The sweet gift of sleep!

Well, our girls are FINALLY sleeping in stretches of five, six, seven and last night eight hours!!!  We cannot believe it.  But, I will tell you that our minds and bodies feel alot better this week because of it.  We have noticed the girls are getting tired a lot earlier so we have tried to implement some type of routine.  After their last feeding around 7:30-8 or so, we put jammies on and go into the “crib room” and turn the Ipod on with sweet baby music, the projector on the ceiling with fun fishy things, turn the fan up a little bit and start the soothing, rocking and a little bit of frustrated crying…the babies that is 😉  They are doing amazing. That’s Miss Avery in the top pic!

The first few nights, we both woke up thinking they would wake up.  I woke up one morning early and said to Bryan, “Oh my gosh, we forgot to feed them.”  He said, “We did feed them and they have been asleep ever since.”  We have been used to having babies who really do not like to sleep much.  This makes for very, very tired parents.  It really goes to show you how premies have an adjustment period.  Now, at almost six months, four months adjusted, they are doing amazing things everyday that just melt our hearts and blow our minds! (Camdyn – left)

Aside from sleep, they are movin’ and groovin’ all over the place!  Here is a funny pic when I found Emily rolling under the glider and peaking out at me in the playroom (right).  They also are drooling ALOT.  We tend to soak our outfits just from sticking our hands in our mouths. Oh, and also sisters’ hands and feets sometimes which is funny.  Avery is the strongest and love to have you hold her (all the time if you could) on her feet. She makes the funny face like she is startled. She makes a big “O” with her mouth that cracks me up. And then she laughs…I love that part.  Camdyn is the type that smiles with her entire face! It is one of my most favorite things about her.  And, Emily is a hoot as you can tell.  She is still our lil Sprite and always has a look like she is up to something to this day….

Here are a few darling (I might say 🙂 ) pics of the girls. I can’t believe they are almost six months old! Time flies…Around makes me sad 😦 But they are beautiful and perfect.

 Avery and Camdyn in the Bumbos

 Emily Ray

  Camdyn Lea

 Avery Lynn

My little Rolly Pollies! – 21 weeks

I have been told that I have not blogged in a while, so now that it took me almost an hour to get all the girls down for a nap….here goes.

MILESTONES UPDATE

In the past two weeks it has been a little crazy.  The girls are finally over the little colds and coughs and so am I.  Could have been a lot rougher but we survived.  It was worse that are AC went out, probably with everyone else in the Midwest right now!  We stayed two nights with my in-laws so it was not so bad to have some extra help and extra loving on the girls 🙂  They actually slept pretty well those nights so that was a relief.  The heat has been depressing because I can’t get out with them for walks or anywhere lately.

It is almost like a switch turned on over night!  The girls have gone from being these little stationary things to wildly rolling all over the place!!  At 18 weeks, all three girls were rolling from tummy to their backs.  Now, they just roll back and forth, back and forth – back to tummy and tummy to back.  It is amazing to see how quickly they are developing.  Emily is my little acrobat.  She rolls the most. I joke to say she may be my little cheerleading flyer!  Camdyn is right behind her rolling away and Avery is developing quicker in other ways.  Avery is stronger in her head control and in her legs. She may be the cheerleader who is the strong side base. Haha. She loves it when you hold her hands and stand her on her feet and say, “Big Girl!!!”  She smiles as if she does know she is a big girl 🙂

The girls are also sticking their hands in their mouths alot and drooling!  I am hoping this does not mean they are teething. I hear that some babies just drool a lot, so I hope that is the case for a while.

They are stretching out their nights a little longer.  Not all night and sometimes the first stretch is not the longest, but at least three-four hour stretches which is great.  We are not swaddling like burritos anymore. Still using those little sleepy sacks for comfort.  They are so precious when you see how they comfort themselves. They all have these little positions they slept in.  Each of them does it every night to a “T.” Almost like a sleeping trademark.  I have read a lot of books about sleeping and crying it out or CIO as they use on Mommy Blogs.  I feel pretty strongly. As premies who were not ready for this world, I feel they will sleep through the night on their own time.  They have progressed so well and I don’t feel like pushing it.  Just months ago we were not sleeping at all and now we only get up roughly once a night which is awesome.  I feel like if they are crying at night they are hungry because they are still growing girls so I am not a big proponant of the whole cry it out when they are still so small.

Other fun things that the girls love is when you play Patty Cake with their arms and always do the OSU fight song!  I love to go…OOOOOOOOO….SSSSSSS…..UUUUUUU COWBOYS.  They giggle most of the time when we do that!! So cute.

OUTTING TO SEE SOME OLE’ FRIENDS AT OERB

We went today for an outting to see my buddies at OERB.  For those of you who don’t know, I used to work at OERB until I had the girls.  Best workplace in the world! If I could have balanced it all I would have stayed.  Wonderful gals…and guys..in that office.  Last time I took the girls they slept most of the time so they were easily holdable. (If that is a word).  This time I took away two things…One, they are starting to recognize new people and get a little cranky at first and two – it was the first time I felt they knew I was Mommy and felt soothed by me holding them until they were sure.  Sounds silly but sometimes you wonder with new little ones if they really know you.  But, I think they do now!  Thank you girlies for making time for us today.  I miss you guys a lot!

REFLECTION FROM A PARENT OF MULTIPLES

I have people all the time that ask me, “How is it going,” “Is it getting better,” “How do you do it.”  To reflect on those questions I have to say, “Going good, getting better, and…you just do and you don’t think about it.”  It probably is a blessing we had the girls as our first.  I don’t know how I would do this with any more children in my life.  Each day gets a little better as in you know what to expect so it makes things less stressful.  But, like my friend with darling twin girls said, “It gets easier in some ways and “interesting” in others.  She is very right.  The “interesting” in parenthesis can mean good ways and bad ways in my opinion but is a polite way of just putting it out there. Haha.

Our lives have changed so much in such a short time we have just held on to one another for deal life and enjoyed the ride.  Next month, Bryan and I will celebrate our second wedding anniversary.  Yes I said…SECOND.  How in the world do you get three kiddos out of two years of marriage?  Duh…  But in all seriousness this experience has blessed us and tested us and we would not have it any other way.

Hope this blog will suffice until we have more to share!

Triple the love,

Stephanie

 Camdyn – Five Months

 Avery – Five Months

 Emily – Five Months

Happy 4th from the Coy girls! Red, White and Ha-Chooo!


Our little family unfortunately celebrated the fourth inside all day. One, its too hot for babies outside! Two, several of us are under the weather. Both Camdyn and Emily have a cold and a little cough. We took Emily to the after hours clinic on Saturday along with myself to get checked out. Fortunately, her lungs are clear and there really is not much we can do for them besides steamy showers, humidifer and using saline drops and the aspirator. I am going to call our regular pediatrician tomorrow to see if she recommends anything. For being sickly, they have still been really happy. And…sleeping well! They slept five hours straight and of course Bryan and I did not anticipate they would wake up. But, I am glad they are getting the hang of sleeping longer.

Even with colds and coughs, they still were very patriotic! I can’t believe they will be five months on the 12th. Time is flying by!

Emily at 19 weeks –

Camdyn at 19 weeks

Avery at 19 weeks