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My babies are 2. Looking back on our kids second year of life I am a mixed bag of emotions. We struggled for so much of the year. The kids were sick. Often. And with increasing severity. Many trips to the Ped. Many rounds of antibiotics, steroids, nebulizer treatments, chest Xrays, sinus Xrays. Many scary middle of the night trips to the ER with babies who couldn't breath.
Sleeping was another issue this year. The kids night-waking was worse from 1 to 2 than from birth to 1. For much of this year we were routinely up 6, 7, 8x/night. I felt like I was perpetually exhausted. DH too.
This was also a year of conflict. The kids started to fight with each other, hitting, biting, pushing hair pulling - each and every day - all day. And climbing. They are climbers - all of them. On countertops, tables, ladders, the outside of the stairway and banister. Oh the climbing . . its so hard to keep them safe.
And clever. They learned to open the door and even unlock the deadbolt by 18 months. Hello top latches - installed on every door in the house. They were also jumping out of their cribs routinely by 20 months. Hello crib tents - we are not ready for toddler beds yet . . . . DD "found her diaper" and liked to share the contents with her crib. . . .hello special "sleeping suit for DD" (thanks to some wonderful MDC advice). And all those costly child locks on every cupboard in the house . . . guess what . . . last month they learned how to open those too?
Seemed like we could take them nowhere this last year. Not to a park. Not to a BBQ. Not to church. Nowhere. We (I especially) started to feel so isolated. So "alone" and "different". All the other families of 1 year olds were out doing stuff now . . .infancy was over for them, they were free . . .. we were more homebound than ever, it seemed. A loneliness and a sense of being overwhelmed set in for much of the year.
But the year was filled with joyful moments too. After crawling - Walking to Running came so quickly after the 1st birthday. DS's still not big talkers, but we heard "mama" and "dada" for the first time this year. We got our first "kisses" - real ones. DD gives us big hugs around the neck. They squeal and run to us when we come home. They cry when we leave. They hug and kiss each other. We removed dairy from their diet (thanks also to MDC advice) and started them on homeopathic remedies and bach flowers . . magically they stopped getting sick? They started sleeping through the night? Hey . . so did WE . . . amazing how much of the year's stress was gone once that happened. Was it because they just got older . . . .or did the dietary changes and homeopathy bring the cure? Don't know. Don't care. Other triplet moms and I started some semi-regular playdate get-togethers. Triplet style - at places where we can actually take them. The kids still fight, but its improving. We've devised ways to keep them safer in the house - but that is always changing. They are easier to take out - its still hard, but more doable anyway. We are growing. They are growing. Growing up.
They are amazing. This life we've been given . . that I never would have imagined . . . is all at the same time exhausting, frustrating, humbling, and wonderful and amazing.
Thanks for letting me share . . . . .
They are 2. Yeah! and I still haven't lost my mind! Double . . no make that triple YEAH!