To remind readers, I’m now blogging about raising triplets, not detailing the lives of the triplets. I’ll try to focus more on my experiences rather than the babies themselves. I know I needed a blog like that, so let my experiences help others!
I went in for my 6 week post-partum check-up this week. The nurses visited and asked how things were going with the triplets. Being a little sleep-deprived, I nearly cried at the sight of them–these women who knew what I was in for…but I held it together long enough to tell them how much harder it is than I thought. One of the nurses nodded and said that the MOST IMPORTANT thing is getting 24/7 help lined up. HOLY COW was she right! She said you need a person for each baby and a runner (that’s 4 people AWAKE 24/7)! I’ve said this before, and will again–it really depends on the babies. Of course, you won’t know that untill they’re born.
The doc came in and offered meds for post-partum depression. He was kind, and said as a triplet mom, I would not be alone. I thought of the other night when I said to Jason “we haven’t enjoyed the babies yet”. He nodded. It’s true. We’re so overwhelmed we hardly ever use the fancy camera Jason bought. Sigh…
A note on breastfeeding/pumping: I pumped and breastfed for a while, but produced next to nothing. Even my mom, who was super pro-breastfeeding, agreed I should give it up. It’s way too hard with three babies, and the time I spent on the pump or with them on the breast was not worth the output. I just wasn’t producing enough. I had crying babies at my hands, and couldn’t take it anymore. I felt terrible about giving it up, and cried for a day over it. But, again, it’s another thing to accept with triplets. When I see moms at the store with one baby, I’m stricken with envy and guilt.
From all the forums and fellow triplet moms, I hear it gets better! For now, I’ll be satisfied when they sleep more than 2 hours at a time–at the same time!