S: Your First Year
FC: Your First Year
1: Before you were conceived, we were a happy family of three. Your dad and I taught full-time while Jackson thrived in daycare. We tried to have another baby for a year without any success. We wanted nothing more than to have a second child. We never expected to have a third and fourth, too!
2: After feeling very queasy on Thanksgiving, I took a pregnancy test on Black Friday (Nov. 23, 2012). I was only 3.5 weeks along, but the test immediately revealed a dark line. Our first ultrasound was scheduled a few weeks later on Dec. 10. At exactly six weeks, we were hoping for a heartbeat.
3: The ultrasound technician said, "You got a lot of bang for your buck." She then showed us three heartbeats. I screamed and told her to count again. Your dad turned ghostly white. My OB talked to us about selective reduction and the complications of a triplet pregnancy. We were scared and excited.
4: After announcing our exciting news to friends and family, we were eager to find out the sex. Ideally, we wanted a boy and two girls, so each of you could have a brother and a sister. We were elated to find out the sexes at exactly 15 weeks on Feb. 11.
5: Madeline Lucinda, named after the book character and your PaPa's mother | James Presley, named after your Grandpa and Elvis | Amelia Caroline, named after book character and your MiMi's mother
6: Making Room | for Multiples
7: We had so much to do to prepare for your arrival! Friends and family gave us swings, cribs, clothes, toys, bouncers, diapers, Bumbos, play mats, car seats, and more. We had three baby showers. On Memorial Day weekend we finished the nursery and bought a van.
8: Baby Bump
9: I alternated MFM and OB visits every week.By 24 weeks, I was already measuring 40 weeks. I started teaching half days at 24 weeks and stopped working at 32 weeks. At 36 weeks, my fundal height was 60 cm. You were each estimated to weigh over 5.5 lbs.
10: My c-section was scheduled for 37 weeks on Monday, July 15. James and Amelia did not require any assistance. Maddie went into respiratory distress and required resuscitation. Each of you were able to breastfeed in the recovery room within 30 minutes of delivery. No NICU was needed!
13: James Presley Time: 1:47 p.m. Weight: 6 lbs, 12 oz Length: 20.5 inches | Amelia Caroline Time: 1:48 p.m. Weight: 6 lbs, 2 oz Length: 20 inches | Madeline Lucinda Time: 1:49 p.m. Weight: 5 lbs, 9 oz Length: 18 inches
15: Highlights from the Hospital Each of you breastfed without any problems. We had a birthday party for you when you were a few hours old with 15 family members, cake, and gifts from Jackson. We had lots of visitors, including random hospital staff that wanted to see the triplets. | Concerns from the Hospital James-failed the hearing test Amelia-borderline jaundice, also checked blood sugar due to random shakes Maddie-lost over 10% of her body weight due to reflux, also found a heart murmur (PDA) and was referred to cardiologist
16: Newborn Photo Shoot by Amy Parsons
18: Surviving the early weeks required a lot of multi-tasking! Since you were born in the summer, your dad was home until you were 4 weeks old. Even with two adults, y'all still outnumbered us! | Jackson had a hard time adjusting. He tried to pick you up, crawl over you, and change your diaper. He was a very proud big brother! He showed everyone pictures of you and gave kisses.
20: Eat: 4 oz of expressed milk at 9 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm, 2 am and 6 am Activity: swings, bouncers, tummy time on play mats, walks in stroller or wagon Sleep: 10:30-noon, 1:30-3 pm, 4:30-6 pm, 9 pm-2 am, 2:30-6 am, 6:30-9 am Milestones: social smiles, lift head, turn in response to voice | 2
22: James is always smiling. He is so easy going and happy. | Amelia is very intense and has earned the nickname "Diva". | Maddie continues to struggle with reflux despite taking Prevacid | James can lift up to his arms during tummy time and pull at toys on the bouncer. | Amelia is either crying bloody murder or being super silly. | Maddie sees a chiropractor for torticollis. Her fists always remain clenched.
26: Your first Robinson Family Beach Trip was Nov. 8-10. This was the first time you touched sand, saw the ocean, swam in a pool, and went on an overnight trip. You were happiest swimming in the water and sleeping.
28: Sibling Love | Favorite hobby: stealing siblings' pacifiers | 4
29: Amelia Weight: 12 lbs Length: 24.75" -Given steroid cream for chronic diaper rash. -Monitored flat head to determine need for helmet. | James Weight: 13.5 lbs Length: 25.75" -Reaching all milestones, no concerns -Had poor reaction to first round of vaccines | Madeline Weight: 9 lbs Length: 23.75" -Concerned about weight gain, given formula to supplement with -Prescriptions for Prevacid and steroid cream | Four Month Well Check
30: You were baptized by Pastor Brad Busiek at Newell Pres. Church on Sunday, Dec. 22. Extended family attended the service, then lunch at our house. You each wore family outfits that had been passed down.
31: 5 | Eat: 5 oz of expressed milk at 8 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 6 pm, 8:30 pm, and one middle of the night feed Activity: swings, bouncers, floor time on play mats, walks in stroller or wagon, Bumbo, exersaucer Sleep: 10-11:30, 3-4:30 pm, 9 pm-2 am, 2:30-6 am, 8:30 pm-8 am (waking once to eat) Milestones: laughs, babbles, rolls (James & Amelia), pulls at objects
32: Christmas morning | Sitting on Santa's lap | Gifts from family | First ornament
33: Merry Christmas from the Harwood Family.
34: Introducing Solids | Dec. 30- 5.5 Months Old
35: James weighed 15 lbs, 7 oz. Amelia weighed 14 lbs, 9 oz. Maddie weighed 11 lbs. Maddie referred to neurologist and Early Intervention. | 6
36: February Highlights
37: Superhero Party (Levi's 4th Birthday) | First Snow | Fire Station Tour | Valentine's Day Cards
38: 7 Months Old Schedule 5 am- 5 oz bottle, sleep 8:30 am- wake up, play 9 am- 6 oz bottle 10 am-12 oz baby food 10:30 am-nap in crib 12:30 pm-wake up 1 pm-6 oz bottle 1:30 pm-fruit, cheerios 3:30 pm-nap in crib 5 pm-wake, 6 oz bottle 6 pm-8 oz baby food 9 pm-6 oz bottle, sleep | 7
39: 8 Month Development James: holds his own bottle, sits up unassisted Amelia-holds her bottles, army crawls Maddie-holds her bottle, feeds herself dry food, qualified for Early Intervention Services (weekly physical therapy) | 8
40: Amelia crawls! | Maddie starts PT. | All three sit unassisted. | First trip to zoo. | APRIL
42: Challenges Double Ear Infections Stomach Virus Teething Sleep Regression
43: James Weight: 17 lbs, 6 oz Height: 2'5" | Amelia Weight: 16 lbs, 11 oz Height: 2'3" | Maddie Weight: 13 lbs, 5 oz Height: 2'2" | 9
44: 10 Month Schedule 7 am-Wake up 6 oz bottle* in crib 8 am-fruit cup, oatmeal 10 am-nap in crib 11:30 am-6 oz bottle 1 pm-quesadilla, leftovers 3 pm-nap 4:30 pm-6 oz bottle 5 pm-table food 7 pm-6 oz bottle, sleep *All bottles are now formula. | 10
45: James crawls, pulls up to stand, drinks from sippy cup, has 2 teeth, feeds himself finger foods | Maddie crawls 2-3 paces, moves from laying down to sitting, has 2 teeth, feeds herself finger foods | Amelia crawls, pulls up to knees, feeds herself finger foods, still no teeth | 11
46: Boone Trip June 2014
48: James: 21 lbs, 15 oz; 2'6" -pulls up to stand, cruises, crawls, claps Amelia: 20 lbs, 9 oz; 2'5" -pulls up to stand, crawls, waves, first tooth Madeline: 17 lbs, 4 oz, 2'4" -pulls up to knees, crawls with leg extended | 12
51: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!