Stick with me loyal friends, I’m still blogging! :) It’s been crazy stressful, but we’re pulling through it. Jason and I met almost a year ago, and since then we married and had 3 babies. Considering how much both our lives have changed in the last year, we’re finding all is manageable, even life with triplets! But not without more help than either of us expected. Currently my aunt and cousin have moved in with us, and we can’t thank them enough, or even imagine getting by without them! I work approximately 7pm to 7am and my aunt and cousin work 7am to 7pm. Despite the help, everyone in the house is exhausted!
After a month of caring for the babies, we can easily say this has been the most difficult time in our lives. With triplets, you can’t do anything like you would with a singleton. There’s already so much I had to stop worrying about (do they get held enough; is formula ok; are they comfy sleeping in the boppies; are they eating enough; is a feeding schedule bad, and on and on). It’s nothing like how I would do things if I had one.
You can do on your own, and I know parents of triplets who do. God bless them. I think it’s doable depending on the babies. Our identical boys are pretty fussy, and in general the babies never sleep at the same time, despite the strict feeding schedule. They often cry when they’re awake, which means we’re always comforting a crying baby. We can’t sleep if watching the babies (yes, even at night). It also means we can’t do it alone because we would never sleep. We thought we could do it without help, but we were wrong. I need to sleep and so does Jason…but otherwise doable. :) I’m expecting it’ll get much better when they all start sleeping though the night.
Neither of us consider ourselves “baby people”, so the newborn stage is proving pretty difficult. Our solution to all crying has been to feed, but now we’re learning that food’s not necessarily what they need (and it screws up the very necessary feeding schedule). I also respond to crying by changing diapers, and end up changing clean diapers at least 3 times a day. Jason avoids this by literally smelling the diaper in question. I refuse to do this, especially after the other day when he put his face down there and baby farted…so I change a lot of clean diapers. :) We fill an entire garbage bag every day with diapers, at least 35 a day.
Every day they get bigger we feel more comfortable with them. We feed them 5 oz every three hours (that’s 24 bottles a day) but usually we end up feeding them “snacks” as well, so we go through about 30 bottles in a 24 hour period. They all weight about 9 lbs.
We took the babies for their first walk at the nearby park. Getting them into the van and then their stroller was quite the production. Again, something I would not do without help at this point. Our stroller is obnoxious, so we drew alot of attention. We spent the majority of the walk talking to people cooing over the babies. I expected this based on other triplet blogs. Triplets garner alot of attention, and so do gigantic triplet strollers! The babies did ok, we had to keep feeding them to keep them from crying, but I think it was good for them. I look forward to more walks in the near future!
When I read others’ blogs I thought “doable”, but now I realize how much work it actually is. It’s much more difficult than I had anticipated. A TON OF WORK. Come help if you can! It takes a village to raise a child…well, how about triplets?