If you’re anything like me (and I know you are), you have squirreled away keepsakes for someday, when you finally find time and/or brilliant ideas.
In reality, most of that stuff will stay in boxes until we die and leave it to the next generation to look over and wonder what to do with something that was obviously important enough to save.
Anyhow, I finally got around to doing something with at least part of the keepsakes I saved from the months Toby, Eleanor and Callista spent in NICU. They were born the week of Thanksgiving, so we were still there for Christmas. They wore their first hats (tiny little things that are even too small for most baby dolls) for weeks until a kind Twitter follower mailed us three Christmas hats she had made for ETC.
I had hoped to put these hats plus their first pacifiers and hospital bracelets in three acrylic ornaments that come apart for easy filling, but last minute shopping left me with traditional glass ornaments that limited what I could fit through the small opening – a hat and the Baby 1/2/3 bracelet that matches each hat. Maybe someday (ha! SEE?) I’ll do what I really want, but for now, I’m so excited to have such a special set of ornaments to add to our tree.
Christmas in the NICU (or any hospital stay, for that matter), is far from ideal, but we made the most of it. Despite all the sadness, stress and chaos of ETC’s first Christmas, it was still our first, and it will always be special.
The "balance beams" were the highlight of our hike. Rob said, "I guess we need a balance beam in the backyard, huh?"
Whew! So I'm NOT a shitty mother because I fantasize about joining the YMCA for $80/month & a potential 2 hours a day of included childcare. Reading this was suck a relief!
I'm going to try to get in a few pages while co-piloting our mini road trip to Crowder's Mountain State Park today. Thanks for the rec, @lauracase! #amreading #westillread #wsrbooksof2014
Elsa in watercolor. Callista said she painted Elsa's hands blue because she's wearing her gloves still. ☺️
I need to get out of the dollar spot.
New Dollar Spot find!
until I tried to take a cuddling photo.
I got some quality post-nap cuddles today ...
One of my favorite ETC apps of all time - Letter School. Toby has gotten to Level 2, so the completed (shaded) letters now show what he actually drew. Proud mama!
Checkup day! ETC have been similarly sized & consistently staggered since their start, so I'm not sure why numbers like these are a surprise each time. Eleanor leapfrogged past Toby (she's not the peanut anymore!), though T did make a move up the WHO char
Kids & cats - what is it about cramming into tiny boxes? Meow!
Vomit. One victim, two occurrences, & ETC’s well check is in the morning. Ha!
I've done it! I've spent an obscene amount of money at Starbucks this year! ✨☕️
Callista, Toby, Eleanor! I'm impressed with those who were right! #tbt #triplets
Three years & a lifetime ago. I know who's who - do you? #tbt #triplets
Seasoned ground beef + shredded cheese + crescent rolls = homemade hot pockets. I sometimes come up with good ideas.
Quick blanket/yogurt break. It's sunny, but it isn't exactly warm! Don't tell ETC that. They're in denial - shivers & all! "Mom, this is FUN!!!!"