Thursday, June 11, 2009

Triplets turn 6 tomorrow (Friday, June 12)

Ah . . . the happiest moment of my life . . . holding those precious babies for the first time.  Think about it . .  those girls spent nearly nine months together growing inside my wife's body and this was their first moment together in their father's arms.  They've been in close proximity to each other ever since then.

This picture caught me feeling something I had never experienced before - pure joy that went to the core of what I am.

I didn't have the slightest idea about how to be a father - but it begins pretty easily theoretically - you just feed, clean, comfort, and change diapers.  Luckily, the girls have helped me know what to do since then.  I occasionally have moments of insight on what I need to say or how I need to be, but most of the time I just try to make them happy.

We celebrate their sixth birthday tomorrow.  Three girls, three parties.  One at Chucky Cheese (Catherine) - one at Sweet & Sassy (Claire) and one at our home in a "Pretend Sleep-Over" Saturday night for Caroline.  (pretend sleep-overs are very popular in the 5 yr. old age bracket)

The girls are drifting off to sleep behind me right now . . . we try to end most days together this way.

"Thank you, God, for these girls. I'm privileged to call them mine."


Anonymous said...

what is a "pretend" sleep-over?


Sadie said...

best part about being a multiple, all the parties!!

plus, the friends (or really, the friends' moms) of your siblings feel obligated to bring you something too, so that's multiple presents on top of multiple parties!

Happy Birthday^3!

Anonymous said...

That's quite an armful of babies you have there.

Chris Barbee

Sami Ashley said...

A pretend sleep-over is for little girls who are really too young to sleep over without their parents. Usually, all the girls wear their pajamas and do all the regular slumber party stuff such as games, pizza, painting toenails, movies, etc. without actually sleeping over. Their mom's either stay in another room while their girls are partying or just drop them off and pick them up around bedtime. :) Its pretty genius.

Sami Ashley and Hannah Boyd said...

Happy Birthday Catherine, Caroline, and Claire!!

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha!! When he said "pretend sleepover" I was thinking more like imaginary and had absolutely no idea what all that entailed. Thanks for clearing that up Sami.

Chris Barbee

Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk said...

That's a sweet tribute, Philip. Now I have to ask, if Claire is going to Sweet and Sassy, will she eat SASSY SAUCE?! ;-)