Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Although it's not technically the triplets first Christmas, it sure does feel like it! We have had a blast!!! They somewhat know that something is going on and it's not the norm.

We spent the weekend before Christmas at my mom's house. She always has a Christmas party with the whole family the weekend prior to Christmas so we can all come. Aside from being freezing, we had a wonderful time!

Christmas Eve was spent with Bronson's family at his parent's house. The kiddos had a good time playing with Brooke and opening their presents. We had a nice, relaxing time.

Then Christmas morning.....we spent together!! After the kids had their breakfast, Bronson and I pulled the presents out from under the tree and had the babies "open" them. After about the second one, they figured it out. And like most babies, they were more interested in the box it came in!! Thank goodness we didn't over do it with this trio! We knew with their birthday party coming up, we couldn't afford the space of buying them much of anything!!

Most importantly, we reflected on the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus gave us life and life more abundantly. The Lord has shown us mercy, grace and love. We are so grateful for the life He has given us. We can only hope that you have received His gift of love that He so generously gave and receive the new life that is created when you accept it.
Merry Christmas from the Burcham Family.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

One Year Ago Today.....

I got a call at 11:00 am from Dr. G. My test results came back and it was time. Time to have the babies. He told me they would be delivered by 3:30 pm that day. I was NOT ready! Especially with the babies being exactly 2 months premature. It just so happens that on that Tuesday, I was exactly 32 weeks pregnant. Scary! I called one person.....Bronson. In half an hour, we were on our way to the hospital. After checking in, we were waiting on the bench (see above) nervously. I think we were both about to pass out from anxiety. By 3:41, 3:42 and 3:43 pm, we had an instant family!!!

What a year it has been! It's been rough, but surprisingly easier than what I thought it would be. It's been fun so far.....but difficult; happy, but sad; exciting...yet mundane. I know this doesn't make sense, but it's been everything and in between. We've had some really tough times, but really easy times. After the initial 2 1/2 months, I finally was on my own. I didn't realize then that I should have kept my "help" as long as they (the mommas) were willing to stay! But nevertheless, I needed to jump out of the nest and do it myself. And all the things I did! Who would deliberately go grocery shopping (for two weeks worth of groceries) by themself with 3 babies and make it look effortless??? Of course no one saw how long it took me to get ready to go and how much work it was when I got home. Would I dare venture that again way! It's a little different as they get older. There were days when I felt that our lives were so monotonous I thought I would do anything to have something different happen. Then there were days that everything was changing so fast I thought I would lose their "babyness" too soon.

I didn't think it was going to be like this. And this, I mean....wonderful, exciting, exhausting, aggravating, heartstopping, heartmelting rollercoaster!!! I'm up, then down, side to side and sometimes, I'm thrown a loop or two. And with all of that, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm excited to see what the next year holds for us......I'm sure a whole new adventure!!!

Although we're having their party on January 2nd, I couldn't help but give them a little "taste" of what's to come. Enjoy the video.....

(Okay....I've been trying to upload this video for a week now - it's 1/8/10. I can't wait any longer! So no video....sorry).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Time flies when you're having fun!!!

Wow! I cannot believe it's December already!! And mid-December at that!! I haven't posted anything lately as I have been BUSY!! The babies are officially MOBILE! For all of you that said it will get easier as they get bigger......yeah, right! Chasing one baby, okay, I can see that being a little easier since you don't have to always pick them up and "place" them where you want them. But chasing three at one time all going a different direction, well, it's a little harder than you think! Let's just say I'm burning some major calories. The pictures below are from the night before their birthday photo shoot. We were trying on their clown outfits. Here's the update on our little ones:

Mollie......Oh boy! She's fast!!! You can't take your eyes off her for a moment. And curious! This child wants to know what everything is, what it does, and how does it fit in her life. For the most part, she listens when I tell her "no" which is a lot considering she's not even one yet! And the dancing goes on and on. She LOVES to dance. She has several moves she'll pull on you. If it's a heavy beat, she'll nod and sometimes even get her body in the groove. If it's a fast paced sing-along-song, then she'll move her head side to side. She is so adorable! Right now she has 4 teeth showing already! Her incisors are coming in and they are hurting her pretty bad. Most of the day she's okay. But when they start cutting her gums, watch out. She will let everyone in the neighborhood know that it does not feel good! Bless her little heart (and mine too!).

Elise: How can I describe Elise? Laid back? Well, a little. Curious? Just a tad (not nearly as much as Mollie). Joyous? YES! Very happy baby (as long as she's not tired or hungry). She LOVES to laugh. Belly laughs, giggles, chuckling, and even "fake" laughing. Yes, the child will fake laugh at you. It's hilarious! She laughs when Mollie or Preston crawls to her. She laughs when Bronson or I are playing with the other two or her. She laughs if you look at her a certain way. And she's so cuddly! She's like a big teddy bear. We love to love on her all the time. I do think she's slimming down just a little bit. She's crawling somewhat. More like dragging herself! Sometimes she'll get on all fours....other times, she just uses her left arm to drag her whole body. It looks painful, but she seems to be okay. She has two teeth on the bottom....but we just found out today that she's cutting her incisors as well. This is making her a little cranky, but not as bad as Mollie.

Preston - The gentleman of the group is Mr. Personality! He plays shy, coy, lovable, bashful, anything that is precious. He'll hide his face with his hands (see the pic), but will look at you through his fingers and then smile. Absolutely adorable! He's still laid back like his Daddy. I would also say that he's as happy as or more so than Elise. He's always smiling. Him and I like to squeal as loud as we can. He always gets an octave higher than me. After we're all "squealed out", we'll just laugh at each other. He's still a mamma's boy, but he's a little more interested in exploring his world. Especially now that he's mobile. He does a military crawl.....but Daddy told me today that he got on all fours and crawled across the floor (while I was gone Christmas shopping). I was so excited! Even though he military crawls, he's just as fast as Mollie. He follows her around a lot. It's so cute. He watches her and what she does. Then when she's done with whatever it is, he tries to do it as well. Mollie better watch out....he's on her heels! He has one and a half teeth coming in on the bottom and I believe I saw one incisor tooth coming in today. So, I may be in for a long season of teething. Three babies

Ever since Thanksgiving, we've been busy. We've had birthday parties, dinner parties, playgroups, shopping, pictures, and birthday planning!!! Yes, I am planning their first birthday party now. I'm just about done. I can't believe they're going to be a year old. Time flies when you're having fun.....or is it when you're raising triplets????