Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Riding in Carts with Boys

I curse the day I allowed my boys to utilize the car shopping carts at our local Stop and Shop. I actually managed to make my life more difficult which I did not think was possible since I was already dragging my three two year olds grocery shopping. I am of the mind that the person who thought of car carts for grocery stores was out for revenge of some kind and thousands of innocent parents everywhere are forced to pay the price.
The reliable triple shopping cart that made my life easier.

I had it down to a science. Out of the house before 10am but after 9am thereby allowing sufficient time to arrive home before a lunch time meltdown. Bring lots of snacks (although we have been known to eat direct from the cart). Go with a list and keep the trip to 60 minutes or less.

My friends often look at me funny when I say that I take all three toddlers grocery shopping. As long as I stick to my formula I typically can get my shopping done and am able to keep major incidents to the checkout lane when any toddler's patience (if it exists) is tested. I am far from saying it is easy and I usually have to gear myself up for the task but in any event I get it done because the bottom line is there is not a day of the week when I don't have three children.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Breastfeeding Debate Continues

I could not believe it when I read it but the issue on formula samples rages on and has now been compared to giving someone a pack of cigarettes when they are trying to quite smoking.  (for full article click here).  In short, Peggy O' Mara, editor-in-chief of Mothering Magazine, stated:

It is naive to believe that the formula industry’s distribution of formula to you is an innocent gift. A “gift” of formula is like a “gift” of a pack of cigarettes when you’re trying to quit smoking; it will undermine your resolve. The formula company has bought your name and address from the hospital, without your knowledge, and will now solicit you for sales. Do you really want this commercial intrusion into your life?

I previously wrote on this topic last Monday (click here to view my previous blog post The Breastfeeding Debate).  To say the least this is a poor analogy.  Formula is hardly an addictive, toxic substance.  A sample of formula is hardly a temptation for a new mom to throw in the towel and not breastfeed if that was part of her game plan.  I agree that formula companies market to new moms just like the diaper companies do, so what?  This is no different than getting a credit card solicitation in the mail or enjoying a free sample of tortilla chips at BJs when you are shopping. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

My Guide to Buying Strollers for Multiple Children

It can be an overwhelming experience to set out and buy a single stroller never mind trying to find a great stroller to fit your needs when you have more than one child. Whether you are looking for a stroller for children minutes apart or months apart following these guidelines should get you started looking in the right direction.

I have been through quite a few strollers in the past 34 months and my best advice is do not buy a stroller without physically seeing it in person. Seeing the stroller in person is the only way to see how the stroller folds up, how heavy the stroller is and how the stroller will fit in your trunk. In my opinion these are the three key factors in purchasing a stroller.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Breastfeeding Debate

I read a tweet on Friday from @parentsmagazine that Massachusetts has enacted a law prohibiting hospitals from providing new mothers gift bags containing sample baby formula.  (Click here for a link to the full article )  Allegedly the goal is to promote breastfeeding. I know that breastfeeding is best. I really do. I also knew that since I  was pregnant with triplets they were not only going to be premature but breastfeeding was not going to be something I could jump into. One thing I definitely learned when I became a mom is that people have strong views on breastfeeding.

My sons were born at 33 and 1/2 weeks weighing 3lbs 12ozs, 2lbs 15ozs and 4lbs 1oz. I decided to pump in order to give my boys some breast milk but I was realistic that there was going to come a point when I could not keep up with the demand and formula was going to be necessary.   It took about 2-3 days for my milk to come in and almost a week before all three boys were eating. At the time they were too little to feed from my breast, they were actually fed with a tube and a syringe and would work up to a bottle.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Journey Through the Land of IVF Part 2: Success!!

After our failure with the first round of IVF I was an emotional wreck. My father had passed away while I was in the middle of the first IVF cycle and on top of taking all these hormones I was now dealing with the loss of my father; my last parent. My mom had died a week after my 21st birthday and had never met my husband. Now neither of my parents were going to meet my children ---provided I could even have them.

Ironically because my father passed away it provided Marc and I with the money to try IVF for a second time. I like to think of it as as a gift my parents were able to give me and even though they would never be here to hold their grandchildren; they were instrumental in their creation.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Vegetable Dance: Trying to be a Sneaky Chef

One of the more challenging aspects of having three toddlers is trying to find meals that will make ALL three toddlers happy. As a parent, I want to give my sons something healthy and nutritious, however, I have been very frustrated lately. I have one son who will try anything but if he doesn't like it he is "all done"; one son who refuses to eat meat and will often just eat ketchup off the plate (although I am happy he is using his fork or spoon to do so); and one son who will not try anything fruit or vegetable related and simply eats the meat. I guess on the bright side they would eat one good, nutritious meal between the three of them, if only it would work that way!

In an effort to stop making dinner and having no one eat it but the dog I often found myself giving in and feeding my kids what they asked for, namely snakcs, rather than full meals.. I was beginning to fear that my boys would never eat anything green in their lives.