As we begin to creep closer and closer to my due date, there are a couple of things I'm beginning to realize about the reality of having three children.
For starters, nobody wants to babysit three kids. Have you ever noticed the sheer look of terror on a potential babysitter's face when you mention you have three kids? Having been a nanny to a family with three children back in college, I never really gave it much thought but I challenge you to try this out. Even if you don't have three kids and you have to lie about it, I dare you. It's imperative that you take note of the wide eyes, the trembling lip and the crazy stare that seems to appear out of no where even on the face of the, previously, most calm, cool and collected sitter. I promise you, it will happen. I was so concerned over this realization, in fact, that I turned to one of my girlfriends, a mom of three herself, who immediately agreed that it's nearly impossible to find a non-family sitter for her three little darlings. As she told me this, she patted my shoulder in solidarity and told me I should prepare myself for at least a year's worth of "at-home" date nights.
When you have three children, the atmosphere in your house immediately changes from man-on-man defense to zone defense. As parents, you are quickly outnumbered by your offspring and with three boys, I fear for how this will bode come the teenage years. Currently, it's a happy, easy medium. My husband and I each have our own child to worry about. I prefer to call dibs on the older, easier one which then allows me to do much of my defending from the couch at nearly 7 months pregnant. Soon enough, however, my husband and I will have to begin breaking the house down into zones. As in, "honey, you get the playroom, kitchen, backyard and dining room and I'll take the bedrooms, bathrooms, front yard and den." That's it, the more I think about it, I think it's time to install motion sensors throughout the house.
Understandably so, life with three kids will be a whole new ballgame. After all, I only have two hands so I know I'm going to have to get really creative with our typical day to day activities. Just last week while having breakfast with my girlfriend, we watched a mom with two young boys and an infant carrier navigate her way through Chick-Fil-A. Her clothes matched, her hair was blow dried and she really did seem to have it all together. I almost wanted to ask her for her number. You best believe that as we're out and about in these final couple of months before baby, I'm taking copious notes from all of the moms with 3+ children that I see.
Until then, I figure my best bet is to just fake it, 'til you make it, no?