Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Visiting friends, hosting friends, travelling...

Summer is so busy! We visit friends, friends visit us, we travel... It's lovely! I never thought I get used to go out with my triplets and don't make a problem of going alone to somewhere with them. I thought it would take at least one more year! But our boys are brave and they are quite good in the car.

When we got back from Muhu island (lovely 2 weeks there!), we went to a trip with Eda, Andres and their kids. I was nervous - the first longer trip with the boys, being away for 2 nights... first destination, in Soomaa Rahvuspark, without electricity and running water (NB - my boys still eat milk during the nights, so I have to have hot water to fill their bottles + water to wash their bottles during the night). But we managed with it and the next night was like a paradise - in an old loghouse with all comforts, in very south of Estonia, in Karula Rahvuspark. We enjoyed it a lot! And the road back - 310 kms - wasn't that bad. When we were at home, we were really sastified - we did it! With 11-months-triplets!
Our first destination in Karusekose, near River Raudna:

The sauna-house where we stayed overnight (we slept in the attick with the boys):
All of us in the morning - our and Eda's family:

Our second destination Järvenukka in Karula Rahvuspark near River Ähijärv:

It was in the middle of the woods and we could pick both wild strawberries as well as blueberries:

This is the house where we stayed at:

On the way back, we made a stop in Tartu and let the boys out from their safety chairs, so they played in the car for a while:

When we were home again, we visited Karin and Simon who is just 1 week older than our boys. They live about 15 kms from us but we had never seen Simon, although we have talked about visiting each other for many times. Now, finally we met him and the boys had fun together.
At Simon's place in Laulasmaa:

After that, we were visited by the other triplets' family - Maarja and her kids Erich, Hindrik and Astra.
The downside of visiting each other (the triplets families) is the fact, that we can't help each other with the kids - both have hands full with our own ones! 6 babies in the house, with only 2 moms, is quite a lot! Luckily the day was very hot and beautiful and our boys spent most of the time in the pool, which gave me and Maarja some chances to talk to each other, too. We were joking, that after some time, we could have a cup of tea and a plate of cake in peace, while our 6 children play with each other... after 4-5 years or so! :) Well, I'm sure one day we get to this point, when it's finally easy with the triplets... or am I too optimistic?
We will not be bored in the coming weeks either. On Sunday, we're taking another road trip for 3 days with our neighbours. And then, it's time for PARTY.... yes, the triplets' 1st birthday is SO CLOSE now!

Monday, July 4, 2011

11 months old

Ralf, Fred and Sten turn 11 months old today. Those lovely benches with names are the birthday gift from grandpa and grandma.
We are staying in Muhu island right now, for 2 weeks. The first week has been absolutely beautiful - only warm and sunny days. Boys have enjoyed playing with water. We even managed to go to the seaside:
But as it was too much of organizing (needs 3 adults), then mostly the boys enjoy their little pool in the garden, where they three fit very well. They splash so much, that besides them being all wet, it's usually me who is wet, too, in the end!

Fred is like a fish in the pool. He has no fear and almost swims, moving very fast in the water. Ralf and Sten like to sit and make splashes with their hands. Every day, they go to the pool at least twice. They can't imagine their life without the pool anymore! Luckily my friend Eda managed to buy a similar pool to our garden in Tallinn, so we can have similar fun also when we are back at home.

Every day, I pick wild strawberries for the boys. Sten and Fred absolutely love to eat them. Ralf is sceptical, as about every new food. So he prefers to taste one or two, but never more.
Ralf and Fred are now on their feet. How much fun this is for them! Putting them to bed is such a big task... they stand and jump in bed as long as they are out of energy... which usually lasts for at least an hour, especially Fred... sometimes I feel like he never gets tired!
The current situation with teeth: Fred - 2, Ralf - 2, Sten - 0. :)