The most helpful advice I've ever been given as a Mother is to always give yourself some grace. Nothing is perfect, and Motherhood is far from it. <3Happy Mothers Day!
I knew I wanted to be a Mom based on three things (before I was a mom, obviously)
1. I love kids 2. The concept of pregnancy was absolutely amazing to me 3. I thrive in the midst of chaos
I wish someone had prepared me more. But, apparently that's not how it works. They just throw you in the trenches to learn on your own because you LITERALLY wouldn't believe them if they told you the truth. I'm almost three years into it (#rookie, I know), but a LOT of my friends are just starting. So, this one's for you.
+ It didn't matter if I liked wine (or even alcohol...), I wouldn't get through some days without it.
+ mom powers are real. when the last thing you hear is your baby's heart rate in the 50s, you move your body from a bed to an OR table with a fully functioning non-mobile epidural. and you have no idea how.
+ Target laps are crucial in the first year (especially when you're HORRIBLY isolated with high order multiples). Pack up two feeds worth of milk, put two in the stroller, one in a carrier, get that buckies, and just start walking--with absolutely no purpose, but to just see other humans and the light of day outside that nursery that has trapped you. #momtherapy #avoideyecontact #callyourmom
+ You've never known stress or swamp ass until you're trapped in a bathroom stall without a stroller or a carrier or a place to put your baby with three toddlers who arent listening and touching #ALLTHETHINGS and you have to figure out where to put the baby so you can hold each toddler one-at-a-time over the toilet while they're all YELLING about how much they have to pee. so, you put the baby in the sink. #notaproudmoment
+ kids gain smarts WAY faster than you expect them to.
+ even as a nurse, you'll be scared shitless the first time your kid falls down the steps and ends with the biggest lump ever, and you WILL go to the ER.
+ Moms and Dads have fairgame to potty candy. but remember what's stated above--kids get real smart, real fast. watch out for that 2-year-old calling you out to SEE THAT PEE-PEE after you stick your hand in that jar. #eatinsecret
+ On that note, you'll learn to never actually SHOW your kids that you're eating. or you won't be soon enough.
+ I wouldn't care AT ALL that I spend more money on tiny little clothes than I do on a 401k.
+ continually throughout EVERY SINGLE DAY you would have impulse urges to shake, kiss, run away from, scream at, hug, cuddle with, and laugh at your children --all within MINUTES of each other. and no matter how terrible the day was, when they're sleeping you have even STRONGER urges to just go up and scoop them up to cuddle because SOMEHOW you miss them.
+ you'd have to tell them CONSTANTLY to stop touching their own and each other's genitals.
+ no matter your parenting philosophy, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse would save your life one day. YOU JUST WAIT. #toldyouso #mishkamoushka (WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!)
+ It's completely unavoidable to have dried waffles smashed in your car floor boards. no matter HOW MUCH you used to clean your car before kids, no matter HOW MUCH you clean it now, it happens.
+ that sudden urge to run far away is IMMEDIATELY challenged by the sudden urge to procreate. #allthebabies
+ You've never relied so heavily on drive-thrus and full tanks of gas before in your LIFE than you have when you have three babies asleep for what you KNOW will be their only nap that day.
+Bandaids are a toddler's version of your caffeine. they fix EVERYTHING. (and if you don't drink caffeine I don't trust you one. single. bit.)
these children test my limits and motherhood is NOTHING and EVERYTHING I thought it would be.
The girl that started out REAL upset about Stella has now turned into a mini mommy! Sweet sister.
I start nightshift on Monday. Night shift is the worst. It's hard on family time, hard on Brandon, hard on babies. But, it's a part of the job. and it's not forever. So, while I have this weekend free we are getting out and doing ALL THE FALL THINGS!!!
For starters, today we went to the Opening Day of Sunshine Pumpkin Farm! (I promise we weren't torturing Clara. She's got the #RBF down to a tee. and Liv was upset she was sitting in dirt....)
It's probably the most authentic pumpkin patch I have ever been to in my life. You literally are ripping your own pumpkins off the vines and it's the coolest. Also, WHY do Americans charge so much for a damn pumpkin?! We got 3 HUGE pumpkins for 12euro. Because they charge by weight. which is genius. #catchupamerica
The babes were REALLY not into it at first. They kept falling on the vines and the girls have this thing with their hands touching dirt. But, eventually they started picking up baby pumpkins and had a blast. Until we met the cows....
Jack's face a little closer up.... This was just after the cow licked him. It was the most terrifying experience of his life to date. Even worse than the Prague shower experience. After pumpkins and cows, we drove into the town and bought some Fresh Cow's Milk (like milked that day), met some baby cows, and drank hot apple cider + Pumpkin-secco (pumpkin flavored prosecco).
For those that want some entertainment, here's how meeting just the BABY cows went... (I was holding Clara because she was having NONE of the "meeting animals" thing.)
It was an amazing day. I'm so grateful to be living in such a beautiful place with amazing friends + family! And for anyone in the area looking for kid/family friendly weekend fall activities, I HIGHLY recommend this!! It's open Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. They have a Facebook Page with their address.
Happy Fall Y'all!!
[in my strange haze and the combo of "end of the week", "you just worked 4 12s in a row", oh and the ever tiring "you have 5 month old triplets" fog, I wrote this blog post Friday and completely forgot to publish it. ha!] True life: I just sat in my car in the garage (turned off-- don't get crazy) for 5 mins with my eyes closed because there was finally silence and I needed the peace.
I told myself I would sit there until a baby told me it was time to move. Hahaha so that's what I did.
Background: Started the day at 7 and haven't stopped. We have been out of the house since 8:30am. Just got home at 4:45pm, and everyone is just so tired. No real naps, eating on the go. That 5mins of peace was the only time all day that all three have been asleep at the same time and for longer than 10 minutes. Phew! It was a sweet 5 minutes! 😂
In other news, we have three teethers! No sight of teeth yet, but lots of drool, grumpiness, and upset tummies [why is this a symptom of teething?! It's the worst!]
Teething has turned sweet jack into this clingy angry "I refuse to eat when you want me to" crazy baby!
Also, at 5 months and 1 week this is how much we weigh! Jackie: 13lbs 9oz Clara: 11lbs 1oz Olivia: 11lbs 5oz
Happy week! Oh wait! The week is over! Where did that go?? Lordy, Lordy, Lordy.
(PS since now it's Monday Have a grand ole week)
Oh and here's an adorable photo of Jack and Bear in a staring contest.