Friday, September 25, 2009

New Blog!

We've been lazy long enough, so check out our new blog Clifford PALS to see new updates!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

We're One!

New pictures are up under Triplets at Home III album!

The last month and a half has been so much fun in the Clifford house! So many things have been happening between birthdays and the holidays. Peyton, Adah and Sam turned one year old on December 21. We can't believe it's been a year since they were born! We had a birthday party for the three of them, which was a blast! They had a lot of fun with all the people who came and they got some really fun and cute gifts (thanks to everyone!). Of course, as with all first birthdays, the cake eating was the highlight. All three had their own way of going about it, but it was fun to watch. We will post pictures and we'll try to get some video up sometime soon.

As for milestones, we are slowly reaching all of them. Everyone stands well and loves to push around their walkers. Adah stands for a long time by herself and took a step just the other day. Sam will most likely be the next to walk and then Peyton (but who knows, maybe she will surprise us!). Adah can say bye-bye and wave and Sam has mastered anything that requires using the index finger (mostly pushing buttons). Peyton regularly has elaborate baby talk conversations with her toys ... she will have a lot to say later in life.

All three babies had a great one year old check up with Dr. Walker. She says they all look great and are progressing well. Something interesting she told us is that they may not talk as soon as other babies their age because they have each other to "talk" to. Therefore, it's highly possible that they will develop their own triplet language to talk to each other and we will have no idea what they are saying! Could be interesting ... Here are the one year old stats: Peyton is 19.5 pounds and 29.5 inches; Adah is 20.75 pounds and 30 inches; Sam is 22.3 pounds and 31.25 inches. Sam is still in the 90th percentile for height, so he continues to be a tall boy. The girls are also tall for their age as well.

Christmas was great and we got to share it with the Hassel and Clifford families. We spent Christmas at Nonni and Grandad's house and had a blast. They had their first Christmas brunch and loved the french toast and egg casseroles! Santa was very good to them and they had a lot of fun playing with their new toys. After Christmas, we packed up and headed to Charlotte for "second Christmas" with Mimi, Ken, Bogey, and Marmee. They were spoiled with presents once again and, somehow, Daddy managed to fit everything into the car for the trip home. They had lots of fun hanging out with Aunt Meghann and FUJ (don't ask) and had some fun trips to the park. All in all, a great trip.

And now we're on to 2009. We have a lot in store for this year. In case you haven't heard, the Clifford family is going to be blessed with Clifford baby number 4 this May! We're having a boy, so Sam is very excited to have a brother. And, as one of our friends has suggested, all we need to do now is get Wilson a female canine friend and we will have a perfectly balanced family!! We are very excited though and are trying to get some rest before we start this thing all over again! Hope everyone had a great holiday season!

Monday, November 24, 2008

More Pictures

We've added more pictures to the website so please feel free to take a look (in the new Triplets at Home III album). We've had a busy last month. Peyton, Adah and Sam went as the Three Blind Mice for Halloween! They didn't like their sunglasses so much though, so they were mostly just the Three Mice! The costumes were a hit though and they did great. We went to our church's fall festival the week before Halloween and had a great time there. On Halloween we went to the Halloween festival sponsored by the JU students and it was a lot of fun as well. All in all, a great first Halloween.

We also took the babies to have their pictures done recently as well. We've added those pictures too. They did wonderful and we got some great pictures!

Things are going well in November too. We are excited for Thanksgiving and all the turkey! We'll put the tree up after Thanksgiving, though we still don't know how we're going to keep the babies' hands away from it. We can't believe that Christmas is only a month or so away. Even though it will technically be the babies' second Christmas, it will seem like their first since they will be home with us instead of in the hospital. We're planning a birthday party as well, so that should be fun. We can't believe they will turn one on December 21st!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Quick Update

We just wanted to give everyone a quick update on everything going on here. We are enjoying the cooler weather and everyone is getting excited for the holiday season coming up.

Everyone is growing so fast! Sam is 20 lbs, Adah is 18.5 lbs and Peyton is a little over 17 lbs. Peyton finally joined the ranks of the mobile, but she prefers the army crawl like her brother. Adah is pulling up on everything in sight and she's starting to climb things too, which is scary! Walking will not be too far off for her. Sam is starting to pull up as well. Sam and Peyton both have their bottom 2 teeth. Adah got her first tooth a while ago, but that's still all she has. We're waiting for the second one to come any day, but for now she's our snaggle tooth!

Everyone has started eating more food as well. They now eat bagels, cheese, cooked vegetables, yogurt, fruits, and their favorite, Cheerios. They love to eat "real" food and like to feed themselves. They are going to be the three blind mice for Halloween, so keep an eye out for pictures! We have some pictures posted from their visit to the pumpkin patch, so be sure to check those out.

Everything else here is going great. Dad is still moving along on his dissertation. He has gotten the first three chapters approved and is now ready to defend! Hopefully that will happen in the next couple of weeks. We are so proud of him!

Hope everyone is doing great and have a wonderful Halloween!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Movin' On Up

Sorry we haven't posted in a while, but things have been pretty busy around the Clifford house and the JU campus the last month. August was great and the babies have really grown lately. All three have been sitting very well for the past month or two. This was great for them as they experienced a new"point of view" from the upright position! They really enjoy getting to play and interact with one another and there is nothing cuter than when they sit and smile and laugh at each other. We're wondering if they will create their own triplet language down the road!

Another huge milestone that we were definitely not ready for was crawling. Yes, Adah is officially on hands and knees and making her way around the house. Baby proofing was kicked into high gear once this happened! Sam has also started to crawl over the last couple of days as well. His biggest motivation is a bottle sitting across the room. We have never seen him move that fast ... that boy loves to eat! Peyton is still very content to sit and observe, which is fine with us!

We've gone swimming a few times and all 3 babies now really enjoy it. If we have to live in the 90 degree heat half of the year, we might as well spend it in the pool! We've had a lot of trips out to lunches and to visit Nonni and Grandad as well. We're looking forward to October when we're making our first big trip with the babies up to Charlotte for Mimi's (Matt's mom's) wedding. It will be fun to see her as well as Bogey (Matt's dad), Marmie (Matt's dad's wife Martha), Aunt Meghann and future Uncle John. We're excited to see everyone in Charlotte!

We did go to the doctor at the beginning of August (7.5 months) and everyone was doing great. Dr. Walker has a lot of fun seeing her babies and they loved seeing her as well. Sam was 18 pounds, Adah was 17.5 pounds, and Peyton was 15.5 pounds. We will go back at the end of September (for their 9 month visit!!), so it will be interesting to see how much they have grown since then. We are now trying and eating a bunch of solids and so far they love the fruits and their oatmeal. Not such a big hit ... peas and avocado. I guess like most kids these three don't love their vegetables as much as fruit! They've also started using sippy cups in between meals just to get used to them. They somewhat have the idea of how they work and will drink for a little bit, but more often than not the cups end up being used as water-spewing projectiles or makeshift hammers for banging on toys!

Matt's busiest time of the year (August) has finally waned and he is enjoying having the students back on campus. I have to brag because he is going full steam on his dissertation and he has already written 65 pages!! If you know Matt, you know he tends to be a little "long winded", so this is probably only about 25% of the paper, but it's great progress. He's aiming for an ending date in December 2009 at the latest, but he's done so well that we're hoping he can possibly push it to August 2009! Peyton, Sam, and Adah are very proud of their Daddy for working so hard!

Until next time, thanks for keeping up with us! We'll post some new pictures as well!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Video

We just finished a new video of the triplets' summer fun. Check it out here or at the Clifford Triplets web site.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

7 Months

The Clifford triplets officially turn 7 months tomorrow and we can't believe it! It seems like the last few months have flown by and we can't believe it's already been that long since we first welcomed them in December. Summer has been going well so far and everyone has enjoyed having Dad home early on his half-day Fridays.

We last went to the doctor for their 6 month appointment at the end of June. Peyton was 14-3 and 26 inches. Adah was 15-6 and 26.25 inches. Sam was 16-1 and 27.5 inches! They had all caught up with at least the average 6 month old in terms of height and Sam was actually in the 90th percentile in height for 6 month old boys! This is amazing considering he was 2 months premature, so Dad is hoping he is going to get that "Clifford height" that he missed out on. Peyton and Adah were in the 50th-75th percentiles for height, so we have some long babies!

Unfortunately, July has not been a great month for us in terms of health. All 3 babies have just finished getting over their first "real" sickness (they have had colds, but that is it) in the form of a stomach flu. Adah had the bug first and hardly missed a beat. Peyton got it next and did not fair very well. She was very sick for about 4 days and lost about a pound (so she is now our smallest by about 2 pounds). She handled it as best as she could though and pulled through after a few days. Sam was the last to get it and had a middle of the road case. He lost some weight as well. All in all, the Clifford household was sick for about 2 weeks. Luckily, Mom and Dad didn't catch it and everyone is now back to normal. It will be interesting to see what they all weigh at our next doctor's visit at the beginning of August. We're guessing Sam and Adah are almost dead even and Peyton is a couple pounds behind (this is all determined by our very "official" guesstimation process that involves weighing the babies on our $10 bathroom scale).

We have had an eventful last week in terms of milestones as well. All 3 babies can now roll back to front and Adah often rolls halfway across the room before we blink twice. Sam is getting very good at holding his own bottle (which is wonderful news when it comes to feeding triplets) and Adah is not far behind, though she enjoys hugging her bottle more than holding it. We also all started eating rice cereal to try and re-gain some of the weight we lost while sick. Sam LOVES the extra food and the girls are enjoying it as well. The babies took their first trip to a restaurant with Mom and Dad this week too. Logistically, this can be hard with triplets, which is why we haven't done it by ourselves until they were 7 months old! We all went to Jason's Deli and they did great. Afterwards, we went to the park and all 3 of them enjoyed going on the swings and Peyton loved the slide. Sadly, we were cut short by those summer rainstorms, but we still had a great time.

Thanks to everyone who keeps checking the blog! We are going to put up some more pictures as well, so please check them out. Dad is working on a new video that we'll try and post as soon as we can ...