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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  The boys and I had a little photo shoot while Jaden was at school.  There are a bunch of just Owen as he was the ‘cooperating’ baby today.

Love Logan’s face in this one!  Arm behind his head like a sexy little man!

Owen (left) Weston (middle) Logan (right)

Owen (left) & Logan (right)

I entitle this one “Love Hurts”  (Logan)

I’m also a huge dork and made Doug Valentines to take to work.  I would have normally made them for Kohl’s – but since I no longer work there I get to have Doug take them to his work!  He was such a good sport (after giving me all kinds of grief of course).

The top:

The bottom:

Into the fridge …

TaDa!!  Tiny looking ice cream cones – complete with cheesey Valentine’s day jokes inside!


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Meeting Auntie Sherri!

The last (but not least) member of our immediate family finally got to meet the boys on 12/23!!  Sherri flew in from Nashville on the 22nd and was to our house bright and early on the morning of the 23rd to meet her three newest nephews.  If you know and love Sherri, you know there were tears (of happiness of course!)

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Pictures by jwfotography

The pictures are ready for viewing!  Check out the final prints here:  http://jwfotography.net/Births/The-Bissing-Boys

Which is your favorite?


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A Typical Outting

Many of you have asked what it’s like taking triplets out in public … well let me tell you it’s a trip!  Everyone loves a baby … and can’t help themselves when they see three!

Disclaimer: this post might sound like a rant or negative.  Let me clarify, yes it’s a bit of a rant.   But deep down I know it’s a compliment that everyone is so interested in us and know that people mean well.  It’s just a little ‘celebrity’ shock that I need to adjust to.  The other part is that people say really dumb stuff!  Think before we speak.

Our first outing was to Target after a doctor appointment.  Doug had the shopping cart and I had the triplet stroller.  The hard part was not carting the babies around … it was being stopped every two feet with someone wanting to admire the babies.  One lady actually reached in like she was going to touch one of their faces – I almost karate chopped her hand off!

It felt like every single one of them said “You’ve got your hands full”.  I should start a tally!  Note to readers: please don’t say that to a mother of multiples … she already knows she’s bitten off more than she can probably handle and has already accepted that she’ll be driven nuts and will lose her mind if she has not already lost it. I really just want to reply with something like “you think?”  or ” DUH!” or “Is that supposed to be inspiring or make me feel better?”  Just like when I was pregnant and people would respond with “Oh my, I think I’d kill myself if I found out I was pregnant with triplets”.  Really?  I don’t think you would and thanks for the support!  Dumb … people say dumb stuff!  Forgive them for they know not what they do ….

Another mom of multiples (and photographer that took the triplet newborn photos) shared this YouTube video with me.  A family had their oldest follow them around the zoo with a video camera to capture the crazy stuff people say when out in public.  This is pretty much what it’s like going to Target these days for the Bissing family.

The other part about going out is that you get asked the same question 12 times in a row.  For example:

  • “Are those triplets?”  – Nope they are giraffes!
  • “Where you on fertility treatments?” – No … have you started menopause yet?

Again, I know people mean well, but you try telling everyone you pass by at Target your ‘specs’.  I’m a girl.  My name is Melissa.  I’m 27 years old and weight 150 lbs.  I’m a girl and I have two younger siblings.  I’m thinking about making t-shirts for when we go out in public.  Here’s what they would look like:

And it’s time for another video.  The SE Wisconsin Mothers of Multiples group shared this over the forum a few weeks ago and I just about peed myself!  This is such a great example of the convos I have just about every time someone hears about the triplets.  See when I said during my pregnancy that I was just a freak of nature … I was right!

I think I could rant for a few more pages, but I think you get the idea  🙂  Shopping is just going to be easier alone for the next 18 years.


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1 Month Baby Update

Interesting story about Jaden.  On the bus ride back from Willow Springs, Jaden got really hot.  So he decided to take off his snow pants … however more than just his snow pants came off!  Jaden found himself down to his undies!  My little Jaden didn’t seem phased …  He just said “but Mom I was hot!  I had to take them off!”  Not the least bit embarrassed.  Oh my…

He also made a Family Portrait at school.  I love how I’m a blonde and have no pants.  Ok I think it’s a dress … but it’s officially short!

Triplets had their check up on Friday.  Owen is still the chunky monkey of the group and Weston is my little runt.  We can start to increase their feedings during the day and just let them sleep at night.  Before we were having to feed them every 4 hours religiously.  Last night was pretty good.  They slept for 6 hours straight!  I get a good hunk of sleep.  The only issue is my tatas pay for it when I wake up!  I pumped over 15 oz when I woke up!  A normal pump these days is 7 oz.  Getting the three of these babes to the doc is an accomplishment!  The stroller takes up the entire room!  I don’t know how I’d do it on my own.  But the thought of not being able to do it alone, makes me really want to find a way!  Just my independence speaking up.

Doug and I go down the line undressing each baby and getting them on the scale.  Then we wrap them in a blankie and put them in their car seat until Dr. Pikna comes in.  When we put Logan down … he was calling someone or something … HEEELLLLLLLOOOOOO!!

My tatas are doing much better these days.  Tomorrow is my last day of the antibiotics.  I’m a little nervous but hope that the infection doesn’t come back or start again.  I just need to massage a lot and regularly.  I do feel weird about massaging under my hooter hider.  Looks like someone is going to town underneath my cover up!

I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner…ok 2 weeks but it seems like it’s coming fast.  It feels like Thanksgiving was just last week!  I baked my first batch of Christmas cookies last night.  Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow cookies.  They turned out pretty good … but really big!  We could have made them smaller.  I know what you’re thinking Sarah!  But the recipe called for a tablespoon of dough!  haha

Photo shoot on Thursday went REALLY well.  Jen was great with the babes and the boys really cooperated.  I now have to narrow down 212 photos to just 30.  I haven’t started my list but I think I should start … it might take me a while!  For more images by Jen see her website:  http://jwfotography.net The photo shoot made me really excited to buy my digital SLR camera!  I started more research and I’m really hoping to have one picked out by Christmas!

And for your viewing pleasure … here are some photos from the first bath session at home!  Don’t worry I left the “parts” pictures out!  Figured the boys would never forgive me for that 🙂  During our photo shoot Jen had a hard time hiding Mr Winkie … just kept poking out!  I think Doug is secretly pretty proud of that!


Owen – foot strategically placed


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New Hats

We have a photographer coming tomorrow to take newborns photos of the boys.  I’m really excited to get some really great photos of these little men.  Jaden is going to be in a few too!  I wanted to make the triplets new hats for their session.  I made each one a different color … really bright colors!  I can’t decide if they make the kids look ridiculous or cute.  The pom poms sort of look like pigtails.  What do you think?


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Weston Update!!

I finally got to visit Weston today!  I got mastitis on Sunday which kept me bound to the couch with a 102 fever for the past two days.  Weston has won the hearts of all the nurses and is catching up to his brothers!  He weighs 5lbs 6oz and is eating like a piggy!  He’s scheduled to get circumcised tomorrow (ouchie wa wa!) and he passed his car seat test.  Nurses are thinking he’ll be home on Thursday.  I’m so excited to finally have all three boys home!  The NICU was never sad for me until Weston was there all on his own.  Before the three boys were there together so I knew they weren’t alone.  It’s a huge relief for me that Weston will be joining the family at home soon.

While at home, Logan and Weston have had some fun of their own.  Here are some photos from two of their “photo shoots”.

Logan getting ready to go to YaYa and Pa’s for Thanksgiving dinner

Owen getting ready to go to YaYa and Pa’s

Logan: Why you got to roll on me?

Monkey Butts!

Awww they love each other!

We put the boys under the christmas tree … they both got SO excited!  Pretty lights!


Owen (pudgy bunny)

All of these photo shoots with Logan and Owen make me sad that Weston isn’t home.  It won’t be long!  Just a weenie wack and a few more feedings away!  Come home Weston!

Love, Mel

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Week 33 Update

I’m not sure anyone really thought I would make it this far once I was dilated and in the hospital.  The false alarms also led us to believe that these little ones were breaking out.  But here I am … still pregnant!  Now start the jokes of how we can get labor going and of course the bets on when they really are coming.  I say the next few days are all good … they’ve got great birthdays!

  • 11-9-10
  • 11-10-10
  • 11-11-10
  • 11-12-10

After that the birthdays just aren’t’ that great …  Who knows, I’m such a freak of nature, I’ll still be pregnant at Christmas!

I’m dilated to about 5 cms now, but not contracting.  So we are waiting for more of a progressive labor before we deliver.  Each morning I wake up hoping today will be the day!  I’m still on bed rest, so I’ve been laying around and watching TV.  It’s funny as I have tons of projects to work on – Thank You notes, work on my scarf, gifts, creating the blog book.  But I just don’t have the motivation to do them.  I’m turning into a vegetable!

My belly measures 59 cm!!  Thank goodness for the Plus size maternity shirts … those are barely fitting these days!

Rae brought me a present too!  A princess crown.  I think I get a little sassy when I wear it too 🙂

My nurses, mom, Rae, Doug and me have been brainstorming ways to get the babies to come faster.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Salsa dance in my huge room
  • Walk laps back and forth
  • Hide my anti-contraction meds like a psych patient would
  • Hit every bump on my wheel chair rides
  • Better yet, instead of going on a wheel chair ride, push my wheel chair around the hospital
  • Eat spicy food like Dad’s chili
  • Mom says some kind of oil and root beer is supposed to work

Those are just a few!  Dr. Akea came to check on me this afternoon.  I told the doc how miserable and how uncomfortable I am.  I even reenforced that even though I was laughing and smiling while I said it I really meant it!  She smiled and encouraged me to talk to Dr. Epperson tomorrow to pin point a more solid plan of action.  She then reminded me that every extra day in the womb is one less day in the NICU.  At this point I’m ok with the NICU!  I mean, come on, they have the best docs and nurses there!  Right?

As much as I complain or joke about wanting the babies out and as much as I really mean that I want the babies out, I still want them to come on their own time.  They should come at the “right” time.  Who am I to say that they are ready?  I can’t even see them!  I just don’t want to force something.  What I really want are these contractions to kick in and the docs to make the call.  I had one contraction while playing cards with Rae and I got SO excited.  That was it though … one contraction.

Thank goodness for my visitors!  They all keep me sane!  The mornings are so sluggish and yucky.  Then when my visitors come, the whole day gets better!  Mom and Rachael make me laugh SO hard!  They usually play a game or two of cards with me (even though they LOOSE!).  Tonight she cut out a little early since Brittany, Rae, Doug and Jaden were all there.  We were in the middle of a game so I think she just forfeit (afraid of loosing again haha)!  Visitors are the very best part of my day!  Thank you to everyone who has spent some time with me.  You all have made each day a little brighter and me a little happier.

Love you!


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30 Years of Marital Bliss

There were no babies today, BUT it was Mom and Dad’s 30th wedding anniversary!  Rae and I did the best we could to make it special, even though I’m stuck in the hospital.  We had the family for dinner in my room.  Rachael picked up Mama Mia’s for dinner.  Jaden was having so much fun – running around, playing with his YaYa.  Overall I think it was a success!  I wish I could take credit for it, but it was really all Rae.  She did all the running and organizing.  Thank you Rae!

Dad got Mom an anniversary band with three diamonds to symbolize us three kids.  The pictures below show a perfect story of how the gift opening went.  Bottom line, mom loved the gift and dad really spoiled mom!  They sure do make a cute couple!

“I thought it was just a red bag from Walgreens!”

“Oh my!

“I can’t believe you did this!”

Here are some more pictures from the night:

Proof of mom and dad’s anniversary dinner – it’s only missing a candle!

Hanging out on the couch together

It was a great family night!  When it was time for Doug and Jaden to leave, it was pretty sad.  It’s the true proof that this is harder on Jaden than he lets on most times.  He’s so happy to run around the room and he tells me crazy stories on the phone.  But when it’s time to leave after a two-hour visit, you’d think he was only here for 5 mins.  Made me get a little teared up tonight.  That little man and his smile have been my entire world for the last four years.  It’s the longest we have EVER been away from each other.  It’s inevitable that he feels some sort of loneliness with this whole triplet thing, but it still breaks my heart.  I think Mom is going to pick him up from school early one day so Jaden and I can have an extra long visit.  I’m hoping to be able to take him on a walk outside in my wheelchair.  I just think it would be fun.

Mom & Dad – Congratulations on 30 years of marriage!  Here’s to another 30!

Love, Mel

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Big Brother Class

When mom came to visit me this afternoon, I pretty much fell asleep right away.  I got hooked up to the baby heart monitor and, for whatever reason, I couldn’t keep my eyes open.  I slept thru the entire time I was on the monitor.  I woke up towards the end.  Baby A had a heart beat of about 170, which is quite high.  Nurse Jodi explained that it could be a sign of infection.  So they ordered a blood test and made a quick appointment at the PAC for me (with the specialist doctor).  All the tests came back ok … babies are good!

All I could think today was “I can’t have the babies today … I’ve got my PAC appointment tomorrow morning.  And if we have babies tonight, then I won’t have my appointment!”  I still got my PAC appointment, but a little early.  As odd as it sounds, I wasn’t ready for it!  I had cookies I was going to decorate and bring over for them.  And since I slept all afternoon, I didn’t decorate them.  Come to find out Dr Miller wasn’t there anyways.  I think I’ll decorate them tomorrow and deliver them on my once a day wheel chair ride.

While at the PAC, it was a party …. of course!  I told Caryn about the “Jesus lights” in the room.  They are two spot lights that shine SO bright directly at the bed!  When Rae found the switch to turn them on they blinded me!  Why on earth are they shining high enough to blind me?  Shouldn’t they be lower? … just saying ….  We then found out that there is a magic wand that controls the spot light.  Nurse Colleen said that it was her wand … and I couldn’t have it.  I think we should get a nurse in on a little prank, get a hold of the wand, take a picture of me with the wand and then tape it to her locker!  We all laughed.  It was at this point that we realized this poor guy, who was trying to draw my blood, was the only male in the room with five women!!  He sort of blushed and said that it sounded like the light at the end of the tunnel for babies.   hahaha

Tonight was the Big Brother/Sister class … finally!  Jaden came busting in thru my door carrying his three chosen stuffed animals.  I was allowed to go in a wheel chair and only as long as I didn’t feel any contractions.  I made it about 45 mins thru the class and started to feel tight, so Doug took me back.  When we first got to the class, Jaden was so proud in telling the whole room that he was having triplets!  He was also “that” kid in the circle … throwing his Panda in the air, interrupting the teacher to tell her stuff.  He was so excited … probably going to be a class clown.  The other kids were slightly shy and you could tell they were nervous.  But not Jaden!  He learned how to put a diaper on his panda.  Doug and I offered to help him, but Nooooo he wanted the teacher to help him.  What a booger.  When I left they were getting ready to watch a short movie.  Then the boys came back to the room and Jaden and I colored a picture he got.  It was all too soon before they needed to head home for showers and bed time.

So no babies yet … but they are coming.  It’s only a matter of time.  I’m getting less nervous and more excited to meet them!  Boy is our life going to change when the owls decide to enter the world.  Watch out world … here come the Bissing Boys!

Love, Mel

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