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Update 2/11/07

Easy

Having triplets is EASY.  No stress, no work really.  Okay, so that's what I would have you believe if I saw you out at a mall while I'm pulling my 4 little ones in the Choo-Choo wagon.  I'm so accustomed to doing my best to avoid conflict or tantrums in public so that I can disprove all of those "misconceptions" about multiples.  But sometimes....

A recent trip to Wal-Mart without the benefit of my beloved Choo-Choo wagon got me thinking about all of the negative comments we receive on our outings. 

I loaded the triplets up into a shopping cart and had my game plan to get in, get what I need and get out as quickly as possible.  I had never done the shopping cart thing, but I was sure the novelty of it would keep them at bay long enough to pick up a few items quickly.  WRONG!

Long story short, there was screaming, kicking, pulling of hair, climbing, grabbing, hitting.  If I thought we drew attention with the wagon, WOW!  I saw looks of horror, pity and annoyance from other shoppers as I pried children apart, desperately opened bags of candy and chips as a diversion, begged, reasoned,  and reprimanded.  A nightmare.  And had it been a long shopping trip, I'd have hightailed it out of there in a hurry.  But I needed three things.  By the time it all fell apart, I was on my way to getting the third item and heading for the checkout.

So, back to what I was saying.  This all got me thinking about the negative comments.  I found in just that one trip all of the justification in the world to hear someone say "better you than me," "wow, I'm glad they're yours and not mine," "you've really got your hands full," and even the dreaded "man, I would shoot myself!"  Okay, well, maybe not justification.  But if ever there were a time when someone would appropriately not want to be me, it was then.

There have been other times recently that I've had out-of-body experiences looking around me as three cranky hungry toddlers thrash on the floor in a frenzied triple temper tantrum and think to myself, "I must be made of some pretty tough stuff."  There are many who couldn't handle it, or wouldn't want to handle it.  I think we each have our threshold for pain and suffering.  Maybe not such a great analogy. 

Though I never want to hear those nasty thoughtless comments coming from strangers - least of all when it's in front of my children - I will try to remember that perhaps those people have dealt with one or two temper tantrums themselves and just never want to go back. 

I love my children and I will be happy when one day we can go out without major incident.  Until then I'll continue to put on the air that I've got it all under control.  I'll continue to smile nonchalantly to strangers, prodding them into believing that it's easy to shop with triplets (until it all falls apart).  Now, if only I could get my trio to pretend along with me...

NOW that I have that off of my chest, I'll share the latest...

  • Kristi's birthday falls in just a few short hours.  My oldest baby!  Can it really be that I have a 21-year-old daughter?  I remember labor with her like it was getting ready to happen tomorrow.  Time just flies so quickly.

  • We just got back from a great trip to Orlando this past weekend.  All things considered, I'd say it went very smoothly.  Thank goodness for leashes and crib tents!  Disney was a blast for the wee ones.

  • We went to the Florida State Fair today.  We passed on all of the fried lard balls, fried Pepsi, fried veggies.  They'll fry anything at a fair!  We did have a fairly nice morning.

  • Pictures follow of our new table.  It'll seat 10 comfortably (and more).  I love it!

  • My little girls dancing in somewhat synchronized fashion here.

Grooming Max with toothbrushes.

Grandma and Angus on the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney.

Max working the Buzz Lightyear ride.

Hanging out at Disney

Leashed toddlers in a line waiting to board It's a Small World

A sweet one of Nadia on It's a Small World

Max

Ruca and Loren

Nadia with her grandma.

Angus, his grandpa and Loren

The whole crew on the way out from Disney.

Angus and Max holding hands waiting to leave with Daddy.

Kelli with the 4 little ones.

Trying out the new table

It's a really long table.

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