Angelique and I continue to expand the area that Michaela, Emma and Christopher can explore. They are all so curious. Anytime we open the refrigerator door, it’s a race to reach in and grab something from the bottom shelf. Michaela usually wins, and makes off with amino acids or sweet and sour sauce. The same is true pretty much when any door opens. When we open the baby gate, Christopher has taken to trying to muscle his way past, finding success a few times.
They love having more room to run around and explore the house. It’s impacting their sleep schedule now, as they’re choosing to play hard when they are turned loose and forgo their afternoon naps and sometimes meals. This leaves them cranky and overly tired some evenings. They’re sleeping longer for the most part (with triplets, everything seems to be for the most part).
We don’t want to restrict them too much. We’re letting them figure things out (for the most part…haha), and explore more. Sharing tends to be an issue throughout the day. Michaela seems to get fixated on what the other two have, and she gets this look in her eyes where she’s determined to take it from them. I stare back at her when I intervene and return the item to who had it first, and then the stare down starts.
We also tend to let them think they are getting away with something. This is where the spare remotes and other “prize items” come in handy. They cart it off and play with it and have this accomplished look on their faces. They like to show us things. Michaela likes to bring us spare binkies in her possession, offer it up, and then pull it away and laugh. Emma likes to point at things and jabber. Christopher’s move is to carry large things across the room.
Generally speaking, they all get along. Emma is still picked on by the other two, but now that she can flee it seems to happen less often. Sometimes she just collapses on the floor and cries when she hears them coming.
Christopher has been getting put in time outs in the pack and play quite often lately. He’s been tackling his sisters and gnawing on them. He’ll then lay out on top of them – he’s heavy, so it doesn’t feel good. But he’s relentless. Pull him off and he goes right back for more. When I get home I try and play hard with him to get him to burn off some of that energy. No brother to do it with, so that leaves me.
Certain cartoons and animated movies hold their attention. And when we discover that, we play it over and over. Sometimes it’s the only thing that calms them down.
Getting them all out of the house still takes a lot of effort. One at a time is pretty easy, though. With spring right around the corner, we’ll be taking them out more and more. They love it outside.
What else. Changing their diapers and also dressing them is an adventure each time now. Angelique no longer uses the changing table. They’ve pretty much outgrown it. It’s amazing how far they’ve come. Three little people with big personalities…awesome!