If you haven’t noticed, I like to tell stories with pictures.  This should come as no surprise to anyone; one quick browse through the archives and you’ll see what I mean. You might think this is the lazy man’s way to blog, or just a way to make up for mediocre writing, but I believe that I can say more with pictures than anything I could ever write.  Even if the 20-picture-posts as of late have been a little extreme {hey, our triplet daughters only turn one once}, posting six to ten new pictures per entry isn’t out of the norm.

So here are three simple pictures that tell thousands of stories, and I thought they were especially poignant in telling of the journey Missy and I have been on over the past year.


Bottles (Those aren't milk spots...just water spots...promise).

The syringe on the left was used in those earliest of hours to collect the precious drops of colostrum that Supermom Missy was using every last ounce of energy to produce, and transport them {white knuckled, in-hand} upstairs to the NICU as if they were pure gold bars.  The smaller bottles were used in the first few days as feedings grew from 10mL to 25mL.

At home, we immediately began using colored rings to tell which bottle each baby got, as each baby was taking different amounts of milk at the time.  Sienna had purple, Rowan had blue, and Jovie used green. Even though the girls usually take the same amount now, we still use the same colors today.  As the girls grew, so did the amount of milk they consumed…hence, bigger bottles. No science behind the color choices, however…the rings just happen to come in packs of three!   None-the-less, we are slowly beginning to phase out their bottles; it will be a semi-sad day when they disappear for good.



Only one thing to note here:  the diaper on the far left is a size “Preemie,” one step smaller than a “Newborn” sized diaper.  Now that we’re 12 months in (and wearing size fours…far right), it’s hard to forget sometimes how small Sienna, Rowan, and Jovie really were at birth.  The diapers you see them wearing in this post are Preemie diapers, and they were swimming in them.

Oh, and one more thing: we’ve literally used thousands of these since last May (sorry about that, Earth).  We hope to (perhaps someday soon?) transition to cloth diapers now that they aren’t going through so many.

Clothes (Sleepers)


Baby clothes come in all shapes and sizes.  The pink strawberry sleeper on the far left is the actual Preemie outfit that tiny 3lb, 4oz Rowan wore when we brought her home from the hospital {and don’t tell anybody, but I actually got choked up holding it as I prepared for this shot}.  The rest of the sleeper sizes are, from left to right,  Newborn, 0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6 Months, 6-9 Months, 9 Months, and 12 Months.  It’s funny to see the crisp, clean infant sleepers, while the 12 month sleeper reflects wear and tear from an active toddler.  I couldn’t locate a 3 Month sleeper or 9-12 Month sleeper off hand, but we did just have a garage sale, and they might have all gotten sold.

These few, on the other hand, are too precious to let go of yet…if not ever.  These aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

3 thoughts on “Progressions

    • As much as you’d like to think that’s the case…these tiny diapers are heading straight for the keepsake box! Is that weird? Plus, it’s not like we have boxes of them…the diapers shown are the only ones we have. Well…except the size four. We’ve got oodles of those.

  1. LOVED this! So charming, Tom. These girls will be so big the next time I get to see them. Even their presently used sleepers will be long gone.

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