Friday, September 28, 2012

Life Emerges from the Drain




     We have a double sink in the kitchen. I only use one side of the sink, the one with the disposal. It doesn't make sense to me to rinse the dishes on the other side and catch the gunk in the drain cover and then have to empty it out. It seems like an unnecessary second step. I am pretty busy taking care of the babies so I try to simplify. Apparently, I really neglect the second sink. I did a double take when I saw something peeking out of the drain from the corner of my eye. Upon closer inspection, I realized a seedling had sprouted and was growing up around the drain cover! I could barely believe my eyes. Greg was pretty surprised too when I showed him.



 


       I was amazed by the miracle of life that could grow up through a drain from a fallen seed. Greg asked me if I wanted him to throw it out. "Throw it out," I exclaimed, "No!"   So, he placed it in a cup of water for the night and the next morning the seedling, which had an impressive array of roots perked up in the cup.



 



     I gathered some recycled soil and moisture beads and made a new home for the seedling. I cannot wait to find out what kind of plant it becomes.




 
 
 
     I plan to show the stages of the plant's growth to the babies.  They are too young to be impressed by the seedling sprouting from the drain, but they will enjoy counting the emerging leaves and giving it a drink of water.  What has been happening with your family?  I would love to hear from you.  As always, comments are welcome.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday





Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 
 
 
     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 where each week creative blogs add links to posts about arts, crafts and play activities for children.  I will get things started with a paper plate and wild rice jack-o-lantern craft that I did with the babies.  Then, please add your links.
 
You will need:
Large sturdy Paper plate
orange tempera paint
paint brush
scissors
green construction paper
wild rice (or white rice died black)
white glue
 
     Have your children paint the paper plate  turned upside down orange.  This can be done one day ahead which spreads the project fun into two days.  Once the plate is dry, trim around the edges (cutting off most of the rim) leaving a small tab sticking up to glue on the stem.  Cut a stem from the green construction paper.  Older children can do this.  Have them glue the stem onto the pumpkin where the tab is sticking up for support. Draw the jack-o-lantern face with white glue and have your children sprinkle on the wild rice.  Gently shake off the excess rice.  Once dry, the jack-o-lanterns look cute along with the pulled cotton ghosts on the mantle for festive fall decor.  Our babies proudly point to their ghosts and jack-o-lanterns on the mantle which makes me smile.
 
Finished Jack-o-lantern
 
 

Grayson loved to dip his brush in the paint
 

and Ryder liked to look at the orange paint all over his brush and fingers.
 
 


Xayden concentrated on sprinkling the wild rice
 
 

and Capri loved every part of the process.
 
 
 
     Now it is your turn.  Please add links directly to your arts, crafts and play posts (so that everyone can find them later).  It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button (html code above) to your linked posts (or a text link) so that your readers can come over and enjoy all of the great ideas.  Feel free to pin any of the posts you enjoy or you can pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can return when  you have time and see all the great ideas in one place.  Feel free to leave comments.  I enjoy reading each and every one.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  enjoy.  
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Playing with a Parachute

    


     All four babies are in speech, physical therapy, Early Intervention and occupational therapy at home once or twice a week.  We want to make sure that they are on track with their developmental milestones and opted to get an early start.  Their Early Intervention therapist brought a parachute and their speech therapist, physical therapist and Early Intervention specialist worked with them using the parachute.  The parachute is used to give them a different sensory experience with the bright colors and the feeling of wind as it rises and falls.  The babies held onto it and helped bounce balls and beanbag animals in the center as it went up and down.


Xayden loved the parachute right from the start
 
 

and enjoyed the feeling as it rose above his head.
 
 

Ryder enjoyed playing with a beanbag animal on the top of the parachute
 
 
 

but was not so sure about sitting underneath it.
 
 

Capri's hair stood on end as the parachute flew above her head.
 
 

Grayson was frightened at first
 


but grew to enjoy the experience.
 
 
     It is great that the babies have the opportunity to be exposed to so many new experiences.  I appreciate having the therapists there as resources.  They are extra pairs of eyes that catch things I may not have noticed and they share wonderful ideas of activities to try with the babies.  Have you done parachute play with your kids?  I would love to hear your stories and ideas.  As always, comments are welcome.
 
 
     


Monday, September 24, 2012

Multiples Monday

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     Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3 where each week blogs about multiples share links to their posts so that we can join them on their adventures.  In case you missed last week's post, here is a recap.  Kristin from Just Breathe Mama gave us an amazing photo story on what mattered most in her week. Samantha of the Cherry Pie Twins showed us some cute photos of her twins as they started gymnastics classes. Mom of 4 Va  gave us some great ideas for children's snacks and shared a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies. Paige of Our Quadruplet Story shared her progress at 26 weeks of pregnancy. Rebecca from a Beautiful Ruckus, the Ishum Quads, shared a difficult week where many things went wrong and told us about her faith which helped her through it all.

     Beth of Pickles in my Tea & in my Soup shared wonderful photos of her children and took us along as they picked apples to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Pam of Pyjammy's Triplets shared some wonderful photos of her identical triplet boys where their expressions are priceless. Stephanie of the McCleary Quadruplets shared her children's love of football.  They even know which positions they would like to play. Christi from 4 Pears shared her menu for the week and included some great recipes that we can all try. Mum of 5 to Be of 2 + 3 Makes 5 shared wonderful photos of her triplets from  hospital to home. Kara from Well Read shared a story of a male acquaintance who gave her advice on stretch mark prevention when she was pregnant with her triplets and her views on stretch marks (and his advice) now. Kerry from Multiples Mummy was a regular on Multiples Monday until she suffered a brain aneurism a few months ago and she continues to be hospitalized.  Her husband posts about her progress  and she has recently shown some signs of improvement, though it is a long road ahead.  If you have a chance, it would be great to leave supportive comments for their family.

     I look forward to catching up with all of the families with multiples this week.  If you have a blog about multiples, please add a link directly to your post (so that everyone can find it later).  It would be great if you would grab the Multiples Monday button (html code above) and add it (or a text link) to your linked post so that your readers can come over and enjoy the party.  Feel free to comment on any of the blogs that link up today, or as always, I love to read your comments right here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Forty Tiny Toes




      It has been a rough week with the babies who have battled temperatures above one hundred and four degrees.  Capri was walking like someone who was intoxicated as her temperature climbed.  We have memories of her getting a virus last Thanksgiving which knocked her out for months.  Our giggling girl was only seen in fleeting glimpses and her developmental progress slowed in those months.  We have fears of that happening again as her body fights the latest infection.  All four babies have coughs and runny noses and I have also come down with a milder version of this illness.  In physical therapy, I asked about Ryder's walk sounding like the clomping feet of a horse and his therapist suspects one leg is longer than the other and said we will need to keep an eye on that.  That seemed to be another thing added to our list.  The babies have all been tired and cranky and have cried like it is the end of the world when any small thing did not go as they imagined. I have been feeling tired too and decided to take a break on the computer after they went down for their naps.

     I came across a blog in someones blog list with the title, Thirty Tiny Toes.  I thought to myself, "This must be a blog about triplets.  I will have to check it out."  So, I clicked on the link and was faced with a blog post titled, "3 Month Angelversary."  I read along until I got to the point where she said, "I miss my babies so much."  My heart stopped as I realized she meant that her babies had died.  Denial kicked in as I thought, "No, it could not have been all three," only to read further and find out that they did indeed lose all three of their babies. My eyes welled up with tears and I had difficulty reading any further.  Her babies did not have the flu or runny noses; they were gone.  My babies were asleep upstairs. 



     I read many of her posts as she discussed how she should be tired from sleepless nights up with her triplets and should have a house full of toys and gear.  Instead, she is faced with returning to work as a teacher not knowing what her students and colleagues will say.  I often leave blog post comments and usually my Google account is linked or my blog is linked to the comment.  I could not imagine leaving her a comment with a link to my Google account with the name "Multiples Mom.'  I am sure that is the last thing she would want to see.  So I left her this comment:

"I just read your story and I am in tears. I cannot imagine the strength you need to get through each day. The sunset pictures are beautiful. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I had multiple miscarriages which was excruciating but that does not compare to looking into your children's eyes and holding their hands and then losing them.
     It was signed, "Anonymous." Reading her blog put our issues into perspective.  The quad stroller broke.  Our kids are sick.  Ryder may have one leg longer than the other.  And the list goes on.  Our babies have forty tiny fingers and forty tiny toes and they are here.   We recite "this little piggy went to market" as we wash those toes.  We hold their hands as they learn to climb the stairs.  We read them stories and sing songs each night.  We have four babies to hug and to hold.  Not everyone has a happy ending to their fertility journey.  I think I had forgotten that, because our sorrows ended in joy.  Her story hit me hard and reminded me to count our blessings every day.   I did not complain about my pregnancy and I never took it for granted because we lost so many babies.  Morning sickness was a blessing that meant I was still pregnant.   I have been jolted to remember that every day with our babies watching them grow is an honor and a privilege that not everyone has. I would love to hear your thoughts.  As always, comments are welcome.



 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday





Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 
 
 

     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 where each week creative blogs add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can access their wonderful ideas.  I will get things started with a craft I did with the babies and then, please add your links.  The babies made ghosts from pulled cotton.
 
You will need:
cotton balls
white glue
one paper plate per ghost
scissors
a pen for drawing the ghost
black construction paper
 
Draw a free form ghost onto a paper plate and cut it out.  Have your children pull apart the balls of cotton to make them fluffy.  Put the glue on the ghost shape for toddlers or older children can do that part themselves.  Have your children attach the pulled cotton to their ghost.  Cut out eyes and a mouth from the black construction paper and add glue to the back.  Your children can stick the eyes and mouth onto their ghosts.
 
A finished ghost
 
 

Ryder was fascinated by how easily the cotton pulled apart
 

and Capri just loved to pull the cotton.
 
 

Xayden enjoyed putting the cotton onto his ghost
 
 

while Grayson savored putting on the finishing touches.
 
 
     Now it is your turn.  Please add links directly to your posts so that everyone can find them later. It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button to your linked posts (or a text link) so that  your readers can come over and enjoy the party.  Add as many arts, crafts and play posts as you like.  If you have children in your life, sit back and enjoy all of the great ideas linked here.  Feel free to pin posts you like or you can always pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can come back when you have time and see all the great ideas at once.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.
 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Farewell to the Quad Stroller


     We decided to beat the heat and take the babies to the coast.  It was about an hour's drive there and another half hour to find parking.  Then we were ready to go to a nearby festival.  We were ready that is until Greg took out the quad stroller from the minivan and opened it up.  Snap!  One of the plastic pieces irreparably broke rendering the stroller useless.  Four toddlers who are not great walkers and no stroller meant we had to come up with a plan B fast.  I thought perhaps we could get a new discount double stroller, a baby backpack and an umbrella stroller and still enjoy the day.  So, thanks to Katie from In This Moment, I knew that Target had a shopping cart with seating for three so that we could make it through the store.  Katie and Target were our heroes in this Quad stroller catastrophe.

    We went to Target and, sure enough, there was the triple shopping cart.  Greg brought it over and we put three of the babies in the seats and one in the main part of the cart.  Ryder is our best walker so we figured he could walk holding my hand if need be.  We went to the stroller section and, voila, there was a lightweight discount double stroller which was super compact.  We decided just to get two as these would be lifesavers with our car space issues.  We put one stroller underneath the cart and one inside.  Ryder walked to make room for the strollers and he sounded like a miniature horse as he stomped through the store.  Two new twin strollers in hand, our day was not over.  We were able to enjoy the cool weather and stay out until temperatures cooled down at home.


Triple Shopping Cart to the rescue
 
 
     I am still not sure how to manage a solo trip to Target as I don't know if one of these amazing carts would be available. I'm not sure how to safely get the babies over to the shopping cart area.  One challenge that I face with four is that I am often homebound because it is hard to go anywhere safely with them. We have one other quad stroller that is so heavy I cannot lift it in and out of the car.  But, I am not giving up hope.  I would love some suggestions.  If you have ideas about how I can get the babies to the shopping cart area safely, I would appreciate that.  As always, comments are welcome.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Multiples Monday

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     Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3 where each week blogs about multiples add links to their posts so that we can join them on their adventures.  In case you missed it last week, here is a recap.  Stephanie of the McCleary Quadruplets told us about how she prepared for her first consignment sale. Mom of 4 Va gave us some great tips on the "Art of the Play Date." Katie of In This Moment took us on a fun photo journey as they moved into their new house. Beth of Pickles in my Tea & in my Soup shared some wonderful recent photos of her children. Kristin of Just Breathe Mama encouraged us to reflect on what mattered most to us in the past week. Bret and Heather of the Cox Quads educated us about how to protect our kids from RSV.
 
     Emily of the Tale of the Little Dilbatos shared some hilarious photos of her kids in the kitchen. Samantha of the Cherry Pie Twins encouraged an interesting discussion about Suri's Burn Book. Christi of 4 Pears showed us the adorable monster hats she crocheted for her twins this year. Paige of Our Quadruplet Story shared the progress in her pregnancy and the great news that she passed her glucose tolerance test. Rebecca of a Beautiful Ruckus, the Ishum Quads gave us a great tutorial on how to make personalized tee shirts for your family. Olusola of My Twintopia gave us some great ideas of chores that toddlers love to do. I am adding links to updates for Kerry, a regular on Multiples Monday, each week.  Kerry's husband from Multiple Mummy gave us an update on her progress as she battles several infections in the hospital.
 
     Now it is time to find out what all of the wonderful families with multiples have been up to this week.  If you have a blog about multiples, please add a link directly to one or more of your posts (so that everyone can find it later).  It would be great if you would add the Multiples Monday Button (html code above) to your linked post (or a text link) so that your readers can come over and enjoy the party.  Feel free to leave comments on any of the blogs that link up today or, as always, I love to hear from you right here.  Have an amazing week.
 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tofu for Toddlers



    A while ago, I received a great suggestion from a Mom about how to prepare tofu for toddlers using crushed graham crackers as a breading.  I tried it right away and have been making variations of it ever since.  I have used freeze dried fruit, graham crackers and different varieties of crackers.  I heat the tofu briefly in the microwave before breading it to take the chill off.  I found that if it is too warm though, the breading will not adhere.  Tofu is such a great source of  protein, is easy to prepare, and they love it. 

Breaded Tofu and Fresh Berries



Cut the tofu into cubes.
 
 

Crush your topping and shake in a plastic bag.   It's that easy.
 
 

Grayson savored his tofu
 
 

while Xayden devoured an especially large bite.
 
 

Capri tasted her tofu
 
 

while Ryder ate his with a sense of mirth.
 
 
     This is now my 'go to' recipe for a fast and healthy source of protein for the babies.  Even if you are not a tofu fan yourself, you may want to try it on your toddlers.  What are your 'go to' recipes for your kids?  I would love to hear from  you.  As always, comments are welcome.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday





Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 
 

     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3, where each week blogs add links to posts about arts, crafts and play activities for children. I will get it started with a play activity I did with the babies. Then, please add your links.  We have a large Mr. Potato Head that is filled with smaller potato heads and their parts. I used the parts from the larger potato head to make Mr. Watermelon Head. I poked the pieces into the watermelon and when that was not enough I used a toothpick to make the holes. It was so much fun to see the babies interact with Mr. Watermelon Head as if he was a real person. They smiled and waved at him and then enjoyed taking off the parts and putting them back in.


Mr Watermelon Head
  

Grayson focused on attaching his nose


and Ryder attached his ears.


Capri gave him a dazzling smile while she reached for his hat.



Xayden had a personal conversation with Mr. Watermelon Head



and then they bonded while wearing the same sunglasses.


     Now it is your turn.  Please add links directly to your arts, crafts and play posts (so that everyone can find them later).  It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button (html above) to your linked post (or a text link) so that your readers can come over and join in. If you have children in your life, sit back, relax and enjoy all of the wonderful ideas shared here.  Feel free to pin individual posts or pin Artsy Play Wednesday to have access to all of the great ideas at once.  Feel free to leave comments.  I always enjoy reading them.  It is now time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Riding in the Cart

    

     We recently took all four babies to the store.  I pushed the shopping cart while Greg pushed the quad stroller.  The babies had never sat in a shopping cart before and were so excited when they each took turns riding in the cart.  It got me thinking that this is a normal day to day experience for kids who are born one at a time.  It is an impossibility when I am alone with four.  When I take them to the store, I push the quad stroller and carry a hand cart in one hand. I pick up only a few items that I am able to carry while pushing over one hundred pounds of baby plus the weight of the stroller. I cannot interact with them the way I can if they are facing me in the shopping cart.  Greg and I decided that when he goes to the store, he will take one baby each time so that they can have that one on one time and the experience of riding in the cart.

     Ryder, Capri and Grayson had all had a turn with Daddy and it was Xayden's turn.  I had given all of the babies a bath and put their pajamas on before Greg got home.  He hesitated when he saw Xayden in his jammies and said he would feel funny taking him out in his pajamas.   I assured him that no one would care if a toddler wore pajamas to the store at night.   Greg decided to put something over his pajamas.  He picked a pair of overalls that did not match and we had a good laugh that he felt better taking him out in a mismatched outfit than his pajamas.


Are you really going to take me outside wearing this?
 

Well...no one is stopping me, so I guess I will try the door.
 
 

Yes!  I get to go out with Daddy.
 
 
     Luckily, the door is still Xayden proof and he had to wait for Daddy to open it.  They went out and had a wonderful time at the grocery store and the hardware store.  Xayden could not stop smiling as he pointed at things from his special seat in the shopping cart. We will continue to find ways to spend one on one time with the babies.  The sparkle in their eyes and the smiles on their faces make routine trips to the store anything but routine.  Do you have one on one time out in the community with your children?  I would love to hear from you. As always, comments are welcome.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Multiples Monday

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     Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3 where each week blogs about multiples add links to recent or beloved posts about their families.  I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Grandparents' Day yesterday.  I enjoyed reading all of the fun posts last week.  In case you missed it, here is a recap. Stephanie of the McCleary Quadruplets shared their family tradition of going to the park to enjoy the river and watch the trains.  Samantha from Cherry Pie Twins gave us a sneak preview of adorable photos from a photo shoot of the twins. Kristin of Just Breathe Mama shared the joys and challenges of raising triplets. Beth of Pickles in my Tea & in my Soup brought us into the world of her twins at eleven weeks as they grow and change with their loving big sister. Olusola of My Twintopia gave us some wonderful tips about how to brush a toddler's teeth.  

     Rebecca of A Beautiful Ruckus, the Ishum Quads, took us with her family as they enjoyed their first meal out together. Greg posted in Our Quad Story and told us about Paige's progress with her pregnancy and their milestone of reaching 24 weeks.  Congratulations to their family!   Kami Shea of 4 Little Lambes took us on a journey to see all of the fun things their family did this summer, complete with adorable photos. As of the writing of this post, there were no new updates on Kerry (a regular on Multiples Monday) from Multiple Mummy.  As of last week, she continues to fight after suffering a brain aneurism several weeks ago.  If you have a moment, her husband posts a picture of one of their kids each Sunday for Silent Sunday.  Any comments lending emotional support to their family would be great. 

     If you have a blog about multiples, please post a link directly to one of your posts (so that everyone can find it later).   I look forward to catching up with all of the great families.  If you have never linked before to your posts about multiples, please join in.  Feel free to leave comments on any of the blogs that link up today or I always enjoy reading your comments right here.  Have an amazing week.
     
 
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