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outing and feeding time
It's been a good few days. Yesterday, despite the fact that I had no nanny, no husband, and four kids to contend with, I was moderately productive. I got a shower (for the second day in a row! Whoo hoo!). The kids all got clean clothes. Laundry got done. Baby food got made. We even got out of the house. It was still a hard day, but it was a good day.

I had promised J that we WOULD get out of the house. So I started planning first thing in the morning a way to get out of the house. And after the first feeding of the morning, I thought, "Okay, we'll leave soon..." Except, then Abby and Ellie fell asleep and I remembered that whoops! It's naptime. And I put Sam down for his nap, too. Thanks, girls, for reminding me. Also, J needed breakfast, duh. So I made him breakfast and while I was at it, I thought I should take the opportunity to steam some carrots and bake some sweet potatoes for some baby food while J was engrossed in "Walking with Dinosaurs" and the babies were sleeping. SO, I stayed in the kitchen and worked on some baby food.

By the time I was done steaming, baking, and pureeing (hey, that takes a LONG time!), the babies were awake. You'd think we could finally leave the house, except everyone needed to be changed. And J needed socks and shoes. And the phone rang. And then... Oh right, then it was time for the babies to eat again. So I decided, because I'm an idiot, that TODAY would be a good day to experiment with actually FEEDING the babies this new solid food that I made them, because if not now, when? (We haven't really experimented too much with solid food, just occasional tries here and there since our initial experiment, so it wasn't a given that they'd get the food yesterday, but I figured I could live life dangerously)

We're not really good at solid food eating yet, so it takes a really long time. By the time I got to Ellie, my poor girl looked like this:

Not to worry, she DID eventually perk up:

By the time we were done with carrots, it was time to feed actual, you know, MILK, since the carrots weren't actual nutritional substance for the babies (not yet anyway) and they were positively STARVING (did I mention that feeding them solids takes FOREVER?). I fed them and then fed J and never did get around to feeding myself. Then I got emergency back up bottles ready just in case, got the diaper bag together, the stroller in the car, the car sets put in the car (Seth had taken them out when he'd needed more space in the van for something for some reason last weekened), got everyone loaded into the car at at 3pm, 6 HOURS after the thought of leaving my house had first crossed my mind, my four children and I finally left the house.

And I should mention this is the first time that I've taken all four children out of the house all by myself. And it's a big monumental moment, right? So I should be going someplace totally cool and nifty right? But I couldn't think of ANYPLACE interesting to go that could accomodate a big stroller, four kids and a tired mom. So we went, um, to...

Wait for it...


And now I'm not sorry about our forced quarantine for the last 6 months, because we are a giant walking FREAK SHOW. I can't tell you the number of people who stopped to ask "Oh! Are they triplets? Are they identical? How many girls/boys? Do you have any other children? [please note, J was standing RIGHT THERE NEXT TO THE STROLLER] Isn't it nice that you got it all done at once? [who says I'm done?] Are they natural? [who ever heard of an unnatural baby?] Were you doing fertility treatment? [who's business is this???]" It's unbelievable how many people actually asked such questions. MOST people, thankfully just said, "God bless you, what miracles you have" or something to that effect, but AT LEAST half a dozen people took it a whole lot further than that, which is so not okay. I had an agenda, people. Okay, not really, but I could have had an agenda! What if I'd had things to get done? What if I wasn't just out of the house for the sake of getting out of the house? What if I truly had things I needed to accomplish and you just ruined my ability to do so? Gah!

There's a piece of me that kind of enjoys being special, I'll admit that. But most of me really HATES attention. Particularly from strangers. And I despise being the walking freak show. It's hard enough walking around the neighborhood and getting all sorts of attention from people who KNOW us, but to get all that from people who DON'T know us? Oy.

Anyway, we survived. J got through Target with a new dinosaur, the babies got a couple cute summery outfits and a bunch of new take n' toss bowls for packing up their food. You should see my freezer now:

Quite a contrast to back when my fridge was full of milk. The times they are a-changin'!

Tonight I pureed a bunch of broccoli. I'm on a roll!

We'll see if they like it. I'm betting they won't. Today, they expressed a definite preference for sweet potatoes versus carrots, even though Seth can't tell the difference between the two in a blind taste test! They don't like bananas much (I'm betting it's the texture they don't like), but we'll keep trying it. We'll try broccoli in the next couple days.

Here are a few more feeding pictures, from today:



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mindycl From: mindycl Date: April 25th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
what an amazing feat, and what a brave one. take all four kids out all by yourself?! wow!!!! good going woman!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 25th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a lot easier to get just the triplets out of the house. Getting all FOUR kids out of the house is nearly impossible it seems. I can do it with Seth's help, but doing it by myself is a difficult task.
kmelion From: kmelion Date: April 25th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Sad to say I mostly gave up making my own purees... it was always hit and miss so I caved and bought. Maybe he liked the jarred better because the consistency was more consistent throughout.

Now though, he's pretty much eating table food, so other than breakfast, he's off the puree. I think I'll make applesauce on a regular basis and give that to him (he's been loving it over Pesach).

You should make a 'list of answers to stupid questions people ask' and print them up and hand them out as strangers approach...

Oh and for some reason I couldn't see the last photos of Abby and Ellie.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 25th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems like sometimes I get red X's and sometimes I get the actual pictures ... so maybe try re-loading?

I won't buy the jarred because I've got too many kids at once to go to that expense. If I had singletons, I probably wouldn't puree fruits, but it's hard to get kosher vegetable purees here in the states.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: April 25th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Last two photos aren't showing up for me, either.

You're going to have to get a really thick skin when you're walking around with 4 adorable children. I totally ate up the attention I got when Rivka was little, and I still kvell when people stop and tell me how adorable she is. Still, I do dislike nosy and rude questions.

I'm totally impressed that you made it out of the house at all, you should be very proud of yourself!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 25th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could deal with the attention, I think, if people wouldn't ask stupid-assed questions like, "Are they natural?" Of course they're EFFING NATURAL! ALL BABIES ARE NATURAL. They aren't superficial! They are made from all natural ingredients just like all babies! If someone asked in a calm, gentle voice, "I know this is a very personal question, but I've been having issues of my own, do you mind me asking if you went through fertility treatment?" that would be an ENTIRELY different question.
tigerbright From: tigerbright Date: April 25th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
It doesn't matter how many kids you have, people ask inappropriate questions. People ask me if Eva was planned because she's so close in age to Joshua! WTF?

Hurray for getting out of the house! I imagine going to the Smithsonian is a bit difficult at this point, but they *can* accommodate triple strollers.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 25th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Smithsonian can accomodate triplet strollers, but the metro cannot.

Eva is not THAT close in age to Joshua!!
rlitterst From: rlitterst Date: April 25th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for you and thanks for sharing the adorable pictures!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 25th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
but of course!
gingy From: gingy Date: April 25th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Are they natural?

No, they're made of a new space-age polymer.


I can't believe Seth can't tell the difference between sweet potato and carrots.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 25th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Are they natural?

Yeah, I wasn't very nice about it when I put a spoonful in his mouth and he said, "Mmmm, sweet potatoes" and it was carrots. "No, you idiot, it's carrots!" I felt badly for calling him an idiot, but hello???
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: April 25th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love target, too. I can spend way too much money in there without even trying. They are building a super target a few miles away from my house and I suspect I will be popping over there every single day!

Regarding the brocolli, you know that it is a difficult to digest food for babies, no? Some nursing mothers can't even eat brocolli without causing gas in the nursling. I'm betting you will be eating a lot of cream of brocolli soup in the next month!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 25th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know some babies have difficulty digesting broccoli, but I also know plenty of babies who have no problem with it whatsoever. I never had a problem with my babies when I eat broccoli while I'm nursing, so I figured I'd give it a try. I won't know unless I do, and I figured exactly what your bet suggested... if it didn't work out... one of my favorite things in the world is broccoli soup, and while it LOOKED like a lot of broccoli in the picture, the amount that I pureed will really only make about one medium batch of broccoli soup, so it's no great loss if the babies don't tolerate it well.

I don't know how you manage to get out of the house with your brood!
hopeness From: hopeness Date: April 25th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for getting out of the house at all, some days I can't believe how I've made it out the door with "my" two and they're not infants!

Babies have more taste buds than grown-ups, but I think I'd be able to tell the difference between carrots and sweet potatoes. Now I want to test B on purees to see if it's a guy thing, LOL.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 29th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't tell him before I stuck it in his mouth what it was... he just knew it was orange and sweet... I can see why he made the mistake, but it's fun to make fun of him.
kalki From: kalki Date: April 25th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for you on getting out of the house! I can only imagine people will ask me the same things and I only have two!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 29th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
It's definitely worse with three. At least spontaneous twins aren't that uncommon.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: April 27th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Your babies (including Julian, of course!) are little angels! I love hearing about them.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 29th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
hap_e From: hap_e Date: April 28th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh . . .
What a fun!!! Can't wait for my triplets :)

I really LOVE-LOVE-LOVE your posts - that is smth that awaits me in 6-10months!!!

ps: it's the same thing with me - when people get to know that I'm expecting triplets, they tend to dip their noses into smth that is REALLY personal,
It's not their business and babies are mine and they are "NATURAL" :)

ps: can you, please, advise me, which stroller are you using for triplets? Does it fold to fit into the car?

i started preparing the budget and huge to-buy-list ))

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 29th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
That day I didn't have the triplet stroller out with me. I was using a double snap-n-go and had the third baby in a baby bjorn (a sling or wrap works just as well). This works great in my opinion, but will not work forever. Once they outgrow the carseats (a couple months), I'm going to have to get over my fear of the triplet strollers. :)

I have a triplet stroller that I use for walks around the neighborhood, and for THAT purpose, I love it. I have the Peg Perego Triplette. However, for going out, it's a royal pain in the neck. It does NOT fold easily into the van. You have to take the seats off and to fit into my van (this may not be true of all vans), you also have to take one set of wheels off or it won't fit in the back. I could fit it into the van itself with the babies, but I don't want to do that. I'd rather have it in the back. I find having to disassemble and reassemble the stupid thing everytime we go out to be a phenomenal pain in the rear end, and that's the only reason I don't like it.

Truthfully, what I recommend you get is a Runabout. They really are ugly, but they really are the best thing you can get.
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