Nope, they are not triplets.
Yes, they are all two years old.
No, we didn’t plan it like this (plus. that’s kind of personal, geez)!
Yes, they are all from my husband and I (and mind your own business)!
Answers to actual questions people ask when I am out and about with my brood of little ones.
This blog has been dreadfully silent lately because we have been busy. Busy in the way you can only be if you are wrangling not one, not two, but three toddlers. We are right in the middle of the crazy-amazing month where ALL OF OUR CHILDREN ARE THE SAME AGE. For exactly twenty eight days we have three two year olds and well, it’s exhausting. It’s also chock full of puttin’ snacks in baggies, checking on potty training triumphs and fails, (then cleaning up said fails), washing juice- I hope it was juice-out of socks, and trying to wash a dish every now and again when I can. Oh, and trying not to get the flu. And planning four birthday parties in thirty days.*
A quick example of the busy? I Facetimed my mom the other evening so she could entertain the kids and I could eat my own dinner in peace for five minutes in the kitchen. True story.
Annnnnnd… because we are extra crazy and we enjoy a challenge, we took all three kids to Texas in January to visit grandparents. Lily celebrated her second birthday in Texas with an incredible party in which my mom made everything– a whole post coming on that soon. It was a fantastic trip full of loved ones and fun.
If you want to see precision at work you need to see my husband breaking down strollers at the “gate check”/entrance of an airplane with a line of people behind us. He’s good, y’all, very good. (I stand on the side and hold all three of their hands. Don’t even try to imagine it. There’s a big gap where most airplanes don’t actually meet the tunnel contraption and my job is keep the kids out of the gap.) We had an awesome trip, spent tons of quality time with family and that’s worth a million stressful airport moments.
As Charlie and Natalia emerge into three year olds they are changing so fast. They articulate many things and it just blows my mind to hear the words and thoughts- hearing them speak is still my favorite part of being a mommy. But Lordy they are pushing boundaries and trying to push buttons.
Last week Natalia went to time out for a minor offense. Well, I was also making dinner and I forgot that she was in time out. Oops. I kept cooking, but I started to notice a strange smell mixed with the cooking smells. I asked Carlos about it, but he didn’t think anything of it. I went on cooking. After twenty minutes (usually time out is two minutes) I went to open the door and Natalia had retaliated! She smeared an entire container of Vicks over all the surfaces of their bedroom and she was sitting there looking like she wasn’t sure what to do next. Truthfully, we weren’t quite sure where to start cleaning the mess, but LUCKILY (strangely) I have spoken to poison control about Vicks in the past (another tale for another time) and I knew it wasn’t a dangerous situation– Just a complicated cleaning task. Sidenote: it’s the eucalyptus oil that can be a health problem, but no allergies here. Apparently I’m raising koalas because all of my children LOVE Vicks. That’s just another example of the crazy times here.
The truth is these days are fun and long and tiring and sweet and frustrating and everyday is a new surprise. Some days I feel like I’ve got it all together and even make dinner, some days are full of hugs and sweet cuddles, some days are just FULL of kids trying to be three and that fight for independence is tough.
The good news is that we are really good at remembering to take it one day at a time. We’re excited that the whole “party of five” is turning another year older. We love the craziness that comes with our family and wouldn’t have it any other way!
I have lots of fun things to share here on the blog and I hope I’ll have a chance to write more soon!
Happy Birthday Season to us!