The most exciting news from the front, we are definitely headed to preschool in the fall! Taking up 1/3 of the class, my kids will be attending preschool for 2 mornings a week beginning in September. I’m thrilled. Not just because I get some time away from them but also because I think they will LOVE and thrive in preschool. I see their little minds spinning every day and I know I can’t provide the same level of organized stimulation as the “professionals”. For a short period of time, I worked as an office manager in a daycare. Although I wouldn’t have been comfortable sending my kids to daycare while they were infants (and I don’t find ANY fault if you are…I was just too much of a control freak with my infants), I love everything about daycare from toddler age up! Although my kids won’t be going full-time, I know they will still benefit from the consistent “rules” and interaction with other adults.
I can’t help but share some of the pre-school open house experience. Max and I knew we wanted our children in this particular preschool from the start. It is an episcopal church preschool and we love the laid back faculty and environment. So the open house for us was just reiterating our satisfaction with our choice. For others who are obviously not the parents to triplets and not so laid back, it was a different story. Here is an example:
After filing into one of the two-year-old classrooms, all the parents had the opportunity to meet the teachers and ask questions. There were the obvious questions regarding potty training and packing lunches but I was more interested in asking something a little more practical,
“Can my kids come if they have runny noses?” I asked. I was glad to hear the answer was yes.
A few moments later another hand shoots up “In your brochure you say your learning style is experiental, can you talk a little more about that and then tell me what your biggest challenge has been as a two-year old teacher this past year?”
WHAT? I’m sorry but seriously! This is not a interview for a private college. It is preschool…for a 2-year-old. No offense but I hope that child is not in my child’s class. I can just see it now “I’m sorry Mrs. G but your little Amelia disrupted my daughter’s experimental growth yesterday by sticking a crayon up her nose, how are you going to solve this issue by next week?”
Hey, different strokes for different folks.
On another note; despite not caring what my kids “learning styles” are, they are doing fantastic. Mia recently had her 18 month developmental review with her developmental team (she was being followed because she was a “small for gestational age” baby), and it turns out she’s brilliant OK, so maybe that’s jumping the gun but she is developmentally more like 22-24 months, which explains the recent rise in temper-tantrums. And, I have to brag on my Josie. One of the tasks for the developmental test was for Mia to stack 3 blocks. She succeeded of course but here is what I saw when I walked into the room later that day:
Oh Josie, your not a little competitive are you?
Other than that, we are all working on using spoons more often (me included, I’m working on not grinding my teeth and inhaling suddenly every time I watch them lift their spoon to their mouth). We are really into dipping food into ketchup and salsa (Max and I actually had a 10- minute uninterrupted conversation while out at dinner last night as the kids dipped their waffle fries in ketchup). We also recently learned to jump with both feet leaving the floor at the same time. We are NOT POTTY TRAINING ANYTIME SOON! I can only take on so much
Overall, life seems more and more normal as the kids grow up. I am no longer “a triplet mom”. I am Karla, who happens to have triplets, and that is an awesome thing!
Here are a few more pics of the kids and I enjoying the recent snowfall: