1) Tennis Courts: One cold but dry day last winter I loaded the boys up in the stroller and walked to the park. After a few minutes of swinging I could tell they were done with that. Since we had just gotten here I thought it was such a shame to head back home already. I longed to let them play on the jungle gym but they were new walkers and it was too dangerous to let them play on it with only myself looking after them (well actually it still is). Also at that age they went every which way and did not respond to 'stay close' like they do now. I noticed the sad empty tennis courts so I thought 'what the heck, lets give it a try.' I let them loose and used the stroller to block one of the two entrances so I'd only have to worry about one. It was the best idea ever. They ran and played with some left behind tennis balls to their hearts content! Now I also have a safe place to take them bike riding. You'll just have to figure out how to get both the babies and the bikes to the tennis courts on your own.
2) Reading to toddlers: Up until just a few weeks ago I could not read to all three boys at once. I could maybe get away with reading a very short book to one boy before they'd want to snatch it out of my hands and play with it. I think they've just arrived developmentally where they are highly entertained by being read to, this happened around 22months. But the challenge still remains, how do you read to ALL three at once with out it becoming a big fight over my lap or the book? I remembered I had this little wire book prop from my college days that I got after my neck hurt so bad from hanging my head down to read on a desk. I set the book on the table, and three chairs in front of it. I sit with one boy on my lap, there is no need to get the other two since they will quickly figure out what's going on and will plop them selves down right next to you. I keep the book at arms length and I only touch the book when I have to turn the page. As a rule the boys are not allowed to touch the book, you will have to remind them a lot, but so far they listen and do not get upset over it.
As a side note, the fact that I'm able to read to all three of my boys at once and have them enjoy it is absolutely fascinating! I can't hardly believe that we are onto this phase now. Is this for real, will the novelty wear out and I'll lose control again? I can't believe we can do something so structured now! I've said this many times before but it's the smallest changes that make the biggest differences to families with triplets!
|I also highly recommend this book, especially if you are crazy about monsters like I am : )|
|aside from being overpriced they contain so little, my boys literally finish them in 10 seconds or less!|
|At home this is perfectly acceptable, but I certainly don't want to deal with this out in public!|
|Is this Pintrest worthy or what?!|
Fill em up with either your giant Costco vat of applesauce, or better yet make your own at home with any combination of fruits and veggies you like!
|my happy customers : )|
"What was your favorite thing about waiting tables?"
My friend from home had not anticipated this question. "Um...the children. Waiting on cute kids...It was a family...restaurant."
Game over. While "the children" may be a good nonsense answer for a Miss Universe contestant or a gubernatorial candidate, anyone who has ever waited tables - or simply gone to a restaurant with a child - knows that children are the soul-sucking worst. They take all the sugar packets out of the bowl, spill milk all over the place, and their wasted meals only cost five dollars... (Bossypants 2011)
Well said Tina! FYI if your triplets are normal children forget about eating at restaurants until a much older age. If you haven't guessed it by now my boys are the normal type and we rarely take them to restaurants. The evidence, if you could see it, was the terror in my moms eyes when I suggested we eat-in at Subway, the previous day we had taken the boys to the Black Bear Diner for breakfast. HA!