My friend Rose and her husband Josh have 3 gorgeous children, Mercedes, Reese, and Orlando. Every time she posts photos of her darling trio online I am amazed at how Rose keeps up with them. Since I cannot imagine what a day in the life of a triplet mama looks like I asked Rose to share with all of us today. Please enjoy her post with her witty writing and amazing detail of the day in the life! Kids week will end tomorrow with a guest post about organized travel so stay tuned!
Josh and Rose with Mercedes, Reese, and Orlando
A Day in the Life of a Triplet Mama…
7:30 a.m. – Up for the day. The kids are still sleeping, so I get their milk sippies (pre-filled) out of the fridge and start making microwave scrambled eggs. Here’s how: Spray a bowl with cooking spray. Add two eggs, butter, milk, and salt. Scramble. Cover with a paper towel. Microwave for 45 seconds. Shake the bowl, recover, and microwave for 20-30 more seconds. The result looks like an “egg puck,” but it’s delicious!
7:45 a.m. – Orlando, my early-riser, is sounding the wake-up call. Josh handles morning diapers while I finish breakfast. He informs me that Reese has peed-through; I make a mental note to change his sheets after breakfast.
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast: toaster waffles, scrambled eggs, banana, and milk.
Snack time at the triplet table…
After breakfast, the kids play independently while I clean up. I change Reese’s sheets and then fix myself some toast. Predictably, all three wander over, asking, “Bite? Bite?” Eating in front of my kids is like having a picnic at a seagull convention.
I deal with some typical morning squabbles: O and R both want the same truck, M can’t find her blanket, R hits M repeatedly on the head (all the while shouting, “Gentle!” so maybe he had good intentions?)
9:00 a.m. – Potty practice. I ask Reese, my most eager potty-user, “Would you like to try the potty?” He gets up from his trucks and heads toward the bathroom. I exclaim, “Reese is going to use the potty!” O and M immediately start to follow. Peer pressure – the triplet mom’s greatest asset.
9:15 a.m. – I turn on PBS Kids so I can get dressed and dress the kids. I pack the four major diaper bag necessities: diapers, wipes, snacks, and drinks. Forgetting one of these could equal disaster!
9:45 a.m. – Morning outing: Water Tower Park. This park is my favorite because of its size – just one set of playground equipment, a sandbox, and some swings. Small parks are better for multiples.
Rose with the kiddos, isn’t she gorgeous!
10:00 a.m. – I realize I forgot to bring extra sand tools. This park’s sandbox is like the Island of Misfit Toys – one lonely dump truck with two missing wheels, broken plastic shovels, and sand molds that have suspicious chew marks around the edges. M plays in the sand – watching it drip through her fingers. I watch, happy that she has not yet embarked on her favorite sand activity – eating.
10:30 a.m. – Snack break: O immediately removes the lid from his snack cup and dumps his Teddy Grahams on the ground. M abandons her snack cup in favor of these new tasty ground snacks. I think, “This sidewalk looks clean, right?”
11:00 a.m. – Time to head home. The kids say “bye-bye, slide!” To make leaving easier, I give them a choice, “You can walk to the stroller or Mommy can carry you to the stroller.” Everyone chooses to walk.
11:30 a.m. – Lunch: hummus with crackers (a messy favorite!), cheese cubes, and grapes. I always fix a simple lunch after a morning outing.
12:30 p.m. – Nap. We follow our usual routine: diapers, books, bed. Again, I offer a choice, “You can walk to your bed or Mommy can carry you.” M dutifully starts heading to the bedroom, but when she realizes the boys aren’t moving, she turns around and calls, “Come on! Come on! Nite-nite! Come here!” Yet again, peer pressure, often dubbed a force of evil, proves to be an effective motivator. The boys grab their lovies and start following their sister.
Mama reading to the Trips…
During nap, I prep baked ziti for dinner. This is crucial to my mommy sanity. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to chop vegetables or cook with three little “helpers” clinging at your legs.
3:00 p.m. – Everyone is up and sipping fruit smoothies for a snack. This is the only way I get O to eat fruit.
4:00 p.m. – Afternoon activity – Water table in the backyard. I like to save my messier activities for the afternoon, when I know they’ll be changing clothes soon anyway.
5:00 p.m. – Inside for some quieter play before dinner. R asks, “Tunnel?” I get out their expandable tunnel and they all play together, shrieking and laughing as they all try to crawl through at once. I love this stage.
5:30 p.m. – I ask everyone’s favorite question of the day, “Would you like to watch a movie?” They head toward their fold-out couches, chanting, “Movie! Movie!” They settle down to watch Sesame Street while I put the ziti in the oven and make salad. I’ve gotten over any mommy guilt about using the TV as a babysitter, since it’s the only way I can sanely prepare dinner. And since they only watch 30 minutes twice a day, they are glued in place when that magical box turns on!
6:15 p.m. – Dinner is ready and Josh is home – yay! Mama needs a break!
7:00 p.m. – Josh handles baths while I wash dishes. Bath time is Daddy’s special time, which suits me just fine. I find washing dishes to be meditative – it’s easy, rhythmic, and when it’s done, there are clear, noticeable results. So different from most of my day!
7:30 p.m. – Kids are washed, lotioned, diapered, toothbrushed, and sitting on their couches for story time. Daddy puts his high school drama experience to use with a very enthusiastic rendition of Goodnight, Gorilla.
7:45 p.m. – Bedtime. Josh and I give kisses, lovies, and cover-ups. We turn the white noise machine to soothing ocean sounds and turn on the room air conditioner for good measure. As we shut the door, we both let out audible sighs. Now it is our favorite time of day.