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Something Extraordinary


Today we did something extraordinary: Seth and I loaded J and the triplets into the car along with a metric ton of baby gear: diaper bag, stroller, portable high chair, etc. Plus, picnic supplies. Okay, so none of THAT is extraodinary, but the reason we were doing all of that was because I've been planning a Picnic In the Park for Triplet Families since May. This takes a lot of planning, you know, since getting ONE triplet family committed to doing anything is incredibly difficult... but twenty of them? Well, we were pretty darned sure it couldn't be done.

But the proof is in the picture, isn't it? In the end, we had 14 triplet families who were able to join us in the park, with triplets ranging from ages 3 months to 5 1/2 years old and siblings ranging from (I think?) 2 years to 14 years old. We had 14 sets of triplets (including one partial whose siblings couldn't make it due to illness), 1 set of twins, 5 singletons and not nearly enough adults! Quite an accomplishment!

I wasn't sure what to expect - I had met a few of these parents before - I've spoken of Jessica (who has triplets AND twins) often.  There was also a friend who had identical triplet girls back in May who delivered at the hospital Seth works at  - Seth had met them, but I have only spoken on the phone with them and emailed back and forth, so it was nice to finally meet them in person and see their beautiful girls.  She whispered to me on her way out at the end of the day, "Is this ever going to get easier?"  Yes, yes it is.  But I feel unfair saying that, because I've honestly never thought it was all that difficult.  I've had my days, my moments, but it was never as difficult as I expected it would be.  I expected it to be impossible, and we've had such easy babies that I've been pleasantly surprised each step of the way.  Obviously, some days are better than others, but for the most part, it's always been far easier than we ever thought it would be.  Maybe we just had very low expectations. :)   We got some toys from a triplet mom whose boys have outgrown them, but which are perfect for our little monsters.  We got to meet some new moms and greet some parents who have been cheering me on since the early days of my pregnancy.  It was really unbelievable.  At the risk of singing my own praises, I heard from three separate women, "Karen, you're amazing, I don't know how you do it all.  I mean, we've all got triplets, but still, I don't know how you do it."  That makes me feel great.  I mean, I'm not doing anything more extraordinary than any of those other women, but it still feels good to hear.  :)

It was a lot of work to make it happen, and not without some snafus - this morning when I went to pick up the sandwich platters I'd ordered I was greeted with "What sandwich platters?" (they found the order slip that they'd misplaced and made the order up for me with a 10% discount) and then when we arrived at the picnic site, we found another family setting up a birthday party in the pavilion that I'd reserved. When I presented my permit, we discovered that we both had legitimate permits and the park ranger discovered that they had accidentally double-booked the pavilion. Ironically, the other party was a twins first birthday party. Hah. The only thing we could do was split the pavilion down the center and share the tables between us. We were really over capacity, which is unfortunate, but we made do and I think everyone had a good time despite the crowded quarters.

All in all, it was a truly amazing experience and I'm excited at the prospect of doing this again sometime ... just not too soon!

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journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: August 25th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
wow! one of your girls is looking for daddy :) and julian is like "woah..." :)

and because i have a sick addiction to strollers, that triplet stroller is one of the coolest things i've ever seen. what brand is it?

and where did you meet all these mommas?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
which one? There are two in the picture?

Seth was yelling at the top of his lungs, which got Ellie's attention.

We all have blogs, so we all created a network of triplet mammas and we have a google group to keep in touch with one another.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: August 25th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
you all have lj's? that is so impressive! where do you all live? i know this is going to sound stupid, but i didnt imagine there'd be that many triplet mothers in the drivable area!

my friend's daughter had quintuplets a few years ago.

i mean the stroller on the right
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
no, we all have blogs. I have a blog outside of LJ.

There are more of us triplet mothers within a drivable area than just those pictured there. A lot, actually. There were at least four more in our group that have blogs that weren't able to make it. There are 24 triplet families in Montgomery County (only 2 of which have blogs, and were represented at yesterday's picnic, that I know of). There are bunches more in Northern VA.

The one on the right is an Urban Mountain Buggy Jogging Stroller. It's monstrously huge and heavy. The one on the left is a british stroller; the only triplet umbrella stroller that's made, very lightweight. Neither fits through a standard doorway.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: August 25th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
they're still neat strollers though! i almost bought a mountain buggy but i got a valco instead.

i guess it doesn't occur to us singleton moms taht there are that many multiples out there. you know? when they say it's rare, i think RARE, not 24 families in monkey county rare, but rare like "oh, karen has triplets! the first in monkey county!"
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Considering that there are 500 member families of the Montgomery County Parents of Multiples Club and only 24 of them are triplets? That's pretty small. 1 in 800ish births are triplets, so that's rare, but when you consider the large population in Montgomery County, it's not THAT rare. There aren't a LOT of us, but we ARE around.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: August 25th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
still, 1 in 800 seems more then i expected. i guess multiples are on the rise after all!

i wonder how many of those families are twins, quads, and up
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
1 in 800 is triplets specifically. The reason it is on the rise is because of fertility treatment. The odds of having spontaneous triplets is 1 in 8100.

2.9 percent of all births are twins.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: August 25th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah i getcha. 1 in 8100 sounds more like what i was thinking. i forgot about fertility treatments
buildin_a_bayis From: buildin_a_bayis Date: August 25th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Incredible. That picture and an accompanying article should make it into a local newspaper!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny, that's what my dad said - he said I should have gotten news coverage, but that hadn't even occurred to me. I wonder if it's too late to send in a story to a local paper.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: August 25th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
When i was a little kid i was fascinated by and obsessed with twins...i used to look forward to going to the pediatrician's office b/c he had a subscription to the magazine "Twins"...

I never even thought about triplets! but your picnic pic looks like a page in the mag...kudos to all of you for looking so happy!
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