30 fingers&toes

"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"

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Wow, that was so not worth all the effort

So Isabelle has been after me to get outside these last few days.  And since it was nice and sunny today with some wind I figured it was a good day to venture out.

Step 1: strip all 3 kids, change diapers

Step 2: after all three have run away from me in diapers, time to call them all back.

Step 3: grab closest giggling toddler who thinks it’s cute to come close but not quite close enough to mommy.

Step 4: dress 1 toddler, put socks and shoes on

Step 5: repeat steps 3&4 until all three toddlers have clothes, socks and shoes on.

Step 6: repeat steps 3 though 5 but this time dressing them in hats, coats and mitts.

Step 7: get myself a jacket, shoes, sunglasses, keys, cell phone

Step 8: let kids out of holding pen (aka gated living room) *it’s best to have your shoes on at this point because your toes will get trampled by excited toddler herd.

Step 9: open door to the outside and be sure that the herd of toddlers are not mowed down by herd of dumb labs.

Now that we are outside, Isabelle decides that we should all go for a walk.  I agree it’s a nice day and we can go for a walk since our lawn seems to be a soupy mess after our thunderstorm the other day.  That’s right, I said it.  We had thunder the other day.  Yes, it’s November.

So I grab the stroller since I’m not prepared to carry 3 children back to the house if needed.  Isabelle can walk the block, so I don’t bring her seat either.  Today I let Isabelle decide which way we were going to go.  She chose the way and we got about 20 steps when Madeline decided she had gone far enough.  She lay down on the sidewalk and said “No.”  I stopped and told her to come along.  To which she replied “No.”  She then sat up.  Isabelle and Aidan walked back towards her and encouraged her to get up.  It was sweet. 

So we are walking again and probably got 10 steps before Madeline gave up again.  Once again laying herself down on the sidewalk.  This time I tried just walking further down the street leaving her there, but she wouldn’t budge and I couldn’t get Isabelle and Aidan to leave her.  So I went back and got her.  Put her in the stroller, then Aidan wanted in and so did Isabelle.  I told Isabelle she could help me push the stroller since it was so windy I was having such a hard time.  *I wasn’t really but this was the only way I was going to get Isabelle to believe she was doing something awesome and I needed her help.*

So we made it around the block.  And back to Isabelle’s house as she calls out to it when the house comes into her sight.  We get into the back yard, get the twins out of the stroller and they all wanted in the house.  No one wanted to be outside.  The front yard was drier so I thought we might play out front for a while, but no.  They were done.

I think our time outside was about 20 minutes.  It takes me longer just to get them ready!!!!  Everything comes off a lot faster than it goes on!

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Potty woes

I’m going to deal with potty training the way I dealt with the twins and their bottles.  No more diapers and no more pull ups.  I think pull ups are what is slowing us down.  We were doing really well and now we seem to be regressing.  So today I decided that there will be no diapers or pull ups during the day.  She can wear a pull up or diaper at nap and bed time.  She will get an M&M for sitting on the potty without result.  She will get two if she sits on it and pees, and she will get three if she sits on and and has success with 1&2!  Today was okay, we had two accidents and two positive trips to the potty.

*I* is coming up to his days off.  There are enough of them in a row that I think I can have the time to tackle the potty.  However we are going to have one day where we are going to visit family and I think I will just diaper her, but be sure to ask her plenty of times if she wants to use the potty.  And I’ll have to be sure to have my stash of M&M’s.

I hope this works out for me.  I am so so excited about the idea of at least one of them being out of diapers.  Madeline has been trying the potty these days.  While she hasn’t actually done anything on the potty yet she is still pretty excited to sit on it.  Aidan is a little more nervous.  I think that Daddy may have to show him a thing or two if he’s not to keen about “sitting” on the potty.

We have a visitor coming this weekend.  Isabelle is looking forward to this visitor.  I kind of messed up today and told her that her Auntie was coming to see her tomorrow.  Yep, Auntie is not coming until Friday.  But I am so tired and have no idea what day it actually is that I told her it was tomorrow.  So when I had to correct myself and explain to her that she wasn’t, well that didn’t go over well.  Thankfully, I know that Isabelle probably won’t remember this tomorrow!!

We do have a bit of cleaning up to do for Auntie to be able to have a room to sleep in.  So that’s the plan for tomorrow.  I also hope to spend some time at my office to get some work done and to observe and learn from what the other people there are doing.  And then hopefully I’ll get a little time to myself to relax and put my feet up.  Hopefully.

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Room transition

After some thought and long discussions we finally decided to go ahead and try having all three kids sleep in one bedroom.  We wanted to give it a try so that we could see about freeing up one of the bedrooms to be used as a guest/office space.  While we did have Isabelle sleeping in a twin size mattress, we had to put her crib back together so that we could use the day bed option of it.  The kids are all sharing the smaller of the two bedrooms.  So we wouldn’t be able to stuff the mattress into the other room with the two cribs already in it.  So far Isabelle doesn’t seem to mind being back into her smaller bed. 

We did our best to make this all seem very special for her so that it would be an easy transition.  So far things are going about the way we expected.  Lots of talking and singing and sleepless time.  We’ve had to make a few trips up to their room mainly at naptime to try to remind them it’s time for sleep and not play.  Bedtime is fairly straightforward.  Sometimes Maddy tries her best to keep the gang up but she eventually gives and they are asleep at a decent time.  Mornings are something else.  They are waking earlier every day I swear.  However they can amuse themselves until I’m ready to get up.

We haven’t done much with the other bedroom yet.  We are going to take one set of the mattress and box spring down to the basement to help clear some space since there is another set in there and now a second change table.  I think we will also take one of the change tables to the basement and keep the other as a dresser for the spare room.  I’d like to find a way to organize the kids closet better because there will be quite a bit of clothing in that closet!

Eventually I’d like to get a desk and start organizing the room to be my office for work.  I don’t need much space since all my files are kept at the office but I need a space to work when I am at home.  And there will still be a bed in the room for guests.  Until we are certain that the three of them sharing a room is going to work we won’t be getting the desk just yet.   If it doesn’t work out, which wouldn’t be the end of the world we’ll just have to get a desk to fit in our dining room.

The kids are all doing well.  Isabelle is certainly wanting to be more independent and Madeline is right behind her.  Some days I wish we had another little one, a boy, for Aidan.  The girls will be playing so well together (sometimes) and then I’ll look over to see Aidan just kind of watching them as if he was lonely.  However, I don’t think he is lonely, I think he enjoys being left alone to play.  When the girls are around he usually doesn’t get the toy he wants or he gets knocked over or pushed out of the way.  Aidan will fight back but he’s a little more easy going about it.  He has also been quick to learn that if he cries about it Mommy might give him more attention.  He’s suckered me in a few times.  I’m learning though.  Thank goodness I’m a quick study when it comes to these kids.  They are crafty.  Especially Aidan and his pouty lip!

Word of the month that Mommy hates: “Somewhere”

Most mom’s will say they don’t like it when their kid (s) say “no”!  Well I’ve been though that word, still going though it with Madeline.  But above all else, “somewhere” is what gets under my skin these days.  It all started with Isabelle and it’s now gotten to Madeline and it won’t be long until Aidan picks it up.  Here are my reasons/examples:

Me: Isabelle where is your sippy cup?

Isabelle: Um, somewhere (said while running away in opposite direction, or while spaced out watching Toopy & Bino, or while standing directly beside it but not caring to notice)

Me: Madeline, where is your lamb?

Maddy: Somewhere!

Me: Isabelle where are your shoes?

Isabelle: Somewhere?

I swear I could ask her where her nose is and she would reply “somewhere”!  ARRRGGHHH!!!  It irks me because she doesn’t even look.  She just expects me to find everything for her.  Not cool and not going to happen.  Madeline is pretty in to saying “no”.  She says it to most things when she gets in trouble.  She likes to cross her arms when she says it too!  As if she’s showing authority to us.  It’s kind of funny and sometimes it’s hard not to laugh because she is being so serious about it.

Both Madeline and Aidan are working on their last few teeth and thus have been kind of cranky at times.  I look forward to all the teeth being in.  These guys have handled teeth well but certainly were “teethers” more than Isabelle ever was.  Isabelle would get a tooth she she wouldn’t bat an eyelash.  Madeline and Aidan chew their hands like crazy.  I gave them teething toys etc. and they wouldn’t chew any of them, only their fingers!  They both seem to get a pretty good diaper rash too when teeth come in.

They have an apt for a check up on the 26th and I look forward to seeing how tall and big they are now.  Hard to believe that the big 2 is coming up!  Not sure where time went, but I’m loving where we are at now!  Aside from being fairly repetitive, our days go by quickly and with so much more ease!  I know most look at mobility being a bit of a curse when it comes to toddlers, but I am jumping up and down over it.  I love just calling them all to the dinner table, or from one room to another or having them all walk out together to the van with us.  It’s making life so much easier!!

Well it’s late, and I’ve still got some blogs to check in on before calling it a night.  I may not post every day or every week but I’m doing my best.  Perhaps I’ll get the kids to start writing the blog.  It would look something like this:
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Guess you are stuck with the person who can type!