November 16th, 2017 – As we recover…

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In memory…

The wildfires have been fully contained. The sound of rain falling as I type is a pleasant melody to my ears – our community is still in shock, the process of rebuilding will be a long and arduous journey!

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2 years – time is flying!!!

On the home front we continue to plug away. Poor air quality has made it difficult to plan any outdoor activities.

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The smoke could be seen from outer space…

We have been doing some arts & crafts (finger painting) and played some indoor newspaper basketball!

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Zip lock finger painting

The boys were so happy to get outside once the blue skies returned. We have a middle school close to our house that has a huge playground that the boys can ride their scooters, play on the slides or just wander around!

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A Gorgeous Day at the School

Last weekend we delivered some bottled water and couple of bags of coffee to the firefighters at the Rancho Adobe Fire Department on behalf of the Heroes of America Foundation. The boys got a tour of the fire station, climbed up inside a firetruck and even tried on real fire helmets! They were so thrilled! The firemen were so kind to do this for our boys. Thank you to all of the first responders from around the United States that came and battled the devastating fires that affected our community. We are grateful for all that you did!!!

If you would like to join the Heroes of America “Disaster Relief Team” or learn more about them, please contact info@heroesofamerica.org

The boys are at a fun stage in life!!! I refuse to accept or acknowledge that the ‘Terrible Twos‘ are a real thing- I am enjoying each every minute that we spend together. I feel that life is what you make of it!!! ūüôā

Mahalo ke Akua/God Bless!

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September 16, 2017 ‚Äď A Note to My Sons III, Happy 2nd Birthday!!!

To my sons¬†‚Äď Kaleo, Makani & Keoni,

Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays!!!

The three of you have brought so much joy to our lives ūüôā When we are out together, total strangers always come up and say to us – ‘Wow, you have your hands full!’

Not nearly as full as our hearts!!!

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-Baby Kaleo

What you lack in size you make up for in attitude and cuteness! You are such a creative thinker and always try to be the center of attention. It cracks me up when you come up with all your ‘new dance moves’!!! Sometimes, I feel like you get the short end of the stick because your brothers are a little needy when it comes to Mom & Dad’s attention. Never the less, you manage to keep yourself entertained and happy! You are fearless to a fault – I have never seen you shy away from a danger or a stranger! Hopefully we can get you to reel it in a little, but I definitely don’t want to hold you back – it is who you are!

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-Makani Boy

Daddy’s boy! I have stopped trying to count how many words you know now – the number is unfathomable. So smart, so articulate and such a Papa’s boy! I am grateful for the unspoken connection that we share. You teach me new things on a daily basis. I love how observant you are, especially as you notice all of the little details in the world around us. You are always quick to point them out to me! Keep smiling and flashing those baby blues!

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-Keoni ‚ÄėBig Boy‚Äô

Mama’s little Big Boy! People say all of the time that you are a Mini-Me, so I guess it’s true that the apple doesn’t fall far from this tree! You are clearly the shyest of our boys. It takes you a little longer to warm up to strangers, but I think you have the biggest heart. Also, like me – you love your Mom so much and I know it warms her heart when you give her one of your Big Boy hugs! I hope that your love of life continues to grow and blossom!

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Mahalo ke Akua! (Thank you God!)

With all my Love ‚Äď Happy Second Birthday Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!

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July 16th, 2017 – 22 months

Hi everybody,

Hope you all are doing well.

Happy 22 month birthday to Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!!!

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Keoni, Makani & Kaleo going for a ride…

Here are some updates:

  • Naps and Sleep: The boys are still napping 2 times a day and sleep from 7:30 pm to 6:30 am on most days. They still sleep in their cribs for now, hopefully they don’t get any ideas on escaping anytime soon!
  • Food: The boys have a voracious appetite. Keoni still has a thing for greens – green beans, asparagus, spinach, cucumbers and broccoli (Go Big Boy!!!) Makani is warming up to them – he is our ‘Old Faithful’ when it comes to eating. He doesn’t mess around – his brothers will play with their food, sing and cry – while he goes at it with a workman like pace! At this point Kaleo doesn’t really care for vegetables, I’m not sure if corn is considered a vegetable, but that is the only thing he will eat. I have a feeling that he will be on the receiving end of some good lickens’ from his brothers for eating too slow and holding them up. He is ALWAYS the last to finish!!!
  • Milestones:¬†The boys are talking up a storm and have a pretty extensive vocabulary for their age! Rachel and I feel like they are all well ahead of the norm. The typical 2 year old toddler knows between 50 – 75 words. There is a pretty wide gap for this age ranging from 50 to 225 words. I made a list of words that Makani can say and it is already at 250¬†words and counting. ¬†Plus he is also starting to form sentences. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started reading sooner rather than later. This is a pretty amazing age for their young minds. They pick things up so quickly! As far as weight gain – all 3 are 30+ pounds and show no sign of slowing down!!! ūüėģ
  • Testing the waters: We are getting to that age where the boys are starting to test us on a daily basis and depending on if they get their way or not – things can get pretty emotional for them. Fortunately Rachel has a lot of patience and can usually redirect them long enough to calm them down. I, however – am a work in progress!!! ūüôā
  • Rachel update: Rachel is still recovering from her AWR surgery. She got the go ahead from the doctors to start lifting the boys 10 weeks after surgery. It’s been a long road – but she is feeling better. Thank you to everyone for your prayers, thoughts and well wishes! It has meant a lot to both of us.

Here’s a fun slideshow that I put together (with music):

Until next time – Mahalo ke Akua (God Bless!)

May 16, 2017 – 20 Months & Happy Mother’s Day…

Hello Everyone!

Happy 20 month birthday to Kaleo, Makani & Keoni. ūüôā

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

The past couple of weeks we have noticed that the boys are getting more and more attached to certain objects – e.g. pacifiers, lovies (monkey blanket), toys, etc… We had an incident last week where their lovies were in the wash, (unbeknownst to me). Kaleo & Makani were PISSED!!! They¬†screamed and cried for almost an hour (Keoni is our best sleeper & he didn’t care either way). They all have been¬†pretty good about naptime or bedtime, but on this night they were just not having it. Rachel replaced their monkeys with another plush blanket animal but that didn’t work. Finally I had to go upstairs and bring both of them down until their lovies made it out of the dryer. They were elated¬†to be reunited with their monkeys and happily nodded off into dreamland…

We have learned that you should always¬†have a backup of their coveted lovie or whatever they are attached to and rotate it out just for situations like I described. It sounds good in theory, but we all know how Real Life works! lol ūüôā

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Lovies (Monk, monk!)

Rachel is still in recovery mode. Things are going well, but she can not lift the babies yet and she is having a difficult time sleeping as a result of the pain medication that she has been taking. Hopefully her recovery will continue to progress with time!

It has been difficult¬†to get the boys out of the house on a regular basis. I have been working on toddler proofing our small backyard with some success. We have a slide, sandbox, water table and a couple of garden boxes filled with dirt that they can play in. Getting outside into the backyard usually makes them pretty happy, but I know they miss our family outings on the weekends. ūüė¶

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms!!!

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Until next time, Mahalo ke Akua…

March 16, 2017 – 18 months (1 ¬Ĺ years old!!!)

Greetings everybody!!!

Where did the last year and a half of our lives go? What happened to our tiny little babies? My Goodness, how time flies!!!

I am in a little shock/disbelief that our precious little babies are embarking on their next stage in development: TODDLER-HOOD!!! It seems so inappropriate to continue to call them babies. They range in weight from a little over 26 lbs. (Kaleo & Makani) to almost 29 lbs. (Keoni).

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Our weekly Costco trip! Makani, Kaleo & Keoni

I wish I¬†could slow down the time machine and just go back! But alas – I¬†must accept and push on!!! I¬†have experienced so many heart warming moments & good times! The lack of sleep the first 3 months helped me to forget most of the little struggles we had! ūüôā I¬†could not have asked for a more versatile, sweet and kindhearted gaggle¬†of young men. I am¬†truly blessed and continue to¬†strive¬†to enjoy¬†each and every moment of life as it evolves around me.

I remember when I started this blog, my hope was that it would help to capture my thoughts and process my feelings as a First Time Father of Triplets. I wanted it to enable me to reach out and help a growing community of parents just like me. So many crazy ideas and scenarios ran through my head and not all of them were good. The process of writing this blog has helped me to quiet the Category 5 Hurricane that was swirling between my ears. I knew deep down inside that I just had to Accept and Trust the Process.

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I have always believed that ‘things happen for a reason’ and that ‘there was no such thing as a coincidence’. But what was the reason for this??? What lesson was there to learn? I believe that I was finally at a point in MY¬†life where I was ready. God had chosen us! We were given his¬†blessing¬†to take care of, protect and raise these three precious souls.

For those of you that have followed my journey¬†– God willing, I will be celebrating 6 years of sobriety in May. I have finally learned to accept¬†life one day at a time. I don’t believe I could have trudged this path¬†– successfully, without the help of a power greater than myself, that’s it!!! That is all, that is everything. Is there a better example of how powerless I am over – People, Places and Things than to have Spontaneous, Naturally Conceived Triplets at the tender young age of 49??? God has blessed me with this opportunity. Reconnecting with him has made all of this possible. If I were left to my own devices, most likely I would have FAILED. He¬†has given me the hope and happiness that I had longed for my entire life. Now a sense of¬†calm has replaced the storm. I LOVE my LIFE!!!¬†For the first time¬†I am¬†truly happy! Finally I can share this¬†happiness (His happiness) with those around me. My sons, my wife, my family, my friends, everyone!!!

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For the First Time Dads that are out there reading this – Trust The Process & Control what you can control’¬†Let the rest go.

It all begins with your Actions and your Attitude!!!

Actions: Well, that should be an easy one – but it’s not really:

Tell the Truth! Smile and be nice to people. Rub your wife’s back & feet (she will definitely appreciate this!) Give her a compliment. Let that hurried person in traffic go in front of you. It’s all the simple things that we can do for others on a daily basis that add up to¬†make a difference!

Attitude:¬†Here’s a little trick that worked wonders for us:

Early on, when the physicians spoke to us about selective reduction. Their job was to present us with the facts – Multiple Pregnancies ARE considered High Risk!!!

I suggested to¬†Rachel that whatever the doctor tells us – let’s focus on the big number! For example: If our¬†physician told us that¬†‘there is a 3% chance that Baby A could be at risk for Autism’ – we would flip it around and Hear¬†‘there is a 97% chance that Baby A will not be at risk for Autism!’…

We continued to do this throughout the pregnancy and it worked out pretty well for us. Looking back things were pretty uneventful and everything progressed better than we expected!!!

IMPORTANT: I am not down playing the risks inherent with multiple pregnancies! I want to acknowledge that things can go wrong. Please address any concerns you may have with your physician! But for the sake of your sanity – Cross that bridge when/if you get there!!!

One thing that I worried about was the inevitable fact that the babies would be born premature and because of that, there was¬†a strong likelihood of an extended stay in the NICU. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the acronym¬†“NICU” it is short for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The thought of this went against all of my preconceived ideals of what having a baby was all about. From my point of view – the mother carries the baby for 9 months, starts to have contractions, then she goes into labor, we head to the hospital in a crazy rush¬†& the medical team delivers the baby. The doctors and nurses clean the baby up and the guys head¬†outside to¬†smoke a cigar and high five each other. After all that, everybody gets to go¬†home!!!

Hahaha – Not so fast, that was about the furthest from reality as you can get when you are expecting Triplets. ūüôā Our boys were born at 33 weeks, 6 days. They spent 21 days in the NICU (it probably would have been closer to 14 days if we didn’t have them transferred to a hospital that was closer to our home). But, in the long run it was ALL GOOD! I ended up convincing myself that they really were at the best possible place should there be any complications. Besides the obvious medical advantages that the NICU offered, the nurses helped us to establish a feeding/sleeping routine that we continued to utilize well after we brought them home. They also taught us how to feed, hold, swaddle and bathe them. Rachel was able to be close to the boys, but she did not need to worry about caring for them 24/7 while she recovered from the C-Section. None of our boys have had any medical complications due to being born premature. All in all, a short stay¬†in the NICU turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

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Front to back: Makani, Kaleo & Keoni

Well, that’s it for this installment…

I want to give a special shout out to my brothers from the Early Birds!!!

‚ô•‚ô•‚ô• Happy 18 month birthday to Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!!! ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

Rachel & I pray that all of you and yours are doing well! ūüôā

Thanks to God for this day¬†–¬†Mahalo e ke akua no keia la

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