What an amazing year it has been! I truly feel like I am the very luckiest lady in the entire world. Every single day I DO count my blessings. I never take one single moment with each of my little ones for granted. I take in every little word, expression, smile, cuddle and kiss and cherish it with all my heart. I know how dearly blessed I am to be the Mommy to these 3 perfectly precious Angels. They are my entire world and I hope for the opportunity to be a stay-at-home Mom some day. It's certainly not in the cards any time soon, but a girls gotta dream big!!!
I am such a proud Momma. I share photos and stories and our journey with anyone who is interested. We really do get such a positive response from people. It feels so wonderful to share our story with others and see how touched they are to hear about our adventures in becoming a family. We still continue to help in any way possible when contacted by either our clinic, SurrogacyIndia or through inquiries here on the blog. We get such touching comments about how helpful our blog is. I still can't believe what started as a journal of sorts to keep our friends and family updated long ago in April 2008 (when there were next to no other blogs or information anywhere on Surrogacy in India) has been a glimmer of light at the end of someones infertility tunnel.
So much has changed in a year. The twins are still pretty much, itty bitty. At their 1 year check up Dylan weighed in at 14.14 lbs and 26.5 inches long, and little brother Jett topped the scales at 17.1 lbs and 28.25 inches. Dylan pretty much still fits perfectly in her 0-3 month clothes with Newborn bottoms still falling off her tiny waist. Jett is a little chunkier and wears a 3-6 month size onesie. However as tiny as they are, they're both very healthy, just on the smaller (preemie) side of the scales (well under 10 percentile, and Dylan in the negative). It really is kinda nice though, because I don't want my babies to grow up. Being able to cradle them in my arms still is awesome. They are growing strong and changing every day. I fondly remember the daily changes with Blaze as he grew and now to see them all repeated with each of the twins is so much fun.
Soooooo, Since I have a full year to review I thought I break up the posts a little and highlight each child on their own.
So without further adeu......long, long, long awaited UPDATES!!!!!!
My handsome little man Blaze will be turning 3 this month. 3 YEARS OLD!!!!! Seriously it can't be. He grows by leaps and bounds daily. Amazing us with his intelligence and wit. He is definitely little Mr. Personality. Such a real social butterfly. He feels comfortable in a crowd and knows how to capture the attention of a room full of people of every age and make them smile.
|Mommy's handsome boy|
He is still a skinny minny weighing just 28lbs and wearing 12-18 mth shorts, but tall enough that people take him for a 4 year old frequently, till he tells them "there will be a '3' on my cake!"
His vocabulary is outstanding for a little fella who hasn't spent a day in daycare or with very few kids of his age group. He is usually around adults or kids older then him other then his two younger siblings. He picks up words that I find myself shaking my head at and ask, 'Where did you hear that?' He knows and says stethescope, names fruits I haven't even heard of, and can explain details of what things are and how they work. Every single day he surprises me with something new. He asks for 'plenty'of fruit and tells us when opening a sealed box its 'tricky'. He tells people, "I'm doing fine." when asked the frequent question, "How are you?"
|New big boy hair cut|
Whether its from Nickelodeon Jr. or learning Spanish from Nanny he is such a sponge and remembers the smallest of details from weeks and months past. The other day while taking our family photos with our pregnant photographer, I told him she had a baby in her belly. He asked once where is the baby? I only had to explain once that the baby was in her tummy (not really ever being around any pregnant women). His response literately floored me..."Like Fatima?" He had only seen belly photos and met her on Skype when she was pregnant with the twins.
|Fun with Nanny|
He is learning to share and it is proving to be a challenge with 4 little hands coming from all directions wanting what big brother has. A couple of months ago when the both twins were off and crawling we dedided there was NO possible way to be able to watch all 3 kids safely (all those parents of multiples will totally get where I am coming from). We bought a superyard (an 8 sided 7x5 gated play area) so we can keep them in one place if we have to take our eyes off of them, or most importantly take a pee without worrying who went in which direction. Gerry has (to my dislike) nicknamed it 'the Pen'. "No my kids are not pigs!", was my immediate response, however Mommy was at work when it was constructed and Blaze caught on and the name has stuck.
So...on to the story... Blaze got so upset with the twins taking his toys he looked at me with a sense of urgency in his eyes and exclaimed, "Mommy they need to go in the pen, so don't take my toys!" I couldn't help but smile as he was really serious about it and kept repeating himself almost into a frazzle of urgency. He really does love his little brother and sister and SO enjoys telling everyone who cares to listen what an amazing big brother he is. We are working on gentle play as he is most certainly a rough and tumble boy and still not quite 3. Rough housing tends to get a little out of hand at times. Amazingly enough little sister Dylan seems to hold her own with both the boys.
|Love my brother and sister|
|Love my Sissy|
|Shopping carts are getting smaller?!|
|Loving up my 'Baba'|
|But I fit?!|
His favorite toy is Mommy's new iPhone. I can't get through the door fast enough for him to say, "Hi Mommy, I need to look for something on your phone please." He can access YouTube, call Daddy and carry on a full telephone conversation with 'Úm's and 'Óh ya's' and 'Oh sure.' He scrolls though pictures and videos, takes pictures and plays video,s and even managed to post on a friends Facebook wall one day. It amazes me how quickly he picks these things up.
|No iPhone....the iPad will do.|
He can open the fridge and get his own juice out and open the crisper for a treat too. He loves to clean with Nanny, cook and do the laundry with Mommy and help out in the yard and pool with Daddy. He still puts himself to bed when he needs a nap or its his bedtime. He knows to turn lights off when he leaves a room and what does and doesn't go in the trash and is a BIG helper to Mommy & Daddy with the babies.
|Baking with Mommy|
He made me laugh (and remember to watch what comes out of my mouth) the other day when Daddy put Blaze's Yo Gabba Gabba big boy underwear on Jett for a joke. I exclaimed, 'Shut up..they actually fit him?!' To which Blaze responded quite upset, 'Shut up...take them off him!'
His vocabulary is improving but still has the cutest little kid terms that make us smile. "Mines", not mine, "yestermorning" and "yesternight" are two of my favorites and honestly to me make perfect sense. And one of the cutest is instead of, "No thank you" he says, "No please."
Potty training has proven to be our biggest challenge with Blaze. I try to keep reminding myself that 'BOYS TAKE LONGER!' but he has had such a flawless transition with pretty much everything else I didn't think this would be so much work. I tried a 4 day Potty Training Boot Camp a while back and poor little fella was in hysterics by the end of day one when I even mentioned the potty. So, I decided not to push it and wait it out. He has become the king of Potty Training excuses and the other day asked me where his Plex (Yo Gabba Gabba character) underwear was? When I told him they were over on the dresser he said, "Oh ya he is waiting for me." "Not today, its almost dark outside." (at 11am) So many Mommy's have told me that with boys they do it when they are ready and no kid ever goes to high school in diapers. Whew!!! And so we wait and hint around everyday.
|Such a GREAT dog!|
He is such a good and kind-hearted child and I love to hear people say, "Is he always this good?" when we are out at a Doctor's appointment of patiently waiting in line at the post office.
It really is such a fun age. Every age seems to just get better and better and it is so wonderful to see him learn and grow each day. I can't keep his journal up with all of the moment by moment changes. Next, stay tuned for the twins update. I will certainly try for sooner than later, I promise.