Monday, December 19, 2011

When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be...

"When I grow up, I wanna be a bottle washer!"

If ever a statement was less likely uttered by a child, it would have had to have been something like,

"When I grow up, I wanna be a bottle maker!" or,
"When I grow up, I wanna be a formula calculator!" or possibly,
"When I grow up, I wanna be a diaper changer!"

I honestly can't remember what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was a kid. In high school, I had it pretty much narrowed down to either an architect or a stock broker. There was a time at the end of high school and early college when my plan was to participate in ROTC, work for 20 years in the military, retire from the military and start a new career in my early 40s.

Quite honestly, I don't think I ever thought to myself, "One or two babies would be a piece of cake. Why don't I go all out and try for three babies!?!"  Well, as fate would have it, somehow I ended up in IT Sales and now, I'm a father to beautiful triplet baby girls.  The latter, turning out to be the most challenging career path I could have imagined, but quite possibly, the most rewarding!

I know I've mentioned this before, but I'm going to have to get much more efficient with my blog posts if I'm going to have any chance of keeping up with it.  Maybe I'll shoot for more photos and less words.  I think everyone likes the photos better anyway :-)

Today, is a really exciting day for the DeBauche triplets.  Today, we bring Izzy home from the NICU.  Today, our lives get exponentially busier.  Today, our lives are exponentially blessed.  We've always been a family, but now we're just a family that gets to see each other everyday and grow together.

I'd like to say "Thanks" for the support you've all shown while we've had babies in the NICU.  Get ready for some exciting adventures and stay tuned for, what I hope will be, some really awesome photography!

Here's a sneak peek behind the curtain at the bottle factory.  Because we're doing a mix of breastmilk and formula, we typically start each day with separating out the milk into each bottle.

Then, right before each feeding, we add in the formula from each of the girls' mixer bottles.  Meg picked these up at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  They're called the Blender Bottle.  They come with this little metal whisk ball that helps break up the formula inside the bottle and get it off the side walls.  Each girls has one with their name on it since they're all drinking different formula.

The fridge is in total chaos.  I should've taken a wider angle shot to show all of the other unmeasured, freshly-pumped milk on the other side of the fridge.  I'm sure there's some equivalent to a "You know you're a redneck when..." joke in there with how much breast milk and formula we have in the fridge compared to food, but obviously it would start with a "You know you're the parents of triplets when..."

Each morning I wake up, I can't help but be reminded of the "It's Time To Make The Donuts" guy.  That's me!


  1. Congrats on getting all 3 of your girls home! And just in time for Christmas...what an exciting day for you! :) :) :)

  2. LMAO! Jeremy, I'm pretty sure I wrote a post years ago exactly like this!! Oh the memories it brought back! First of all, great job on the organization! 2nd, isn't that blender bottle awesome? 3rd, you know Meg's a teacher when she does the cute dots on the letters (love it, love her!) and 4th, BEST WISHES with Izzy's arrival today!! It really does add a whole new dimension to things having the 3rd home versus just two, but you will quickly settle in to yet ANOTHER routine! And every day of my life, especially with almost 3 year old triplets I DO say to myself, this is the best outcome I could have ever hoped for. We are SO lucky to have triplets. Enjoy! And do whatever you have to do to keep up the blogs! I'm sure most agree that we do enjoy your writing a great deal, but we also appreciate your photos AND we get the shortage of time! So anything is good for us! (Says the girl who hasn't blogged since Nov. 26th...) :)

  3. I remember the these days clearly! We used the pampered chef pitcher to mix our formula and then filled the days worth of bottles. It was such an ordeal! :) I actually hired a high school student to come and wash and sanitize the bottles every day. :) Worth every penny! So happy to hear the whole gang will be under one roof! Merry Christmas!

  4. Congratulations!!!!!!! First time here. Blogging is hard but def. helps keep some sanity!! We are fully on breastmilk and about to start the formula mixing!! Congrats again.

  5. Congratulations!!! The best Christmas present is having Izzy home with her family. What a blessing for everyone.
    Best Wishes from the Krebs family (in PA)

  6. Thanks for all the well wishes.

    @Shelli, way to farm out the work! Sounds like a great idea and use of time!

    @Ami, did they shut off your access to creating new posts on your blog? They must have if it's been since 11/26 ;-) Before our girls got home, I used to wake up and read your blog with my morning coffee. Now, I read a sentence at a time in between tending to the babies.

  7. We can totally relate on all accounts in this post! :) Yay, for bringing home Izzy. Not having to make trips to the hospital and having your family all in one spot is so nice! What a perfect holiday you all will have.

  8. Praise God for the miracle of Izzy getting to be at home with her Mama and Daddy and peace and quiet! I'm so thankful with you!