Tuesday, 17 September 2013

1 Year Old!

Crazy to think this was a year ago. Our lives were changed, blessed and thrown into chaos! You can read all about their birth here. Before I get into the party, here's some pics of the last month before my babies turned 1.

11 months shot - Isaac, Ailah and Dylan

Playing in water. Splish splash splosh!

They LOVED going into Amali's room and standing up on her little couch......but they also liked pulling her already messy room to bits so I had to put a gate on it. I also have found all 3 at various times up on top of her toy box (white one that Ailah is leaning on) so I thought I needed to put a stop to that!

First time drinking out of sippy cups. I have no idea why I did it on carpet.....??

Walker races! Dylan was the first to start using these but it wasn't long before they all got into it. Funny though, if he is about to run into something/someone, Dylan stops and cries! He loves it!

Finger painting. Before.


This does NOT taste nice mum.

I do NOT like this mum!


Garden cart rides around the farm.

And their BIG day! (And my big day!)
It's a tradition in our house to serve pancakes on birthday mornings, and they of course need a candle in them. It was so lovely that Jordan and Amali were right into this as it made it even more special. I tried to video call Dan but it was playing up.

I love the looks on Isaac's face!

Happy Birthday Isaac!

Happy Birthday Ailah!

Happy Birthday Dylan!

Yum yum! Buttermilk pancakes with a teeny bit of Maple Syrup and a dollop of cream!

Now, I had been cooking for WEEKS. Cooking, freezing, cooking freezing, cooking, freezing...you get the picture. I did have approximately 100 people (babies-adults) coming. Yes. I know. I'm a little mad. But it was also a huge thank you to those people. At some point in the last 2 years they had been there for me, our family or our children. It was a fantastic day. It was busy. I didn't get to talk to people for half as long as I would have liked. But I did get to talk to everyone!

Now, like most people, this time I kept telling myself 'I will not be trying to finish decorating the cake as people are arriving'. And you know what - I had it finished the night before! That's a first for me. My first tiered cake. My first fondant cake. My first time ever at creating fondant figurines. I was damn proud!!!!

Did I mention that I made the fondant myself too?

I tried to make the figurines look like the babies (or children, they looked a little older). Dylan on the right with a few little curls and a higher forehead/slimmer face.

Ailah in the middle and Isaac on the left with straight hair and a rounder face. Their outfits give you a sneak peek into what they were wearing too!

Party morning arrived and I was feeling really organised. Not stressed at all. I had a list of things that needed doing and I wasn't afraid to delegate to anyone who turned up early! Mum arrived early to help out, Dan had flown in the night before, Emily Black (you remember my birth photographer?) was arriving on a 12 hour fly in fly out trip (aren't I lucky?!) and my bestie, Taryn and her mum also arrived early. I had them blowing up helium balloons, attaching name badges, putting table cloths out, putting food onto plates, setting up the jumping castle, picnic rugs, chairs, tables, play pens.... you name it - we did it!
I growled at Dan a few times. Seriously, I'd already told him to please just say yes if I asked him to do things. But no, he had to add in his 5 cents worth each time. Or say no. So quite a few expletives got thrown his way.
Of course the only thing that I hadn't done by the time people began turning up was myself! No time for a shower, just a quick change and some make up and away I went!

The invitations said 'follow the dots', so the big kids and I made these signs and I put them out Saturday morning.

This is our driveway. Mum and all the kids put coloured dots along the fence line too!

We had the newspaper come to take pictures of us, I'd done a phone interview the day before with the same reporter that had interviewed me after their birth. You can view the article here. We didn't make front page this time, only page 5, but you can see the cool biscuit display with all the kids names on them too. These were given out instead of party bags. It took so many takes to get the pics as all they wanted to do was grab the figurines off their cake!

Happy Birthday to you....


Here you can see the inside of the cake! It worked out great, I wanted to show off the dots on the inside so I cut a big piece out of each layer - trouble was I didn't have any idea where the colours were....and of course all 3 layers showed blue and green dots! Hence why you can see I spun the top layer around and cut it again! 

Isaac loved the cake - as did everyone I spoke to. I was stoked that it was so moist, and stoked the huge bottom tier was perfectly cooked in the middle - it took 4 hours on 120 degrees!

And the cake smash!
There was about 30 people watching this behind Emily, I was surprised that they didn't get shy. I had to encourage them to smash up the cakes, Ailah only took cream (coloured whipped cream smashes better than buttercream icing) from Dylan's cake for ages! I was a bit mean in the end, I smooshed a bit onto their heads - they did not like that!

We asked our guests that if they wanted to, they could put in for this awesome play cubby, or they could buy presents. We were so blessed! Here they are with all their pressies, so many gorgeous ones! Thank you all so much guys xxxx

What's all the fuss about mum?

I wanted to take the time to thank people. I KNOW I'm going to forget someone. I'm apologising in advance for that now!

My husband. For being with me on this crazy journey (maybe I should say 'dragged along by me'), for (mostly) supporting all that I do/want/ask, and for sacrificing so much working away in Melbourne.
My mum. For everything you have done and will do. From the texts 'pls get milk' to babysitting, to yard work, to taking Amali to ballet. There is so much!
Kerry. For all your hard work you do around here. For watching/holding/playing with babies.
Nana. For always asking 'what can I do?' Even though I always say nothing!
Dad. For all the work you have done around here!
Anita. My amazing nanny. What I would do without you I have no idea. You know x
Taryn. For forgiving me, for putting aside your tough times, for being with me, for chats, for baby sitting, for all of it x
Erin. For the countless times you have picked Jordan up, dropped him home, made me dinner, taken Jordan to soccer training/games, for bottles of wine. x
Karen and Katy. For also picking Jordan up/bringing him home many times x
Laurie, Mel, Sky, Bernie. For being great friends who I love!
Aunty Jenni and Aunty Vicki. For cleaning, baby holding, washing up, bringing washing in. x
My HOMmies. You know who you are and you GET it!
The NASS mums and dads. For cooking me dinners, offering assistance and always a smile.

I KNOW I've forgotten people - I'm sorry!!!!!!

Did I mention that the day after the party I got really sick? Of course. That's what happens when you burn the candle from both ends for weeks. I'm still sick, getting better but it really knocked me flying.
But you know what - the party was great and the food was awesome! So it was all worth it in the end.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

364 Days Old!

This time last year I was settling into bed with a huge belly. Now the belly's not so huge but I am only just settling into bed for the night!

My babies are 1 tomorrow. 

I've said it before and ill say it again - it has gone SO fast. This is just a quick post. I'll post more after the weekend when the party of the year is done and dusted. This party has consumed me for well over a month. I do love it but I swear on Sunday night I'll be in bed asleep at 7pm. No cake baking, sausage roll baking, biscuit icing, dot cutting out, fondant kneading ,  lamb koftas shaping,  quiche filling, or patiently waiting for jelly layers to set.....no more. Phew!

Here's a quick trip down memory lane at what I looked like a year ago:

Yup. The afternoon before I had them I lunged Amali on her pony, Princess. As you do when you're 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant with triplets. 

This one was at 34 weeks. 

Remember these wonky belly pics? Little monkeys. 
I seriously MISS this amazing belly. Strange, I know. It's making me teary just thinking about it. 

But I now have 3, amazing, healthy and adorable 1 year olds (so strange to type that!) to fill that yearning. For now. 

A huge shout out to a fellow multiple mumma Jacinta, who carried her twin boys to the same gestation and gave birth on the same day! 
Happy Birthday to the gorgeous Bo and Sage xxxx

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Almost 1!

Wow. This whole first birthday thing is coming at me faster than a speeding train! I am so excited! I think I'm prepared and organsied for it, we'll see by Thursday this week, I may not be so calm by then....

I've been prepping food for weeks and freezing it (slight hiccup with a freezer that died but crisis averted thankfully), the cakes are baked and ready for icing later in the week, the face painter is booked, the yard will look nice, balloons are ready, tables and chairs are organised (thanks Anita!), kids have been farmed out for the night before (thanks Taryn!), and their clothes are almost finished (thanks again Anita!).

 Cake pops for the cake                       Biscuits for the thank you gifts

A sneak peak at the boys vests - made by my fabulous nanny Anita out of the same material  Ailah's dress is made out of!

There is a lot more to do. Dan will fly home on Friday night before the party (which is a good thing!), and if he gets too stressed on Saturday morning I'll remind him how important it is to have the front paddock slashed prior to the party! That will get rid of him for a bit hehehehehe!

We have A LOT of people coming. Actually, due to the fact we will have 5 sets of triplets and about the same amount of twins, the child:adult ratio is about the same. The big kids will be kept busy with sack races, egg and spoon races, running races, face painting and jumping castle. This will hopefully leave the adults in semi-peace. Because everyone knows that a first birthday is really all about the parents hey? The little kids have a very large play pen to play in hehehehehe! Don't worry, we'll throw them some food every now and then!

I can't believe the changes in my munchkins just this last week. Ailah can say na-na (banana) and meow (for a cat). Dylan is speeding along on his walker - I had to get 3 as they fought horribly (thanks Mandy!) but gets very cranky before he hits something as he hasn't figured out how to turn yet! Isaac is babbling so much now, he looks at the big kids and has a conversation with them - much to their delight! And they are all beginning to get the confidence to let go and stand by themselves.

We've had a bit of sleep regression lately, Ailah seems to only sleep for 40 minutes to an hour twice a day but she handles this ok, the boys on the other hand are horrible with the small amount of sleeping time. But it's just a phase. That's what I keep telling myself anyway!

 First finger painting session!