICU and 3 blood transfusions, he is full of vigor and life! He is a delight!

Our D had to be resuscitated at birth. She had quit breathing. By the end of her first 24 hours, that 3 pound 2 ounce bundle of joy had removed her CPAP and decided to breathe on her own. She was the first of the three to learn to suck, swallow, breathe on her own ( a big deal for preemies born at 30 weeks). However, whenever it was time for her to go home, she would have a bradycardia or forget to breathe, forcing her to start the 8-day countdown all over again. Babies had to be free of all of those things for 8 days in order to go home from the hospital. We believe our D couldn't bear to leave brother A in the hospital, as she stayed with him for 5 of the 7 weeks and was really ready to go home at about 2 weeks old. She has always been our quiet caregiver. D loves school and excels in her classes. Unfortunately, she rushes through her work just like I used to do! Despite her quiet nature, she loves drama and makes everyone laugh with her different personas (like grandmother like mother like daughter). She writes well and enjoys riding horses. She is frugal with her money but generous to those in need. Our D has a big heart.


Our CP, or Tiny, is the baby of the bunch. While she is child number 3 of 5, she still loves to be held and hugged and cherished like the baby. Her eyes still have that sparkle she's had since birth. She may be Tiny, but she is strong! She came out of the womb with her little arm raised and she is still a mighty little thing. CP has a wonderful motherly instinct and is so helpful and sweet to her little sisters. She loves school and has the most beautiful handwriting. Her teacher says she couldn't run the classroom without our CP's help. A natural swimmer, Tiny is enjoying her time on the swim team. She was the first to leave the hospital because she wanted to be with her Mama and Daddy. We are thankful!!! CP, you can always come home to us!


I tucked in our triplet treasures and will share parts of their NINTH birthday tomorrow!

14 comments:

mFw said...

This is so sweet and the triplets will love reading this later on! Golf is a fab sport for your boy, keep him going with it.

Happy Birthday to your sweet triplets!

theaikenite said...

I love your mother's heart. They are all precious.

Kim said...

What a precious post full of a mother's love!
Happy Birthday times three!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

Tickled Pink Talk said...

What a wonderful post! Can't wait to hear more about all your kiddos in September! A big happy 9th to all three of the triplets. :) I think your A and my J would get along so well....

Lauren said...

Happy Birthday! They sound like sweet, wonderful children!

Imjustagirl said...

Happy Birthday to your wonderful triplets!! They all sound like they are growing up to be such wonderful people!! You should be so proud!

Short Southern Momma said...

What a great post mama! Your children are beautiful! Hope they are having a great birthday! xoxo

JMW said...

Fantastic post! They will treasure this one day. Hope they have a wonderful 9th birthday - so exciting!

North of 25A said...

What a lovely post - I agree, the children will treasure your words when they are grown. And a Happy Birthday to you too - I always believe that Mom shares the special day - you were there after all - and in your case, x3!
Best,
Colleen

Mrs. Bogarde said...

Clearly you are blessed! Your babies are all so beautiful and special! Happy Birthday to 3 great kids!

Trish said...

I am loving everything about this post. Your triplets and each so delightful and talented in their own ways, and are absolutely gorgeous children!

I loved what "theaikenite" said above, and agree, you have a beautiful mother's heart. XOXO

Happy birthday kiddos! =)

Travelbug Mom said...

Oh my they are so darling! Having 3 little ones all at once had to be a challenge, but you obviously never looked at it that way. What a beautiful mama your children have and their smiles show it! Blessings to the 3 of them. 8 is great but 9 is mighty fine!!

pink green & southern said...

What a sweet tribute to a trio of real sweeties!

bevy said...

I love everything your wrote about your sweet triplets. I feel like I know them so much better now! What great kids!

S loves to go deer hunting with his grandfather - but has never killed at deer. Lucky A!

Happy belated birthday to the three! (you can see I am trying to catch up here!)