Family Summer 14

Family Summer 14

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Look Back, and a Look to the Future

As I look back on 2014 I see a year filled with many new adventures:
  • The girls first day at Montessori
  • Attempting to potty training a boy (they want to stand! Eek!)
  • My first time actually eating sushi (and liking it!)
  • SCUBA diving in Jamaica (and LOVING IT!)
  • Swimming with the dolphins
  • ”Single parenting” for a week while Si was out of town on business
  • The kiddos trying crab legs for the first time (check that – hoovering 2 lbs of crab legs)
But it was also a year full of endings….
  • My last nursing session with Hudson
  • The girls last day at their preschool down the street, and the loss of new friends
  • Our last ladies night in our neighborhood (after several awesome neighbors moved away)
  • Selling the girls cribs, Hudson’s baby clothes, bottles, and toys
  • The realization that I will probably never have another itty bitty baby of my own to snuggle, nurse, or wake up to at 3 AM.
“The ending of an era, and the turning of a page” as Tim McGraw would say…

So what is my focus for 2015? 
I saw a blog post a couple of years ago (when I still had the time to read blogs daily) where the writer chose a word or two to focus on for the upcoming New Year.  I think it’s a great idea, and I’ve decided to take on the challenge.  My word for 2015 is JOY.  I am going to make it my mission in 2015 to find JOY not only in the things I do, but especially within my interactions with my children.
Like any parent, I get frustrated with my feisty, often back-talking 4 year olds, and it keeps me from focusing on the good that they bring to my life.  It is amazing to see the world through the eyes of a child.  Christmas was a great example of that.  Oh how their eyes lit up when they met Santa and again Christmas morning when they opened their gifts – AMAZING! 
This year I intend to focus on understanding my children, their needs and aspirations, and try to harness the JOY that they bring me each day.  It’s difficult to parent toddlers and preschoolers.  I know it is.  But truthfully it’s not going to be anything compared to parenting teenagers.  I am not looking forward to that one bit.  I can truly see the importance of shaping and reinforcing now the behaviors I want them to display in the future, while I still can. 
To be perfectly honest, changing their behavior means checking my own behavior at the door before trying to correct theirs.  I have this habit of yelling at my kiddos when they aren’t listening.  Sound familiar?  Yelling at my children doesn’t stop them from yelling, or make them listen to what I am saying.  Instead, it shows them that it is okay to yell when they are upset, and it may even show them a “scary” side of mommy.  That’s not how I want my kids to see me.  I want them to see me as someone they can trust, someone they can talk to about anything, someone they can bring their concerns to. Not someone who is going to yell at them or blow them off because I am frustrated, busy doing something else, or don’t care what they have to tell me (for the 7th time today). 

I hope to show my children more patience.  And I hope to be able to spend time with them while they still want to spend time with me.  I know my time is growing short to be able to spend good old fashioned quality time with my kids.  They will soon be introduced to the world of school, commitments, and ultimately other kids.  I want to make sure my kids really know that I love them and want to be with them and think they are great! It shouldn’t be too hard of a goal to reach, right?

Here’s to 2015!
What is your word (or words) for 2015?  Why did you choose it?
Until next time –

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Me oh my - look who is 2!!!

"Baby" Hudson turned 2 about a week ago.  Seriously, I think he is going to be "Baby" forever.  I've tried to tell him that he's my "big boy" but he wants absolutely nothing to do with that.  Nope, he's my "baby" (secretly don't mind a bit!) and the girls still refer to his as "Baby", so I think the name just might stick for a while! Poor kid.  He will be walking around kindergarden still being called "Baby"....

We were just in for our 2 year checkup on Monday, and his stats crack me up. He is big for a boy, but smaller than the girls were at 2 years old - a full inch shorter and about 3.5 lbs lighter!  This should be fun when they get older....hopefully he has a chance to outgrow his sisters sometime....otherwise it's hard to justify telling him not to hit his sisters when they tower over him;-).

Anyhow, on to Hudson's 2 year stats:
Height - 36 inches - 90th percentile
Weight - 31 lbs, 2 oz - 83rd percentile
Head Circumfrence - 47.5 cm - 71st percentile
Diaper size - 4, size 5 at night.
Clothes size - 24 month and 2T

Just for comparison purposes the girls were:
Height - 37" (99th percentile)
Weight - 34lbs 7 oz, and 34 lbs 14 oz (99th percentile)
Diaper size - 5
Clothes size - 3T

I continue to be amazed by how much different boys are than girls.  Mr H is so affectionate and lovey with me, I just love it.  He is still nursing first thing in the morning and before bed, and I'm having such a hard time weaning him.  Not only does he love to nurse, and not only do I love the time, but he really doesn't like milk so I don't think he would  be getting his necessary calcium if he wasn't nursing.  Si and I are taking a 10 year anniversary trip back to Jamaica later this summer though and we will be gone for a week, so he will need to wean sometime soon.  He's just my baby.....and I don't know that I'm ready to wean either! I'd love to have my body back, but.....

As usual, there's lots going on here.  The girls are doing Splish Splash summer camp this week at their new Montessori, and they are loving it.  I'm so never know what the response will be to an all new situation and location.  I'm thrilled they are enjoying it.  They also don't seem to mind that they are going to school/camp everyday.  They are getting upset that Hudson is getting to do fun stuff with the nanny while they are at school, but they would still rather go to school, so that's a definite WIN in my book!

Okay, I've got to be boring you with my rambling.  So thrilled summer is here, and I hope you guys are outside enjoying it just as much as we are here!

Until next time -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pictures, Preschool, and we are SO ready for Spring!

I have SO many blog posts in my head....seriously.  I just don't have enough hours in the day.  I don't think I ever posted the updates and changes that were going on in the Hollibaugh household last year (read, excuses for not being a good blogger), I'm such a slacker!

As if it isn't busy enough working full time with two 3 year olds and an almost 2 year old, I also felt it necessary last September to start working on my Master's (Healthcare Operations Management), and help start up yet ANOTHER 501c3 organization - Nebraska Multiples Organization (NeMO) - an amazing support, outreach, and social venue in Nebraska for parents of twins, triplets, and higher order multiples!  It's seriously insane.  I have simply had no time to blog, but I have needed to SO badly!

Let's start with PICTURES! We did a Valentine's mini-session with one of our favorite photographers, Samantha Lupo.  The girls look so sweet and Hudson looks so grown up (ahhh!)!!!

Preschool - 
We started the girls in preschool down the street on February 1st.  They seemed bored, and were acting out for my dad when he watched them.  They seemed to be okay for the nanny, but I figured it was time to get them a little more structure, so we gave it a try.  We just signed them up for a Tuesday/Thursday morning program. They LOVE it! Next year we just decided that they will be doing a 4 day a week, AM only, Montessori program. Holy expensive.  But you know, this is the foundation for the rest of their lives, so I think this is the right decision.  Or at least I HOPE it is the right decision.  I guess we will find out, won't we? =)

And I leave you with this....although it has been a very cold winter here in Nebraska, we haven't had much moisture.  The kids are so excited for Spring! At the first sign of rain the other day they couldn't wait to run outside in their Rainwear and their umbrellas and play in the rain!!!  So fun!!!

I hope you all are doing well, and I sincerely hope I will have the time to blog more often.  I did so well when the girls were little, and I hope to get back to it!  It's the little diary of the kiddos lives, and I need to make sure that at the very least the important moments are documented!

So...until next time (and seriously people, bug me if it's been more than a month and I haven't posted!!!!),


Thursday, December 26, 2013

18 months old!

Growing, growing, growing!

Hudson is now a bright, inquisitive, fun-loving 18 month old! His preferred mode of transportation is either running or hopping while chirping "ribbit" and beaming at everyone in sight.  He learns at warp speed from his sisters, and wants to be doing absolutely everything that Olivia and Brianna are doing, at exactly the same time, much to their dismay.

He knows many words, far more than would be expected for a child his age, seemingly another benefit to being the youngest child.  He loves to snuggle and loves to play, and really just hang out with his mommy all day.  He is my little man, no doubt about it.  He still loves to nurse and snuggle, and ride around in his wrap close to mommy when we shop at the store.  Mommies little peanut indeed =).

He continues to follow the Hollibaugh growth chart, to no great surprise, landing in the 90+ percentiles for both height and weight. He is still sporting size 4 diapers, and 18-24 month clothing.  He seems to have leaned out quite a bit, but surprisingly he's still in the same size clothes. His favorite foods continue to be eggs, spaghetti, string cheese, teddy grahams, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes....who am I kidding, this kid loves ALL food! Well, except sweet potatoes...he got that from his daddy and gramz!

Loving this peanut more every day!

Happy 18 months little man!

Until next time -

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Two Butterflies (ahem...Ladybugs) and a Bumblebee...

We are bugs for Halloween this year! Last year the girls were cupcakes and Hudson was a monkey and they all had a blast.  This year I figured the girls would want to be princesses or something "cool" like that with their tutu fascination, but they were more than THRILLED to be Butterflies (pretty sure they are ladybug costumes, but whatevs).  And Hudson rounds out the bug mix with a perfect bumblebee...complete with stinger on the tail end! LOL!

There are two trunk or treat events right down the street from our house, so we made sure to have plenty of candy and non-candy offerings at our house this year (usually we get all of 12-20 trick or treaters total).  If you stop by you will have your choice of candy, play dough, glow braclets, mini balls, or erasers.  It's been quite the challenge keeping the kids out of the Halloween bowl...they want it all and don't understand why we are giving it away to our!  They will figure it out once we start trick or treating...they were practicing what to say all night last night. =)

What are your kiddos for Halloween this year? 

Happy Halloween!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Our Pump It Up 3rd Birthday Party!

What could be more fun than twenty 2-4 year olds bouncing the morning away at Pump It Up on a Husker Football off week?  Um...nothing of course!

The girls had a blast with all of their friends and even sang Happy Birthday to themselves twice!

The girls had an absolute blast.  Not that you can tell in at that pouty face on Livvy!

Now, I do have a question to all of those mommas out there about birthday gifts if you'd be willing to share your process.....

Here's the deal.  We went to one of our triplets friends birthday parties a couple of  years ago, and the momma very specifically asked that people not bring presents.  She stated "your presence is the best present".  I couldn't agree more, and we've made that statement at each of the girl's parties since.  As such, we never talk about or open presents at the actual birthday event (although every time at least half of the attendees do bring gifts). I guess my question is, what should I do after the girls open their presents at home?  Should we be sending thank you notes to everyone who gave a gift? Is it uncouth to do nothing?  I've only sent thank you's once, and I feel like if this is the process we are following with gifts that we should be sending thank you's every time.  What is your process with gifts?  Do you open them at the party?  After?  Send thank yous?  Not?

Hope you all are have a great weekend!

Until next time -

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Look who's THREE!

Yep, you guessed it! We've survived yet another year of twin chaos and continue to feel incredibly blessed with the life we have been given.  Today Oliva and Brianna turned 3.  THREE!!! AHHH! They've learned their ABC's and 123's, have successfully potty trained, have gained a whole lot of spunk, love to dabble in creativity, and spend most of their time making sure mom and dad stay on their toes!

Let's go down memory lane for a moment, shall we?

Year 1 they spent hitting major milestones...first foods, first tooth(s), first steps.  We thought that we had the whole situation under control.  Yeah, right!

Year 2 they figured out how to walk, and walking turned into running.  Mom and dad spent most of this year figuring out how to take care of two MOBILE toddlers, and how to incorporate another little one into our already chaotic family dynamic.

Year 3 they have spent learning...learning how to love, learning how to share, learning how to care about not only one another, but for those around them. They grew flowers, tomatoes, and peppers in the garden. They drew lots and lots of pictures, and told their first stories. They learned how to be creative, they love reading books, and they starting asking the question "why" about absolutely everyone and everything =). They love to watch Caillou, Super Why, the Bee Movie, and Finding Nemo.  They think is amazing and want to play on it constantly.  They really are growing up!

We continue to show distinct differences as well, of course:

Olivia - Age 3
  • Can tell you one heck of a story! She will just start talking, and talk, and talk....
  • Loves to draw with chalk 
  • Has a relatively short attention span and likes to jump between multiple activities at once (hmm...a multitasker in training?)
  • Loves Mac and Cheese
  • Very caring....loves her little brother, and loves taking care of her "babies"

Brianna - Age 3
  • Walks to the beat of her own drum....doesn't care what anyone else thinks about her or what she is doing
  • Loves to color, paint, play with stickers, and do anything creative, and can sit for 45 minutes or more working on one activity.
  • Loves "chocolate cereal", yogurt, mac and cheese, and PB&J
  • Not a huge fan of her little brother....prefers to have her stuff, her way, and doesn't like to share with Mr. H =)
So that's the shout out for the day...Happy Birthday to our sweet girls! We love you more and more each day and feel so blessed that we have been given the opportunity to be your parents! Life wouldn't be the same without you!!!  Here's to another year =).

Until next time -