Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

Eight years ago tonight, Rob and I met at our mutual friend Adam's New Year's Eve party. It was 1999 and no one was quite sure what would happen when we entered a new century (remember Y2K?). We ended up in the kitchen, me chopping onions and green peppers for the jambalaya he was preparing for everyone. He had asked what everyone wanted to eat, and all I requested was something not too spicy. So he left out all of the jalapeƱos just for me! Such a sweet gesture that started it all. So tonight, we will make jambalaya together again (this time spicy), as our 3 little munchkins look on.

And here we are. A family of five.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Home sweet home

The boys' passport:

The Bunn boys' east coast tour is officially over. And I don't think we'll leave the house for at least a month. We were blessed with great weather for traveling (we missed huge snow storms by one day for our departure and return). It took 12 hours to drive down to VA (this includes stopping to feed the boys) and 3 days to return home. The return did not go as hoped, missing Lizzie and her family due to strep (Lizzie - I'm just impressed you went to the doctor!) as well as missing Aunt Wendy, Ginny, Uncle Henry and Aunt Mary. We are praying for your health and speedy recoveries. But we did get to spend time with Rob's Uncle Jerry and family as well as our dear friends the Schneiders, Brackins and Hustons, who bravely and lovingly welcomed us, as well as all at the family reunion. The boys did remarkably well with the car rides, in all new settings, and meeting all the folks who had prayed for them and for us.

We were able to make it home at 8pm for their last feeding last night - a half an hour later than they normally would eat. Charlie started crying out around 6:30pm, and our deal with each other was if another woke up, we would pull over and attempt to feed all 3 at a rest stop. But unfortunately for Charlie, and fortunately for us, Win and Wes continued to sleep on. We couldn't get home fast enough. But it was so emotionally and physically necessary to just be home. After 2.5 weeks on the road, 4 different places to sleep, we are all thankful to be home, but are overjoyed with the visits with family and friends.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

5 months old

The boys turned 5 months old on Christmas Day. They are such wonderful little men. On this trip, they made it through the 12 hour drive from Boston, 2 church services without a peep, have been held and fed by multiple new people and have remained content throughout all. They even continued to sleep through the night - 11 continuous hours! This will all probably change, as things are guaranteed to do, but we'll enjoy it while it lasts! Winston, Wesley and Charlie are truly gifts from God.

5 month photos: L-R Winston, Wesley and Charlie


As Christmas elves (in their new Christmas outfits from GeGe)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas again!

The shotgun was fired at 5:45am, as it has for generations. Christmas can now begin!

Here's the gang from last night!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

photo by Adam Olenn

The Bunn tradition is to gather at Granny's house for a large Christmas Eve celebration which brings together two branches of the family tree. My parents drove down from Boston to be part of the service yesterday, as well as to spend Christmas with us all. We are blessed to have these moments with family, whether it is by blood, marriage or Church.

All smiles after meeting their Boykins Baptist Church family
(When we have a moment, we will write a longer post on what a special and moving experience that was.)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Hello Visitors!

You may have noticed that we added a fun little widget to the left. It lists the location of the daily visitors. I don't know what is more cool - that we have about 30 stalkers, I mean visitors a day, or that we've had visitors from India, Brazil, Austria, Panama and England (hi Lon!). I'm also very impressed how many people are here from New Jersey! Hi Jersey! I just hope you're not all Yankees fans like Lizzie. Feel free to leave a comment to say hi and let us know you're here.

Next stop on the Virginia tour? Boykins - home of Uncle Raymond and delicious peanuts. According to Southeastern Virginia is the only place in America where you can find large peanuts cooked in the "home-style" tradition. Yum!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Death by Chocolate

The troops watched the boys on Monday so that Rob & I could run errands and have an official date. We went to the Trellis in Williamsburg, home of the famous Death by Chocolate dessert. Thankfully, we survived. It was so wonderful to be able to stroll the streets of colonial Williamsburg and have those few hours off of diapers>feed>playtime>nap>repeat. Here is Rob at the Trellis, embarrassed that I pulled out the camera at dinner.

The boys, enjoying the bubble lights on the Christmas tree

Christmas in VA - a very full mantle

Monday, December 17, 2007

The tour begins in Holland

The boys were presented at Holland Baptist Church, where Poppa is the pastor. During the pregnancy, delivery, and following complications, we received countless prayers from these faithful folks. So it was our honor to meet them, introduce them to the boys and thank them for their prayers, support and generosity. Winston even smiled on cue for Poppa.

Poppa & Charlie

Ginger, Rob, Winston, Nana, Wesley, Charlie & Poppa

Saturday, December 15, 2007


We survived the drive to Virginia. Uncle Raymond flew up to accompany us on our drive south, and we could not have made it without him. We set off at 9:30pm, after the boys' last feed, so that they would sleep overnight in the car. They did so well! They barely fussed, and slept until 6:30am, at which point we found a McDonald's in which to feed them. The trip would have only taken 10 hours had we not hit major construction outside of DC!

This was also Julep's longest car ride. I think she kept thinking this was a short car ride and she was going to end up either in the Cove or Grammy and Poppy's house, so she barely slept. But she has been loving romping in the yard with her cousins Ann & Abby!




Monday, December 10, 2007

A sandwich with 3 bunns

During tummy time this morning, the boys were lined up Win, Charlie and then Wes. Win and Wes decided they both wanted to roll - on Charlie - from both directions. It looked something like this:

You can see how pleased Charlie was. So I swapped Win and Wes so they would roll outward, but it ended up looking something like this:

In other news, we're on the search for formula that doesn't make the boys spit up constantly. We're getting tired of the constant formula showers, so hopefully we'll find the right formula soon. And I can't imagine the boys are too pleased with it either.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Best time of the day

It is such a joy to hear the boys wake in the morning with sounds of chatter instead of cries. They are often full of smiles after their long rest. When I entered the nursery this morning, Win and Wes had broken out of their swaddles and moved their sleep positioners so that their heads were close together. They were holding hands, smiling and talking to each other. Charlie was sound asleep.

Monday, December 3, 2007


Our dear friends Adam and Jen and our Goddaughter Piper came over on Saturday. Adam is a fantastic photographer and lovingly agreed to spend his Saturday taking photos of us to use for Christmas. I won't spoil the surprise and post the photos just yet, but here is the funniest one...

Making progress

The boys went to sleep last night at 7:15pm (after much less screaming than the night before - good thing our downstairs neighbor was away for the weekend). And didn't wake up until 7:15am! Well, we had one swaddle break (Wes) around 3:30am. Win didn't budge with all the fussing, but Charlie woke up (I'm guessing he doesn't want to miss any of the excitement). But they settled themselves after a few minutes once re-swaddled. I actually found Win this morning with both arms behind his head, curled up in the corner of the crib - still sound asleep.

Rob also did the math and realized that the switch to regular formula will cut our costs from $300/month to $75/month. And that is with about 30oz of breast milk! But it shouldn't go up too much once I stop pumping.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Why we need sleep

The boys went to sleep at 8:30pm and didn't wake to eat until 7am! So you'd think we'd feel more well rested, but we were both up settling one of them at 10:50pm, 2:30am, 3:30am, and 5:30am before they were awake and ready to eat. We are working on breaking them of their swaddle habit, and giving them a little prune juice so that they will be a little So that should help with their non-hungry fussing at night.

And for your amusement, we've learned not to write thank you cards when sleep deprived. Or else you write things like "The boys also enjoy playing with their balls - they are the perfect size for their little fingers."

Sorry about that Stephanie and Steve!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sleepy 1, Sleepy 2 and Sleepy 3

So the boys went to sleep last night around 8pm and didn't wake up to eat until 3:30am! Unfortunately, we didn't fully take advantage of this and go to bed early. But we will tonight!

They then proceeded to take a 4.5 hour nap after their 8am feeding, to our amazement. I actually had to wake them up, and even then only Winston woke up to the sound of my voice. So he got to eat first, while Sleepy 2 and Sleepy 3 well, slept.

So they've now slept for 16 of the last 21 hours. Let's just hope "sleep begets sleep" or we'll be posting to the blog at 2am.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Drumroll please...

We are back from our 4 month pediatrician appointment. The boys are officially off of the high calorie Neosure formula, and we don't have to fortify (add formula to) their breast milk anymore. Yay! So now we can actually buy formula in bulk at Costco!

And they are off the high calorie formula because they have grown so much...each gained nearly 5lbs in 2 months. What is amazing is that these growth chart percentiles are for their actual age of 4 months - not their adjusted age of 2 and half months! You'd never know they were 4lb preemies!

13lbs 14.5oz - 29th percentile (2 months ago he was in the 8th percentile)
24 inches - 16th percentile (2 months ago he was in the 3rd percentile)

14lbs 1.5 oz - 33rd percentile (2 months ago he was in the 8th percentile)
23.9 inches - 14th percentile (2 months ago he was in the 2nd percentile)

14lbs 7.5oz - 41st percentile (2 months ago he was in the 9th percentile)
24.2 inches - 22nd percentile (2 months ago he was in the 9th percentile)

Other than that, Charlie and Wes have a little eczema, so we'll need to lube them up with some Eucerin. Win will get this as well since what one gets, all get. Reflux is the culprit for their poor eating (which you'd never know with how big they are), so we were given increased Zantac dosages. She also encouraged us to stop waking them for their nighttime (midnight) feed, but to let them sleep through. They'll probably need to still eat in the middle of the night, but it's good that they wake themselves if they need to. But again, what one gets, all will get. The boys are also getting smart and learning that if they cry, they will be held. So she told us that we need to stop rocking them completely to sleep, but put them to sleep a bit drowsy and then the dreaded "cry it out" and to not pick them up in the middle of the night (like settling them, putting them in the swing, etc). We'll see how all that goes...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ava Marie

Our dear friends Mark and Lesa came by with their beautiful daughter Ava. She is the first baby the boys have met. She was born a week after the boys were due - so they are all right around the same age. The boys were enthralled with their new girlfriend, and we loved our time with her parents! Although, it's really amusing when you have two new moms with their baby brains trying to hold a conversation.

Lesa made Wes feel so safe, he fell fast asleep in her arms!

Mark holding Ava and Charlie. Charlie looks like he was caught by the paparazzi.

Holding Ava. She came to meet the Bunnies in her bunny outfit - complete with a cotton tail!

Checking out Ava

Sunday, November 25, 2007

4 months old

The boys turned 4 months old today! So we stripped them down for some 4 month photos. They are all smiling now - and even finding their voices. Win and Wes will "hoo" loudly to talk to you, while Charlie will carry on a quieter, but full, conversation of sounds with you. Win even started squealing with delight today. We got such a kick out of putting the boys together today. They will all smile at each other, and lean with all their weight towards the others in order to be as close as possible. Charlie would stare intently at his brothers and literally try to eat them, while the W's (or the "Brownheads" as they are sometimes called) would play with him while also engaging with us. But Charlie was all about his brothers!

Here are a few favorites. (L-R Winston, Wesley and Charlie)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

More giving of thanks

The boys slept in my old crib, in my old room. It was such a wonderful feeling, sitting in my old bedroom with my husband and sons. It was that same bedroom that as a young girl, I used to think it would be great to have triplet girls so I could name them Holly, Molly and Polly. Seriously.

Poppy and Wes

Grammy showing Win the backyard

Charlie. "Nobody puts baby in the corner."

We have so much to be thankful for. The Lord has blessed us in so many ways. He has worked through doctors, family, friends, strangers. The outpouring of love and support is overwhelming, and know that we are thankful for each and every one of you. We are thankful for the doctors that cared for us during the pregnancy, who brought our boys into this world, who cared for them in the NICU, who cared for my health and saved my life. Thank you.

Thanksgiving fun

We spent a wonderful weekend with Grammy and Poppy, to celebrate the boys' first Thanksgiving. This was also their first night away from home and they did so well! Enjoy all the photos.

Table for 5, please.

Win, Wes and Charlie stretching after the big meal

Daddy and Charlie

All smiles in front of the fireplace with Grammy

Poppy, Grammy, Wes, Charlie, and Win

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Filling the crib!

There is a big difference in terms of how much space the boys take up now (nearly 4 months) and their first day home (12 days old). The funny thing is that the outside temperature was about 90 for one of the photos and 40 for the other. Can you tell we were worried about their ability to maintain their body temperature as newborns?

More smiles

Grammy, Poppy and I took the boys on a nice long (chilly!) stroll on Sunday. The boys were so exhausted, they took a nice long nap afterwards. They were probably hibernating.

A smile from Wes to go along with the Charlie and Win smiley photos.

Best comment heard on the walk: "Triplets? Ahh good thing there are 3 of you!"

Charlie and Poppy

Grammy and Win

Wesley and Poppy