Monday, September 25, 2006

Eating Time

We've been struggling with eating time and trying to come up with items for the kids to eat. For us, it's difficult to keep coming up with difference trpes of finger food for them. I was searching the internet for some menu items and came across this site - Wholesome Toddler Food. The site provides nutritional information as well as menu items and recipes. And a lot of the items can be frozen and reheated later. That's a great time saver for multiples.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

2 Are Easier Than 3

Yesterday the father and I took the girls to the doctor and left Little Man with his aunt and cousin. He didn't need to go, so there was no need to take him. No offense to parents of twins, but two kids are easier than three. We were amazed at how easy we could get around. One parent for each child. It was a breeze. I'm sure this is a common discovery among parents of multiples though. When you have 1 or 2 less than the normal amount of children, it would naturally seem easier.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Standup Comedian

Little Man is turning into the standup comedian in the bedroom. He gets in his crib, stands at the railing and greets everyone when they come in. In addition, he stands there and "talks" and seems to tell jokes to his sisters. They just stand at their crib railings and laugh at him.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

MMO and MOPs

This year, in addition to taking the kids to a weekly Bible Study, I'm taking the kids to a MOPs program and a Mothers Morning Out. Two weeks ago, we started the Mothers Morning Out. Wouldn't you know it? Just after we started that, the kids got colds. We haven't been able to go the the MOPs program yet, we've missed one Mothers Morning Out and Bible Study and have been out of church for two weeks. Everyone seems to be almost well by now, so hopefully we'll get things rolling again this week.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Marathon Training

When someone starts training for a marathon, they always start small. Maybe a half mile run, then a mile, a mile and a half and on and on. They keep working until they build up their strength and endurance. I think the same applies to being a parent of multiples. You start out thinking I can't handle this. Eventually you develop your strength and endurance. Before you know it, you're doing more than you thought possible. It isn't easy at that point, but you're marveled at what you can do.

I thought of this because of what I've seen when people come to visit and help with the kids. They might only be there for an hour or more, but in that amount of time, you can tell they aren't used to "running the race". It shows when they get ready to leave. They seem exhausted and overwhelmed at everything that has happened during the time they were there. And to you, it's just something you're used to doing every day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

New Toys = New Fights

We introduced a new walk behind toy this weekend that I bought at the Moms of Multiples consignment sale. We already had two and needed one more so everyone could walk with them at the same time. As soon as we put it out, everyone had to play with it right then. No sharing. They just swarmed around it like bees to a flower. They started fussing at each other and biting each other to try and get each other away from the toy. It was a nightmare.

Now that the newness of the toy is gone, they aren't as bad playing with it. This makes me think of another problem that hasn't occurred yet. If they are like this now with one toy, what will they be like at Christmas this year with more than one new toy?

Monday, September 11, 2006

No More Bottles

This weekend, we switched to sippy cups all the time. So far it hasn't been a problem. We hope they just forget about the bottles.

Five Years Ago Today - 9-11

Has it really been five years? It seems like only yesterday. The world is a different place now. What will it be like when our children are grown?

Finished With The Sale

The consignment sale was this past weekend. I brought more back home that didn't sell then I wanted to, but I'm pleased with what did sale. I can't really look at it as any kind of extra cash though. The money made from the sale just rolls over into new clothes for the coming seasons.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Remember When...

The hardest thing about getting items ready for the consignment sale is remembering when the kids wore the tiny clothes we're selling. It seems like only yesterday when they were that small. Almost every item we've put on a hanger brings back some memory. And they're just over 1 year old. What will this be like in a few more years?

Friday, September 01, 2006

Consignment Sales

It's time to buy clothing for the next seasons. I'm trying to keep up with local consignment sales so I can get some good buys. This year I'm also going to try to seel some items at the Mothers of Multiples sale. It's difficult finding time to sort and price items to sale. We'll see how that goes and how the items sale when I have them ready.