Sunday, August 17, 2008

1 Year Later....Happy 1st Birthday Baby Boys!

August 17th 2008 Happy 1st Birthday Stinner Triplets!
Now this will really get attention!

Alex loved his breakfast!...mmmmm cake!
Mommy gave us breakfast birthday cake!
Max ate it all up!
The Nemo cake and the boys individual cakes, YUM!

Emerson had a blast with his cake !
Yum! I can't stress enough, how they LOVED their cakes!

Alex pounded his cake and screamed YAY!
Austin wanted to share Alex's way big bro!
Poor Max looked as if he would fall asleep!

The Nemo bounce house was tooo much fun! Austin, Titi, Tio and James enjoying the bounce house.Aunt Debbie and my Mom bouncing, they're CRAZY!Not as CRAZY as OPA!!!!!! He caught Air!
Emerson and Grandma...there where cheese doodles involved! Scoob, Grandma and Maxim
The boys opening their loot!

1 Year Later....Happy 1st Birthday Baby Boys!

Can you believe it's been a whole year? 1 year ago right this minute I was laying in my hospital room recovery from a c-section that removed three small baby boys from my womb! They where 8 weeks premature and so not ready to come into this world yet, but they did. Now, 1 year to the day later I sit here typing away on this computer and I can't help but think back on what an amazing year we all have had. 2007 started what I can only describe as a whirlwind of ciaos, pain, disappointment, fear and finally the most overwhelming sense of wholeness i have ever felt. It started with the death of my Grandmother, I was devastated, the passing of my Uncle and a close family friend followed. Than in August when I started having labor pains at 31 weeks I thought "this is it, I'm going to loose my babies too"! But I didn't! With a lot of love and an enormous amount of faith, our babies survived! They have become the most amazing little people I have ever known. They are walking and talking and growing every day. I look at them now in complete AWWW. Are these the little floppy things I brought home from the hospital? Not anymore. They are such a huge blessing to both of us, it is so hard to put into words. Austin has grown into such a great big brother. He plays with the boys and teaches them everything he shouldn't, but I suppose that's his job. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for all of us!

So now...the Birthday Details! WOW! That's all I can say. We had the most incredible time at the boys birthday party. We had almost 80 people attend throughout the day. All our family and friends came. What a blast. We went with Finding Nemo as a theme! But of course...would you expect anything else? I collected decorations for a month and made sure I rented a "Nemo" bounce house and found the PERFECT person to do the cake! We also had three individual cakes made for them to eat themselves and what an amazing sight to watch these three amazing little boys tearing at these cakes, they loved it! Side note...Thank you so much Jenn S. for making the most incredible cake. The detail was unbelievable. It has been a little chilly at night so the pool wasn't as warm as we had hoped. But people where in there swimming away. We had a craft table where the kids made sun hats and decorated foam fish. I cooked for 2 days straight and made waaaay too much food, but it was worth it. Our sons had such a great time. They went from person to person. Every time I looked they where with someone else and had some sort of food product in their mouth. They never made a peep. They where so tired by the end of the night though. I was so pleased with the outcome of the party and I want to thank all of you that where here and thank you all for the wonderful presents. We'll just say there will be little need for me to go out and buy winter clothes for the boys and they absolutely loved the toys!

This last year was the best of my life. I realized allot about myself. I know I made mistakes, all mothers do. But the good mothers are the ones that take those mistakes and learn from them. I will never be mother of the year, and I'm OK with that. I don't need the recognition of others I just need my kids. I know that whatever mistakes I make with the 4...almost 5 of them, that I did my best. I taught them well, I loved them so much and I protected them the best I could. Happy Birthday Babies!!!!

Just so everyone knows, baby #5 guessed it, another boy! We couldn't be happier. I thought my life was perfect before, but now I know it is truly complete. 5 Stinner Boys, what a troop we'll be. Now the adventure truly begins....TO BE CONTINUED!