Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Little Q & A

I (Shannon) have noticed lately that we seem to get the same questions about the kiddies when we meet new folks and visit with friends. I thought it would be fun to answer some of them here on the blog. Here are a few common ones and their answers:

Q: Is your house a circus?
A: Surprisingly, no. During the day, our little apartment is quiet and peaceful. I keep the windows open and the music playing, and I really enjoy being home with the kids. How is this possible? Simple - we have three VERY easy babies. They rarely cry, they sleep well, and they wait their turn for feedings and being held. I don't know why they are like this - maybe God is just being gracious with us - but I sure am grateful!

Q: How do you decide who to take care of first?
A: The rule in our home is, "He (or she) who asks shall receive." So, basically, whichever baby I hear talking in the morning first gets fed first. Poor Avery usually gets fed last because she is infinitely patient. Really, she almost never cries. It's a good thing, too, because she has a terribly heartbreaking little feminine cry. Tom and I are both suckers for her, which is going to be a problem, I think.

Avery is a sweet girl.

Q: What do you do if they all cry at the same time?
A: Take a video. Because it almost never happens. Then I take care of them in order of who is crying loudest. They stop crying as soon as you give them whatever they need (I'm not kidding about them being easy), and that usually only takes a few minutes. So we don't have too much crying around here.

Grayson crying.

Q: What's the hardest thing about having triplets?
A: Keeping them healthy. Our little family is a walking biohazard. I don't think that we have all been perfectly healthy since they came home; it seems like we always have some kind of sickness or infection. Preemies are especially susceptible to illness, so I am constantly trying to find a balance between quarantining the babies and having some sort of social life. It's a work in progress. And it's a good thing that we have a fantastic doctor - we practically see her every week!

The saddest picture. Ever. Graham has to do breathing treatments this week for a cough.
Daddy tells him he looks like a fighter pilot.
Also, he's wearing his sister's bib - don't tell.

Q: Do triplets run in your family?
A: Not yet. They're still working on crawling. Just kidding - no. These are the first on either side.

Q: Do you have family in town to help you?
A: Yes and No. We don't have our parents in town, unfortunately, but we do have our church family. There are some things that you just can't do on your own. When tough situations come up our faithful friends from church have stepped in to help us. Shortly after the babies came home Grayson and Avery had to be hospitalized for two days for a skin infection. It was terrible and scary. Six different people from church took shifts caring for Graham at our home, even spending the night with him, so that Tom and I could stay with Gray and Ave. Our kids are five months old now, and we still have friends bringing us a meal once a week and babysitting for us once a month. I don't know how we'd pull off our life without them.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thank You

Shannon and I after Matt and Joy gave us the gift.

Dear Friends and Family,

Some of you know that a group of our close friends from Church in the Valley recently organized a fundraiser for our triplets. They wanted to help with cost of formula and diapers and called the fundraiser "Feed 3G" (see the link for the website: Well, several nights ago our good friends Matt and Joy gave us the gift from this fundraiser. All we could say is "Wow."

Shannon and I were completely floored. We're humbled by your generosity and so very grateful for your kindness to our family. It's been a very expensive year for us, and this gift comes at an incredibly helpful time. It alleviates the financial strain, and it literally does help feed "3G." Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We take this gift, and your generosity, very seriously. We recognize the trust you've placed in us by donating this money, and we're committed to faithfully using this gift to help take care of our family.

The donations on the WePay website were anonymous and we're not able to individually thank everyone. If you donated, we can't express our gratefulness enough. We thank God for your generosity, we appreciate your kindness, and we love you guys.

Thank you again.

With Love,

Thomas and Shannon

Sunday, December 18, 2011

All Smiles

All three of our triplets have started to smile. It's such a joy to see!

Graham smiling and looking at Shannon. They smile at her so much!

Grayson being a ham and again, smiling at his mom.

Shan texted this picture to me while I was at work. It made my day. Avery girl smiling at Mom.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Luckiest Man Alive

I took this last night as Shan was holding Avery and Graham (Gray was already asleep in his crib after his feed.) I thank God for moments like these with my family.

We've really loved getting to see more and more of the babies' personalities over the past few weeks. Avery seems to be uber relational, and any time there's someone remotely close to her she locks on to them with a laser-focused stare (in this case you can see it was Shan :) She could win any staring contest hands-down!

The boys on the other hand, well, they seem less concerned with relationships and more interested in food! Shan captured it best when she said, "Gray isn't interested in his siblings because they aren't edible!"

It may be years away, but I'm already looking forward to Double-Double Saturdays with them at In 'n Out :)

Friday, November 25, 2011


Yesterday was our first Thanksgiving with the triplets, and it marked the first time we took them out of the house for anything other than a doctors appointment. We had a great time with our friends Nathan and Tina, Matt and Joy, Tim and Traci, and Brenda.

With the exception of a full-blown triple baby meltdown when getting into the car seats, the kids did great! We've always been big fans of Thanksgiving, but this year was a special one. We're thankful to have our children home and healthy, and looking forward to many holidays to come - triple meltdowns and all.

From left to right: Graham, Grayson, and Avery. (11/24/11)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


We thought we'd add a few pictures of the babies' nursery. Enjoy!

Avery sleeps on the left, Grayson in the middle, and Graham on the right.

Shannon made these posters in Illustrator. We're not very subtle with the messages we're trying to send the kids...

If only this was true more often :)