Monday, December 22, 2008

On the Road Again!

Well tomorrow morning, bright and early, we are headed up to OK. This is the first time I have been home since September. I know it doesn't sound like a long time, but me and the kids usually go home once a month. In the time since we have been home last, my parents moved out of my childhood home and into their brand new one. It is way bigger and will be so much better when the whole family is their but it will be so weird not going to my old house! I'm really excited to see the new one though. Last time we were their the was only walls. Everyone has their own room now too so I think the sleeping will go better with everyone seperated.

The kids and I will be up in OK for twelve days, and Jake will be back and forth between TX and OK. I hope everyone has a very wonderful and Merry Christmas! I know we will! Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bundle Up!

So Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were cold enough that we were in need of hats and jackets. Luckily I had purchased some, mainly for our trips up to OK. The kids have never worn winter hats, so I thought we should practice On Tuesday night so we wouldn't have any meltdowns Wednesday morning on out way to school. I was taking all four kids by myself and didn't need any extra problems. Well needless to say, these kids now wish we lived in a colder state. They absolutely loved their hats and mittens. They ran around for about an hour after dinner and were so mad when they Had to take them off for baths. As soon as they woke up Wednesday morning, they started asking for their hats. Too bad it is going to b almost eighty for the next few days!

Here's some pics of the kids sporting their new hats and mittens for the first time!



And the kids on their way to school with their new jackets and hats



And just because he's cute, Charlie man takin' a little nap

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We Survived!

Welp, we did it. I survived one whole day all by myself. The kids did pretty well. It got a little dicey before nap time and before Jake got home, but other than that, I think we'll do just fine. We did alot of playing and reading, and Charlie even joined in on the fun. It is below freezing for the second day in a row and we are getting a little cabin fever. We usually go somewhere everyday, and it is just to dang cold! It was eighty degrees on Sunday so we are ready for nice weather again! Here's some pics from yesterday when Charlie visited the playroom. This boy is going to have to get tough, fast, if he wants to survive around those three little monsters!
Lovin' on Charlie

This is a great indicator of how these to react to Charlie. Huddy gets overexcited and a little aggresive and Ella could really care less if he is around or not!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Flyin' Solo!

Well I am officially on my own for the first time today. My mom was here the first week and our Sister-in-Law was here last week. So wish us luck and we'll see how it goes.

We had a fun weekend around here. Jake's oldest brother and his three kids came down on Friday to pick up Brynn. The kids played like crazy on Friday night after dinner and were good and worn out for bedtime. On Saturday, we went to Grapevine to eat some Mexican food and walk around downtown to look at all the Christmas decorations. We shopped a little too and had a great time. Thanks for coming down Brad and Brynn, can't wait to see you in a couple weeks!

Here's some pics from Saturday.
The Whole Fam in Grapevine

The kids checkin' out the Christmas village

Some more Barron kids: Sam, Live, Jules, Hudson, Ella and Carter

Sunday, we took our second trip to Wal-Mart with all six of us. Think you get alot of funny looks with two year old triplets? Throw in a two week old baby and the sympathy stares and gasps come flooding out! I must say though, from the time we loaded up the car at our house until the time we loaded up at Wal-Mart, was only an hour. I think that's pretty darn good! I think I'll wait a little bit until I take all four by myself, I'm not that crazy!

Here's some pics from Sunday night.
Tummy time with Charlie

Me trying to explain how to be gentle. We're still workin' on it!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Two year / Two week check-up

The kids had their two year check up at the doctor on Tuesday. Needless to say, it was not our best appointment. They freaked, totally! They wouldn't let the nurses weigh them or check how tall they were. Then one of our nurses tried to give Carter a pen to distract him and he threw it and it smoked Charlie right in the head! So all in all not our greatest showing. Even with the screwed up heights and weights, the boys are in the 50th percentile and Ella is in the 75th. So the doc was really pleased with that. The only check mark we didn't get, was having fifty words or more. We have a ton of words, just not all ones that you can understand! But overall, doc was really pleased.

Charlie also had his two week check up at the same time. He is doing great. He is back to his birth weight and gaining about an ounce a day, which is right where he is supposed to be. He, unlike his brothers and sister, laid pleasantly on the scale and laid very still so they could measure his height.

Here's some pics of the kids from this week! Hope everyone is having a good week!
Mr. Bright Eyes this morning

Charlie looking handsome in his new sweater

The jumpin' crazies before school yesterday

Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy 2nd Birthday!

First of all, let me apologize for my serious lack of posting. We have been having major internet issues that are finally resolved!

I can't believe that these kids are TWO!! Even though there are some super slow days, time goes by so dang fast! We aren't doing anything for their birthday today, we did all that a couple weeks ago, before Charlie, when they got their gifts and we spent the day at the zoo. Anyone who knows these kids, knows how different they are so I thought I would share some of their favorite things with you!

"Hudson Robert"
The first born, does not act like the oldest in any way. Also answers to Huddy, Hud-Man, Hudster, or Hud. Loves any kind of ball and has an arm like a rocket! Loves to torment his brother and sister, whether it be with food or a toy. Loves cookies, quesidillas, bean burritos, and pizza! Loves school and fruit snacks which we affectionately call "Nute Naks!" Is a thumb-sucker, but only his left thumb, and only when we he is tired. Loves to cuddle especially when he is sleepy.

"Ella Jewel"
The second born, is the most dominant of the three. Will answer to Ell, Big E, Ellster, or Miss Ell. Is a book worm. Loves any and all books. Tells her brothers what to do at all times, and the seem to understand every word she says. Will eat anything and everything you put in front of her. Is very organized, even when eating. She eats one thing at a time, and takes one bite from each side of her sandwich in order to keep them even. She is my child! Loves to sleep, anytime for as long as you will let her.

"Carter Jacob"
The third born, and definitely the biggest loner of the group. Also known as Carter-Man, Tarter, Tarty, or Sweet Tart. Favorite book is the "Belly-Button Book" which is known as "Bee-Bo". Has the biggest appetite but only when he wants to eat. Will go on three or four day hunger strikes and then miraculously will eat enough for two grown men. Loves to hoard all his "Little People" and align everything on the window-sill, and totally melts down if anyone moves anything out of place.

They are so different, but work so well together, most of the time. Of course they still have fights like every brother and sister. They love each other and have a hard time functioning when one of them is gone. It is so much fun to watch them interact and know that they totally get each other in a way that even I will never be able to understand. Happy Birthday to my "Big Kids"! I love you very much!

The big two year olds eating breakfast this morning while watching a little "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"

Charlie is doing great. He is becoming much more alert and stays awake for an hour to an hour and a half after each feeding. He is sleeping in five to six hour stretches at a night which is totally unexpected and awesome. The doctor says he is doing great and we go in tomorrow for his two week check-up along with the triplets two year check-up. It should be CRAZY!!! Here's a pic of the big man! He is too cute if I do say so myself!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Angel Baby

OK, before I talk about Charlie, I have to wish Jake a very Happy 30th Birthday. It was yesterday and he kind of got the shaft. No sleeping in, no presents, no cards, nothing. We did carry out dinner from his favorite restaurant last night. To bad he had to eat by himself in the living room while my mom took care of the triplets and I fed Charlie! So Happy 30th Birthday Jake, we love you!

OK, so apparantly I gave birth to the most laid back, easiest baby ever (knock on wood). He is nursing every three hours during the day, and eating every four to five hours at night. The kicker is, we have to wake him up to feed him. I kid you not, this kid would sleep through the night if we would let him. We've been home for four days and it has gone much smoother than I could ever imagine. I hope to not be eating my words in three days crying about how he will never sleep, but so far, so good. The kids are adjusting really well. They all kiss and hug him and overall I think they like him. Here's some pics of the big man and how he spent his first weekend home!
The whole crew getting ready for the OU game

Charlie all decked out in his OU finest

This is how he looks about 97% of the time. Still pretty cute though!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Introducing.....

Our brand new addition. Mr. Charlie Johnson Barron

Weight: 7lb. 8oz.
Length: 18 in.

Well Charlie has arrived and everything went absolutely perfectly! We are actually already home and at the moment, all four kids are sound asleep for a little nap. We got to the hospital at about 5:30am. They took us back to our room and got us all set up. After millions of question and info about what they were going to do, they came and took us to the operating room. It was so laid back it was unreal. There were about six or seven people in the room and two of them just asked if they could hang out because they had nothing else to do. They even let Jake come in while they were doing the Spinal Block which helped because I was dreading that part horribly. There was music on and everyone was just so laid back and relaxed. My doctor even asked if I wanted her to take out my old scar and make it straight and pretty. Sure, why the heck not. My one from last time was a bit lopsided and scraggly looking, because of the way the kids were laying and how quick everything had to be done. And then after they got him out, they held him up and we got to take pictures of him! I thought he looked so tiny but they all said he was a pretty good size. They took him over to get him all cleaned up and Jake got to go see him and take pictures. They were getting me all fixed up and then they just brought him over and gave him to Jake. He was with us the whole rest of the day. It was so cool! They gave him to me after they moved me to the transport bed, and I got hold him. I actually got to hold one of my kids right after they were born! It was awesome! The rest of the day, however, did not go so well. I was fine until about 1:00pm, and then I had a reaction to some of the medicine they gave me. I was talking and acting like a total loon. I knew I was totally confused and out of it, but I still couldn't keep anything straight. I was like a total crazy person. After some tears of confusion and a good night's sleep, I was back to my normal self yesterday. We are actually already home and it feels good to be here. The kids seem to be doing OK with Charlie. They are still a little out of whack from me being gone and they haven't really paid any attention to him yet. We'll see how it goes over the next couple days as we settly back into our routine, or our new routine I guess. OK, so here is what you guys really came for. Here are some new pics of our newest little one. I must say, he is pretty darn cute, and we have decided to keep him.

Just before delivery

My first time seeing him

My first time holding Mr. Charlie

Our newly expanded family

The big man takin' a rest

Our "Little Turkey" on Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Well it is currently 4:00 am and I am sitting in my kitchen unable to sleep. I don't know if it nerves or excitement or what! Tomorrow is Charlie day and I'm so excited. We had a super busy weekend trying to finish up last minute stuff as well as watching the Sooners destroy the Red Raiders! Boomer! Saturday, Jake did all the yard work and got everything in shape that had been a little neglected the last couple months. I caught up on the laundry and ironing and played with the kids. Sunday was a cooking marathon. I cooked five huge casseroles to put in the freezer for everyone to eat while I'm in the hospital and for when I first come home. Yesterday, I went and got a mani and pedi and it was as Borat would say "Very, Very Nice"!. They used hot stones which left my legs feeling so freakin' awesome. After my little beauty day, the kids and I came home and they took a nap while I caught up on my soaps. No tellin' when I'll get to watch any more of those! Maybe those midnight feedings! Today, the cleaning lady is coming and I'm finishing up some last minute stuff. The dogs have to be at the groomer at 9:30, I need to go pick up some batteries for all of Charlie's stuff, get my oil changed in the van and then my pre-op appointment is at 2:00. Family should start arriving by five. My brother (Arin), his girlfriend (Savannah), my mom, dad, Nanna, Poppa and Jake's parents will all be here. My mom, dad, Arin and Savannah are going to stay here with the kids in the morning and then bring them up to the hospital a little later once we get settled in. I really want to keep their routine as normal as possible. It is already going to be so weird for them. No one else has ever taken care of them but me. Not that I don't have full confidence in my family, it will just be weird being away from them for four days! Maybe a nice little break, but still weird. Well, I'm off to see if I can go back to sleep. Wish us luck tomorrow and we will get some info posted as quick as we can!

Here's some pics from this weekend. Our last weekend as a family of five!

Eating some goldfish watching "College Gameday" with daddy

Carter apparantly woke up a little early and is still a little sleepy

Big E on the other hand is primed and ready to go

Huddy also missed the memo about sleeping and decided to catch up

Huddy trying to escape from baby jail

Carter man says "Let Me Out"!

Big E trying to make a break for it!

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Pajama Kind of Day

Yesterday, the kids and I spent the entire day in our PJ's. We don't regularly do this. Yes, I'm always in something that might resemble PJ's, I always change my clothes. But not yesterday, we were lazy and lounged all day. I caught up on all the ironing in Charlie's part of the playroom while the kids played and watched movies. We also did alot of dancing. We didn't leave the house one time. It was chilly outside and we just decided it wasn't worth the effort yesterday. Even though we didn't do anything, I was pretty sure I was going to have this baby last night. But Jake took care of baths for the night, and I went to bed and am feeling much better today! It is pretty chilly here this morning so we won't be up to much this afternoon. I have a list a mile long of things to do before next week. Most of them are phone calls and making lists. Lists of what the kids need to wear, what they are going to be eating, stuff like that. So it is going to be a pretty low key weekend for us. The Sooners have a huge game on Saturday, and I already told Charlie that if he decided to come on Saturday, he is going to have to wait until after the game, we have priorities around here! Hope everyone has a good day and a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

38 Weeks

T-minus one week and counting. Surprise and I had our last check up today, and it went swimmingly. She said everything looks great and was shocked by how much he is still moving. She told me that usually they have slowed down at this point, but she could barely get his heartbeat he was actin' so crazy in there. I didn't gain any weight, so I'm not exactly sure where that whole box of "Famous Amos Cookies" is being stored. That and the couple bowls of my dear friend "Egg Nog Ice-cream"! She said he has grown since last week though, so I don't know what else I can do. I think it is safe to say we are ready. Charlie's bag is packed, I have all my stuff, just have to put it in a bag. We have to be at the hospital at 5:30am next Wednesday and then he should be here shortly after 7:30am! Hooray!! I'm so excited! I don't think the kids know exactly what is about to happen, but I think they have an idea. We got Ella a baby doll as one of her birthday gifts, and after a few hours of wanting nothing to do with it, they now all fight over who gets to hold it. They dress it and help me change it's diaper and they have even learned how to swaddle. Now if only I can train them to take care of Charlie like that! HaHa! I'm sure they will be more help than I need, or want! They are finally back to sleeping well. They have been sleeping from about 8:00pm until about 6:30am. They are hilarious in the mornings. Huddy is always the first one up and you can hear him crawl into bed with Ella, and then they both go wake Carter up. They spend about fifteen minutes playing with their books and then they are ready for us to come get them and they start to hollar. It is so funny to listen to them play and talk to eachother in the mornings when no one is around, too cute! Well it is time to go pick them up from "Cool" (school), so here it is folks. The last ever Lindsay Barron belly shot! Trust me, this is definitely it! Just one more week 'til we meet Charlie!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Early Birthday Celebration!

So Jake and I made the decision to celebrate the kids' 2nd birthday a little early. We wanted them to have a fun day and since they turn two about two weeks after we bring home Charlie, we weren't sure how that would work out. So Friday night, we put their big gift together. It's a good thing we decided to this this whole thing early. The first one took forever to put together, and you HAVE to have two people to do it. The second and third one went alot quicker, but then we had to totally rearrange the playroom b/c they were so big, and that is not something I think I would be up for shortly after having a baby! But anyways, the kids absolutely love their present and I'm so glad this is what we picked. Your in for a treat too! We got a new video camera and I am doing my first ever video on the blog. Hopefully, everyone can see it. It is a little bit long, but I know our families will want to see it all. Excuse our appearances, it was six in the morning and we had all just rolled out of bed. One thing that cracks me up is how they go to exactly the one with their color bow on it. Do you think these kids are trained or what! So without further ado, here we are making our video blog debut on the kids' early second birthday celebration! Stay tuned this week, we have way more video and pics from the rest of our fun day. You won't want to miss it!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cranky Blogger Block

I'm such a blog slacker. The kids still aren't sleeping well, I'm not sleeping well, and overall, the level of crankiness in this house is at a peak. Poor Jake! Surprise and I went to the doctor for our thirty-seven week check up and all is well. I gained a pound and everything is measuring right on track. So just twelve days to go! Hooray! She did give me something to help me sleep yesterday, which I was totally excited about, until I woke up this morning with what can only be described as the world's worst sober hangover. I didn't really sleep that great and now I have the worst headache ever! Oh well, I will try it one more time and hope for the best! The kids are doing well, it rained all day Monday and Tuesday so we all a little bit of cabin fever and they were very glad to get out yesterday. We went to the park after school and they played great. We will definitely be heading back today!

Here's a pic of the kids in their new fall PJ's. It's finally cool enough to wear them at night!

Monday, November 10, 2008

They do exist!

Good days I mean. Friday was one of those days. The kids slept great on Thursday night, and I was determined to have a good day. After a good snack, we headed off to get the boys' hair cut. They were starting to look a little shabby. After a little trim, we decided it was time for lunch. We stopped for some Chicken Nugget happy meals and decided to take them to the park for a little picnic. It was gorgeous outside! The kids did great. We all sat on our little blanket and ate and then it was time to play. These kids LOVE the park. Luckily we have a nice one right across the street from our house. They played forever. Then it was time for a nap. After a decent nap and a good snack, we headed back to the park. We played our little hineys off! Although there were a few meltdowns, overall, it was the best day we have had in weeks! Here's some pics of the kids from our fun day of Friday.

Huddy enjoying the freedom

Miss Ell - How cute is that little striped butt?

Carter man doing some exploring

Huddy

Ella

Tarty

Hudson hammin' it up

Miss Ell posin' so pretty

Carter being too cool