Sunday, January 26, 2014

Gaining Independence

We've all grown up a bit in the last week, reaching new milestones and overcoming fears. In birth order:

Jackson is reaching major big boy status!  His preschool teacher confirmed that he is "100% potty trained".  He hasn't had any accidents in several weeks.  He even woke up at 3 a.m. the other night to use the bathroom.

Equally exciting, Jackson is back in his own bed the entire night.  This is a huge accomplishment as his sleep patterns have been interrupted ever since we brought the trio home.  Jesse and I exhaustedly gave in and would let him climb into bed with us, which evolved into him starting the night out in our bed.  Those days are gone, with minimal crying.

James and Amelia are loving the exersaucers and johnny jump ups.  The bumbo is only a quick fix nowadays as they both arch their backs and reach near standing positions.

These two are also wearing 6-9 month clothes.  Jesse spent the whole afternoon going through the closet and updating the babies bins with current sizes. 

I'm afraid sweet Maddie will always stay a few steps behind.  She has done a complete 180 with tummy time and rolling over, which is huge progress for her. 

The big news for all three is that all babies are sleeping swaddle free.  The first few nights
without swaddles resulted in frequent wakings, but they've all returned to their normal sleep patterns. 

I've also challenged myself with two things I've never done before that I was always nervous to do.  The first is bathing all three babies at the same time.  Another triplet mom gave the tip to lay towels down on the bathroom floor, undress the babies, fill the tub with 1-2 inches of warm water, and bathe all three.  It is SO much faster!  I didn't feel like I was able to clean them as effectively without submerging them in water, though.

The other challenge I overcame was getting out of the house using the mammoth quad stroller.  It ended up being quite the saga, which deserves a post unto itself. 

I am so proud of our little family and each of the steps the children are taking in becoming more independent.

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