Between work, housekeeping, family events, outings, caring for my kids and playing with my kids, I've been sewing up a storm in an attempt to finish the girls' dresses for our upcoming Disney trip. Because of Grammy's help (and love), it looks like the girls will have custom outfits for each day of our vacation. I know that they don't need customs but they are excited and I think it adds to the magic. And I want to spoil them a little bit too.
We currently have dining reservations for two princess character meals so I decided that the girls needed princess dresses to wear specifically to those meals. (I like to dream big.) And because I know they will want to wear those dresses for longer than just the meal and because they are only 5 years old, the odds are against those dresses remaining clean.
3 girls x 2 meals = 6 dresses
Creating something new always involves some trial and error and I lost some time last weekend because of it. But I figured it out! (I'll share some pictures and tips/thoughts sometime this week.) If I seem to have disappeared, I haven't. I'm just sewing.
Speaking of our upcoming vacation, I am so excited to get away. It won't be restful but it will be fun. I have a to-do list that I need to start chipping away at though. We will be attending a wedding for Rich's niece days after we return from Florida and I need to find dresses for the girls to wear. I also need to make a final decision on a backpack for my camera and lenses and on driving time entertainment for the girls. Yes, we will be driving to Florida. And back. We were thinking of buying Leapfrog Leapsters for them but the reviews haven't convinced me that this is best purchase to make. (We don't have iPhones or iPads or any type of smart phone either and whatever we buy/use, we will need three of because I don't want to listen to the crying and the fighting.) Any suggestions?
I want to expand a bit on the sleeping situation as I feel like some may have interpreted my recent post as meaning that the girls are up and missing out on sleep throughout the night. We are fairly strict about the time that they go to bed. We make exceptions here and there but they are usually in bed and asleep by 7:30. On average, they wake up between 6:00 and 7:00 in the morning. We had a few 7:30s this past weekend. From everything I've read, they are getting the sleep that they need.
As for waking up in the middle of the night, that happens once (sometimes twice) per kid and they have no trouble falling back asleep. But there are three of them and they all want Mommy. We tried allowing them to share beds with each other last year and that didn't really work out. They were bothering each other rathering than providing comfort. I do bring them back to their beds but when they get upset/mad, I would rather just climb into bed with them than deal with three kids awake in the middle of the night because I have had that happen before and it is far from fun. Or sometimes I wake up and there's a kid in the bed with us and I have no idea how she got there.
Allie is in a phase right now where she is clamoring for attention and unfortunately, it can easily become negative attention. We are trying to work with her but part of her phase is seeking me out in the middle of the night. And honestly, in her defense, I kind of get it. Being a triplet is hard. Even when I spend time with her alone, I need to spend time alone with her sisters, which means time that I am away from her.
So that's partly why Allie was a problem sleeper last week. Well, problem to me sleeper. Anna, poor little baby, was experiencing some discomfort, which didn't allow her to sleep very well. This happens from time to time and we don't know exactly what it is (gas or pressure from fluid in her tummy area) but she rolls around a lot in her sleep and tends to wake up. (Her shunt drains excess spinal fluid into her abdominal cavity and we've been told that it can be uncomfortable. Her doctors believe this was to blame for her hernia when she was a toddler.)
I sometimes wonder if I would be a different parent if I hadn't lost a baby. I don't tend to label how I parent but with triplets, attachment parenting is pretty much impossible. Maybe how I treat the nighttime wake-ups could be labeled as attachment parenting. (Partially, maybe?) We talk to the girls about sleeping in their beds for the night and how Mommy and Daddy need sleep or we will be too tired to do things like go to the beach or go to Story Land. When they do stay in their beds all night, they proudly announce, "I slept in my bed ALL night," the next morning.
Saturday night was peaceful with all three kids sleeping in their beds for the entire night. Emily was really good last week and only came looking for me once when she had a bad dream. She had a repeat of the dream last night. Shark attack. I've learned that you should be careful when attempting to watch what you think is a news clip regarding the sharks off the Cape because it could contain clips from the movie Jaws instead and your kids will watch it in horror and then have bad dreams. You should also be careful when discussing other current events involving animals. Such as the bears that seem to be popping up in places they shouldn't be.
Okay, so someone is going to read my babble and say that I'm making excuses. Maybe I am but I'm doing what I feel comfortable with. Oh, we do plan on getting clocks (digital) for their rooms and doing the whole "you shouldn't get out of bed until this time" thing.
One of Allie's favorite alone time activities is going for a bike ride with me in our neighborhood. Well, she rides and I walk. It's hard finding alone time that doesn't involve shopping.
The girls surprised me the other morning by asking me to take their picture. Together.
It doesn't get much cuter than this.