Christmas with Just the 6 of Us – Christmas Part 2

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at home. Just the 6 of us. Side note: It’s still crazy that there are 6 of us! Ha! Remember me? The one who wasn’t going to have a bunch of kids? Yep. I’m part of “just the 6 of us” now. And I love it. Kids make Christmas magical. So the more the merrier. (Just this once though). But seriously, Christmas has a completely different meaning as a parent. And I honestly think it’s even better to be a parent on Christmas than it was to be a kid on Christmas.

We spent the few days leading up to Christmas in Memphis with my family.  You can read about it/check out our pictures here if you missed it: Christmas Part 1. We came home Christmas Eve so we could celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at home. We’ll do this most years. Because it’s the best.

Christmas Eve we put out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Ok just Rudolph. And James initially wanted to leave out snowman cookies, milk, and coffee. Because “Santa needs it.” True James. Santa definitely needs coffee! Santa also got Oreos. Because check out that Santa cookies and milk mug in the middle. It’s made for Oreos! Brian found it knew we needed it. Because Oreos are the best thing ever. And a triplet mom staple (especially during the pregnancy and first year).

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And of course we took another Christmas jammies Christmas tree picture! 2/3 looking and probably yelling. 1 looking away completely uninterested. #reallifeIMG_5002

After the boys went to bed it was wine time. Of course I had new Christmas wine glasses (Actually plastic. Can’t break! Thanks Target! Only the best, classiest for us.)

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Then SANTA CAME! I caught him on camera. Ha! (I may have had way too much fun with this.) Capture the Magic moms! Write it down for next year! My kids LOVED it!

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And then Christmas morning. My favorite morning of the entire year. (Ok the only morning I actually don’t hate of the entire year! Ha!)

And my favorite picture from Christmas morning:

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Big kids love Christmas too. This look though. This is what it’s all about.

Also, in case you’re wondering: It was shoes. She got at least 3 new pairs of shoes. And LOVED every single one. This girl is my child for sure.

Oh and Brian got a special gift too. Actually special wrapping. You see, I’ll confess, I’m somewhat of a hoarder. And I keep things like receipts. Brian can’t stand it. He always asks why I need them. So . . .  I saved them just for him. Ha!

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After presents we made muffins. That was not the plan though. Addison requested cinnamon rolls. You know the ones. The ones that you have to press the seam to open them and it’s super terrifying. Well our refrigerator decided to die on Christmas Eve. So no cinnamon rolls. But we had most of the ingredients for French Toast Breakfast Muffins and I substituted the rest.  Recipe here: Velvet Lava French Toast Breakfast Muffins. Seriously everyone should make these. Super easy. And amazing. You have to eat them right away. And I prefer mini muffins for these.

James helped.

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We spent the rest of Christmas morning opening everything. Every. Single. Thing. We played games, worked puzzles, played cars, colored, the boys rode their new scooters around the house. Super fun morning just hanging around the house.

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Sorry for the slightly risque pics. They were wearing undies I promise. The robes may look a little Hugh Hefner-ish but they love them. That’s all the matters right? Ha! And we all know James prefers to be naked. So undies is a major improvement. Especially when sitting on the furniture.

Christmas Part 3 is coming up soon!

Christmas 2017 – Part 1

We had an amazing Christmas this year! The boys really loved everything about the Christmas season, from the Christmas lights to Santa to presents to cookies. Everything. They loved all of it.

We saw Santa twice. I was a little worried they would call him out for being fake. Because my kids (all 4) love the movie Elf. Ha! And they talked nonstop about the fake santa and how fake Santas are bad. Oops. Luckily the Santas we saw looked legit.

Here are our pictures. The second Santa is the Santa we see every single year. He’s so great!

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Oh and what did my kids ask for from Santa? Well … nothing normal. James asked for a black elf. I knew he meant an elf wearing a black shirt. But the mall Santa didn’t. Thanks James. Logan asked for a candy cane. Because he saw candy canes next to Santa. Luckily Santa knew what they wanted already.

We also saw Elsa, Olaf and Kristof from Frozen. The boys were a little starstruck. Ha! James would NOT turn around for the picture. IMG_4634

Brian and I went to our annual neighbor Christmas party (with our neighbors who moved away but we still count as neighbors). And we dressed up of course.

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We went to Memphis for the beginning of Christmas. We stayed until Christmas Eve and had the best time.

We went to Zoo Lights the first night. I love seeing the boys so amazed by the lights. And I love the Memphis Zoo and Zoo Lights in particular. Brian proposed there 8 years ago!

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And we rode the carousel. Logan made Lizzie ride the “sleigh” (aka a bench that didn’t go up and down) so no pics of him. And James rode a “cheetoh” HA!IMG_4812IMG_4813IMG_4823

Christmas at Lou Ann’s house was first. The boys got lots of cars. And their very first Starbucks gift cards. Mason was like what? Really?

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The next day we made cookies. They boys LOVE making cookies!

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Actually it turns out they love cooking in general. Especially James. He spent the entire trip in the kitchen helping Nana cook. Love it.

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Mason and James both helped make lasagna. I guess this means I should let them help more at home?IMG_4888IMG_4889

That day we went to my grandparents house for another Christmas celebration.

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Logan got an excavator so he was all set. This boy is legit obsessed with trucks, cars, and especially excavators.IMG_4920IMG_4922

And of course the boys wore their Christmas suits. I think I need to step up my game next year. Lizzie? You in?IMG_4909

That night we had Christmas at my parents’ house. And lasagna. And bread pudding. I gained at least 5 lbs in the 3 days we were in Memphis. For real. I didn’t get very many pictures that night unfortunately. But we had a great time.

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And I attempted a group photo. Unsuccessfully of course.IMG_4943And I’ll end with a few more miscellaneous pictures from our Memphis trip.

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And one more random Christmas picture. Because it’s probably my favorite from the whole Christmas season this year. This boy LOVES Christmas. I think he loves all holidays. But he loved this book in particular.IMG_4543

New Year New Me – 2018 Edition

New Year New Me? We’ll see. Probably not NEW but hopefully a better version of me. I haven’t gone back to see my resolutions from last year, but I’m sure I didn’t achieve all of them. What are goals if not unrealistic right? But I’m no quitter so here are my goals for this year.

2018 Resolutions

  1. Run 2018 miles. Not by myself. But I’m hoping to run 800-1000 of those miles.
  2. Run 4 times/week (required if I’m to reach #1)
  3. Run 3 half marathons.
  4. Drink more water
  5. Stay up to date on my blog and post at least once a month (including the Christmas ones for this year still!)
  6. Spend less time on my phone at night
  7. Get at least 6 hrs of sleep each night (harder than you might expect)

We’ll see how I do. Today was day 1 of the Run the Year challenge. I convinced my brother Joey and my sister (a non-runner) to do it with me. We’re on a team so we get to work together. Our team name: The Derek Zoolander Team for Kids Who Can’t Read Good. A little long. Super awesome. Today it was also 15 degrees outside so I bundled up and headed to the gym and ran on the treadmill. Here’s a picture to commemorate the first run of the year:

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I think running outside would have been better. I HATE the treadmill. I ran outside a few times this week when it was a little under 30 and I was totally except I couldn’t feel my face. So . . . back outside for me!

For my other goals I’m actually doing a weightloss/fitness challenge starting today with 42 of my triplet mom friends. We have 2 competitions – 1 for weightloss (not for me) and 1 for accountability/making healthy choices. I get points for things like drinking water, not eating 2 hrs before bed, and meal planning. Just what I need.

Oh and I’m starting Whole 30 on Jan. 3. Anyone wanna join?

So what did we do for NYE? Not much. The Mann Olympics are on hiatus . . . probably until the boys are old enough to stay up past 8:15. See, Addison ditched us this year to hang out with her friends. So basically we’re not cool enough anymore. We did get in a few games though – Battleship and Yahtzee. I won. Of course. (Not the game pictured of course but I won the next 2).

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We still had a good night. We had headbands. And Brian made it to midnight! I was not expecting that at all! And he took a selfie with me. He’s the best.

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And of course we had wine.IMG_5405

The boys took a picture with me too. And they also wore headbands

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Here’s a real life shot. This is how picture taking goes in our house. Ha!IMG_5395

Other than that we had a pretty laid back relaxing (ish) day. I took 2 kids to Target, B took 1 to Kroger, the boys had their first hot chocolate!

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And then we just hung around the house. And the boys played Santa. Because Uggs are apparently Santa shoes. Who knew?

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Today Brian and I both went to the gym (no fun picture of him), we hung around the house, we went to a friend’s house, and we got ready for back to school! Yay! We’re soooo ready for the boys to go back to school. And by “we” I mean Brian. Because he’s been the lucky one who got to stay home with them almost every day over the break.

And in case you doubt that the holidays are exhausting around here, I’ll leave you with this:

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Christmas Cookies

I LOVE CHRISTMAS COOKIES! Addison and I started making Christmas cookies when she was about 4 years old and we’ve made them every year since then. And they get better every year too. This year we made our frosting. And last year we found the best sugar cookie recipe. It has almond extract in it AND you don’t have to chill the dough. If you’ve ever made cut-out sugar cookies you know how amazing that no-chilling-the-dough part is.

This year we let the boys help. They LOVE helping in the kitchen. And I love letting them help. I mean I love sharing my love of cooking and making cookies with them. Idk how much I love them actually helping. They have 6 hands. 6 hands that want to touch everything. And 6 hands that want to turn the mixer on/off/up/down . . . whatever setting I don’t want it on. But they loved it and so did I.

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They especially loved eating the cookie dough. IMG_4450IMG_4455

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And then I made a second batch without little people helping. Apparently I’m not much better on my own. So we ended up with a batch of red cookies. #cookiefail. So . . . maybe don’t put the vanilla right next to the red food coloring. Or maybe read the labels. I measured it out, poured it in, then busted out laughing. Ha! We had to make some white frosting after this but otherwise no big deal.IMG_4458IMG_4459

We let the boys decorate some cookies too. Don’t worry. They ate the ones they decorated. .James mostly just wanted to decorate his cookies. He didn’t actually eat them. (I threw them away. It’s still safe to eat our cookies).IMG_4462

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And we ended the night with new Christmas jammies. I LOVE THEM! IMG_4479

Addison and I finished decorating the cookies after the boys went to bed. And we maybe ate cookies instead of dinner. Tis the season right?!IMG_4487

Oh and because it’s a milestone, here’s Mason and Logan with their first ever Frappaccinos today at Target.

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Don’t worry. James was at Kroger with daddy and he had Starbucks too. Not a Frappaccino obvi because dad isn’t near as cool as mom (or he makes better decisions that me). But still he had a good time too.

 

My 3 Boys

That’s right. The Mann triplets are all boys! I don’t know what to think. Again. This keeps happening. I have no idea what to do with boys so of course they are all boys. I guess we’ll learn.

Today we went to our big appointment with Dr. Wendell. He’s a maternal fetal medicine (MFM) doctor, or a high risk specialist. Everyone in Little Rock recommended him because he’s really good – actually he’s the best. I was really against a male lady doctor but because he’s the best I didn’t have to think twice about it. Only the best for my babies!

We had a big ultrasound that looked at the full anatomy of each baby. I say “big” because it was an hour long ultrasound on the Level 2 ultrasound machine. They’re definitely boys! The first 3 pictures from our ultrasound photos from today are penises. I won’t share them on here but if you don’t believe me just ask. I can prove it. Trying to keep it PG on here!

All 3 babies are looking great still. Baby A and Baby B weigh approximately 7 oz. each and Baby C weighs approximately 8 oz. This is what they are supposed to weigh if you were wondering. Also they all measured within 1 day in gestational age which is perfect. 
The ultrasound technician checked all of each baby’s organs and limbs. (They are all there. Yay!) They were pretty mobile today and moved around a lot. Baby A completely switched from one side to the other during his ultrasound. We got lots of pictures and a DVD today. I teared up a little at one point. This is the first time that’s happened to me with this pregnancy. I was way more emotional with Addison. Here are some pictures.

Baby A (above)
 Baby B (above and below)

Baby C (below)

And we got to see them in 4D today too! I wasn’t expecting this so it was an awesome surprise. All 3 boys like to keep their hands by their faces so we got a good shot of Baby A and Baby C in 4D. Baby B was hiding close to his placenta so his picture isn’t as good. But it’s amazing how much you can see in these pictures!

The scary news of the day – Dr. Wendell is really worried about preterm labor. I apparently have all of the risks –  (1) triplets (2) low pre-pregnancy weight and (3) history of preterm labor with Addison. My water broke at 30 weeks with Addison and she was born at 32 weeks. Dr. Wendell thinks the babies will definitely come before 32 weeks, which is average for triplets. To put things into perspective, my uterus is about the size of a normal single baby uterus at 30 weeks already! And my body doesn’t know that I have 3 babies in there. This is pretty scary to me. Good news is that I’m bigger than I ever got with Addison already. 

Dr. Wendell said the goal is 30 weeks (May 14). Brian and I are still hoping for 32 weeks (May 28 – our anniversary). Dr. Wendell said ideally I would be a 240 lb. 6 foot tall black woman. Exactly the opposite of myself. Pretty much he just meant that the babies need lots of room. And I’m not a good size for that right now. Hopefully I’ll get there! Please pray that I can get big and fat for these babies! Seriously. I can diet and exercise later.
So basically I have to take it easy and get fat. Dr. Wendell wants me to gain 60 lbs.!! That means lots of ice cream. We went straight to Sonic after the appointment and I got a Reese’s blast and chili cheese tater tots. Yum! Also I’m not allowed to exercise. Not even yoga. Good thing I didn’t really like yoga. Any extra exercise takes calories away from the babies. And they need lots of extra calories so they have plenty of room to grow and stay inside as long as possible. 
For now I’m going to keep working and doing normal stuff (just with more food). I will likely be put on some form of bedrest around 24 weeks or shortly thereafter. The doctors will reevaluate this as we go along. 
I am staying with Dr. Dora as my primary doctor for now. That’s good news. Dr. Wendell has been reviewing my file and ultrasounds as I’ve had appointments up to this point and he will continue to do so. I will see him and Dr. Dora from here on out though. Dr. Wendell wants the ultrasounds at his office so he can view them live and look himself if he so chooses. I’m pretty happy with this decision too because that means he’s right there if something comes up.
So right now we’re scheduled to go back to see Dr. Wendell on March 28 for another ultrasound. We’ll see Dr. Dora sometime before then.

And the babies will have names soon. I promise to share them. Also, if you have name suggestions, keep them to yourself. I don’t really care. Brian and I are naming these boys ourselves. Not trying to be mean! Just honest!