About our blogger: Astrid

Her kiddos call her Mom, Todd calls her wife, you can just call her Astrid. After enduring the heartbreak of miscarriage and struggles of fertility issues, Astrid and Todd finally realized their dream of having a baby: in triplicate. Between pumping sessions to feed her triplets with mother's milk, Astrid enjoys crafting diaper cakes, creating homemade baby food recipes and carving out time for a shower.

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October 1st, 2013

Extra-curricular Activites

As a child, I absolutely LOVED to participate in sports.
I did gymnastics.
Soccer (2 seasons per year)
Speed skating (don’t laugh…yes, on good ol’ roller skates).

And I loved every minute.
Except when I tried to do gymnastics at Bela Karolyi’s gym, along side Mary Lou Retton.
That, I quit after 3 months.

Dude, that guy was TOUGH.

So, this begs the discussion on activities with triplets.
I am a firm believer that this is an important part of development.
It teaches team spirit, cooperation, patience, sportsmanship, etc.

But, I think it is a bit tougher to be as eclectic with sports as I was as a child.
I mean, there are THREE of them the SAME age.
Yeah, in case you didn’t catch they are triplets {totally being sarcastic…it is my mood tonight}.

I started all the kids in dance/tap when they were 3.
I thought it would be a great way to intro in to extra curricular activities.
And knowing our schedule, doing them together is a must.

Yes, this meant the boy was in dance/tap.
He even did the recitals.
I think it is good for him to experience all this as well.

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September 25th, 2013

Car Seat Confessions

I am somewhat of a planner.
Ok, not always but there are some things I really sit & think my way through.
One of them has been car seats.
Yeah, the oh-so-controversial topic.
Which, for the record, I do not understand WHY.
Why would you NOT keep your kids as safe as possible for as long as possible?

Pretty easy for me to get.
And yeah, I understand 5-point harnesses are a pain in the ass with triplets.
But, I don’t really care.
I would hate to be in an accident with a child ending up hurt & wish I hadn’t been so focused on how difficult it is to get them in & out of those suckers because at the end of the day, they are the safest.
Which brings me to the topic of the day.
When do you switch from those pesky 5-point harnesses & in to boosters?
When we purchased car seats, I did tons of research.
I wanted to get the most bang for our buck.
We started w/ infant carriers & kept them rear-facing until they were about 14 months old.
Then it was time to move to the bigger seats.
Due to our mode of transportation, a Honda CRV, rear-facing was not an option with the new seats.

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September 20th, 2013

How to Handle Homework?

I think this is what I was most worried about with the kids going to school
Yes, homework.
No, not the amount, just how to handle it…ya know, the logistics of having 3 doing homework, that is obviously parent guided.

And I know there are people out there that 3 kids but they are different ages.
Let’s face it, you can’t compare apples & oranges.
Here is a perfect example of what I mean.

We have to read with the kids for 10 minutes a day.
I have interpreted that to mean 10 minutes with EACH child, not collectively although it will happen like that on days we have gymnastics.
The kids aren’t ready to read alone, they need us to read to them or guide them through the reading.

So, 10 minutes just turned in to 3 minutes.
And while 30 minutes doesn’t seem all that long, when you run a tight schedule, it is a bit of an imposition.
Not complaining at all, this momma loves to read so I know how very important this is! Read the rest of this entry »

October 14th, 2012

3 Kids and a Wedding Dress

I’m not sure where I got the idea.

Maybe I saw it somewhere?

Who knows.

What I do know is it had to be done.

I had to get my wedding dress out and get photos of the kids with it.

You know, the ultimate dress up session.

Mommy’s wedding dress + triplets + Candace + sunset = PERFECTION.

Isn’t this the most gorgeous shot?
I am completely in love with these 3 children.

Gabi is our China doll…such a perfect little face! Read the rest of this entry »


September 23rd, 2012

Spirit Day

Today was Spirit Day at school.
The kids looked adorable!
We got tons of compliments on the dresses.
Best part is they are comfortable, like wearing a big shirt.
And I had an excuse to use the chalkboard again.

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September 8th, 2012

Our First Family Vacation

It is official.
We survived our first family vacation.
So you understand, the thought of taking our triplets on a
16 hour road trip was less than appealing until this summer.
Why 16 hours?
Because that is how far my parents are away.
In Colorado.
Up in the mountains.
Way, way up.
This is the year we decided to tackle the challenge.
And the kids did beautifully.
Except for the occasional temper tantrum
but that could have happened here at home as well.
I’ll be sharing some pics over the next few days.
These are some of my favorite moments.

Daddy and son…together.

My boy trying to be Read the rest of this entry »

July 12th, 2012

Fridge Magnet Cups…LIFESAVER

If you have kids, you know they are always asking for something. Mine ask for something to drink. Mainly water. They know how to dispense the water from the fridge, but the incessant asking for a cup was driving me batty. Actually, driving us both batty. God must have been listening, because not 2 days later, a tutorial on MADE saved my life.

We promptly went to Hobby Lobby the next day for magnets. Then to Target for cups. I even let the kids pick their own cups, and they were horrible, but that is another story.

The next day, while they were at the GPs, I made the cups.

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May 21st, 2012

Running a Half Marathon

I always thought “they” were crazy.
Who in the world would want to run further than a few miles?
Not I…well, in a way I did.
In my mid twenties, I started jogging.
Nothing big, a couple of miles about 4 times a week.
I stopped for a while.
Trying to get pregnant & jogging didn’t fit well together.
It wasn’t even a thought until about 1.5 yrs after the kids were born.
Of all months to start, I decided July was the best.
Don’t ask me why my brain thought July.
Guess if I could run during one of the hottest months
of the year, I would maybe stick with it.
I did well for a while.
Ran about 2.5 miles per day, 4-6 times a week.
But once again, had to stop.
This time the culprit was the knee.
So I substituted w/ Jillian.
But it just wasn’t the same.
So again, I chose July to start running.
2.5-3.5 miles.
I was upping the mileage.
And then Diana came in to my life.
She is my BRB (best running buddy).
She is the reason I go on days I don’t feel like it.
But best of all, we motivate ONE ANOTHER to keep going.
We started tackling the miles.
3 miles 3 times a week & then a longer jog on Fridays.
There was talk of signing up for a 10k.
By that point, we were running a 10k on Friday runs.
It wasn’t a challenge.
Then she proposed a half marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

October 17th, 2011

Life with 3.5 yr olds and school…

Why do the terrible 2′s exist? I’m telling you right now, the 3′s are much more challenging.

Preschool has been fabulous. The kids absolutely love going. It was the best decision we could have made. They talk about the letters they are learning. About all their new friends. They love the activities they do. The playground is the highlight of their day. Going Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday seems to work very well. They get all their learning in, and if they get sick, we have 4 days to get over it before they have to go back.

Speaking of sick… The 2nd week of school, Gabi brought home a tummy virus. The kind you don’t want to come home., Vomiting for 6 hours and then diarrhea. She started on Thursday night, 11:30pm, and we thought we were scott free. HA! Sofi started on Saturday at 2:30pm. Then Ian at 6:30pm. It gets better… I started at 8:30pm. And we thought Todd would get away from it all. Until about 5am Sunday morning.

5 days of vomiting.
1 week of diarrhea.
It.was.absolutely.horrible. Worse than I could ever imagine. But we made it through.

That’s not all. Last Friday, Gabi started with a fever. Then Ian. His went up to 104.4. Scary, and yes, we were in the tub. I say we…Ian & I. Todd sitting next to us. No fun. But it is all worth it. The kids’ immune systems are getting tested now rather than when they get to kindergarten. And they are happy about school. So, that’s what we have been up to.


August 2nd, 2011

Breastfeeding Triplets

It can be done. Granted, there will be many hurdles to jump.

BUT… it is possible. Take it from me. The girls got mommy milk until 13 months old. Ian went all the way to 20 months, and he chose by himself to give it up. I think the peer pressure got to him. After all, his sisters were getting milk in sippy cups.


That was that. Fortunately, I was comfortable with his decision. Not that I wasn’t sad. I did cry about a million & a half tears, most of them because it was the end of our breastfeeding relationship, the other part because I knew I would never have this opportunity again.

I was reminded this evening by a great online friend, Renee, how important this relationship was to me. How much I sacrificed for my kids to get the goodies from mommy. She even wrote a little shpeel about it on her blog.

Most triplet moms don’t even think it is possible. Some run in to supply issues. Others run in to health issues. I can speak from experience. I had mastitis a total of ELEVEN times in 16 months. Yes, you read correctly. And if you have had it, you know what I sacrificed to keep going.

This battle was in my heart. I already gave my children a disadvantage by knowing they would be born premature. This was my way to give them back a little something. If you doubt the fight is worth fighting, I encourage you to find a La Leche League near you. They are a wonderful support group. If anything, they will provide a comfortable environment where you can ask questions and receive educated answers.

If in doubt, just know that this triplet momma, that didn’t have a nanny and did days by herself, could manage to breastfeed and pump over 90 oz of milk on a daily basis. So if you think you can’t…