Defeated by three…most of the time…
Back in the school days you had to learn what it was to “square” a number or put it to a higher power. I think I learned this lesson when I had kids. While there are other families with more unique situations than ours, the “3 kids under 3” attribute certainly does bring its challenges. In fact, there are many times where our family and friends don’t realize the “issues”. We hear, “I never thought of that before”.
While many families of three or more are “spaced out”, the challenge of three about the same age yields some interesting experiences. I always covet that mom in the store that holding the hand of one child and has a baby on her hip.
Scenario #1: Senior Citizens are Doing Their Job
I learned this lesson very early on in my multiple kid days. I ran out of formula (gee, how does that happen with twins), so it was off to the store. In typical mom fashion, the journey began first thing in the morning before naps. Break down to a long story: I traveled to FOUR different stores. Why? All of the shopping carts were retreived by the seniors working the day/cart shift and placed nicely in the stores. The parking lots looked like a well manicured lawn. How are you suppose to get three kids into the store in cold Nebraksa weather? You can’t leave your kids in the car to get a cart from within; it is against the rules. The fourth place had one strangling cart left in the cold weather for this mom. Now, in a cart not built for 3, how do you load them up?
Scenario #2: It Always Requires Two – But, You Still Place Defence
When they are mobile…it is all over.
- You always have to have a stroller with you. Once, it was a nice day, and I thought I would let the kids walk into an establishment. Bloody wrong move mom! One went to play by the gutter in the grass, one went running into the parking lot, and the other one went running down the sidewalk in the opposite direction.
- Going to the “play zones”…it takes about 10 sets of eyes. One child goes running out of the play zone, and they think it is hilarious…so we keep doing it. Crap…where is the “older” child…you go in to a state of utter panic. Oh…she is in the tunnel. While you are worrying about the “older” child, the third child decides it would be fun to get a football fields length from you. While your retrieve the third child, the first one is out of the play zone again. You get the idea…it goes on and on.
- Even playing outside is tough. Everyone wants mom to help them. We are learning the world of sharing and patience. But, to put it mildly with three under 3, the three year old got fed up, so she went in the house to watch a “show”. There just wasn’t enough bandwith of mom.
Scenario #3: There will always be a MAY DAY!
When there are three little ones…it just doesn’t fail that there is going to be a “fun scenario” of the day. When there were two babies and one in potty training, it never failed, we always had to go potty when the babies were feeding. We had the major “slip and fall” in the bath tub. We have had poop on the floor. We have had the split lips. We have had the sickness times three, to the power of three. Just think of your normal activities in life, then add three kids that need YOU….in all forms, mentally, phyically, and emotionally.
While I love every single minute, and many times I sit back and laugh…I know it will go by fast. I didn’t plan for three under three, but as the saying goes, “We may not have it together, but together we have it all.”
Lesson Learned: Everything in life is interesting when you power it by three. But, everything good in life is better when it is multipled.
What tips do you have to surive the everyday life chores with three little ones?