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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8 months

Milestones: Emilia is crawling now (since 29 weeks), army style!! Emmy was the last baby (by over a month) to roll over. Now she’s the only one who crawls. William is the biggest hugger, really gripping and clinging, insisting to be held all day long (he switched with Jackson, typical). Jason finally admits that it seems like all 3 babies say, “mama.” All babies hold their bottles, but William is by far the best. The boys each have 6 teeth (the same six, of course), and Emilia has 2 teeth. All babies weight about 20 lbs (oh, the back pain)….

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7 months

Milestones: Emilia is practically crawling. She does an army crawl/roll that gets her all over the house. She has a  strong focus and determination with objects – she sees them, goes towards them, manipulates them, explores, and conquers. She understands commands like “hands up” and, “come to mommy.” It seems like William “talks.” Jackson still holds my attention most frequently. So, onto the sign language. Anything that promotes communication between me and the babies makes me feel so much closer to them. I’m back in school full time, meaning I’m teaching undergrads (3 sections), running 2 research studies, and taking…

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Personality – 27 weeks

Personality: I hate to dub their personalities already, but there’s no denying the differences among babies. At the moment, Jackson could be described as the ring leader. He’s the reason wake times, meals, and naps begin. Every single morning, Jackson shouts to get up, stirring me and the other two (who would otherwise wait patiently). Everyone knows how Jackson feels; he yells whereas the others “talk.” His needs and desires are undoubtable. People often describe him as “bossy.” I never say a word about his personality to helpers, but everyone eventually says, “Boy, that Jackson…” as in, “He’s really loud and…

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26 weeks

Milestones: Emilia rolled back to front AND front to back. William rolled back to front (I found him in the crib on his tummy). The boys mastered sitting, and Emmy does well, too, but she eventually falls over whereas the boys won’t. I’ve seen Jackson lie on the boppie before pulling himself into a sitting position. We’re still suffering from Daylight Saving Time. My only hope is for the next one to come around and fix it! They’re acting like “triplets.” If one starts crying, the other two look over in curiosity and start as well, for no apparent reason….

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6 months

Milestones this week: Jackson rolled back to front and cut 2 teeth! Emmy stands, and stands…and stands. She never wants to sit. Everyone eats about 6 ounces of solids a day: organic rice, veggies, and fruit. I’m patient, so if it takes and hour to get through a jar of peas, so be it. Like formula, organic baby food is extremely expensive. Because we’re not decreasing their formula intake, we’re adding another whooping $150.00 a month to our bills, bringing the grand total to $550.00/month for the babies’ FOOD ALONE. Of course, our food bills are on the high side…

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Interview with a Working Triplet Mom

Triplet mom, Meri Raffetto, is my inspiration. Since her babies’ conception (now 2 years old), she’s published 3 books. Her third book, The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies®, just hit the shelves. The book launch party is Nov. 30th, in San Diego. I interviewed Meri to find out how she takes care of triplets while working from home. ME: When did you start and finish your first book, Glycemic Index Diet for Dummies? MERI: I started right after I got pregnant with the triplets, and finished before they were born. It was rough, as I was on bedrest for the…

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