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With three children, 3 year old twins Kaylee and Karissa and one year old Lena, life is a bit hectic! But with a wonderfully supportive husband, a great babysitter and some special friends it is all possible.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Since it has been so long since I have written anything on this blog I will give a quick update and move on to now.
I spent 4 weeks in Malone this fall with the girls while Eric began yet another house project, this time tearing apart the basement to fix a leak and update the early 70's look ie: paneling.  When we returned to Charlottesville at the end of November I went back to work part time at a small private outpatient clinic called PT Plus.  We have a wonderful babysitter who stays with the girls while Eric and I are both working.  I work two mornings and two afternoons a week which works out to about 4 three hour days.  Not too bad, but it does add another layer of chaos to our busy lives.....

On February 25th 2013 Kaylee and Karissa turned three effectively negating our 3 children under the age of 3 classification.  And with Lena's first birthday happening on 10/28/2012, we no longer have any children under a year!!  It doesn't miraculously change how needy each child it, but it sounds a little less busy!   

It is amazing  how much our lives have changed in a year:

March 2012:  Lena was still waking up to eat 3-5 times a night and I was pretty exhauster
March 2013:  Lena pretty much sleeps through the night with only an occasional need to be soothed
March 2012:  Kaylee and Karissa slept in pack and plays, Lena in her crib
March 2013:  Lena in a crib, Kaylee and Karissa in toddler beds
March 2012:  Three kids in diapers
March 2013: Lena in diapers, Karissa totally potty trained, even at night, Kaylee only needs a pull up at night!!  Lena interested in the potty and has used it several times......oh boy.
March 2012:  Bedtime for Kaylee and Karissa 7:00 pm, Lena who knoew
March 2013:  Bedtime for all three 8:00 pm, Lena can't get out of bed, Kaylee and Karissa can, it is now 8:52 and Kaylee has just gotten out of bed for the 6th time.......
March 2012:  Lena was rolling, Kaylee and Karissa were learning to jump on 2 feet
March 2013:  Lena walking, trying to run Kaylee and Karissa getting faster and learning to jump on one foot, jump off the wall into the pool, jump off furniture, jump off us, jump off walls
Mrach 2012:  Lena had no recognizable words, Kaylee and Karissa talking in sentences
March 2013:  Lena has over 60 words and starting to put 2 words together, Kaylee and Karissa talking in paragraphs....talking and talking and talking......and talking!
March 2012:  I believed that in a year I would have it all figured out
March 2013:  I think in a year I will have it all figured out

We are a busy, crazy sometime chaotic family, but it it amazing to see how much changes in a year, or even a few months.  We are so blessed by our little ones and I am so thankful we have each other.  More blogs to come!   

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