The Time We Met Our Brother

Soon after Caroline and I first learned that she was pregnant with Luke, I was surprised to find that I actually had to mourn the loss of something: the “youngest child” status that the triplets would soon give up. This, of course, made me appreciate just how incredibly well Alli handled the triplets’ arrival. Sure, you could hear her gears grind just a bit during the first few months of their lives, but all in all, she adjusted beautifully. So beautifully, in fact, that I honestly don’t think Caroline and I would be half as effective in raising the triplets without her.

So now the question, of course, becomes how will the triplets handle the arrival of their brother?

It’s obviously too early to tell. And I suspect that, like Alli, their gears will grind a bit. It will be quite interesting to witness just how differently the three of them process the very same thing, as I suspect that each will have his or her own unique reaction. In fact, I sensed what those different reactions might be yesterday, and I’m dying to know if my initial observations prove to be at all accurate. Regardless, I feel so blessed to get the opportunity to watch all this play out. To see all my little peeps adjust to and interact with one another.

Below, I’ve inserted a few pics that I took yesterday, and below that, I’ve embedded a slide-show that includes a few more. You’ll note that Alli isn’t in them. She was with her dad. (If I were an emoticon guy, I woulda inserted one of those little frowny-face deals back there, yet I’m not, so I settled for this lengthy parenthetical.)

Sammy and Luke


My three sons.


The odds of them all smiling for any one picture are similar to that of a monkey typing an actual word on a keypad.


This is what love looks like.


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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • Stephanie Ross

    Hello, cutest family ever.  That baby is gorgeous!  And your wife looks like she just had a full night’s rest, not just given birth.

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      stephanie! thank you. yes, C is beautiful, never more so than lately.

  • kara

    not going to make another comment about Caroline, but seriously?! Sammy, the one who wouldn’t look at the camera for anything before is absolutley glowing with big brother pride. I love it! Now you just have to talk to josh so someday we can introduce our trips to their baby brother/sister too!!

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      so funny. and great call! you know, i try to stay away from sweeping assessments of our trio, but i must say that Sammy seemed to be filled with the most pride. we’ve always known what a tender heart the little fellow has (to accompany his fiery temper, i might add!), and yesterday that heart seemed so proud to have a little brother. great stuff. and YES. y’all make that happen. your trio needs a younger sibling!

  • s.a.

    Oh my gosh, my heart seriously cannot take so much cuteness and happiness.
    All 5 of your kids are adorable, but Sammy holding his brother is just plain edible. The other two look intrigued but slightly dubious-even in that photo where he is not holding his brother he is just busting with excitement. And Caroline- there is nothing like a new Mama falling in love with her baby. Usually she seems so cool and clever, tossing off bon mots and calling you a dumbass, here she just looks gorgeous and ecstatic.

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      thanks! out of everything that’s come about thus far, we’re must pleasantly surprised by Sammy and how fired up he is about his little bro.

  • http://thinspiralnotebook.wordpress.com/ Tara R.

    You have such a beautiful, sweet family. The Trips look quite smitten with their baby brother. 

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      they are indeed smitten. for now, that is…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/leslie.hunley.sholly Leslie Hunley Sholly

    Wow, the triplets are beautiful too!  And they look so sweet and happy.  

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      leslie, thank you!

  • Seattledad

    Luke will have lots of protection growing up.  Good looking family you have there JCO.

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      Luke will have protection. the same protection, i suspect, which will give him a fight for the better part of his life!

  • Seattledad

    Luke will have lots of protection growing up.  Good looking family you have there JCO.

  • Anonymous

    I think all of your photos show what love looks like.

    Great looking family!

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      how nice. we also sometimes display what agitation looks like. and sleeplessness. and grumpiness, too, i might add.

  • Anonymous

    I think all of your photos show what love looks like.

    Great looking family!

  • http://justlikeaslattery.wordpress.com/ Susan

    Oh, good grief. I have never seen such a beautiful family. 

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      susan… thank you!

  • Wisniewski Ww

    Congrats on your new son!  Let the fun begin. 

    ps.  monkey keypad?  Funniest thing I heard all weekend.

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      it’s true. if you put a monkey in a cage w/ a keypad, it may, indeed, eventually peck out an actual word. but it’d totally be an accident. same deal if we all smile at the camera at the same time…

  • Bobbie-bevins

    Congratulations!  Luke is beautiful, and the triplets look so proud.  Big brother/big sister is a very important role ~ as we’ve tried to impart on our 4-year old son with the arrival of his twin brothers two months ago.  I have to give you and Caroline SO much credit!  I honestly don’t know how you do it, and so well ~ with triplets and now a new baby.  I’m barely surviving twins!  I jumped from 3 months laying around on hospital bed rest to the immediate chaos of two babies at home.  I never could have imagined wanting to go back to the bed rest, but I find myself wishing for it at times.

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      Bobbie-bevins — TWINS! incredible. just awesome. yes. alli was 5 when our trio was born. it is, indeed, an important role. and you could hear alli’s gears grind a bit as she made the adjustment. you may find the same w/ your son. but if you do, fear not. there’s a lot of time to adjust. for everyone! (parents, too.) last thing: C can so relate to that comment about wanting to go back to bed rest! GL w/ everything and thanks for reading and leaving such a great comment. TWIN BOYS!

  • Alesa

    Dang, those kids are all so cute! Congrats on the new arrival.

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      Alesa, thank you. that means you’ll house sit, right?

  • http://www.barbaramanatee.blogspot.com Barbara Manatee

    What a fun time! I remember when I had our youngest and the twins came to meet him in the hospital. they were 2 at the time. My son immediately tried to jump up into my lap not knowing (1) I had just had a c-section and (2) I had a new baby sitting there. My dad kind of yipped at him and startled him and then he was scared to come near me or the baby for quite a while. We have a few pics of him look so sad and dejected. He warmed up and both kids adored the baby (well…when they weren’t jealous, that is…). Hope the transition goes smoothly!

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      wow. 2 years old! and here we are thinking 3 is tough. sounds like you’ve got a lot of wisdom that i could use right about now. and don’t worry… i’m not offended that it’s my wife you find beautiful and not me!

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