Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Ethan!!!

This blog was created because we were having triplets, and there are definitely times that I feel that our other 3 older boys have kind of gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to being recognized, on the blog, or anywhere we go in public because they are always overshadowed by the triplets.  But believe me that these older brothers definitely can hold their own with the spectacle that is their siblings.  Especially today's birthday boy.  Ethan.
Mario Bros cake
Loves his cake
One of the favorite pastimes in the Hutchings Household...Mario Kart
He has the ability to scare the living daylights out of the babies, and he can literally beat up his older brothers.  He can hold his own in Mario Kart Wii, occasionally beating the master of our household, Cooper.  He has a personality that is almost indescribable.  I will always remember telling Emily that I thought Ethan was somewhat of a "dud" until he turned about 8-9 months, and since then it has been non-stop!  This kid knows how to have fun...too much fun sometimes.  He doesn't have multiple speeds, it's all or none.  Literally, he is going or he is sleeping (which he can do anywhere when he is tired enough).  I honestly cannot believe that it has been a year since we had his last birthday in the hospital where the babies were born, nor can I believe that it has been 5 years since he came to our family.  He is also special to us, because he is the only "natural" kid we have had, all of our others have been through IVF or adoption.  Happy Birthday, Baby (his nickname from day 1)!

Day 1
1 Year Old
2 Years Old
3 Years Old
4 Years Old
5 Years Old
These next few pictures are some of my personal all time favorites of him:
PB&J is still his favorite lunch 
Fast Asleep while in "timeout"
No Fear! Even Luke and Cooper watch in amazement
From Ethan's Mama: Holy Cow!  This kid is spoiled and can get away with murder because he is so funny and cute about it.  Ethan has such a personality.  He was born to be a comedian.  Seriously, it's inherent in him.  His sense of humor is so unique and innocent.  He has a very practical way of seeing the world and it astounds him that the rest of his family doesn't see things the way he does.  He also has looks to kill.  Really, we think he is very handsome.  We love you shoogy boog!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!

What a trip! I cannot believe that it has been one year since the little rugrats were born!  I remember that day almost like it was yesterday, from the minute we walked into the hospital, to when they had to bring in another fetal heart monitor because they could only monitor 2 babies at a time on a single machine, to when they told us that we might have to go to downtown Presbyterian to deliver, to watching them roll Emily away on her gurney to the OR, to standing in the hospital hallway in my OR getup waiting for them to come and get me, to seeing Anderson born, then 30 seconds later Bennett made his appearance, then 30 seconds later Taya came, to when I got to "trim" the umbilical cords on all 3 babies, to when they wheeled the babies out to the NICU, to seeing my boys, my parents, and my in-laws all in the hallway watching the babies wheeled into the NICU, to trying to decide which room I should go in first hoping that it would not be considered favoritsm, the list keeps going.  What a special day that was for our little family.  I remember that Emily was forced to go to her recovery room before she could go see the babies later that day, which killed her; I had to go back and forth and report, which was really obnoxious because I had to "scrub in" every time I went into the NICU.
Scrubbing In
Day after they were born. First time together outside the womb.
Over the last year our lives have changed very drastically.  We have had to learn how to handle and deal with 3 babies, changing 20+ diapers a day, feeding them 18+ bottles a day, waking up to 3 babies crying at night, we have also watched them begin to crawl, laugh, babble, walk, interact with each other, laugh together, tease each other, eat each other's food, take each other's sippy cups.  We have moved half-way across the country to a place where we knew nobody, no family or friends.  We have shared moments of victory and defeat, we have cried and laughed.  What a year it has been!
1 year old = Front Facing Carseats!!!
They love food! Especially corn dogs (Birthday Dinner)
These babies have been my inspiration to really take time to sit down and write about our lives in a journal, albeit a journal for everyone to read, but a journal nonetheless.  I truly love to write.  It has been hard for me the last few months because of how busy I have been, and that is why my "posts" have been mostly pictures as of late.  Luckily for me, but un-luckily for you, I am on my 2 week vacation from all things dental school, and I have nothing but time (after the kids go to bed anyway)!  So, with all this time on my hands, where do I start?
The kids approximately 1 year ago
The kids today
 Anderson: this kid is going to be our kid that will get into anything and everything.  He is the kid that will crawl over to the garbage, put his hand right at the edge of it and wait until you notice him and say, "Anderson, NO!"  That is his cue to stick his hand in the garbage and take out as much stuff as he can before you come over and get him away from it, and as you are putting the garbage back into the can, he is crawling to the next trash can ready to start the whole thing over.  He is probably our most independent of the three.  He just kinda roams the house looking for something that will get us to say, "Anderson, NO!"  Take for instance the stairs.  He will sit at the bottom of the stairs until we notice, and say, "Anderson, NO!"  That is his cue, he will head on up the stairs as fast as his little body will let him go.  He has to have something in both hands at all times, and he will take it from his siblings to make sure both hands are occupied, be it bottles, binkies, food, bibs, toys, garbage, you name it.  He is our pest, and we love him like crazy!
Anderson Day 1
Anderson 1 Year

"Anderson, NO!"
Bennett: he is the "sweet" one of the trio.  He is the one that Anderson likes to tease because Bennett will cry and pout, which Anderson thinks is hilarious.  Bennett gets his hair pulled, his bib taken, his food taken, etc.  You would think that with Bennett being the biggest of the 3, he could fend for himself.  Nope.  He is just a sweet little boy.  He has been the first to do everything.  First to crawl, first to walk, it's like he is observing what the big people are doing and he figures a way to make it happen.  He started to walk at 11 months, that is our earliest walker by about 3 months!  He is a daddy's boy!  When I come home from school, and he hears me walk through the door, he bee-lines it for the door to make sure I am welcomed home.  He is the easiest to make laugh, and he has the sweetest little laugh.  Such a fun, cute kid!
Bennett Day 1
Bennett 1 Year

Cake's OK!
Taya: Miss Emotional.  I had no idea what was in store with a girl.  If she doesn't get her way within about 0.1 seconds, "it" hits the fan if you know what I mean.  She has a way of crying that makes you think that she is dying, this death cry has actually been since day 1.  She definitely has me wrapped around her little finger though, that girl is the cutest little thing that I have ever seen, when she smiles, my heart just melts and I want to hold that little girl forever, and her laugh is intoxicating.  She is stubborn though, she will not do what she does not want to do.  She will jump out of your arms if she doesn't want to be held, and crawl away from you if she wants to be left alone.  She is deathly afraid of Ethan, which is kind of funny because as soon as he starts to come near her, she will scream and cry.  I love that little daughter of mine, I am grateful that she will have 2 brothers her same age to keep the boys in check!
Taya Day 1
Taya 1 Year

Taya loves her Cabbage Patch Doll
Emily's two cents: So glad year one is done.  It feels truly momentous.  We feel as though we have accomplished something unique and hard.  One of our family motto's is "We can do hard things."  This year has been a testament to the truth of that statement.  This year has been plain hard.  From having the babies to waiting to hear about dental school, to moving and adjusting and still just surviving day to day.  Today has been very ponderous for me.  I keep thinking back to where I was exactly a year ago.  Dang, I was scared and excited and anxious and a variety of other emotions.  I remember wanting so badly to see the little babies after I delivered them but not being able to see them for 8 hours.  Torture!!  Looking back at the pictures from the NICU makes my heart swell.  Today I have also been thinking how I feel so done with having kids and then I look at the pictures of my babies and think, oh, I could do that again.  So sweet and so amazing to feel the God-given feelings of nurturing and motherhood.  I love these little tykes.  They are so exhausting but have given our lives so much meaning.  Love you babies!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas, and then some!

Today is Christmas!  Merry Christmas everybody!  I just noticed that it has been awhile since we have updated the blog.  My apologies.  Life has been somewhat busy.  We finally finished our first semester of dental school, 23.4 credits in about 11 weeks.  Bring on 2nd semester! This is the craziest time of year for this Hutchings household.  Today is Christmas, the babies will be turning 1 in 2 days!  I will write more about that in 2 days.  Ethan turns 5 in 5 days, and Luke turns 6 in 7 days.  So, if you thought you had it bad at Christmas time, please let me know so that we can compare notes, because I would LOVE to talk with someone who has 5 of their kids birthdays the week after Christmas.  We are horrible planners!  Oh well, just get it all over with at once, right?

Christmas in Kirksville:
Cooper got to shake Santa's hand as he arrived in Kirksville off the firetruck
This is what the season is all about!
Cooper's version of the Nativity
Christmas Time = Snuggling with Siblings
Christmas Morning with the Hutchings Kids!
Displaying their faves

So, since I last wrote, I had my birthday.  The big 2-9 (plus a few), I finished semester 1, we got a new camera (thanks Shalie for helping us pick it out!), we have seen firsthand what a real ice storm is, and we got a few inches of snow that hasn't melted because it has been so cold, we have had visitors, we have made gingerbread houses, we have gone sledding, I haven't looked at a school note/book/iPad for almost a whole week!  Life has been good.  I will write about the babies in a couple of days, but they are growing up way too fast.
Delicious Birthday Donuts made in my new Birthday Fryer!

Kirksville Christmas Parade (4 1/2 minute long parade!):

Crazy Hair Night:
Cooper wasn't happy about his reindeer antlers
Lukey sulking about something 
First time ever calling 9-1-1, a driver who was "high" swerved into oncoming lane, into grassy area bouncing around like crazy, they lost their bed cover (that is what the cop is looking at), and then they sped off without getting their bed cover.  All right in front of our house!
Lunch at Pagliai's

Fun with Poppy and Grandma:
Gingerbread Houses

The babies' haven while we were sledding

We made donuts the other night, and Ethan got really into it!
Ready for the outside!
Cooper's Angel