The Triplets turn one!

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Left to right, Alistair, Bradley & Cole
Photo by Little Lenses Photography

First and for most I would like to apologise for the delay in updating my blog, my three little munchkins have been keeping me quite busy to say the least Lol

A year ago today, Alistair, Bradley and Cole were delivered by C section and then immediately rushed off to the NICU in incubators, I barely got  a glimpse of them.  After an hour in the recovery room the consultant came to see me and explained how lucky we were to get to keep all three of them as Bradley almost didn’t make it and how he was in critical state.  Needless to say after many ups and downs all my babies pulled through like warriors.   Today they celebrate their first Birthday but also what to me was a miracle.

I see my babies smile and it fills my heart with joy.  Its funny you know, many a time have I been told “what a handful” or “I don’t envy you” others simply smile and tell me what a blessing they are, and to me that’s exactly what they are. Yes, there are days when I’m tired and feel like bashing my head against the wall, but most days are filled with laughter and joy.   Nothing to me is more satisfying that spending time with my family, my husband Peter and my four beautiful boys are my life! [Read more…]

Triplets week 25

Boys only hours old

Boys only hours old

Hello everyone, I’m ever so sorry for taking so long to update my blog but as you can imagine the boys have been keeping me super busy these past few weeks, between routine Drs appointments, Bradleys reflux, and getting used to my husbands new shifts as a Police Officer, I have little or no time left for much else Lol

Today is World Prematurity Awareness Day hence my decision on posting the pictures of my boys on the day they were born.  It was never my intention to post these photos but If I was ever going to post them today is the day.  I  don’t want to go much into the subject because talking about this still brings me to tears, it was the hardest few months of my life between the 2 last months of pregnancy and the 3 weeks the boys were in the NICU, I remember feeling so helpless and scared and hours seemed endless, the boys where so tiny that I was scared I would hurt them when I picked them up, those awful tubes they had in their mouths that prevented me from kissing them and the tiny feeding tubes on their cute little noses and the many wires that they were attached to which made it so hard to change a nappy.  The fact that I only got to see them through a glass window.  But it was thanks to all those things and all those fantastic nurses and Dr’s at Kings College Hospital NICU that saved my babies lives.

Only hour after the boys were born, while I was still in the recovery bay the consultant came to see us, he informed us that Bradley was in critical condition and although stable there was no guarantee he would make it, he also warned us that we could spend up to 4 months in NICU.  My heart sank, because from the day I was told I was expecting triplets I convinced myself that everything would turn out fine and  no matter how many Dr’s told me how risky the pregnancy was and how I might loose one or more of my babies due to prematurity I didn’t believe any of it, God had sent me three babies and that was that!!  I guess its good to be positive but thinking back maybe I should have prepared myself for this, but it was my positive attitude after all that helped me through the whole process.  I remember my husband holding my hand so tight  as I broke into tears.   I was not allowed to see my babies till the next day and it was the hardest night of my life, I remember I kept looking at my phone and praying it didn’t ring in the middle of the night.   By the time morning came I had an overwhelming feeling that Bradley would be just fine!!

Left to right, Cole, Alistair and Bradley

Left to right, Cole, Alistair and Bradley

After a week all three of my boys were breathing unassisted, and a week after that they were drinking out of bottles and the week after that one we were given the greatest news Alistair was ready to leave, with Cole following the next day and Bradley two days after.  My 3 little miracles are living proof that although the NICU can be a scary place its also the best place.

Now at 25 weeks my boys are happy and healthy apart from minor little things like Bradleys reflux or Cole umbilical hernia, which usually resolve by the time babies are a year old.

Here is a recent photo of my three little miracles, Alistair and Cole look identical in it, we are hoping to have their DNA tested to find out whether they are in fact identical or not although I’m convinced they are!!

All my love,

Kat xox

November 2013 Out & About – St. Paul’s School

st paulsCheck out our recently updated photo gallery to see these photos.

Also have a look at our newly updated monthly calendar of events section.

The Triplets Christening

Alistair with God mother Jade (Peters sister)

Alistair with God mother Jade (Peters sister) Photo by Bianca Baglietto

It’s been a few weeks since my last update but so much has being going on and so many things to tell you about.  From Hospital stays to Parties a bit of everything really.

The boys Christening went extremely well, the ceremony was beautiful and all our family and friends joined us in church.  After a lovely Ceremony we headed to the receptions venue which had been decorated by my aunt with bunting and with a beautiful flower arrangement given to me by my friend Elaine who has a flower arranging business.  Food was out of this world and the cake was simply exquisite and decorated to the highest standard, couldn’t have asked for a better day, it was absolutely perfect!!

A few day following the Christening we celebrated Gibraltar’s National Day where we traditionally have a huge street party and we all dress in Red and White (Gib Flag Colours) and every year thirty thousand balloons are released in to the air each representing the whole of Gibraltar’s population, the day is full of entertainment and always ends with a fab fireworks display in the evening!!

We started out our day at the Children’s fancy dress competition and even though we didn’t win any prizes Evan and cousin Kaianne and Maddy were very happy with

Bradley with Godmother Tracy (my sister)

Bradley with Godmother Tracy (my sister) Photo by Bianca Baglietto

the consolation price, a little bag of goodies.  From there we headed to one of our favourite spots in town, wherethey make lovely churros, the perfect start to any day.  We then took the kids to see the balloons released and then headed for a lovely lunch.   In the afternoon we took Evan to a little funfair and then to watch the fireworks in the evening….One magical day for kids and adults alike.

Evan started preschool and looks so grown up in his uniform, he is loving it so far and even brings home a sticker every day for good behaviour, we couldn’t be any prouder.   This said I have to mention what a mission it is to get him to school, either my mum or Evan great nan come to my house and stay with the babies while I take Evan to school, and occasionally my mum will take one of the babies with her for the afternoon so I can get some rest and she will pick Evan up from school for me too.  Whatever would I do without my Mum and Peters Gran lol

On a more serious note, Alistair was admitted into hospital for one night earlier this week because he was coming down with a cold and wasn’t feeding and had quite a fever.   However the next day after been examined by the consultant and having ruled out any major infections he was discharged.  Two days on and now all four kids and myself have the same cold L Not fun at all, especially since I was up all of last night as I was concerned about the boys breathing due to runny noses.

Our housing situation hasn’t changed and as the boys get bigger they need more stuff meaning that we have less and less room to move around the houses….the flat is so small that the boys can’t have their own cots or wardrobes and we are forced to keep their clothes in big plastic boxes under there cot bed, which by the way is in our living room.

Cole with Godmother Denise (my Aunt)

Cole with Godmother Denise (my Aunt) Photo by Bianca Baglietto

Well sorry for the wait but so much going on for us at the moment but I’m hoping things will get easier when my hubby finishes he training as a Police Officer as he is in class every day Monday to Friday and then on weekends he spends most of the time studying for exams, at least once he is in shifts we can work around them and he will have his days off.   Ion a few weeks he will graduate and will have his Passing Out Parade, we are all very excited for him and immensely proud, I can only begin to imagine how hard it must be to be studying for him at the moment having three babies and a three year old but he still manages to juggle a busy work schedule and being a brilliant Dad and husband he really is the best and I’m so lucky to have him!!

Untill my next update, all my love,

The fab cake by Piece of Cake Gibraltar

The fab cake by Piece of Cake Gibraltar

Kat x

Exclusive Interview with Breed 77

Elena Scialtiel interviews Breed 77 – the headline act for this year’s Gibraltar National Day Concert – exclusively for I Insight Gibraltar magazine on-line [Read more…]

Latest Update from The Triplets

kat and familyIt’s been a very hectic past couple of weeks, between Dr appointments and making preparations for the boys christening, of course buying Evan his pre-school uniform etc and all this while the fair is in town which is just opposite my window meaning we have taken Evan a few times already. This said he is in no way spoilt as twice we have taken him on the condition he only goes on two rides and we go back home and not once did he complain… My baby is growing up I guess.
The babies saw their consultant last week and she was extremely happy with their progress especially with the weights lol. Alistair has finally been given the all clear from the once dilated ventricle he had on his brain as it seems to have corrected itself already!!  [Read more…]

Weeks 8 & 9

Cole, Alistair & Bradley

Cole, Alistair & Bradley

And just when I thought that all our health issues were dealt with I find out at my post natal check-up that I have an infection in my uterus and that its swollen…..great!! The OB thinks it’s due to fragments of placenta which may have remained inside me, so I have been given a course of antibiotics and have an appointment to see her again in a month.

Cole has a herniated Belly button and Alistair has some swollen lymph nodes behind his ear that need checking out too, I took them to the GP and she suggested I show their consultant, so their goes something else to worry about 🙁

The boys had their jabs yesterday and poor little Ali had a bit of a fever,  which kept me up through the night concerned as it didn’t seem to go down even with paracetamol, fortunately he woke up nice and cool in the morning.

Not all is bad news though and I’m happy to say that the boys keep on gaining weight at a healthy rate; Alistair and Bradley now weigh 7lbs 5oz while TINY Cole who is no longer that tiny is weighing 6lbs 10oz.

On Monday the boys attended their first Baby Massage class taught by the Lovely Becca Fortunato. Needless to say I needed a couple of helpers and to whom I’m very grateful to, Thanks Lily and Kayla for helping during the class and to my sister in law Jade for taking care of Evan in the meantime.

 

Mothercare Gibraltar have offered me a great discount in baby clothing for the next 6 months which will come in super handy and I’m ever so grateful for.

With this I conclude my weeks update as I am a little bit sleep deprived and having a very early night, hope you all have a lovely weekend.

All my love,

 

Kat

Bang Bang Beirut

Bang Bang Beirut.The Gibraltar Amateur Drama Association will be staging their new play as part of the Autumn Festival, “Bang Bank Beirut”, by Ray Cooney and Tony Hilton. Performance days will be Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October and Saturday 1st November.

Again GADA is sticking to their tried and tested formula of offering its audience its usual hilarious evening with this play. An outrageously funny farce set in the lobby and courtyard of a small hotel in the Middle East, where a group of British undercover agents (in a variety of unlikely disguises) are trying to weather a local military coup, while devising a plan to smuggle a young native prince out of danger. The bungling spies arouse the suspicions of the local military and we are off on a mad whirl of double-takes, sliding panels, missing bodies and mistaken identities – the perfect ingredients for a fast-moving and hilarious evening’s entertainment.

The play is produced for Gada by Howard Danino and jointly Directed by Howard Danino, Trevor Guilliano and Trevor Norton. The cast is made up of our usual members with some new faces thrown in.

Week 7 Update The Triplets Blog

tripletsThis week has been a huge relief, not only are we getting into a routine at home, but Bradley’s retina test came back clear as did Alistair’s brain scan, I therefore can now relax about their health.
On Saturday I had a very lovely young lady Francine Mckay, who happens to be a nail tech, come over to my house for a girly pamper day.  My sister Tracy and cousin Lily came over too, we had out nails done. Not only do my nails look fab but  Francine is donating all the proceeds to RICC ( research into childhood cancer). I ask my fellow followers from Gibraltar area to find Francine on Facebook and book and appointment with her, for only £5 you will show off lovely nails and would have done a good deed 🙂  [Read more…]

Week 6 Update – Triplets Blog

triplets blogSuch an exciting day as the Royal Baby is due to arrive anytime now. I would like to wish the Prince and Duchess all the best in their journey through parenthood and can’t wait to hear the news that the baby has arrived safe and sound. So what gender do you all think baby will be?? I have a girl feeling :).

My week has been hectic to say the least, we are settling well at home but the boys are having routine follow ups every two days or so. All three of them had a hearing test lady week and Bradley failed his left ear, fortunately he was retested on Friday and everything seems to be ok….sigh!!

Today the boys are due their first vaccine, the BCG, and I’m not looking toward to it bless them. [Read more…]