Thursday, August 30, 2012

Looking Back Over Three Years

I have only a few days let of having three toddlers under 3.  Each year I make a book of all the photos taken over the past year.  I started this tradition when my boys were approaching one and I realized how many pictures we had taken but could not possibly put in frames.  I thought about just getting pictures printed and putting them in a book myself but I found it a bit easier to just create a photo book online. 

As I was creating the book this year I realized how big my guys have really gotten.  I find being with the boys on a daily basis, I do not notice or realize they have gone through a growth spurt until I try to put a pair of pants on them.  Going through the older books and photos brings me back to the time of bottles and formula and going from zero babies to three in a weekend.

Liam, Jake and Caleb at one week old!

The day we all went home together

My refrigerator-bottles for the day

Now we have a refrigerator filled with snacks and juice boxes instead of formula and a living room full of toys, and a small table and chairs instead of a pack and play.  Instead of changing outfits five times a day we are venturing into potty training and preschool.  It is hard to believe the changes you go through in three years.  When you are in the moment and trying to feed and comfort three screaming babies at the same time it feels like it will never end.  Now I feel like I blinked and they have transformed from babies into three little boys who are ready for adventures.  Happy Birthday my little boys and thank you for making everyday with you a new adventure.  

Left to Right: Jake, Liam and Caleb today

Monday, August 13, 2012

Getting Off on the Right Foot

I, like many of you, get a million catalogs in the mail each week.  Many of them end up in the trash and some I read cover to cover.  One I especially enjoy reading through is the One Step Ahead catalog.  While I find most of their items out of my price range, I also find many unique items that I cannot find at just any baby store.  Flipping through the One Step Ahead catalog one day I found a great product for my little ones.  In fact, it was one of those products that I look at and wish I had thought of it because it is so simple yet I had never seen it before.  They are called Shoezooz Educational Shoe Stickers.  They are stickers you can place inside the shoe and they are made up of three farm animals, a pig, a sheep and a cow.  The front of the animal is the left foot and back of the animal is the right foot.  The pair of shoes will then fit together like a puzzle.  Apparently you can also find it on Amazon.

Getting shoes on in my house and getting out the door in a timely fashion can be quite an ordeal.  My boys are almost three.  They all wear the same shoe size and in turn I buy three pairs of the same shoe.  Around 2 or 2 and 1/2 they started taking their shoes off and every now and again try to put them on.  I often found their goal was simply to get a shoe partially on their foot and often that would be the wrong foot.  Trying to explain to a two year old how to tell the difference between left and right seemed like a lost cause.  The problem was compounded when I would put two left shoes on one child and not realize it until I got to shoe #6 (sadly this has happened to me on more than one occasion).  At that point I then have to chase around my other two guys to see who has two right feet and sort it all out!