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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:14

Multiple personalities

There's been something going on behind the scenes of your local media. Some of you may already be aware of it, and for others this may be breaking news. It's almost a pandemic. You have probably seen one on television. You may even be reading a story by one right now. The secret is out: there are a lot of people in the media who have given birth to multiples. 

Anyone who follows my Edge Mom column may or may not be aware that my tongue-in-cheek look at life with three kids comes from having three kids at the same time. You feel pretty unique when you have multiples, but that only lasts until you find that your network of parents of multiples is actually larger than you would think. It became clear pretty quickly that there are a lot of media personalities who have been blessed with multiples or are a twin themselves.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:23

Holiday dry-runs

Having young kids during the holiday season is like getting to play a dry-run of a complicated obstacle course, where nothing is counted against you. You are allowed to see the layout of the field, be it how to get the Christmas Tree, how far in advance should I buy decorations, how many decorations do I actually need, and are costumes going to be involved? Then you celebrate the holiday and the kids barely notice, because they're too young to give a hoot.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:05

Some days are crazy days

This is one of those

Impromptu trips can be tricky for anyone. They are almost impossible with triplets, but not entirely. We had one a couple weeks ago. My mom-in-law was making a business trip up to Millinocket to drop off some of her beautifully crafted hand-made wooden hearts. The kiddos' great grandmother also lives in Millinocket, so she had called to see if perhaps she could steal one or two for a visit.

I figured, what the heck, let's bring the whole gang and have a party (it's always a baby party wherever we go). So the next morning, we pack them into the SUV, make a stop at a gas station to pick up some Dunkin Donuts, and I decide to gas up. It is a beautiful, sunny morning.

Published in Edge Staff Mom

This week's Edge Staff Mom article has been delayed since we learned that the triplets have overthrown their parents and are holding them hostage until their demands are met. Negotiators are trying to communicate with the children, and have not been able to make contact with our writers. 

'We can hear what seems to be intermittent laughing, followed by crying. We aren't sure if that is the parents or the children at this point,' said a source who declined to be named since the investigation is ongoing and he hasn't been cleared to release information.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 15:00

Fair weather moms

When your kids are doing something well, you want to take credit for it. Clearly, they are eating well because of my phenomenal parenting capability. Anyone who has a finicky eater must be doing something wrong, because look, they eat what I give them. Until they don't.

Two out of my three kids are awesome eaters. They are offered the same food in the same way, but one of my daughters will literally turn her nose up at some foods these days. Just weeks ago she was eating like a champion, but now she's too good for mashed potatoes and peas.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 18:02

Gravity and other inconveniences

Finding out about the world must be awful. I mean think about all the things you get to take for granted now: communication, movement, the laws of physics. The kids are just learning about these things at times painfully.

With my boy walking not just taking the occasional step there are more things to worry about. They all have access to shelves that were previous safe zones for items like coffee and car keys. Books and DVDs that held no interest to them are now being forcibly rearranged, and then moved completely by responsible adults who want to be able to watch the complete first season of 'Firefly' without teeth marks in it.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:28

Wild moms of multiples

Having multiples is a phenomenon. It imbues one with rock-star status, at least in parenting circles. We have a strange insight into what it must be like to be a minor celebrity and have random people ask you the same questions over and over again.

And because this is an experience shared by many moms with twins, triplets and more, I put the questions to my local Parents of Multiples (on Facebook, because I don't go places).

What's annoying? What's nice? Funny story. Obnoxious story.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Thursday, 30 August 2012 08:55

Fun & games

Playing with the kids is much less one-sided than it used to be. Games before usually consisted of me making faces, grabbing their hands or arms and forcing them into a round of paddy-cake or bouncing someone on a knee until giggles or spit-up happened. Now there is clapping. There is knocking things down. There are full-contact sports.

Two out of three are experimenting with cruising, and the third isn't far behind. My son enjoys the one-handed approach. Climb up to standing by using a piece of furniture, then casually look behind him to see how impressed I am with his incredible feats of skill and strength.

Of course, he also loves to pull himself up onto items that are less than stable - including, but not limited to, the wheeled toddler cruisers, the gliding rocker and his sisters.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 22:50

Everyone is fine, even mom

Everyone is OK. It's important to start these stories with that caveat.

Anyone with a toddler knows about the unique terror-filled joy of watching your bean go through the metamorphosis from the larval infant stage into a toddler. Pulling up into a standing position, cruising around on furniture and wobble-walking across open spaces you get the idea. And then there are the experiments with gravity.

Heads are bonked, tears are shed, boo-boos kissed. Until the Big One happens.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:57

Stuff and things

Kids seem to come with more and more things. Forgive me, but I'm still wading through a colossal pile of new toys, books and clothes from the recent celebration.

Staying on top of the influx of items is a Sisyphean task. No sooner have you sorted out all the items that they should be wearing for the next three months than they've outgrown it all. If you're lucky, you have boxes of clothes somewhere that they fit into - otherwise you hope the weather is conducive to the diaper-only look for a few more weeks.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
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