Caitlin's Happy Heart

http://www.caitlinshappyheart.blogspot.com

A Mummy blogs about life with 18 month BBG triplets and their two big brothers. Included is family life updates and homemaking tips spoken with candour, honesty and humour, hoping to encourage other women in their own journeys.

Caitlin is a winner of Top 25 Moms of Multiples - 2013

Between getting kids dressed, fed and out the door on time mornings can be hectic! What tips do you have for making morning routines easier?

I should place a disclaimer, lest people who know me accuse me of duplicity, that I am very often late. So, to answer this, I have to say this is what I know I ought to do, not always what I actually do.

OK. Glad to have got that off my chest...

First thing after getting up is having breakfast in our household. That way, the kids don't get their good clothes grubby. I will lay out clothes for the children, and my husband and I will just work on dressing each child as we are able to throughout the morning. Shoes often go missing around here, so if we don't put on shoes early, we will often be scrambling at the last moment to find a matching pair.

My nappy bag is normally packed, so I will just top it up with particular things I need for the outing we are about to embark on. I also pack an extra food bag full of snacks and beverages for while we are out. It has been a lifesaver many times!

The biggest factor is organisation and leaving yourself enough time, getting up earlier helps out big time in this area, which is hard with multiples because often you find yourself trying to get every last bit of sleep you can possibly score.

It's also good to have clear expectations on what everyone's individual roles are. My eldest son knows he needs to get dressed before he does anything else. My husband will clean the kitchen in the morning and feed the kids breakfast, I will normally have my shower and get ready during that time.

We've also found that we need to give ourselves a generous amount of time to allow for the amount of time it takes to unload the children from car seats, set up and pack strollers, etc. once we get to places.

I find that when I am organised, I'm less likely to yell and things aren't so hectic in the mornings. That makes things easier automatically! It's much nicer for the family to arrive somewhere feeling calm also.

People often say twins and other multiples have an extra special bond. Has there ever been a time when you noticed an especially unique connection?

Yes, I have noticed a unique connection with the triplets. I hope that it will always remain with one another. They really do know each other's strengths and weaknesses! They also know one another's taste in food, so you will often catch them redistributing their dinner with one another so they all end up with food they like, trading their dislikes for anothers likes!

I have noticed that within the triplets, the identical boys are even closer still to one another. They will often play together while my girl wanders off and does something different. Although she in turn, will 'baby' the boys, patting them and stroking them when they are crying. The boys even at this young age seem to know what one another are thinking and will hand each other toys, swapping and changing without batting an eyelid.

It's a bit bizarre, but the boys will also poo in sync! If one of them has a dirty nappy. You know you need to go and check the other little fellow, because nine times out of ten, he's got the same contents inside his!

What are your tips for celebrating joint birthday parties?

We have only had one first birthday party so far. This might be really obvious, but we didn't think of it - let people know which order to say the names in when they sing Happy Birthday! It all got a little bit jumbled for us at the crucial part of the song last year!

A first birthday for multiples, as much as anything, is the parents celebrating making it past all those crazy moments that come with coping with more than one baby at once. We chose to just have our closest family and friends with us, which also reduced the stress preparing for the day.

It's good to do something personal for each child. I chose to make three birthday cakes, all teddy bears featuring each child's 'colour'. I think while celebrating their togetherness it is important to remember their uniqueness.