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Season Recap via Video

 

About half way through the season, I had the goal of documenting my first real ski season as a triplet mom. I had an old GoPro that had likely crashed one too many times, so by the time I acquired a new one, it was late March. I still was able to collect a bit of footage and compile it into this Triplet Skier Mom Edit! I hope you enjoy it!

Kt Miller interviewed me for this story on Teton Gravity Research. It has more updates than I’m providing here!

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Just Like That!

Everyone says your kids childhood will go by fast. It has, but fast is inevitable when your birthday is in months. But amazingly, I looked at the date today and realized I’m only 37 days away from my breastfeeding goal of 1 year. WOW!

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These guys are just over a week away from 11 months old!

I’m very goal-oriented. I used to keep track of all my ski days with my goal being to ski at least 100 days a year for 5 years. When I accomplished that, I got a bit more lax about my records and, during my 7th season in Tahoe, Scout ate a few seasons of my ski journal and I just stopped keeping track. I only skied 11 days last year due to the triplet pregnancy… but rebranding myself as a skier mom made me curious about how parenthood impacts my days on the hill. This season, I’ve adopted the motto “quality over quantity.” A lot of long time skiers or ski professionals have this motto. In the past, I was sure I wasn’t a good enough skier to be selective about the days I skied. I needed 10,000 hours to master this sport and was far from it having grown up in the flat lands! There’s no time to relentlessly improve my skiing, only time to have fun in the mountains and, if I think about it, it is still a luxury I’m fortunate to have.

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Yeah, I’m thinking this will be a high quality run.

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Another one of the quality days I had this year. Photo by Matt Bansak

Thanks to the Vail Resort Epic Mix app, I was able to figure out how many resort days I had this year: 32 days split between Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Breckenridge. Next up, I had to figure out my backcountry days – I went through my phone and had usually taken a photo so I noted all these dates. Then I tried to rack my baby brain for when I had not taken photos – too cold, windy, alone, etc – I counted 13 backcountry days. So 45 ski days this year as a mom of infant triplets – not too shabby! Of course, I couldn’t have done this without my amazing husband, my own mom, my in laws, my forever Swedish friend, and our new au pair! It takes a village – and I’m not talking about a cookie cutter ski village!

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New years day and some of the best turns I’ve ever had!

Who knows, maybe I’ll get 100 ski days in this year!

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When your kids spend Christmas at the ski resort, you could say you’re pretty dedicated to skiing!

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Outdoor lovers already, next up walking, then skiing!

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The First Month!

Cormac, Declan, and Beacan, aka the Tahoe triplets, were born in that order on March 12th via scheduled Cesarean. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty scared of this surgery in the weeks leading up to it. I actually read 2 books on C-sections which may or may not have helped. But the morning of the delivery, I was strangely calm, I mean, these babies had to come out some way! And come out they did! In a bright white room of 20 nurses and doctors, the boys were born one by one, each screaming and peeing on the doctor that delivered them. As they called out their identifier – Baby A – 5 lbs 13 oz, Baby B – 5 lbs 13 oz, and Baby C – 5 lbs 1 oz, I was elated to find out they were all above 5 lbs! The glimpses I caught of them proved that they looked awesome! Normal looking healthy babies! Yep, love at first sight. If you knew me before all this, that was a huge relief… not being “a baby person” I wasn’t really sure I’d like them. Yep, I was obsessed with them in 5 seconds.

This picture of Baby A is hilarious. He looks like Simba from the Lion King.


Here they are! The Tahoe Triplets, just 20 min after birth!


They were all healthy and so they only spent a brief time in the NICU – by 11:30 that morning, it was game on! We were now responsible for 3 tiny humans. I was still in bed and not allowed to move according to the nurses, but I felt fine and kept pushing to get up and move to speed up recovery… learned that in a book! They didn’t let me sit up until that afternoon, but as soon as they gave me the go ahead, I was moving around and taking care of babies. I knew I had a job to do!

The first days of life are so dramatic for these guys as they were poked and prodded a number of times, but on March 15, we got the green light to go home and after 28 days in the hospital, we loaded up in the minivan and headed home to Lake Tahoe. It was a liberating feeling, despite the fact that I now have 3 sons to care for for the next 18+ years.

Because these guys are multiples, it is critical to have them on a schedule. Our night nurse at St. Mary’s helped us with that and we came home on a 3 hr eating schedule. We were supplementing at the hospital with donor breast milk and this was one of the main reasons I was scared to leave, however, right before we left, a woman from the Reno twin club gave us a cooler full of frozen breast milk. It was a huge relief!

Breast milk – it’s kind of all I think about right now. In fact, as I write this, I am pumping, 1 of the 5+ hrs I spend per day doing that. I’m literally a human dairy farm. Providing solely breast milk for them has become an obsession for me. I can’t stop trying. It’s really the new skiing in my life. I spend the day eating oatmeal, taking fenugreek, and drinking mother’s milk tea and gatorade. I chug protein shakes in the middle of the night. I’m 100 percent dedicated and trying to not get discouraged. My success now comes in ounces. Yeah, what happened to Meghan Kelly Teles… maybe this should be renamed Meghan Kelly Pumps.

Clockwise starting at 12 – Beacan, Cormac, Declan. Just about 8 days old


The boys are great and thriving though. They’re up to 7 lbs. We can tell them apart, but we did paint a toenail just in case we mixed them up. They have distinct cries and behaviors. Two of them have already rolled over. I’m still totally in love with them.

1 month old!

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’ve been living at the hospital for 16 days. I wonder if it’s harder to live at the hospital as a sick person or a completely healthy, albeit overly pregnant, person. I’ve had daily visitors and sometimes it’s felt like a party. It’s a different way to live, that’s for sure. We do things like play Scrabble and complete puzzles. I’ve learned 3 songs on the ukulele. Yesterday a kind nurse escorted my mom and I outside because of hospital policy and told us about the pool on the campus across the street. We stopped in and found out that there is a special program for preggos with a doctor’s note – $5 for water exercise. I was in… especially if I could swim laps. So we went to work and got a note from my doctor and all I needed was my swimming stuff which another friend kindly dropped off. Then… the supervisor rained on everyone’s parade. Even the nurses were sad. She said it was against hospital policy for me to go. Wah wah.

I've come a long way since getting here... they used to only let me leave in a wheelchair! Pushed here by another pregnant woman.

I’ve come a long way since getting here… they used to only let me leave in a wheelchair! Pushed here by another pregnant woman.


Not to be discouraged, I decided to try on my maternity swimsuit (which is now a very suspect fit) and do a little experiment. I like to refer to it as “hospital adventures.” So I walked over there (illegally) and gave them my doctor’s note and they said only the class is $5, not lap swim and classes were already over for the day. PLAN FOILED! But it was still an adventure and broke up the day. There’s always tomorrow. Stay tuned for the next edition of “hospital adventures.”
Another type of "hospital adventures" - walks around the floor and coming up with funny captions.

Another type of “hospital adventures” – walks around the floor and coming up with funny captions.


So, what is the plan? Well, I’m on the schedule for one week from today if all continues to go well. That would be 36 weeks along plus 1 or 2 days depending on who you talk to. I’m trying to enjoy the quiet as I’m about to be overstimulated for the next 15 years at least.

Lastly, I want to thank a bunch of people. My husband for taking care of everything at home and bringing me all the things I need at the hospital. My mom for flying out here to keep me company and staying for a while to help with the triplets. My friends who have taken care of Scout the puppy. And all my amazing visitors who have taken my mind off living in the hospital by accompanying me on walks, playing games, bringing me healthy and delicious food, and just making a lot of funny jokes. THANK YOU!

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Tahoe Triplet Update

It’s becoming quite the scene to go out in public and I’ve decided the only acceptable thing to ever say to pregnant women is “you look great!” or “you’re all belly” or some variation of those and “let me know if you need any help.” Inappropriate things vary from “you’re about to pop” to “it’s Saturn without the rings.” It does seem that many people have an opinion to share about triplets or twins, like today at Trader Joe’s a woman told me her niece carried triplets till 40 weeks and they were born at 8 lbs each. Um, I’m pretty sure that was a blatant lie since I read this about some record triplets a while back – 22 lbs of baby to 36 weeks. Anyway, despite what you may know about me, this is not a competition I’m trying to win! I’m just trying to take the triplet pregnancy one day at a time. I figure that is good practice for raising triplets too.

So, how are those dudes doing? Well, today they all looked great. They are likely over 3 lbs each – they get a growth estimate next week. I’m doing very well, but had some tests come back that indicate issues to come in the near future, so I was told I may be hospitalized today. The good news is that I wasn’t, I just had to get more blood work and the doctor advised me to rest more, work less, and not swim or do any strenuous exercise. So it’s dog walks only for me.

Is managing 4 dogs under 3 years old similar to managing triplets? Probably not.

Two to six weeks left until they come. We’ll probably never be ready, but at least the nursery is coming together. And, I’m definitely ready to not be pregnant and start the road to recovery!

Super cool glider and poof my mom got for us from West Elm. And a perfectly sized changing table from Pottery Barn Kids courtesy of my Aunts.

Here are the 3 cribs with 3 handmade quilts from my friend Greta and cool decals on the wall from Etsy! Oh yeah, and my giant belly!

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