Let me just start out by saying, it’s not easy. And to be honest, it’s probably not for everyone. But when you are blessed with multiples (twins, triplets , or more!), you just adapt to a new and crazy lifestyle. We were one of those blessed people to welcome fraternal triplets into our lives in May of 2016. Here are the things that helped us adapt to our new lifestyle and survive those first 6 months with multiples.
How to Survive the First 6 Months with Multiples:
Family and Friends. Surviving our crazy life wouldn’t be possible without family and friends. Without them we could not make this work. Our family has helped in so many ways, from watching our two older girls while we go to doctor appointments, or just giving mommy and daddy a night out. And our friends have been amazing as well – so many have donated baby items, diapers and wipes. We all know how expensive one baby can be, but then multiply that by 3, and it’s quite pricey.
Solidarity with others in the same boat. I could not have made it through the last 6 months without the wonderful triplet mommas I have met through a community Facebook page. These ladies who have experienced multiples, and with triplets older than ours, are a blessing beyond belief. I am always asking questions and
getting advice from others who have already been through the experience.
FREE baby stuff. Another HUGE help for us personally has been the baby companies who have sent formula, baby products and coupons for different daily items like diapers and wipes. If I wasn’t a part of the Triplets Community on Facebook I wouldn’t have known about all of the FREE things you can get for having multiples. We have received several shipments of formula from two different formula companies and TONS of coupons for diapers, wipes and baby food. We have also received other things, like bottles and a diaper bag, from generous companies.
Thick Skin. When you have multiples you get a lot of questions and comments. Some are funny and others are offensive. Everything ranging from “Are they natural?” to “Glad it’s not me.” These things will get old after the first 100 times you hear them, but then you just sit back and laugh to yourself and say, yes, I’m glad it’s not you and it’s me because I wouldn’t have it any other way. You take each day as it comes, some good and some bad – and we have had our share of the bad ones! But there is nothing I would want to change about my crazy, love-filled life. No, I don’t leave the house except Monday through Thursday from 4pm-10pm to attend cosmetology school, to go to doctor’s appointments and the occasional grocery store run. At least right now that is how we do things. I feel once the triplets are a little older we will be out doing things more often, but when it takes you 15 minutes just to load the car and pull out of the driveway, you soon realize why you don’t leave the house much.
That said, my main tip for surviving multiples, is just to take one day at a time, and NEVER be afraid to ask for help.
Brittany is originally from Iola, KS and moved to Wichita in 2012. Brittany and her husband, Dakota, were married in May of 2013 and became the new owners of Goodcents Subs on Rock Road in November 2013. Brittany has a daughter Adyson(8) and in September 2014 Dakota and Brittany welcomed their first child together, Piper. In December of 2015 Brittany and Dakota received the very shocking news that they would be expecting Triplets in mid 2016. May of 2016 they welcomed, Cash, Zoey and Coral. Brittany is a stay-at-home mom, while Dakota runs Goodcents full-time.