The start of 2015 has just flown by, what happened to the first 3 months of the year?? It seems that time just keeps getting away from us at the moment.
The Easter Bunny made an appearance at our house this weekend, nobody saw him, but he left white paw prints in the corridor and hid chocolate eggs for Alita, Loki and Michael. We think he got out through the bedroom window because there were no footprints to be seen leaving the house!
When we weren’t hunting or eating Chocolate over the Easter Holidays we managed to find time to do something that we don’t get to do very often. Spending some quality One-on-One time with the kids.
Alita, Loki & Michael generally spend every waking (and sleeping) hour together so an opportunity to go somewhere without any siblings is always very special.
For us, One-on-One time can involve simply doing the weekly shop, walking the Dog or going to feed the Ducks. One lucky boy has even had a trip to Wet n Wild with Dad (we will have to make sure that everyone eventually has a turn at that!)
At some stage, these outings earned the name “Mummy Adventures” and “Daddy Adventures” and it’s during these “Adventures” that I get a glimpse of how different our lives would be if we hadn’t been blessed with Triplets.
- Getting from the car into the supermarket is easy with one Toddler!
- A fuel stop at the petrol station takes 5 minutes instead of 20 when you don’t have 3 Toddlers to unstrap and usher safely inside (past all the chocolate bars) and back again in order to pay for the fuel.
- With only one toddler there are no fights over who is going to sit in the Trolley at the supermarket.
- If that Toddler doesn’t want to sit in the trolley, it’s easy enough to keep an eye on “one” wandering toddler.
- A visit to the park with one Toddler doesn’t require eyes in the back of your head.
- With only one Toddler, conversations don’t need to be rushed or get cut short by interruptions from siblings.
- With only one child in tow Strangers don’t feel the need to stop us and ask “Are they Triplets?” and “Are they natural?”
During every “Mummy Adventure” I try to fully appreciate all of these things and use the extra time and energy to focus all my attention on my lucky Adventure companion.
The pace is much more relaxed, Questions like “Can we stop and play at that park?” or “Can we go to the cafe for a Babycino?” are answered with “Yes” and the result is a child who feels that they are special and unique, rather than just “One of the Triplets”.
We are so lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy these special one-on-one adventures but we are even luckier to be able to go home after and be one big crazy family together again.
Sure, life with Triplets can be draining at times, but more often than not, the fast pace and slightly chaotic nature of our family suit my personality down to the ground. There is no way that I would change my “Multiples” family for the world.
What does One-on-One time mean to your family? We’d love to hear your perspective.