Reminiscing on a year gone by…

People say the first year, or months, or whatever, you forget. I disagree; I remember the details. More than anything, I remember the feelings. The struggles… We were possibly the most clueless parents ever. Another baby prior would’ve kept us busier, but I think it would’ve been easier, especially if our children were planned, or we had prior experience with babies. Or a nanny. Or family here. It would have helped if I hadn’t been entering my 2nd year in a PhD program, too… Learning it all for the first time with 3 was…ahem…difficult. I would never change the fact that my…

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1 year!

Milestones: All babies walk, only rarely crawling. Emilia and Jackson say “Mama” all day long. For their birthday, we did 2 nights on Coronado island, across the street from the Hotel Del Coronado. It was our first time away for more than 3 hours. They did extremely well, and slept 9-10 hours each night. Naps were tougher, but they happened. Please check out our photos to see the first year pics! A Few Hiccups: The Coronado Beach Resort said they would provide 3 cribs, and so I booked the room. I called early the morning of our arrival (confirmed: 3…

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11.5 Months

Milestones: Jackson: Barely crawls anymore. Opens the screen door (standing) to let himself in and out, with a step included. Sometimes runs. Chases me around the house, yelling, “Mama!!” Very much a mama’s boy. Emmy: Crawls as much as she walks. Thoughtfully moves objects to help her get from one place to the next. Methodical and slow, she’s the only one who figured out how to climb up objects, like the couch. I had to move the indoor slide outside because around 10 months she was climbing it and sliding down. Forceful in her expression of displeasure, but totally adorable….

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11 months

Milestones: Emilia and Jackson both took 3 steps. William has taken maybe 2. The babies cruise like crazy, and it seems they would rather walk than crawl. Today, William climbed on a chair, and I nearly had a panic attack. I was playing with the babies on the floor, only a couple feet away and didn’t notice. Right then, I moved most of the furniture into the guest bedroom. I put the coffee table, rocking chair and dining room chairs in there.  Afterwards, I found him on the couch. I don’t think I’m going to like the climbing stage… Still,…

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10 months

Milestones: Emilia is on the verge of walking. She gets around the house holding on to things, and can take a step by herself and also stand a bit before falling. I think if I had more time to spend with her alone, she would be walking by now. My older sister was also a very early walker – 9 months. After that, my mom discouraged me from walking too soon…haha! William and Jackson also pull themselves up, and William cruises almost as well as Emilia. All 3 can go from standing to sitting. This is a great recent development…

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9 months

Milestones: All babies started holding their bottles independently w/o props last month. Everyone is down to 2 naps and 3 bottles a day. Emilia is the most curious baby. William loves people, and to be held; when you pick him up, he attaches himself to you like a tick. Jackson has the best…lungs. All babies are crawling. Emilia and William pull themselves up on everything. A typical shift looks like this: bottle + solids, lasting about an hour. After cleanup, babies start cruising. Jackson mostly sits unassisted while chewing on various toys, and either he or William insist I hold them…

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