Recently I thought about the two blogs I followed about triplets. After making it almost six years with twins I can't imagine life with triplets. The reason they popped into my head was because we recently went swimming at the Y and am ice skating party.
My kids have been taking swimming classes for a while now and although one is starting to actually swim and they other is pretty close to the "I think he can flop his way to the wall" stage, I still wouldn't really trust either one of them to swim alone. The Y had a rule that the kids had to be within an arm's length of the adult. Luckily we had two adults to be with two kids. I'm not sure how I would have handled it if the dads were outnumbered.
Two weeks later we went to an ice skating party. This was the second time my kids have been on skates and they looked like this...
Derek and I each had a kid to "teach" (a.k.a. carry around the ice and pick up after falling). I was exhausted by the end of the party. How on earth could we have handled three???
I am amazed by parents who have large families. I feel I barely have the energy, money, time and patience to parent two let alone three or four or more. People are amazed that I have survived almost six years of twin parenthood but, as I always say, I don't know any other kind of family to parent. As life dumps more on your plate the only thing you can do is deal with it. So I commend those parents of triplets who just do what they have to do. I hope to hear from them to see how they're doing, and my heart goes out to the dad who has to ride alone on the teacup ride because it only fits four people or doesn't get chocolate pudding for dessert because a box only makes four servings.