HELLO. We have entered a whole new ball game!
It’s called the terrible two’s and apparently they do exist. Over the past few months, the kids have become extremely opinionated. Not just about the color of their water bottle, or the type of cereal they have but also about the way their food is laid out on their plate and the streets we turn on to get to school in the morning. And the drama is through the roof! Who knew not having matching pajama bottoms could be such a travesty? Oh, and the bickering is INSANE! Mia eggs Marcus on and the two of them end up picking at each other all day. To top it off, Mia and Marcus are going through a major “mommy” phase. They need to be constantly hugged and cuddled by no one but me for a good 30 minutes after they wake up. It brings up bad memories of 3 crying infants. At least then, I could actually fit three babies on my lap. Now, it is all out war for mommy’s lap complete with pushing, shoving and hair pulling.
There is a reprieve from the chaos. Preschool still rocks. We also do pretty well on most outings (Well, except for that trip to the grocery store where daddy made the mistake of letting Marcus push the “shopper in training” cart. The end of that story…I abandoned my cart full of groceries in the middle of an aisle while carrying two kicking and screaming toddlers out of the grocery store potato stack style). Honestly, they do really well at the park, museums, mall and even the doctor’s office. I love hearing people tell me how easy I make triplets look while out and about. I definitely don’t make it look easy at home. It is near impossible many days.
But, then there are the joys. The delight they take in nature walks, a tea set, or live music is glorious. When they all start singing their ABC’s together in the car, all the bad slips out the window. When their personalities shine through, like when Josie shouts across the bridge to her brother, “Be careful Marcus, don’t fall in the water!” or Mia carelessly dances across the lawn while brushing the hair out of her face, it is truly all worth it. And of course when they hug each other and say “Hi Josie, I love you ” or “cuddle me mommy”, it melts your heart.
There are definitely “challenges” at this age. And having triplets makes those challenges 3x harder. But there are also a ton of rewards. And having triplets makes those 3x more enjoyable.