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…

May 5, 2017 ‚Äď Cinco de Mayo (19 ¬Ĺ months)

 

Greetings everybody,

I am sorry for the late post, but so much has happened since the last time I checked in.

Rachel had Abdominal Wall Reconstructive Surgery at Kaiser on April 17th, the day after Easter.

Rachel suffered from a severe case of Diastasis Recti as a result of being pregnant with our triplet boys for 33 weeks 6 days:

Diastasis Recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles are separated and no longer located next to each other. The most common cause of diastasis is pregnancy, and no amount of exercise can reverse the condition. When diastasis is caused by pregnancy there is a significant change in shape of the abdominal wall, even in extremely thin patients. This leaves the abdomen looking swollen. The condition is quite common, and studies have shown that it occurs in 35-62% of women.

The only way to resolve diastasis is through a surgical re-approximation of the muscles.  A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery is the ideal procedure because it not only corrects the separated muscles, but also removes the excess skin that is associated with a diastasis. During tummy tuck surgery, the doctor reconnects the left and right side of the abdominal muscles, recreating abdominal tightness.

The weakening of the abdominal muscles and the reduced force transmission from the stretched linea alba may also make it difficult to lift objects, and cause lower back pain. Additional complications can manifest in weakened pelvic alignment and altered posture

This is considered a¬†Major surgery,¬†it took approximately 3 ¬Ĺ hours to complete. Rachel¬†was in the hospital for 6 days and now she can not lift anything¬†heavier than a gallon of milk during her recovery (estimated 6 to 8 weeks). So¬†3 – 25 lb. boys are completely out of the question! ūüôā

I took 8 days off of work to take care of the boys while Rachel was in the hospital. We had a pretty good time even though we all missed mommy! We were able to take a day trip to the Oakland Zoo and then stopped for lunch at In-N-Out on the way home.

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Train ride at the Oakland Zoo (Kaleo, Makani & Keoni)

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni waiting to eat at In-N-Out

The only bummer is our Big Boy РKeoni got sick the day after Rachel had surgery, then the other 2 guys and myself caught his cold on Saturday. Taking care of 3 Р19 month old boys by yourself is NO JOKE!!! Add a cough/fever to that mix and OMG that was a long week!!!

Hats off to Grandma Anne & our great group of family/friends for dropping off meals and staying with the boys while I visited Rachel in the hospital. We continue to receive a generous outpouring of help from our family and friends – Thank You All!!!

All in all the surgery went well. Rachel is at home recovering and the doctors are really happy with the results!

A couple of side notes – we have had a mini-heat wave (temps up to 90 degrees) the past week and I scored this cool little construction truck sandbox/mini pool for the boys off of Nextdoor.com

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I also received 2 tickets to the GS Warriors vs. Utah Jazz playoff game in Oakland last night Рfrom the owners of the Roaring Donkey (my weekend job) Thanks Brian & Greg!!! It was an unexpected, nice, well deserved break for Daddy!!!

Mahalo ke Akua!

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni rooting for the Dubs!!!

 

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My nephew Joe & I at the Dubs vs. Jazz playoff game…

 

 

 

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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February 16, 2017 – 17 months…

Happy Valentines Day & Greetings from the Meatball Factory!!! ūüėõ

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Have you ever been asked a question by a total stranger that made you want to shake your head in disbelief??? Imagine for a second if it happened to you multiple times on a daily basis – Welcome to our world.¬†ūüėÄ There is nothing that could have prepared us for the numerous questions and stares that we get from total strangers when we are out in public with the boys. From Finger Pointing and counting 1, 2, 3 – 3 – 3, you have 3!!! Some people¬†even try to snap a quick picture of us!¬†(Seriously – WTF? If people would just ask I would at least consider it¬†– but please do not try to take a picture of my family without asking me first!!!) I understand that triplets are rare and that it is human nature to be curious, but Geez Louise!!!

Here are just a few of the random questions that we have been asked while out and about with the boys:

This was a recent question from an older gentleman at a coffee shop –

  • Q.¬†“Wow, how did you guys get them so close together?”
  • A. Well, they are triplets… ¬†Stranger: “OH, that explains everything!” ūüė¶
  • Q. “Are they TWINS?”
  • A. Well, no there are three of them – they are Triplets…
  • Q. “Are they all yours?”
  • A. No, we borrowed them from our neighbor and decided to take them to the zoo for the day. ūüôā Yes, they are ours…
  • Q. “Are they Natural?”
  • A. Ummm, I am not sure what you mean – they were made in Mexico if that is what you are asking? lol ūüėÄ

Some of the questions can get really personal:

  • Q. “Did you guys do fertility drugs or do IVF?”
  • A. Are you asking me if I had SEX with my wife or if they started out in a laboratory? NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS…

I know most people are in awe/disbelief and that they really don’t know what to say to us. Unfortunately most of them feel the need to blurt something out¬†– even if it lacks common sense. Rachel is a lot more patient than I am and she doesn’t mind chatting with people/entertaining their questions. I on the other hand, go straight into “Protector Mode”, I pull my hat down real low, strap on my¬†sunglasses and do my best Clint Eastwood impersonation – “Are you feeling Lucky Punk? ARE YOU???” (lol, not really!)

I am a pretty big guy though – 6′ 3″, 300 lbs. so people usually don’t bother us when I am around. I really wish I had more patience with all the attention we receive – but there are only 24 hours in a day and shit needs to get done before the babies get cranky!!! ūüôā

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Are you feeling lucky punk? Are you? РKaleo & Makani!!!

Some of the crazy things we hear on a Daily basis:

  • “You must have your hands full!” Nope, only 3 babies – we have 4 hands!
  • “Bet you didn’t see that one coming!” Actually I did, I am psychic!
  • “I’m so sorry!” Why – Did you fart?
  • “Do you sleep?” Yes – quite well as a matter of fact!
  • “I just couldn’t imagine” – No¬†– probably not…
  • “Better you than me!” Yes¬†– definitely!!!
  • “I would kill myself!” – Ok¬†– please do…
  • “Three at once has to be a lot easier than just 1, at least they can keep each other entertained!” – Durrrr¬†– okay!
  • 2 more than you planned! – Obviously, but I wouldn’t trade them for all of the gold in Fort Knox!
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Keoni, Kaleo & Makani shopping at Costco!!!

On the home front, the boys are all doing really well. They are getting more agile and smarter on a daily basis. They are all able to climb on to the couch and each of them has a voracious appetite!!! They literally eat like teenagers…

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Out for coffee with – Kaleo, Makani, Keoni & Rachel…

Happy 17 month birthday Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!!!

We hope you & your families are all doing well.

Mahalo ke Akua¬†‚ÄstGod Bless!

December 16th, 2016 – 15 months!

Happy Holidays Everybody!

Today’s cover photo is of Weaver’s Winter Wonderland which we took the boys to last weekend. When we arrived, all the boys could say was WOW, WoW, wOw, WOw, WOW, woW, Wow!!! This will be Scott’s final season after 22 years of putting on this fantastic display. ūüė•

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Weaver’s Winter Wonderland

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Family photo ūüôā


Latest Update: We have 2 Walkers! Keoni has literally followed in Makani’s footsteps & is now walking. He’s not quite as stable¬†as Makani (yet), but he is getting there. Because of this recent¬†development we have had to accelerate our efforts in baby proofing the house version¬†2!!! They are literally getting in to everything! lol ūüôā

Mele Kalikimaka!!!

 


Here are some recent pictures, just because they are cute!

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Because Boys Love Boxes!!!

 

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Kaleo, Makani, Rachel & Keoni in their new chairs!

 

December 5th, 2016 – NO MORE BOTTLES!!!

Greetings everybody & Happy Holidays!

What a GLORIOUS DAY! I have been waiting for this moment for what seems like an ETERNITY!!! Over the weekend Rachel & I¬†decided to wean the boys from bottles¬†entirely! In September I posted that I have personally made over 6,000 bottles since the boys came home. I think that number has grown to over 7,000 by now! But alas, no more!!! ūüôā

At the peak of bottle usage, we went through 24 bottles per day. That’s 3 bottles, every 3 hours each and every day. Then we scaled back to 15 bottles per day & most recently we were down to 9 bottles per day. Now if it were just the bottles, it wouldn’t have been so bad. But we decided to use Dr. Brown’s fully vented bottles that promised to help reduce spitup & gas. We had our doubts if it was really worth it early on. We had major leaking problems and our¬†refrigerator shelf would end up looking like this:

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Each bottle consists of a nipple, bottle collar, vent tube, aerator and disc cover for storage. That is 5 more pieces that need to be washed & assembled to make each bottle!

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A special Thank You goes out to all of you that helped to wash bottles, parts & pitchers these past 14 months. My beautiful wife¬†Rachel, Grandma Anne, Hillary, Becca, Jacqueline, Aunt Mary, Susie, Marion, Ce Ce and anyone else that I may have omitted. I am very grateful that I did not have to wash over 7,000 bottles!!! ūüėÄ

We use the sippy cups (shown below) with each meal for milk & we also keep them filled with water throughout the day to keep the boys hydrated.

In other news – WE HAVE OUR FIRST WALKER!!! Makani boy has officially taken his first steps and continues to use that skill as his primary means of getting around the house.

Makani’s first steps:

Keoni has been paying extra attention to his brother’s new found skill and I have witnessed him ‘secret walking’ when nobody is looking!

Mahalo E Ke Akua No Keia La (Thank you God for this day!)

September 17th, 2016 – First Birthday Luau

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On Saturday we had a huge birthday luau for the boys’ 1st birthday. We booked¬†it at a city park that is close to our house.The¬†weather was perfect – mid 80’s with very little wind. The party¬†was well attended with around¬†100 adults & 40 kids! We had 2 other Triplet families in attendance, as well as several Twin families. We are extremely fortunate to have an¬†active/friendly multiples community in our area and they¬†are very supportive of each other! ūüôā

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John A. – Proprietor/Head Chef, Polar Ice

Polar Ice¬†(facebook link) catered our¬†event. John & his wife Valerie went above & beyond, while Lou & Mike helped man the grills and the ice machine. We had so many compliments on how delicious the food was. It was a hot day in Northern California, so the Shaved Ice was really a treat for our guests. ūüôā

For lunch we had:

  • BBQ Chicken
  • Fried Rice
  • Beanie Weenies
  • Fresh Garden Salad
  • Fruit Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Complimentary Shaved Ice
  • Chiquita Mini Bananas, Nachos & Hot Dogs for the kids!

The boys loved all of the attention that they were getting from our¬†friends & family! I have to admit, I was a little worried that they might have a meltdown from all of the attention/people. But it never happened! It was nice that¬†so many of our cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters & calabash family of friends gathered to celebrate the¬†boys first birthday. Some were seeing them for the first time!¬†Doctor Spivak¬†who delivered Rachel’s older son Avery was in attendance, as well as Registered¬†Nurse Amy S. from Kaiser’s Walnut Creek NICU.

 

A fun time was had by all!

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni’s 1st Birthday Luau

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In lieu of gifts, we asked our guests to consider making a tax-deductible charitable donation to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Together we raised over $600 for this cause! A cure for pediatric cancer begins with you. Through the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, your donation can save lives.

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Donate today to fund research for a cure

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the people that pitched in to help make this a memorable & enjoyable event for all!

  • Rachel – my wife, she did such an outstanding job, planning for¬†the bounce house supervision, organizing/planning/purchasing decorations, organizing volunteers to help decorate & getting the boys ready for the party. I also want to thank her for being the best Super Hero Mom ever to our wonderful boys!
  • Grandma Anne – she helped decorate and put out party favors, as well as being a fantastic grandma to our boys
  • Grandpa John – for picking up the birthday balloons and being the father of my gorgeous wife!
  • Avery A. – he was a big¬†help with setup and helping to¬†keep an eye on¬†the boys.
  • Ali C. – all of her artwork and creative ideas were on display for everyone to enjoy!
  • Sergio S. – he was such a tremendous help with setup and organization! I could not have done this without him!
  • Rosa M. – for picking up the birthday cake & knife! ūüôā
  • Craig V. – for helping us with setup & being such an awesome guy!
  • John P. – Papa John, for blessing the food and being a great friend/papa to our boys!
  • Bryan B. & Chris W. – for helping us with cleanup after the event.
  • John A., Valerie A., Mike G. & Lou – Our¬†caterers/friends. They catered the event and were fantastic in every way imaginable. If you are local to our area, please don’t hesitate to give¬†Polar Ice a call!!!
  • To everyone¬†that took photos throughout the event. I love receiving photos from all of you!
  • Rachel & I would also like to thank everyone for all of the thoughtful gifts for the boys – money, gift cards, diapers, clothes & toys! We¬†will be¬†sure¬†to put them all to good use!
  • For those of you that donated to NPCF – thank you again!!!

I truly apologize if I left anybody out! (I am sure Rachel will let me know if I did! ūüôā )

Mahalo Nui Loa Na Ho’olaule’a A Me La Kaua!

(Thank you for celebrating with us!)