Saturday, July 31, 2010

7 Months

Here are the professional pics we got back..... the photographer was Sarah Swanson and she did a great job! Here are her two websites.

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Friday, July 30, 2010


What a happy day it is today! Dan, Josie, and I all went to the GI doc and he went through his list of criteria of whether he thinks we should take it out. Josie met all the criteria and he just knew we wanted it out! It was a very quick procedure and it only hurt for a couple of minutes. The rest of the day she was her good ol' self! Woohoo!!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer Heat!

Hey everyone! As I'm writing this, it is a steamy 86 degrees in our house- ahh! Our AC is broken and today is just a hot one! Where's Lake Superior when we need it? Actually, our neighbor has a pool and they invited us over tonight. Dan, Pete, the girls, and I all took a little dip. The girls didn't know what to think at first but seemed to like it after a bit. The water wasn't cold so it wasn't as big of a shock as it could have been.

This past Sunday, Dan and I thought it was the right day for the girls' first trip to the zoo. It was a really hot day and it was super crowded, so we made it a short trip. It was fun! I had Sofia in a Baby Bjorn, Dan had Josie, and Madeline was in the stroller. Madeline slept through the whole thing, but Sofia and Josie stayed awake. There's no way they saw the lions as they were just laying in the sun 50 yards away, but they did see the seals and the fish. One seal was swimming under the water and when it appeared out of the water suddenly, Sofia and Josie startled! We were right in front of the aquarium and the fish were bright and fast so those were easy to see.

Dan with two of the girls.

Sofia and Me.

Sofia is over 12 pounds (12 lbs 2 1/2 oz) and she caught up to her sisters in the back to tummy rolling game (they all rolled the other way a while ago)! It took Deb and I all day yesterday to actually catch her rolling; in the morning I found her on her tummy in the crib! Finally I saw her do it! YAY! She's been eating well and is getting even more social. She is just a riot to watch, especially in the Einstein exersaucer. We get the biggest laughing fits from her and her sisters; the other day I barked pretending to be Odin and she thought it was hilarious. I am so in love with this age!

Madeline is a rock star eater of course and is now the biggest at 13 lbs 8 oz. If I leave the room for one second, she is basically across the room when I come back! She rolls and pivots to get places, but she is getting closer to crawling. She loves to wiggle whenever I try to change her diaper or put clothes on her.

Josie is just a happy baby! She is now 13 lbs 4 1/2 oz but doesn't really look smaller than Madeline. She is just as social as the other two and matches Madeline with her rolling and moving. This Friday, we have an appointment with the GI doctor to talk about when we can take the G-tube OUT! I hope it can be soon because we don't use it at all and are confident she won't in the future. We need to get rid of it before she pulls it out herself! (Scary!) I'll have to update when I hear more!

We decided to try out solids! They aren't fully accepting it yet, but we will keep trying! Of course we don't want to push it, but they seem pretty open to trying it.

Here's Madeline, who decided she wanted to feed herself!
Sofia is saying "are you crazy!?"
I love the look on Josie's face. Ahh, oh well!

I'll end with this cute pic from my parents. Hope everyone enjoys/survives the summer heat!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Long Update!

Where do I even begin? It's been awhile since I last updated because I've been up north! Dan and I left for Dan's family's cabin (which is north of Duluth) on the Saturday morning before Independence Day. They were contently awake almost the entire ride. They started to fuss a little the last half hour. No biggie.

The cabin up north was a lot of fun- tons of family around to help! Never had so many baby-holders! Lara, Charlie, Dane and Peter drove all the way from Detroit, so we finally got to meet little (NOT) Peter. He is definitely bigger than Sofia but his hands and feet are crazy huge next to our girls! It was also weird being around a newborn again because we had to remember to support the head and of course he slept much of the time. Sometimes I miss the girls' ability to sleep whenever and wherever. Our girls will have so much fun at future reunions with their cousins Dane and Peter (Dane will totally be the ring leader and instigator!)

Peter and the girls posing... he fits right in size-wise! (L to R Josie, Madeline, Peter, Sofia)
Ring leader of the cousins, Dane! Cutie pie!!
The girls in their 4th of July outfits (thanks, Mary and Dave!) (L to R Josie, Madeline, Sofia)

A side story from the cabin: look at what we found attached to our little Sofia!!
Yes, that is a deer tick. Neither Dan nor I have even seen a deer tick let alone have one attached to us! Our poor little girl! We've been looking out for the tell-tale bulls eye to signify Lyme's Disease. We learned from an infectious disease doc that it would show up within days of being attached so I think we're in the clear. Also, we learned that it would need to be attached for at least 24 hours and I don't think Sofia was even close to that. Phew!!!!

Since Peter was to be baptized a week after July 4th, I decided to just stay in Duluth so we didn't have to make that trip two weekends in a row (Dan went home to Roseville). I loaded up the girls and their GEAR (whoa, the Yukon helped us out there) and drove to Duluth from the cabin on the Tuesday after the 4th. My biggest mistake was to leave during "witching" hour. Oh my goodness, they bawled bloody murder the whole hour-long trip! Hearing three babies wail and knowing there's nothing really I could do is super hard. It is so tempting to pull over and try to calm them down, but really it is delaying inevitably putting them back in the dreaded car seat! Anyways, I made it with three babies safe and sound to my parent's house in Duluth. That was the longest hour ever!

Hanging around my parent's house that week was nice and relaxing. We took a lot of walks and enjoyed the beautiful weather on their deck. My parents even babysat so I could go out to lunch with Lara. If the car ride was the slowest hour, that was the fastest! It was so nice to just sit and enjoy a meal!

My dad with Madeline on their deck.

Play time! (L to R Josie, Madeline, Sofia)
Uh-oh, I think Josie wants Maddie's toy!
Josie and Sofia playing at my parent's house.
Sofia and I at Brighton Beach in Duluth, a gorgeous rocky beach.

The crew at the beach- feeding time!
The Baptism for Peter was very nice and I'm glad we were there! Actually, the girls were so good and we even fed them during the service! I have to include a picture of Dan's grandparents and all of their great-grandchildren!
Last minute, I decided to just stay in Duluth another week because Dan had to be out of town for work. Why not? I love Duluth in the summer- no better place to be! I packed up my stuff from my parents house to Dan's parent's house since my parents were off to their cabin. I had a great week. Deb and I hung out during the day, taking some nice walks. We even made it to the board walk!

Madeline doesn't seem to love being caught in the middle!

The girls are working on sitting alone. Could Sofia be any cuter?

I think we can say they officially discovered their feet! (Madeline)

One of those rare moments when all three nap at the same time (sometimes it's fun when they share a crib)!

Daddy missed his girls!! Here he is feeding Josie.
Traveling home from Duluth was a big production this past Friday morning, but I survived. I had a lot of help from Deb packing up everything. Luckily, Dan's aunt, Mary was able to come over once I arrived in Roseville to help unload and feed. What would I do without all the help? Duluth was beautiful and fun but it's always nice to get back home. Hope everyone is doing well and congrats if you made it through this long post!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Babies are doing great! I am having so much fun up in Duluth I might stay another week! Crazy me! I found out Dan has to travel the whole upcoming work week, so I thought I might as well just stay in Duluth. I will have a long update with pictures when I get home unless I find a computer cord here that fits my camera! I just had to everyone out there that I didn't forget you!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Well, Hello There!

They just wanted to say hello! (Sofia, Madeline, Josie)