The triplets are almost a year old now. The year has flown by so fast, with ups and downs… The first few months of sleep deprivation, trying to figure out how to juggle three at once, and learning that someone is going to cry. That last one was the hardest for me, and even today it still weighs on me.
I breaks my heart to hear them cry but there are times that I can do nothing about it. For them, I think taking turns and learning patients is difficult to grasp. I was, and still am, the schedule nazi. People who have multiples understand the importance of this. Those who don’t have multiples think I am overly obsessed. Truth is though, if we get off schedule then the kids are the ones who go nuts. They get cranky, fussy, and we have a bad day. As they get older, they change the schedule little by little, but as long as I am careful to watch cues and stay o top of things, those changes go fairly smoothly. I can remember being so worried about them not getting enough tummy time. Everyone kept stressing it’s importance but the kids HATED it and it was such an ordeal when we did it. So for those of you out there who are stressing this issue, don’t. We didn’t get much “on the floor” tummy time in but our little ones all rolled over, crawled, and are now walking all ahead of schedule. Well, Criton has been walking for awhile now, Caitlin just started being an independent walker yesterday, and Haley is trying really hard but loses her balance after several steps. She will get there soon though. Naps were becoming a challenge lately, and I almost thought I was going to lose my two naps a day. They were only sleeping about 30 mins per nap and grouchy as all get out. So after a lot of looking at our schedule I tried two things: giving them a snack before their naps and pushing their naps back 30-60 mins. This worked great and now they are sleeping 1-2 hours! So if you run into this issue perhaps you might want to try this. This year has been full of worries, laughter, crying, love, and every other emotion. There has been tension at times between Michael and I, mostly due to lack of sleep and lack of alone time. At the end of the day though we love each other and we make a great team. We know (and tell each other) as long as we stay strong together, we can get through anything. The key is to never go to bed mad, always let the other person know they are appreciated, communicate how you feel, and really listen to what the other is saying. This year has brought a lot of changes for my teenage daughter, Miche, as well. She spent the first half of the kids helping me through the night feeds (thank you). She also turned 16 and will start driving soon. She is focusing on her Photography and doing the normal teen thing, finding out what direction she wants her life to go. Th triplets have also brought a lot of changes for her as well. We are not on the go as much now and I stay pretty tied up with the triplets needs. I know she understands it, but it still must be hard especially at that age. My oldest child, Jasper, is 18 and lives in Florida now. He is studying to be an EMT and wants to go back to college to pursue a carrier as a doctor. Like a lot of teenagers now days, he struggled to find his path in this world. We are happy that he seems to be finding his way now though and hope he continues to go forward and have a wonderful life. He is planning on moving back up north in a year or so and going to medical school at UK. He had already moved out by the time the triplets where born so he is excited to spend some time with them. So as this year comes to an end, all I can say is that I am blessed. Blessed to have my wonderful family. Crazy at times, but always wonderful.