Thought of the day: You just do it!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 10:58 AM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 1 comments
I love this pic, it is how I feel most days!

Ok so I had a thought of the day. I have many thoughts many days but none I can remember 10 minutes later or none significant enough that I feel compelled to right down. Although this post may take me all day it is something that I want to remember.

So we hear many comments when we are out and about with the triplets. One we hear all the time is, "How do you do it?" My simple response is, "You just do it!" Just like anything in life. Has anyone ever wondered how you work full time and attend school. How you have a family and go back to get your Masters, or how you deal with 3 or 4 kids on a daily basis. Well you just do it! We all have our mountains to climb, our marathons to run, this is ours. A year ago this week I was given 2 eggs in my womb and just prayed that one would survive to create a baby that we have prayed for, for 9 years. Now we never could have thought that both would take and one would split but that's what heappened. Tomorrow is National Prayer Day and it is on this day last year that I was given these 3 sweet babies. Was I shocked and scared, absolutely. Have I been over whelmed at times, oh yea! Have my prayers been answered, no doubt! Many of us pray for things all the time. Now I can't say that God gave me exactly what I prayed for because truth be told, I never prayed for triplets. I would say he gave me more, lots more. Every morning I get up and walk over to each one of them as they are waking up and as they look up, smile and giggle my heart melts. When I'm washing dishes and then realize it's quiet so I look over to the babies and notice that I have 6 eyes all staring at me, I just laugh. Now did I grow up telling myself all I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a mama. No, I actually wanted to be Murphy Brown. I wanted to travel around the world interviewing great leaders. A journalist. Of course I no longer want to be Murphy Brown I just want to be the best Serena that I can. A huge part of me is now I am a mama to 4 boys but I'm not just a mom, or a MOST (mom of supertwins), I like to think I'm much more. One of my own personal fears was the thought of losing myself and how I saw myself before the triplets were here. What I have come to realize is that it is actually the opposite. One position in life does not define you. Throughout life we all change and how we perceive ourselves changes as well. I do not want to be defined by one thing. So no matter how many hats I wear I just always tell myself that although it's crazy and hectic, and most days I'm sure I'll hear mom more than my actual name, it's always worth it. Like I said before and with anything challenging, you just do it!

May 1st- We're 5 months old!

Monday, May 3, 2010 2:55 PM by Serena-Mom of 4 boys 0 comments

Well the boys turned 5 months old this past Saturday on the 1st. Time is really flying by and they are all doing so well. Vic and I are really starting to get out and about with them and it is getting easier to leave the house. We have decided that they actually do quite well when we're out and they probably prefer it to being stuck in the house all day, I know I do. We are still blessed with them sleeping through the night. This began about the beginning of March, so the boys were about 3 months old then. Each one has a very distinct personality already. Here are their updates:

Victor- Now our 1st born trys to pull the whoa is me card, everyone makes a big deal out of the babies, what about me card once in a while. LOL! We just joke with him and that usually gets him laughing. Overall he is pretty well adjusted, we had to expect something, it was all about him for 10 years. He just had his 11th birthday and had another boys sleep-over. It was pretty low key just family since it is tougher for me to entertain. We are now on the hunt for a soccer team for him. Yes, it's that time of year again. It's open season. I can't wait for that to be over with. He is also getting to the end of another baseball season. It was a little tougher for him this year since it is first year in major's and the youngest. He probably could have benefited from 1 more year in minors. He also just finished track and did well at his 2 track meets. That kid loves to run. He didn't get that from me.

Isaac-My cuddly bear is a huge sweetheart. He is usually always happy and smiling. He is the oldest of my trio and is the leader of the pack with everything. He rolled first, is the biggest, laughed first, and is a whopping 2 lbs bigger than his identical Jeremiah. He was weighing in at 15 lbs 7 oz at their 4 month check-up. Isaac always wakes up happy and just has an overall happy disposition. The only time he seems to whine is in the car. He doesn't seem to always enjoy car rides. I think it's because he is always hot and gets hot right away. In fact a few nights when it was a little hot he wouldn't let me put pj's on him. He would cry until I took them off and actually looked like he sighed once he was just in his diaper.

Jeremiah-My active tiger is such fun! He never stops moving and loves attention. Although he and Isaac do resemble eachother I don't think they look identical. Jeremiah is a petite baby. Although he is healthy he is just so much smaller than Isaac. Now Jeremiah is also very happy most of the time but he has his moments. At least that's what I call them. About once a week he has to have a moment (fit). Jeremiah is the most aware of strangers. Chances are if he doesn't know you and you pick him up, he'll put his bottom lip out and start crying. Although Isaac rolled first, Jeremiah rolls the most. Jeremiah also loves to stand and has very strong legs. At Jeremiah's 4 month check-up he was weighing in at 13 lbs 7 oz.

Samuel-My silent thinker is very sensitive and shy. He has been through the most and is very in tune to his external surroundings. Loud noices startle him. Don't get me wrong Samuel also laughs and smiles but he is just more quiet and bashful about it. He does have his moments where he is just talking away but he has to be very comfortable for this to happen. At Samuel's 4 onth check-up he weighed in at 12 lbs 5 oz. Now I haven't spoken about Samuel's 2nd surgery yet but he did have it on March 30th at LA Children's hospital. The surgery went well and it was probably one of the hardest things I had to go through. After the surgery Samuel was on morphine for the pain. A few hours after the surgery I was able to hold Samuel and as the nurse was messing with his minitoring lines he got mad and began crying. As I was holding him I noticed his lips begin to go bluish purple and all of a sudden no noice was coming out of him. He had stopped breathing. He turned bluish purple all over and the nurse grabbed him and started to say breathe Samuel come on baby breathe. At that moment the surgical team was making their rounds and happened to be checking on him. They rushed over and lifted his chin to clear the airway, looked and saw he had a pulse and grabbed the oxygen mask to give him air. after a few seconds, but felt like an eternity to us, I could hear him making noise and the coloring began to come back. During this time all we could was step back and let them do their jobs. In my head all I could think to do was pray. This had to be the single most frightening moment of our lives. For a moment we lost Samuel and our world was crashing in. Thank God that this was not our path and Samuel is still here with us and fighting. Samuel has one more surgery to get rid of the colostomy bag. Although it will be nice to have him completely healed I am not looking forward to another surgery for my baby boy. When ever you know that they are putting him completely out, it is a scary time. We will just deal with that when it comes like every other trial this year that we have had to face. Overall our boys are all doing really well and I couldn't feel more blessed.