This Year’s 411 so far….

I’ve been dedicating most of my blogging time to Davis and haven’t updated anything with the twins since the holidays.

Jemma and Zoe are growing up so fast right before our eyes-they melt my heart, make me laugh and drive me crazy all at the same time!  Both girls are so sweet on Davis, they love to give him kisses, show him things they are playing with and make sure that they sing to him or give him a lovey if he’s crying.  They are wonderful big sisters and I hope that they will continue to be.  They haven’t shown any jealousy towards him, and tend to pick on each other instead.  We hear a lot of “so and so pushed me”, “so and so took my toy”, etc.

The girls are so funny, they say and do the funniest things.  When I have to pump in front of them, they love to chime in “Mommy’s boobies are moving”.  My reply, “Yes, yes they are!”  They are so observant and point out everything.  Sometimes I think I’m doing something without them noticing (shoving that cookie into my mouth in the corner of the kitchen), but nothing escapes them, they see everything.  They are starting to “read” book themselves, Jemma especially remembers all of the details from each page and almost says it verbatim.  Zoe tends to make up more of the story, but it is amazing to see them sit quietly and flip through books.  They are also getting more into music.  We listen to a lot of music at home and in the car.  Jemma’s song right now is “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 and Zoe’s jam is “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd.  They love to sing along, I know it won’t be for long that I can enjoy the music I like and not have them picking up on inappropriate lyrics, haha!  We also have an Amazon Echo Dot in our house and the girls love to yell things at Alexa.  “Alexa-how old is Pooh?”, “Alexa-stop the timer!”

I think the tantrums hit a peak in the weeks following Davis’ birth and I’m hoping they won’t come back like that again.  However, Jemma has been having more lately, but hoping they are related to irritability.  In early January we noticed small raised bumps on her torso and back, soon after it was widespread over her whole body and starting to get raised and red.  At that time she wasn’t complaining of any itching.  We took her into the pediatrician on call and he said that it was likely from a virus and would pass in five to seven days.  The redness and widespread location of the rash dissipated, but it soon got itchy and she was scratching her scalp, neck and upper back and chest like crazy.  At this time she was so irritable and fussy and having almost daily tantrums (but I could hardly blame her since I’m sure she was going crazy with the itchiness!).  Since this was past the five to seven days since her Dr. visit, we started to think that it could be a food allergy.  My MIL and the acupuncturist I see both said that kids tend to love what they are allergic to.  So, our first food to eliminate was berries.  Jemma LOVES berries and will eat them for every meal if she can.  We eliminated all berries but didn’t see much improvement, I was worried we’d be onto wheat next!  Since it appeared to be isolated to her head and neck we started thinking more about a contact dermatitis from shampoo and soap.  I also started doing the family laundry all together and switched the kids’ detergent from Honest to Tide.  Just last week I switched all of the kid’s laundry back to Honest and we started using only Dr. Bronner’s castille soap for baths.  I also bought some calendula ointment and started rubbing it on her affected areas.  Low and behold-the itching has decreased dramatically and the rashes are almost totally gone.  We did have her regular pediatrician take a look when we took Davis in for his four month check and he agreed that it could be from soap and detergent.  He took a vaginal swab to check for Strep but it came back normal and he also though a food allergy would have presented itself much sooner that at age 2 1/2.

With all of her irritability, she was waking up a lot at night due to the itching, we’d usually have to fix her snap on her jammies, rub her back, give her water, etc and were getting up a few times a night.  Sad that our toddler and not our newborn was keeping us up at night.  On Monday night she cried out “Daddy water!” for almost an hour and after he went in and said that we took her cup downstairs she then cried out “Mommy water!”  We knew this behavior could not go on, so we prepared them all day yesterday saying that Mommy and Daddy are very tired and need to get a good night’s sleep.  We told the girls they can have a drink of water right before bed, but that we can’t drink in the middle of the night so that we don’t have to go potty and everyone can sleep peacefully.  It seemed to work and Jemma only woke up once last night to go potty.  I’m hoping for our usual restFUL nights soon!  Especially since Davis is such a great sleeper already.

We’ve been having lots of fun playdates with friends.  My girlfriend who has twin girls who are about six months older than Jemma and Zoe came over last weekend and we drank wine and ate food while the girls all played together.  We joked that we knew we’d be at this place at some point!

The girls got into the preschool that we were hoping they’d be accepted into.  Starting in September they will go three days a week from 9 AM until 12 noon.  We will need to get Zoe potty trained by then, I think she is capable, but prefers the convenience of a diaper right now.

We had the first week of February off, it was a great week to be off, we had a big snowstorm the Monday of that week (which we would have had to cancel work most likely), so we stayed home and had a snow day!  The girls had so much fun playing in the snow and building a snowman.  The girls also got hair cuts that week and we had fun catching up with lots of friends!

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Hanging out at home on our staycation

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Z ready for her haircut!

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J ready for her haircut!

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Post hair cut doughnuts!

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The girls loving the snow!

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Family snow day!

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D bundled up for the snow

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Valentine cookies

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Day at the Zoo with Mommy!

I really must stop and say “Life is good!”.  The other night when we were up listening to constant whining, having to get up to rub backs and missing out on some much-needed sleep, my husband says “Four years ago we would have agreed to staying up all night listening to crying and whining because it would mean that we have children.”  And that is so true, our three children are truly blessings and blessings we weren’t sure we’d ever receive, so with all the good comes the bad and it means we get to be parents to these amazing miracle babies!

xoxo

Davis Four Months

March 1st?!!!  Already!?  I’m late posting….again.

Our sweet boy is now over four months.  He continues to be so happy, mellow and an overall easy baby.  I honestly could not have asked for a sweeter baby!

Not too much has changed in the last month.  He’s now taking around four ounces of breast milk when bottle feeding and nursing every three or so hours if I’m home.  We are giving him 0.5 ml of DHA twice a day in bottles and just started probiotics once a day in a bottle as well.  We did the same with the girls and I think it helped with their tummies.  We just started him on the Level 2 Dr. Brown nipple last night.  We still have all of the girls’ Playtex Drop-In bottles and liners, so hopefully Davis will be able to switch to those at some point and we won’t have so many bottle parts to wash.  Davis is wearing size 2 diapers.

Davis continues to sleep in the Woombie but we now have both of his arms out and are hoping to move him into his crib from his Rock n’ Play this month.  He is getting a little big for the Rock n’ Play and is starting to move side to side.  He continues to nap in his swing (that he now likes).  He is sleeping anywhere from six to eight hours straight at night and will take two to three hour naps during the day if we are home and not on the go.

He currently loves baths, when we sing to him (especially Mommy and  his sisters), bouncing up and down, being tickled, talking with us and having his face gently stroked.  He dislikes being hungry and being put down after being held for awhile.  He prefers to face you when he’s being held.  He also prefers tummy time on his Boppy and not flat on his playmat.

Davis just had his four month check and is doing very well.  The doctor agreed that his head is flat in the back, but didn’t think it warranted helmet therapy.  He had two vaccines and took them like a champ.

Four Month Stats:

Weight:  15 pounds 14.5 ounces (68th percentile-CDC)

Length:  25 inches (52nd percentile-CDC)

Head circumference:  17.32 inches (88th percentile-CDC)  Big head like Mommy and big sister Jemma)

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Four Months-our happy, sweet boy!

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All smiles!

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Rockin the headphones at church

We had more snow here this past Monday and lots of wind last night.  We are ready for spring!  Happy March!

xoxo

Davis Three Months

Hard to believe that January is over tomorrow!  Our little boy is three months old and we are just smitten with him!  He continues to be happy, predictable, full of smiles and giggles and so so sweet.  The only time he fusses and gets upset is when he is hungry or when he’s had enough and you try to place the bottle in his mouth.

Unlike with the twins, we are so much more go-with-the-flow with Davis.  He naps on and off throughout the day and often naps in the car or when we are out and about.  We were super strict with the girls’ schedule and wouldn’t leave the house when they were napping, but with two toddlers it’s hard to always stay home.  He seems to do just fine with a less structured schedule, but there are days when I wish his naps were longer and more peaceful for him.  He has finally come around to liking his swing and of course, right when he likes it the motor for the swing-arm finally gave way.

Davis continues to do about a six hour stretch at night.  I’m still nursing him until he falls asleep and then we transfer him to his rock n’ play which we have in our room with us.  We are continuing to use the Woombie at night (we absolutely loved the Woombie for the girls).  This particular one has convertible arm holes, so we’ll be able to use it once we don’t want him “swaddled” any longer.  I think it provides security like a swaddle, but it doesn’t come undone and it’s stretchy enough for him to move his arms around.  Plus it zips from the bottom making night time diaper changes easy.

Davis takes a four ounce bottle every three or so hours when I’m not home.  As my milk supply continues to be adequate (and much better than with the girls), I’m mostly nursing him during the evenings and weekends and cutting down on my pumping.  It’s been a nice transition to not have to pump six to seven times a day, on weekends I’m down to about four pumping sessions per day.  I think he’s getting much more efficient at nursing.

Davis is wearing size one diapers because we had a box to still get through, but we have size two ready to go.  The size one diapers are definitely getting too snug.  He’s in 3-6 month clothing, but depending on the brand even the 3-6 month size is a little small.  He’s a chunky little boy, but I love his chunkiness and rolls!

Speaking of rolling….Davis rolled over on January 25th, just a few days after turning three months!  He hasn’t fully rolled over since, but he gets up on his side very easily and I think will be rolling over regularly soon.  He is growing up so fast and we will really have our hands full once he’s mobile!  I think he’ll hit his milestones much quicker than the girls since he’ll constantly be trying to keep up with them.

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All smiles at 3 months

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Loving the ceiling fan!

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Hanging out with Mommy

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Love his chunky thighs!

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Working on rolling over

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Wearing D around the house to keep him happy

Davis continues to be a delight and the best little addition to our family.  The girls are so sweet to him and it’s so much fun seeing them as big sisters.  Although our life can be crazy and chaotic, we are so blessed and happy!

xoxo

That’s a wrap 2016, Hello 2017!

I hope all of you had a happy holiday season and that your 2017 is off to a great start!  2016 was a great year for our family with the addition of our sweet boy, Davis.  I don’t know if it was the best year for politics or other happenings in the world, but we were so blessed to become a family of five.  Between my pregnancy and my delivery, 2016 seemed to go by in a flash.

Our holiday season was probably not the best one our family has had.  Both of my in-laws came down with terrible respiratory colds and we didn’t spend Christmas Eve at their house as planned.  We still have yet to see my MIL as she is still sick and home in bed.  My Mom has had to stay in town for an extra two weeks so far to help us with our children and we are continuing to pray that my MIL will be healthy soon and back to helping us out as well as feeling good.  Since my in-laws were both sick, my husband’s brothers came down to our place on Christmas Eve and we went out for Chinese food (like everyone else apparently).  We went to a small Chinese place near our house and it took over two hours to have dinner, let’s just say it wasn’t the most enjoyable two hours when you have two toddlers and a newborn to appease.  Plus, since the restaurant is so small, we had to split up and we didn’t even get to sit with my parents and brother/sister in laws.

We also had a stomach bug go through our house, although we didn’t know it was a stomach bug at first.  We made cut out cookies the Thursday before Christmas, the girls had a lot of fun and each got to eat a large cookie with frosting on top.  The next morning we discovered Jemma had gotten sick all over in her crib, but chalked it up to too much sugar.  She was a little lethargic and quiet, but didn’t have any more episodes.  Fast forward to the day after Christmas and the bug hit Zoe and we were up all night with her getting sick, she couldn’t keep anything down for about twelve hours and we also had to work on that following Tuesday.  Both Hubby and I felt very nauseous for a couple of days, but luckily didn’t get sick.  We are so lucky that we hadn’t had a stomach bug in our house up until this point and I hope we don’t have another one for a very very very long time, no fun at all.

Besides the above incidences, we had a wonderful Christmas.  The girls definitely are understanding the concept of Christmas, Santa, etc and it’s so fun and magical to see the Christmas season through their sweet, innocent eyes!  All they asked for this year from Santa was a cupcake and a candy cane (although they didn’t even eat them because of not feeling well), so Santa had it pretty easy this year.  They did get a Hatchimal, which was apparently one of the hot toys this year.  It’s pretty cute and Zoe has really taken to it as her pet.  The girls enjoyed spending time with their Uncles and one Aunt who came to town and we did some fun holiday things around town and at home.

Davis enjoyed his first Christmas-meeting new family members and getting lots of cuddles and time being held.

For New Year’s Eve we had some close friends and their kids over and celebrated a New York New Year’s Eve, champagne and sparkling cider toasts at 9 PM and then everyone straight to bed!  Oh-how the times have changed!

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Our first visit with Santa! Jemma looking quite sly! Even Davis smiling for the camera.

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Sweet smile from Davis at Hubby’s Office Christmas Party!

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Girls making a gingerbread house, which went surprisingly well.

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Making cookies for Santa, the cookie that led up to incident #1.

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Davis looking quite dapper in his reindeer sweater.

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Christmas morning!

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Christmas evening with my parents

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New Year’s Eve! A picture of all the girls!

May 2017 bless you with much happiness, health, and joy!  We thank God every day for all of our many blessings.  Every day in our house is chaotic and crazy, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world-we have three miracle babies and love them so much!  I often have to stop myself in all the craziness to realize how lucky I truly am.

xoxo

Davis Two Months

I’m managing to get this post written before Davis turns three months, go me!  Haha!  Davis is just the sweetest boy and I’m so in love with him.  When we found out we were pregnant with baby #3, I was sure that it was going to be another girl and that I would be a Mom to three girls, but I’m so happy that we have a boy.  He is so mellow and go with the flow.  He only fusses when he’s hungry and is quite predictable.  He is starting to give us lots of coos and smiles and it just melts our hearts to get these interactions from him.

Davis is starting to sleep better and is getting into more of a pattern.  He has his witching time in the evening, usually around 7 to 9 PM, which makes it a little challenging since that is when we are trying to get the girls to bed.  I nurse him in our bed and then we transfer him to his Rock n’ Play around 10 PM.  He will usually sleep until 2 AM, at that time, I get up and pump and Hubby bottle feeds him.  He usually goes right back to sleep and sleeps until 5:30 AM or so (if I have a late start at work I’ll nurse him before leaving).  He’s had nights with longer stretches and some with shorter stretches, but overall, he’s getting into a more predictable pattern.

Davis had his two month check-up a couple of weeks ago.  He also had his vaccines and was a champ, barely any tears and he actually did a seven hour stretch of sleep that night, his longest stretch ever.

Two month stats:

Weight:  13 pounds 2 ounces (68th percentile)

Length/Height:  23 inches (47th percentile)

Head circumference:  15.94 inches (85th percentile)-Big head like Mommy and big sister Jemma

Davis takes about 3.5 ounces every three hours.  I’m pumping at work (every three hours) and both nursing and pumping in the evenings and weekends.  I usually pump between five and seven times a day.  Davis is getting breast milk exclusively and I have some stockpiled in the freezer.  Granted there is only one baby to feed this time, but it’s nice to give him all breast milk and to be building a surplus.  With the twins, I don’t think I was making enough for even one of them, and I really didn’t have any milk to spare.  I pumped for close to eight months with the girls, I would love to go at least that long with Davis and with the frozen supply, hopefully he’ll be able to have breast milk beyond that.  I’m taking 12 capsules of fenugreek a day and also drinking Upspring Baby Milk Flow drink.  I think both supplements are helping.

Davis only has a BM about once every 3-4 days and it’s very watery and yellow.  The doctor said this is very normal for babies who are only taking in breast milk.  His occasional BMs tend to be blowouts if we don’t catch them early, but since it’s only 1-2 times per week, it’s not too difficult to deal with.

Davis enjoyed his first Christmas, surrounded by lots of family and meeting one of his Uncles for the first time.  Christmas was kind of crazy for us, I’ll be posting all about it soon.

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Our growing boy!

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He is full of smiles!

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POW!

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Play time!

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

xoxo

 

One Month….One Month Late

I’m managing to get this post written one day before D turns two months old.  I’ve been thinking of writing this post and then between a newborn, two toddlers, and work, I haven’t managed to find the time to sit down and write.  Hopefully I’ll get his two month update done before he turns three months.

Davis is such a sweet and mellow baby, he really has to go with the flow since his sisters are energetic, lively, crazy and wild at times.  I keep thinking he will soon be deaf from all of the high pitch screaming and yelling.

At his two week check he was only 7 pounds 3 ounces, still 6 ounces under his birth weight.  Since that appointment I met with a lactation group and determined that he wasn’t transferring well.  Since then I amped up my pumping (now pumping 6-7 times a day) and we are following most nursing sessions with a bottle of pumped breast milk.  We had to supplement for a little while with formula, but as of recently, my supply has really gone up and we aren’t having to supplement with formula.

At one month, Davis was up to 9 pounds 14 ounces.  I’ll update more in my “two month” post, but let’s say, he is a growing and healthy boy!

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One Month Old

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving up at my in-laws house, my mother-in-law told me I didn’t need to bring anything since things were so busy at home.  It was nice to not have to worry about bringing something for dinner, but I felt weird showing up empty handed.  My husband’s three brothers were home from out of town along with their wives.  It was nice to be with all of our family.

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Thanksgiving Day

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My little turkey

The day after Thanksgiving the weather here in Seattle was crisp and clear and we were all able to enjoy the Wild Lights at the Woodland Park Zoo.  The girls loved it!

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Wild Lights, we all wore matching Seahawks hats and Davis had his UW beanie!

At one month, Davis was doing about three hour stretches between feedings and taking around 3 ounces per feeding.  Hubby is so helpful, he bottle feeds him at night while I pump simultaneously.  We are both tired, but are surviving with our lack of sleep.  Being at work feels like a bit of a vacation compared to being at home with all of the littles, but I do miss them all during the day.

I’ll post next time about the upcoming holidays and Davis’ two month update!

xoxo

Struggles and Triumphs

I’m sure everyone is reading my title and thinking this is a political post.  As much as I could talk about politics, I’m referring to the struggles and triumphs in our home.  This has been a tough week for me.  Everything was going swimmingly with nursing….or so I thought, until this week.  I realized early on that Davis was “lazy” at the boob and liked to nibble and hang out at my breast and not actively suck and swallow, but it wasn’t until his two week check up that I thought it was a concern.  At his two week appointment last Friday, he was weighing at 7 pounds 3 ounces, still 6 ounces less than his birth weight.  Our pediatrician said he should be at least back to his birth weight by two weeks.  I nursed him all weekend and finally went to a lactation group the following Monday, at the group his pre-feeding weight was 7 pounds 8.7 ounces and after nursing him he took in a little over two ounces, I was feeling pretty good and felt like things were going in the right direction.

Monday morning I had a follow-up weight check with the pediatrician’s office.  He was back to 7 pounds 9 ounces.  The nurse I met with said to nurse him for 10 minutes on a side  since he tends to fall asleep and follow with pumping to get my milk supply up.  Monday night however was when things went south.  During the night, when I normally feel really full in my breasts and Davis is usually a vigorous nurser, on Monday neither was happening and I was feeling devastated.  He was really fussy as I wasn’t having let downs and he clearly wasn’t getting enough milk.  He will usually go for a four hour stretch between feedings at night, but was waking every 1-2 hours since he wasn’t getting much milk.

Yesterday was the toughest day I’ve had since his birth, I was feeling extremely anxious and panicked that my milk has dropped significantly and that he no longer wants to nurse. I cried when Hubby got home because I felt like things were going so well and now everything took a nose dive and I am still confused how my supply and his nursing changed in what seemed less than 48 hours.  Hubby is always the voice of reason and said that I’m doing the best that I can and that I need to take it easy, drink lots of water and pump and not worry about everything so much.

Today I was sad for obvious reasons, but I felt better about breastfeeding.  I’m still attempting to nurse Davis (even if it’s only 10 minutes), but I’m following each nursing session with pumping and giving him a bottle.  I don’t know if my supply will keep up with his demand, but like with our twins, if I can give him even some breast milk I will be happy.  I went through this same situation with the girls and I got through it and they are happy and healthy.  They aren’t any worse off with being given formula and there is no sense in having anxiety and panic over the situation.  I’m going to go back to the lactation group tomorrow and will follow up with a one-on-one appointment next Tuesday with a lactation consultant, just to see what the issue is, but I’m not going to let it devastate me any longer.  However, has anyone had a similar situation?  Where your milk supply suddenly plummets?

As far as triumphs go….Jemma and Zoe have had a language explosion.  They are talking in sentences, using phrases such as “I want….”, “Help me….” and it’s just amazing how much they say and pick up on.  They don’t miss a thing and it just amazes me that these small two year old girls know as much as they do.  They are also starting to do lots of imaginary play which is so fun.  They like to ride on a “bus” that Daddy makes out of our sofa cushions and they pretend to go to the beach, Daniel Tiger’s house, Pete the Cat’s house, and they often have to stop to use their tools to fix the broken bus.

They also have been so wonderful with the new addition to the family.  They have expressed any jealously and are so sweet to him.  They always want to give him kisses and cuddle “baby brother” and never question how much time I’m having to dedicate to him.  Even when I go upstairs to pump, they haven’t whined or cried about it and just say “bye bye Mommy” when I go upstairs.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by their maturity of adding another sibling to the family.  I think it helps that they have each other, even though they fight with each other.  Typical sisters-not wanting to share their toys,  pulling hair, pulling clothes, wanting a certain colored plate, etc.

The girls went trick or treating for the first time this year and had so much fun. They were reluctant to put their costumes on at first, but Hubby bribed them with a piece of candy and after they hit their first house and realized what trick or treating was all about they were ready to hit house after house.

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Happy baby

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How can I be unhappy when these are my three miracles?!

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First time trick or treating, our little superheros!

Hope everyone is doing okay, I know it’s been a tough day for many.  I want my children to grow up in a world of kindness, love, and acceptance.  I hope that the future will show us that these virtues still exist.

xoxo

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