I see other triplet dads earlier in their own journeys venting about the challenges that come with the first year – I’ve been there. You wonder if it will get easier, let alone will you survive. You do, but you come out different. The challenges that come with raising triplets are all unique, just like each child is.
You graduate from the witching hour, unexplained fussiness, grassiness, teething, food aversions, mega blowouts, etc. to new challenges. And it’s all different for each family. Anyone that says it is easy or gives advice to try this and it will work is smoking crack.
Our current challenges, while frustrating at times, are all part of them growing up and exploring:
- Biting (Michaela)
- Bullying (much less of this from Michaela thankfully)
- Pushing the envelope
- Throwing things (including food)
- Running off with iPhones
- Pulling things out of drawers
- Using items as stools to open doors or get things off of counters
- Hanging on curtains (Christopher is heavy)
- Drawing on walls with crayons (thank you Magic eraser)
- Flailing limbs when you least expect it
- Pestering one another during nap time
- Skipping a nap all together
- Refusing to open their mouths during tooth brushing time
- Chewing on books
- Running off with dirty diapers
- Hiding in cupboards and getting stuck
- Spoons all around the family room
- Smooth rocks from our backyard under the couch
- Long lost binkies magically resurfacing
- The toy tornado fallout
Anyone that proclaims they have a perfect baby is dreaming – that’s just not how it works.
They are a lot of work, but also a lot of fun, and this is what we happily signed up for. We wouldn’t have it any other way.