People always told me that babies change so much and I guess I didn’t really think much of it. Boy, are they right! I see Peyton everyday, so it’s hard to notice the subtle differences, but I hear from so many of you about her changing looks. When I look at pictures, I can definitely see the weekly changes. Her cheeks are getting chubby, her eyes keep getting wider, and her features more defined. She is absolutely perfect!
While I think she is starting look more like me, all of my triplets were spitting images of Ryan at birth. And that brings me to a theory dating back to evolution. I’ve heard it several times from friends–babies look like their dads at birth, so they know if the child is theirs. I did a quick google search (the best way to do research, right!?!) and found out that it seems to be true. According to researchers, back in the day (hundreds of years ago), a father couldn’t always be sure a baby was his. If he spotted a resemblance, then he would be more likely to care for it…sort of like a paternity test based on looks.
It’s only a theory, but I’d say it’s true after seeing my trio. I pulled out baby pictures and you can see Peyton in each of us. She even has the same hairstyle as Ryan! I guess that’s why Mr. Skry is so good at styling the mohawk on Miss P.
Ok, enough of the babble, time for some more pictures! As many of you have noticed, Peyton is growing like a weed. She is finally fitting in 3-6 month clothes at 9 1/2 months. I love to her chunky little legs! She’s starting to recognize people and often gets confused when she meets someone she doesn’t know.
As for those signature pictures in her chair, those are getting much tougher to take!!! Peyton has recently discovered her hands and feet, so she spends most of the time staring at them instead of posing for the camera. She still hasn’t mastered sitting on her own, but as you can see, she is beginning to figure out how to hold herself up.
Last weekend, we took part in the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon in Springfield (Home of President Lincoln!). I didn’t run the entire race, instead we ran it as a relay for charity. There were several teams for Children’s Miracle Network, raising money for the local hospital where my trio was born and where we spent several months. I’m proud to say that our team raised the most money–more than $2,700! We received so many generous donations from family, friends, even strangers. So thank you! That money will go directly to the kids. And a huge thank you to our friends for joining “Team Princess Peyton”. Natalie, Kelsey and Blake took time out of their busy schedules to run in honor of our triplets and reached out to their friends to raise thousands of dollars along with us. I posted some pictures below. I had shirts made for our team. The front has a crown saying, “Team Princess Peyton”. The back of the shirt has wings with the saying, “Running for Peyton and her two angels”. It was so special hearing people along the route cheering on my triplets. I ran a 3-4 mile leg, and for obvious reason, got quite emotional. I love to run. I’m not fast, but I run because I can. I run because Abby and Parker never got the chance to. And I run with optimism, knowing that Peyton will one day be running alongside me. As Ryan and I ran the last quarter mile, I got a burst of energy. My speed picked up and I was able to sprint to the finish line. I know that Parker and Abby gave me that extra push, letting me know they were watching and cheering me on.