When we received the news that there were 3 little people growing in my uterus, we were as shocked as you might imagine. We laughed, then we cried, then we laughed & cried. It literally took weeks for the shock to wear off...and we still didn't REALLY "get it" that we suddenly had 3 children until they were close to a year old.
I had never met anyone with triplets or more and had absolutely no idea what to expect. Now it feels so incredibly normal, that I am often confused by the interest we generate when out in public.
So today I thought I'd capture some of the unique facts about our last 2 years that don't seem that unusual to me, but are not necessarily normal to people who do this one baby at a time.
You might be a parent of triplets if...
1. You used to use a crock pot as your bottle warmer because you could do 3 bottles simultaneously.
2. You have ever mixed formula in a pitcher (and it only lasted 24 hours).
3. You have a mini fridge in your nursery.
4. You have ever taken a U-haul on vacation behind your Yukon XL in order to transport all the baby supplies you'll need for 1 week. (and you used everything your brought)
5. You have ever bought school supplies at Sam's Club.
6. You know more than a dozen other people with triplets or quadruplets.
7. You own 5 different strollers. (double, single, triple, triple jogger, triple wagon)
8. You can change 3 diapers faster than most people can change one.
9. You have an arrangement to purchase diapers wholesale because you buy in such bulk.
10. You have ever had to renovate in order to fit 3 cribs in one room.
11. You know all the obscure airline rules on how many lap babies you can travel with and what seats they must sit in to fulfill the oxygen mask requirements. (often better than the booking agent knows them)
12. You are able to hold 2 or 3 children at a time.
13. You have ever bottle fed more than one baby at a time.
14. You know how many highchairs are in each restaurant in town. (You'd be suprised how many have 3 or less)
15. You know what the acronyms HOM, EDD, BBG, BBB, GGB and GGG mean.
16. You think a 4 lb baby is a great weight.
17. "Full term" to you is 36 weeks.
18. Pregnancy = bedrest
19. You go through a gallon of milk every 28 hours.
20. You have ever had 6 babygates up in your house at once, and contemplated adding more.
21. Mothers of one small child seriously look at you like they are fearful that having multiples might be contagious if they get too close.
22. You don't even bat an eyelash to the following comments from complete strangers.: "Your hands are full." "Are they triplets?" "Are they twins?" "Did you have them yourself?" "Did you do those drugs?" "Are they real?" "Are they natural?" or my personal 2 favorites: "Were you trying to have triplets? " and "What do you call those, twintuplets?"
I could go on & on, but these are the ones that come to mind immediately. Funny thing is, I cannot imagine my life ANY OTHER way!