December 31, 2016 – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!)

Happy New Year Everybody – from our Ohana to yours!!!


The boys and I went shopping while Mama was home sick. (Makani hamming it up…)

As 2016 draws to a close, there are a lot of fun and exciting things happening around our homestead. First and foremost – we have 2 full time walkers! I know I touched on this subject briefly in the ‘No More Bottles’ post earlier this month (I couldn’t help it, I was so excited!) – but yes, Makani & Keoni are both able to walk now. Makani can pretty much run at this point and Keoni is practicing his jumping skills. Kaleo doesn’t appear to be too far behind, we have seen him take up to 5 steps before reverting to a crawl.

We also have a lot of talking going on! All 3 boys are working on their vocal skills, plus they know a little sign language too.

Here are some of their favorite ‘words’ & ‘phrases’:

  • Wow, wow, wow!!!
  • Oh oh…
  • No, no, no…
  • Puff (puffs)
  • Wawa (water)
  • Dis
  • Dat
  • Truck
  • Fire Truck (followed by woo, woo, woo, wooooo!)
  • Dump Truck
  • Tractor
  • Tow Truck
  • Bad boys, bad boys (theme song to Cops! 🙂 )
  • Car
  • Bike
  • Down, down, down (put me down)
  • Up up up (pick me up or go upstairs to bed)
  • Blueberry
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Pease (please or I want goldfish 🙂 )
  • Mouse (Mickey Mouse)
  • Bird (followed be tweet tweet or ca caaa!)
  • Duck
  • All done
  • Book
  • Box
  • Go
  • Baby, baby, baby…
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Eat
  • Ball

and many more being added daily…

At 15 months, the average child says 14 words – so these boys appear to be right on track for their actual age (not adjusted).

Makani has the most extensive vocabulary of the three boys. He is a natural at picking things up – you can always see the wheels turning in his head. Last night when we were getting them ready for bed & I heard Makani say ‘shit‘ several times (very clearly)! I am not sure if I said it first, (maybe)  – but he definitely had a diaper full of it!!! lol 😀

The boys are down to 2 naps per day and will sleep up to 12 hours at night. Bedtime is around 7pm and I usually go up and get them around 630am. Mommy wasn’t feeling too good on Tuesday so I stayed home from work to give her a break. Much to my surprise Makani slept in until 930am and Kaleo & Keoni did not get up until after 10am. Their sleep schedule got thrown way off as a result of the Christmas holiday and family visits. Speaking of naps, when it is bedtime these boys are Ready to Go! We say up, up, up or Who wants to go night, night – once they hear that, they all line up and head for the stairs. I have never seen kids so EAGER to go to bed!!! 🙂

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The boys caught a cold the week before Christmas. Keoni started with a low grade fever that lasted 24 hours. Next up Kaleo & Makani caught it and weren’t feeling well for about 48 hours. On Christmas Eve I took Keoni & Makani outside for a walk around the neighborhood and left Kaleo home with mommy because he still wasn’t feeling well. When we returned, I found Kaleo crying and he was SO upset that he had been left behind!!! I decided to take him for a short walk around the neighborhood and he loved it!!!

Doesn’t the picture below remind you of Ralphie’s little brother in ‘A Christmas Story‘?


I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for taking the time to read this blog and follow our journey. All of your comments & support along the way have meant so much to us, it has been quite a wild ride so far. We have been very fortunate to be able to connect with other families that are just starting out on their journey of parenting multiples. We are grateful to be able to share our experience, strength and hope with the community that was so helpful to us. Together we have been through so much joy and grief. Sadly, we have lost a few of our little angels! May God watch over them and take care of their families. My heart goes out to all of those who have experienced losing a loved one this past year, especially the parents…

Please take a moment out of your busy schedule each and every day to LOVE your little ones and each other!!! Life is short, life is precious, tomorrow is not guaranteed…

In Hawaiian to Mālama, is to take care of, to serve and to honor, to protect and to care for.

Mālama each Other, Mālama Keiki (kids), Mālama Ohana (family)…

Mahalo ke Akua – No Keia la, No Keia Po, A Mau Loa (Thank you God – from this day, from this night, forever more)



2 thoughts on “December 31, 2016 – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!)

  1. toddmazza says:

    Awesome update, Paul. Glad you have two walkers now – even a runner! And great update on their talking. This is always a good preview of what we should expect, since we’re about 3 months behind. And thanks for the acknowledgement of our difficult year. We are very happy to see 2016 in the rear view mirror. We had lots of ups, but tragedy killed the year for us.

    Happy New Year to you guys! We’re glad to have become friends with you this year.

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