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Tantruming, Toddling, and Tales of Fun - Karen's Musings
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Tantruming, Toddling, and Tales of Fun

Abby has this adorable new behavior, she throws these cute little temper tantrums when she's not getting her way.  She throws herself flat down on the ground, screams, pounds her little fists, looks up to see if you're watching her, and then goes back to screaming.  If you're not watching her (or you don't appear to be), she sits back up, wimpers, and goes back to playing, but sulks about it.  It is the cutest thing ever, though I'm sure when she's 5 it will seem less cute.

It's official - Sam is no longer just a baby  - he's a toddler.  But don't go trying to suggest to me that he's not a baby anymore, because he's still my baby, even if he is toddling.  Yes, it's true, he's not just taking one or two steps at a time, he's not just cruising along furniture, he's actually walking 10-12 steps at a time.  And it's not just a fluke, either.  He does this several times a day, then loses his balance and falls on his butt and giggles.  Fortunately, God made little boys with hard heads and soft bottoms for a reason.  Also, diapers are conveniently padded to help in that area.

For that matter, Ellie's not far behind Sam in the toddling department.  She also can take 8-10 steps at a time if she wants to.  She just doesn't want to do it nearly as often as Sam.  More often, she'll take 3-4 steps at a time, fall down and crawl after whatever she's after. Let's face it, my babies are smart, and crawling, for the moment, is more efficient.  They are fast little crawlers, so they're going to get at whatever they have their eye on as fast as they can!  Still, it won't be long before Ellie and Sam are walking, running, and jumping.

And climbing.  Did I mention climbing?  Oh yes.  Sam is a climber.  Abby, too.  They both climb the gates, even the ones that have bars, not holes.  And yesterday, Sam climbed his highchair.  He wasn't in it at the time.  Not good.  The J-man was never a climber, you see.  He was a bundle of energy.  He never stopped moving.  You had to keep moving to keep up with him, but ne never climbed, he never opened drawers, he never pulled things off of shelves or tables, so baby-proofing was a *snap*.  But with these triplets?  They are giving us a run for our money.  Ellie is into EVERYTHING and EVERYTHING is into her mouth.  Sam is climbing EVERYTHING. And Abby will open anything she can.  And they are all super-fast and in three different directions at once.  Still, it's fun.  And cute.  And not nearly as bad as I expected it to be.  We just have a little more work ahead of us to be one step ahead of them!

We know this because yesterday we did something very brave.  We opened up "the baby pit."  We have a living room and dining room that are essentially connected and basically one room.  But we've had the living room surrounded by a baby corral (the SuperYard XT, for those in the know), which has been a great way to contain the babies so that we can turn our backs to clean up after dinner, answer the phone, or even just play with them without worrying about which direction they're all running off into.  It also contained the toys into one discreet space.  The living room/dining room in combination is obviously a much larger space and is easily closed off because the kitchen has a gate, the basement stairwell has a door, the hall leading to the bedrooms has a door, and the doorway leading to the sunroom has both a baby gate and a door that can be closed.  So it can be one big baby pit if we want it to be, which is what we tried yesterday.  And much hilarity ensued.  The babies were SO excited at their newfound freedom.  They could hardly contain their enthusiasm.  In fact, they didn't even try.  They immediately put their minds to discovering all the little things we hadn't yet thought to baby proof.  This was good for us, actually because it gave us a good lesson in what we needed to get done.  No better trial than trial by fire, I say! 

So, I think we may be done with the baby pit.  I'm a little sad to see it go, actually.  But the truth is, they're getting a little too big and a little too active to be contained in it.  They fight over their toys and their space.  My house is really too small to have them contained in there.  And if I need to contain them somewhere, I DO have the sunroom where I can contain them (it's a nice child-friendly space with a foam floor and lots of baby toys, meant for child-containment purposes). 

So, um, anyone need a SuperYard XT?  Actually, I think it was 2 of them that we had  - one of them wouldn't have been big enough.  Sigh.  We spend so much money on this stuff and it's all so temporary, isn't it?  Maybe we'll use it again if I ever get to have that singleton I'm still dreaming of?  But that seems silly.  I mean, we never contained the J-man in a baby pit.  Do people actually contain singletons in baby pits?  Or are they just things that multiples parents use?

Finally, I love Sunday mornings because we get to be a little bit lazy with the timing on breakfast so I always (usually) make pancakes or omelettes or something yummy.  This morning was omelettes, which the babies LOVE (the J-man does too, which is shocking, since he's such a picky eater).  The babies ate TWO omelettes (total of 5 eggs), plus hash browns, plus three bananas.  They are hungry little monsters! 

Afterward, we gave them a bath, because, well, they needed it.  Even though I'm letting them each eat with a fork these days, they still mostly eat with their fingers and there was egg and cheese everywhere.  Sundays are also nice because Seth is home to help me, so I can give them a bath all together instead of three individual baths.  The babies love this, but I have to ask the moms of older triplets - how on EARTH do you manage this??  Were you really able to handle giving a group bath to your one year old triplets regularly?  Could you do it by yourself?  Because my babies are toddling all over the bathtub, in an absolutely hazardous manner and it's nearly impossible to handle them.  Even if I could manage them IN the tub (which I could ALMOST do), getting them all OUT of the tub safely would terrify me.  Can it really be done?  If so, can you tell me HOW?  This is the one thing I've never really managed to figure out how to do.  Are my kids just more excitable in the bathtub than most triplets?  They get SO riled up in the bathtub and go absolutely bonkers.  Is this normal? 

Anywhozit, here endeth my Tales o' fun, because the babies are waking up from their nap.  I hope you all are well - I'm off to snuggle with my precious babies until Seth and the J-man get home from soccer.  Then we've promised to do something SPONTANEOUS today.  I don't know what it's going to be (then it wouldn't be spontaneous, now would it??), but it's going to be SOMETHING, darnit!

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kressel From: kressel Date: October 26th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
BS"D

I don't get to lj that often, so it was a thrill to read about how your little ones are becoming toddlers. May Hashem bless you and your husband with a sach nachas.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 27th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! B"H, The babies are definitely growing up into strong, healthy, beautiful toddlers. Too fast, if you ask me, but I can't complain!
From: geekosaur Date: October 26th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bathing: one at a time? Can't be worse than herding cats (which I have done).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 27th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do bathe them one at a time when I don't have Seth around to help me. I'm trying to figure out how other mothers of triplets manage to bathe their triplets all at once without help. It's too scary for me to even think about!
kalki From: kalki Date: October 26th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love your Superyard, but alas, you are far from me :)

I love that they're growing up so big and strong!
realeez From: realeez Date: October 27th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
They sound so cute!

We used the superyard for weird uses like having my bigger boys build with lego in their while the 1-year-old could run around the rest of the room without destroying their creations and also i had put my baby in the swing in that so his brother couldn't push him around!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 27th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do like the idea of using it to protect J's lego building activities. Though we do have other areas of the house where he can be protected without the need for the Superyard. Someone else mentioned putting it around a pool if I wasn't ready to let kids in the pool yet.

And yes, my kids are ADORABLE. I mean, SERIOUSLY adorable. You'd die from the cuteness overload in my house!
kmelion From: kmelion Date: October 27th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
What about starting a "baby stuff" Gemach in your area?

Or there's always Craig's List or ebay...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 27th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I have neither the room in my house to deal with the space it would take to deal with having a gemach, nor do I have the time to be the organizer of such an effort. Plus, we've found that efforts to start and run gemachs in our area are largely unsuccessful. (I already run an unofficial preemie clothes loaner closet for parents of preemies, but fortunately, preemie clothes are small and don't take up a lot of space)

Some people have given me useful reasons to keep the SuperYard XT around for long-term use (containing the triplets in the yard, surrounding an outdoor pool if I need to, letting Julian play with legos or other choking hazards undisturbed inside the superyard while the babies run around him, etc.), so I think I'll keep it around for a while. Once I'm ready to get rid of it, the local parents of multiples club has a list serve that is an efficient way to unload stuff like this - but also they have a Spring and Fall sale (HUGE) that I could sell it at (I never can go to the sale because it's always on Shabbos, but that doesn't mean I can't get someone else to drop my stuff off at the sale).
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: October 27th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
God made little boys with hard heads and soft bottoms for a reason
AINT THAT THE TRUTH!!!

be spontaneous and come up to cumberland ;)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 27th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's not spontaneous, that's insane. Spontaneous activities still have to fit within the napping/feeding schedule, you see.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: October 27th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
well they nap in the car! it's not far at all! it's only 2.5 hours away! close enough for a day trip and long enough for exotic-ness!
aliza817 From: aliza817 Date: October 27th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
The SuperYard was a life saver for me when my twins were little. I did the same thing you did--surrounded my living room. It was the only way I was able to leave them to do anything! I never used it for my son since it was a lot easier to contain one kid lol.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 27th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem now is that Sam climbs it - and also if he sees ME, he's so desperate to get out of it, that he'll actually push it over (bear in mind that it's secured on one side to the radiator and on the other side because it's behind the couch - so pushing it over takes a significant amount of strength!).
aliza817 From: aliza817 Date: October 27th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember the day Rochel pushed it over...that was the end of the "cage" as we called it lol!
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: October 27th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
But don't go trying to suggest to me that he's not a baby anymore, because he's still my baby, even if he is toddling.

It seems that doesn't go away.
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