Last night we made Jack-O-Laterns. The boys thought it was so much fun. They loved looking at the pumpkins with candles in them. I guess we should have done the Syracuse pumpkin walk about with the boys. This morning, first thing after waking up, Noah had to go out and see his Jack-O-Latern. Way too cute!
So my broken bone is healing, although its not 100% healed. I don't have to wear the brace unless I'm going to be doing alot of walking or standing on my leg. I'm suppose to see the doctor in another four weeks to be sure it has healed 100%.
The boys are getting excited for Halloween. Nathan wakes up every morning asking if it's Halloween day yet. Now I'm sure the excitement is not from the actual holiday but instead because I bought Buzz Lightyear wings for the boys to wear. And laser finger pointers for them too. I really don't think they remember walking door to door getting candy and at this point I really don't think they care. All they want is their costumes.
Nathan gave up his naps at 22 months, not long after the twins came home. He never had a problem with giving up his naps and he will take one when he needs one it just never was a requirement of his. Noah gave up naps around 13 months of age when he realized his older brother didn't take naps. He had a hard time and ended up napping about every other day. Again he didn't really have a hard time at giving up his naps. Zachary has needed naps from day one. And now 2 months shy of three years of age he has given up his naps and everyday is pure torture. He still needs to take a nap but you can't convince him to take one. Personally I can't take anymore of his tiredness. I've decided that his screeching are his form of telling me he's tired. However I can't get him to take a nap. I've tried everything but he is totally against it. Tuesday night I did get him to bed around 9p.m. (all of our boys usually stay up till about 10pm) and Wednesday he slept until about 9 a.m. and was quite pleasnat for half of the day. The other half of the day started the screeching again. I did get him to take one hour Wednesday after and just sit down and take it easy but it didn't make him fall asleep. Last night I was able to get him to bed around 7:45pm and he was asleep by 8pm so hopefully today will be much better. It's almost 10am and he is still asleep. I think the poor kid has been so tired for awhile and just really needed to catch up on sleep. Guess I'll find out as the day goes on today. Funny, though, how each child is so different when it comes to sleep.
We took the boys to the Boo-naza at the aquatic center last night and they had lots of fun. Although I think Noah had more fun playing in the snow while we waited for everyone to come out of the house. All kinds of little kid games for the kids to play. Noah got in line to play a game where you roll the balls and try to get your ball to go into the slot where the bull's eye is. He watched the older kids roll the balls slowly and gently and on his turn he was very careful about rolling his balls. He hit the bull's eye not once but twice. It was so funny to watch him study the older boys and than do what they did. Zachary enjoyed the little minature golf range they had and was quite serious about hitting the ball with the club. Nathan, on the other hand, was bored after the first hole and would pick his ball up and move it as close as he could to the cup and than hit it with the club. Noah didn't do this activity because he went to see the live snake show. All three boys loved the big blowup obstacle course.
A few holiday crafts I forgot to mention in the other post: Pillowcase ghost- I gave each kid a while pillowcase that I had cut out arm holes and eyes and let them paint the case with fabric markers. Halloween scene- Gave each child a huge piece of white fabric and paint. I told them to paint a Halloween scence on the fabric.
Not an update of anything but I wanted to write down some of the crafts we've done for Halloween so far: 1. Pumpkin patches- made from modeling clay that we painted, cardboard, and sticks. Turned out okay but was a little too complicated for the kids this year. 2. Gingerbread haunted houses- Huge flop. First I was too lazy to actually make gingerbread and instead used graham crackers. Second, again I was lazy and used store bought frosting which was not a hit at all. Third, I'm not creative in the slightest so the houses looked like plain squares. Fourth, the boys didn't like touching the frosting and cried anytime it was on their hands. Fifth, the candy that they didn't like was just dumped on their house and the candy they did like was eaten. Huge sugar rush that seemed to take days to wear off. 3. Footprint ghosts- Finally a craft that was a hit with the boys. I took black construction paper and laid it on the floor. Next I painted everyones feet with white paint and helped them step onto the paper. After the footprints had dried we cut out the foot shapes and attached wiggly eyes to the heels and had ghosts. They are now hanging in the window. 4. Flying ghosts- Took white squares of linen and place them over small dixie cups. Spray them with starch and shaped them into ghost shapes. Allowed them to dry then attached a string and hung them up in trees. We also added eyes and a nose. This one didn't have alot of child involvement but they did spray the starch on the fabric and stood under the tree making ghost noises afterwards 5. Spiders and spider webs- Took black paper and place it in a shoebox. Coated 4 marbles with white paint and dropped them in the shoebox. The boys than shaked the box for awhile. This was our spider web. For the spiders we took pompoms and glued pipe cleaners to them and wiggly eyes. This was fun although doing the spiders was hard with the boys.
We have a few more crafts to do and I'll add them in as we finish them.
I have something that the military would pay big money for, what is it? I have a child whose screeching can drive someone insane. I really think they could use him to break any person they want information from. His screeching is so bad now I can barely make it one minute before I'm insane. It's so bad his brothers plug their ears with their fingers and cry. Plus he does it so much during the day by evening his voice is hoarse. Don't even get me started on the whining. At least he doesn't throw temper tantrums like his twin. I don't know which is worse the twin who screechs so loud your ears rings for hours or the twin who body slams his body to the ground in a temper tantrum.
We took the boys swimming today for the first time since the end of August. The boys had so much fun and really enjoyed being back in the pool. We had the pool basically to ourselves and most of the lifeguards remembered the boys. Each boy went down the big slide with dad twice and none had any troubles getting back into the jump and swim back to the edge of the pool. We were only asked three times if they were triplets, pretty low amount since Saturday we were asked ten times. The best part of the sixty minutes of swimming, no screeching from Zachary!
We took the boys to Black Island Farms yesterday for their Halloween activities. This place was a little pricer than most of the nearby corn mazes but so worth the money. We went with Aunt Mary, Aunt Crystal, cousin Hunter, and Grandma. We had planned on meeting at 2:45 but it was raining when everyone arrived so we went and had dinner first. We made it back to the farm around 5 pm. The parking lot was so muddy but once inside it wasn't so muddy.
First stop the corn maze. I had planned on taking the kids into the little kids maze but everyone else had other ideas. We ended up doing one of the bigger mazes and all four kids had fun. They took turns making suggestions as to which way to go and they didn't fight once. I'd say we were in the maze for at least 45 minutes. After we made it out of the maze we let the kids play in the kiddie corral. They had a pumpkin bounce house, straw fort to climb on, corn box (instead of a sand box), a tire garden, a cow and pig train ride, big slides, animal alley, and pig races. Each activity was so much fun for the kids. Zach's pig won the first round of the pig race. Next we did the hay ride. The boys didn't seem to like the ride but loved picking out a pumpkin in the patch.
I highly recommend this place if you live near it:
The boys are getting better at not fighting although they still have their moments. The weather is starting to change and it's going to be quite hard when they can't go outside to burn off excess energy. They do have the big room in the basement for a playroom but for some reason they won't play for long down there. I really need to make it a point to spend time with them downstairs until they get use to it. I think having a television or something downstairs would help.
So this took me two days to get back to writing. Right after I started writing this I noticed that the house was very quiet. All three boys climbed the fence and went into the front yard to build brick houses.
We took the boys on the 10th to the pumpkin patch. Basically its a little roadside place that has a huge pile of pumpkins for people to buy. I took several pictures although not one as good as in the past. All the boys wanted to do was to climb and play on the pumpkins. When we finally told them it was time to buy our pumpkins Nathan wanted an 83 lb pumpkin. Don refused to buy him a pumpkin that big and Nathan cried for about 10 minutes. We all ended up with pumpkins that were about 15-20 lbs plus several of the really small ones. I'll post pictures later.
Well I finally made it back to the doctors to check on my leg. It's officially a broken leg, I broke the fibula bone. My doctor's appointment was at 10:15 and we left the clinic just before 1:30. The boys did okay with the long wait and delay. Of course, as usual, we were asked if they were triplets about 1000 times. The nurse in our peds office ran into us and laughed. Everyone in the peds office pool lost in the bet on who would have the first broken bone.
All three boys are becoming quite aggressive towards each other. I'm not sure how to handle this. I'm hoping its a stage and they quickly outgrow it. I also think that some of it stems from the fact all three are very close in age. I have to say I feel like I'm losing my temper with them when they start fighting.
I really think I need to get Nathan back into feeding therapy. We left a few months ago but he's going downhill in his eating and right now I can't get him to eat anything. I should have taken him downstairs for a weight check today but didn't think to till after we were home. I'd be shocked if he weighed more than 30 lbs. You can tell he is losing weight again.
Noah has learned how to use the mouse on the computer and now demands to play on the computer. I'm guessing Zach isn't far behind. I see a new computer in the not to distant future.