Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Baskets, 2 Egg Hunts & Decorating Eggs!

 Jace
Jaeli
 Maysie
 Makenna
 Makenna & Maysie playing instead of decorating eggs!
 Jaeli
 Maysie
 Makenna
 Jace
 Jaeli
 Maysie
 Makenna
 Easter egg hunt!
 Jace
 Jaeli
 Maysie
Makenna

Sensitive Skin...

 Maysie scratched Jaeli's eye the other day, she cried about it all day long and I had no clue what to do for her. The next day she was fine...thank goodness!
 Maysie and Makenna ate some ranch and got it all over thier face. After I wiped it away, they both broke out majorly. I don't think they are allergic to it, they eat it often. The same thing  happened with ketchup too and many other foods that get on their face. I am assuming they just have sensitive skin. Something to discuss with the doctor at their 3 year check up.

Just wanted to add this picture in...Aunt Jarilyn came home for Easter and painted their nails for them again. It was a good thing too...cause it was coming off from last time!

My Time Has Come...

Well, I have been dreading this day for a long time. In less than 2 weeks, I will no longer be a Stay At Home Mom, I will now be a Full-Time Working Mom. I think I finally found a job I can make a career out of and look forward to each day.

It is time. We need to be financially stable to take care of our family, and that consists of Josh and I both working. I could have taken a part-time job or found something to do from home; however, it would have kept us right at the border line of being stable. I, we, want to live comfortably and be able to provide our kids everything we can without struggling.

For almost three years, I have been able to spend the majority of my time with the girls, and the last 15 months with Jace. I feel so blessed to have been able to do this. A lot of mothers never get this chance. There have been days I have wanted so badly to go back to working full-time because my patience with them was tested every day, minute by minute. And then there were days I felt so lucky to be home with them, cherishing every moment. Overall, I think I will be a better mom to them because I will have more patience with them since I will only see them a couple hours a day during the week, and cherish it so much more than I do now. I have NEVER been a patient person, and having triplets, you HAVE TO BE patient. I learned it over time, as well as developing a little OCD! I have become extremely organized and am the best multi-tasker ever! I think being a mom of triplets plus one has taught me things I can use during my time away while working and help me become more successful. If I had more patience than I do now and could deal with the struggles better, I think this would be an even harder decision. Some moms are better being stay at home moms and some are better moms being full time working moms. I honestly think I will be a better mom to them becoming a full time working mom.

I am so sad to be leaving the kids each day, but I know they will be in good hands with Daddy and their Grandma's. It makes it a little better knowing they wont be in daycare all day long. In a year or two, I plan on putting them in pre-school to have interaction with other kids their age and Jace, maybe daycare once or twice a week. This will be good for them. And then around age 5 or 6 they will start full-day kindergarten. So my time with them would be cut short anyways. A great opportunity became available, so why not take it now. Who knows what the future would bring. As daddy says...live for the present.

I am so looking forward to having a career I can really enjoy and put my experience and skills to use. And most of all, I am looking forward to changing LESS poopy diapers, not having to deal with tantrums constantly and being able to have adult conversations daily. I am excited about my new position and think I will do well with the company. I have a great support system and I know it will all work itself out.

I will miss my babies and probably have lots of tears, me and them, during the first week or two. Overtime, we will all adjust and get back into a steady schedule and routine.

The one thing I will miss the most and I highly suggest to my fellow multiples moms to do if you can, is the one-on-one time I had with the kids. My mom watched three of the kids a couple days a week while I took one home with me and we spent those two days together, just them and me. They LOVED that attention, having me to themselves, and their dad. They always looked forward to it. I am so blessed we were able to do this and it is going to be hard knowing I wont be able to do this very often. We are going to try with shopping trips or other trips out to rotate taking one with us, but it wont be the same.

Overall, I think this is the best decision for our family and I am looking forward to my new career.

Thank you to my wonderful husband for giving me the chance to spend the last three years with the kids and taking on more responsibility now so I can go back to work full-time. You are the greatest husband I could ask for and I feel very blessed to have you.

Thank you to my parents for being such a huge support to us and helping us through these last three years. We could not have done it without you. I am so grateful the kids get to spend so much time with you guys and develop great relationships with you that will have an impact on them the rest of their lives.

Thank you to Josh's parents for always being here when we need you, as well as being a great support system. You have helped us in so many ways, more than you will ever know. The kids truly love spending time with you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I Feel Like I Have Quads!

Look at that face...so guilty!
Not sure which one, Maysie or Jaeli... but she was screaming for him to get off of her head! He was just laughing and laughing. I was too! It's so funny that he is starting to fight back and pick on them just as much as they pick on him. Every day he does something new to fit right in with his three big sisters. Oh am I in for it!
And in this picture, I believe he is biting one of the girls. He is just doing what they do. I have caught him hitting them on occasion as well.
 Jace was not feeling well one day last week and refused to sit in his chair to eat, he was only happy if Grandpa was holding him. He even refused to let me hold him! So long as he ate something, I let him. He sure knows how to get what he wants!
He just had to do what Maysie was doing and joined in on the stickers. He actually put them on the board and did not eat them. He had a little trouble, but enjoyed doing it with Maysie's help. She was a good big sister! It is only a matter of time before he will doing everything they do.

Grandpa!

 This is so funny, she was jumping over and over to Grandpa J off the side of the couch. I think they both were having way too much fun! Of course the others joined in, but they could not jump nearly as good as Makenna!
Grandpa's babies! They love to pretend they are babies. And this day they all just had to sit in grandpa's lap so he could feed them like he does Jace a couple nights a week.

Love Our Sisters!

 Maysie pretending to be Jaeli's baby!
If only they could play this nice ALL THE TIME!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sleepy Girl Makenna!

As I have said before, this is what happens when we don't get a nap for a few days! She first fell asleep in daddy's lap and he moved her to the bean bag to give the others a bath. She never opened her eyes!
She has been talking like crazy lately! She is such a big girl, growing up way to fast. The other two are right behind her, their words are not as clear as hers. They try, soon they will catch on I think. Today I told her she was my baby, she says "No, I am Makenna Anne, mommy. Jace is your baby." I thought that was so cute! She comes up with the cutest phrases, she makes me laugh every day with the things she says!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jaeli Eye Doctor Apt. and the Park!







Jaeli and I went to the Eye Doctor today and spent some one-on-one time together. And I was right, she did not do as well as Maysie and Makenna. They were not able to measure her eyes like the other girls. But she did let them look at them. Doc said she is fine and they don't need to see any of them until age 5! Yeah! I do need to take Jace in at age 3 just to check him out. I only took the girls at age 18 mths and 2.5 years old cause they were preemies. If I see anything I am worried about, then I am to take them in, even Jace. Hopefully wont have to though!

She then went over to my Sister In Laws house with me for an hour and we took a walk to the park. She really loved it! We need to take them ALL to the park more often. She went down the slides lots! She only stayed on the swing for a few minutes and then off to find another slide! She had a really good time. And went right to bed when we got home!

Yes...they killed it.


Jaeli caught it and brought it to me... a dead fly. It was alive about 2 minutes before that, they all three got all excited and started chasing it. Next thing I knew...it was dead!

Yum!

 I love it when they take a really good, cute picture. They are even holding hands!
Makenna's yummy chicken nugget, green bean sandwich!
 Waiting for the "Makenna Monster" to get them! This is a game they play often, they take turns being the monster. Speaking of monsters... they refuse to sit at the table now unless the hall way light is on cause they don't want the monster to get them! They also wont go in the hallway unless the light is on now! No clue why they started that. We joke about monsters all the time, sometimes they take it seriously!

Who needs a chiropractor when you got 8 little feet to do the job!

The kids LOVE to jump on daddy's back, they usually fight who gets to go on and push each other off. Daddy loves it too...well...until they stab him in the ribs with their tiny toes or step where... it hurts!

Playing outside in the sun all day!





The girls had a blast at both Grandma's houses last weekend. They played outside at Grandma J's for a few hours on Sunday. We loaded them up with sun screen about 3 x afraid they were getting fried cause their faces were beat red and sweating like crazy! But the next day they just had a little more color to them and no burns! They did really good, listened well and left Grandpa, daddy and their uncles alone while they worked on a shed. Now Jace ... he was a handful! He was not happy I made him sit in the high chair and play most of the time. He just gets into everything and anything. There was so much for him to get into, I just couldn't keep running after him. Grandma and Daddy were watching the girls, helping with shed and making dinner. So that left me with Jace...and I can't be in the sun for long cause of a medicine I am on, so our options were limited. Oh this summer is going to be so much fun with him. Hopefully he will start listening better soon...but he is at that age where he wants to explore everything and TEST me as much as he can. Should be fun with the girls though, I think they are going to have a good summer!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

On A Rainy Day...

 Jaeli geting out of the fun ball! Jace had a blast in it this time cause he could go in it by himslef and not get hurt by his sisters being in it too. He LOVED going around and around and around the basement!
 Bubbles are so much fun! And in the basement, they wont hurt our freshly painted walls...just got to keep them directed away from the pool table!
 Jace thinking about taking a ride on the bike.
 Jace playing with Grandpa's cane of all things!
 Jaeli getting ready to cruise the basement.
 Makenna going for a ride!
Maysie taking a stroll around the basement, still too short to use the pedals though.

It was raining the other day and Josh had the day off work, so he wanted to play with the kids in the basement. I did not have it baby-proofed yet since I am working on painting the stairs, only took me about 30 minutes or so and it was ready. This was the first time they got to play down there without a bunch of people here! They seemed to have a lot of fun, there was still some fighting over the toys, but for the most part, they had a good time. I had to bribe them with "medicine" (apple juice for mak and jae and miralax with apple juice for maysie) to get them to come up stairs for dinner. But hey, it worked! They had a good time and it gives us a place to take them.... on occasion when we are both home with them. Grandpa Jack also helped. It was much needed when the girls all wanted us to push them in their cars at the same time!