At Some Point in Time…


Well, September flew by and I didn’t post but I’m back.  September saw me battling migraines, a blown out thyroid and a stomach ulcer caused by the migraine drugs…….arggghhhhh……it has been hideous but I think I see light at the end of the tunnel.

This week we started our garden renovation which probably should be called a “garden demolition”.  I knew it was a big job but boy it really looks like a bomb went off in the back yard.

But I digress.  I really wanted to talk about a comment that I heard recently.  It went a little like this.

“At some point in time triplets and a toddler must be no harder than having four under the age of ten”.

You have to read this a few times to understand what exactly is being said.

For example at some point in time three babies and a two year old is no worse than a 2, 4, 6 and 8 year old.

Now at exactly what time might this happen.  I have spent nearly a month thinking about this off and on and I can’t quite fathom exactly when this might occur.

If you have four singletons you can hand down clothes, toys, prams, beds, cots, bikes, and scooters.  With triplets you need three of everything at the same time. There is surely bickering with four singletons but they are at different development stages so you might be able to reason with at least one of them.  What about going to the bike park with triplets and trying to teach all three to ride at the same time.  Golly, it is hard enough with twins.  What about when they get older and want to learn to drive (all at once)…..

And what about three teenagers and their hormonal anomalies (at the same time).  And the parties that they will want to go to.

These are just a few things I can think of.  But I still cannot fathom at what point would it be no worse than having four under ten.

I would love to hear your views on this, especially if you are parents of triplets or higher order multiples.  Please correct me if I am missing something here.

Soon after  this comment I was presented with the following, “it is so hard going to the supermarket with two of different ages”.  Goodness me.  I had never heard anyone say that, especially not to a twin parent anyway.  What do people think it is like taking two preschoolers the same age to the supermarket.  Please…give me strength.

Enough gripes for a Thursday I think.  Back to convincing the Workaholic that underground sprinklers are necessary for the new lawn and that we do not need the world’s biggest ugliest spotlight so he can see the BBQ properly!


4 responses

  1. I’ve been pondering “two under two” or twins lately. I still think twins would be harder (at least a few months with just one baby) but having a baby with a baby’s schedule and needs with a toddler and toddler schedule and needs, well, that can’t be easy either. I can’t even fathom having triplets! Some days I think the twins are trying to do me in!

  2. Yes, I’ve heard similar comments and they always take me back a bit. Though since the twins are my only children, I can’t say I know what it would be like if they are different ages. I know it would be cheaper to be able to hand down clothes and toys, etc. though. And I imagine it would be easier to at least start off with a single baby and learn what you were doing a bit before the next one came along. I do think now that they’re a bit bigger, though, that it is a lot easier than having twin babies, so there’s that.

  3. Totally. I always feel that I am practising on my two because I never had the chance to get some experience under my belt by having one at a time! Nice to see you back.

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