Sunday, April 3, 2011

Does it get easier?

Today at Multiples and More the question of the week is what a lot of people ask me these days...Does it get easier (as they get older)?

Looking back to when the boys were born, it was a lot of work with little sleep. Feeding, changing, burping the boys every 3 hours. It would take another hour to clean up and get ready for the next I only had two hours to sleep/pump/shower/spend time with Lauren, etc. and that lasted for about 3 months.

(the date of this pic is wrong BTW)

Once the boys got mobile it got a bit easier as I gave them access to the house, with numerous gates throughout the house. The feeding/eating every three hours didn't change and I felt (and still do) that I spend all my day in the kitchen.

As the boys are toddlers and moving towards preschoolers it's becoming harder. If one wants to do something it's inevitable that the other two want to do something different and I'm stretched in two or three different directions trying to make everyone happy; adding on any help with homework that Lauren may have after school.

Right now we are in a phase that I can't get a hold of. Usually we are all out of whack for about a week before I realize that their needs are changing and I can adapt. I'm still trying to figure out what is going on so that I can keep these boys happy and from screaming out of frustration!

So, does it get easier? Yes and No. It has gotten easier in the fact that I get more sleep and no more bottles to make and clean. They are all talking enough so that I can tell what they want most of the time. But as they are getting closer to 3 yrs old I'm struggling with three different personalities that don't always get along, share, etc. Not to mention that I have potty training and moving them to toddler beds hanging over my head!

I'm sure I'll look back on these last two years and realize that this was easier than teenagers x 3. I do the best that I can do. This is my life and I wouldn't change it for the world!!


Heather said...

I love it! You are so right...all of this that seems so challenging now won't hold a candle to what we'll probably be dealing with in the teenage years!

Andrea said...

Hi There! Stopping by from the link up. Oh me, oh my.....why did you have to mention the teenage years! Just kidding, but I do agree that we probably will be longing for those type of sleepless nights the first time we lose sleep from them missing curfew, ect....

I look forward following your journey! Take care, Andre

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Jennifer said...

Just wanted to tell you that I understand what you are going through, as my trio just turned 3 last month. Then again, you have a pre-teen to add to my craziness, so I guess I don't know what you are going through... Hope it gets easier! Stay strong!!! Good luck!

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