Road Trippin’

So, how did we get from Manhattan to Islip last Friday? Well, it required

  • Five adults:

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  • One minivan:

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  • Three car seats
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I know there are only two car seats pictured here! Sophie didn’t fit on the coffee table 🙂

  • Two diaper bags
  • Three totes
  • Three “weekend” bags and
  • A very strategically timed departure

Given that the trip from NYC to Islip is only just over an hour, we lucked out on the last one. We were able to feed the trio, strap ’em in their carseats, get them down to the car and out to Islip just in time for the next feed.

A few explanations. Why did we need five adults, you ask? Well, truth be told, we might have been able to get away with fewer (although Auntie Jen is sure we were all necessary). The biggest challenge is getting the babies down from our 15th floor apartment and into the car on the street. This is actually a common question from other moms of multiples: “How do you get them all into the car?” The dilemma is that you obviously can’t leave babies unattended in the car or in the apartment, but you can’t leave the car unattended on the street either (at least not in NYC), and you can’t carry three babies in carseats at one time. So, suddenly you need three people. If you lived in a suburb, you could get away with two people for this portion.

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We did end up with a free car wash while we were waiting to load. Thanks, John!

Now, in addition to getting the babies in the car, we had to get all of their stuff in the car (I will provide a packing list later for those who really want to know). This is a similar dilemma to the baby problem above. Can’t leave the car unattended, can’t leave the babies unattended, but need to cart all the gear down to the car. We also needed to retrieve the car (we park it 45 blocks north), and this had to happen while we were feeding babies, so you really need someone to get the car and two people to feed the babies. Having three aunties and uncles helped ensure that the feeding went faster (three at a time), that the adults had breakfast eventually (bagels to go!) and that we didn’t forget to pack anything last minute (the monitors and sound machine, for example, which we had to pack last minute because we used them overnight).

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The practice run on Thursday afternoon. Feeding is so much more efficient when Auntie Jen comes to visit!

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Getting down to business before packing up our most precious cargo — the trips!

So five adults later, we were all packed in the cars (it helps to have three adults in the minivan to keep an eye on the munchkins in the back at this point), and on our way. I am lame and didn’t take photos. Sorry.

If you are interested (perhaps you have triplets of your own, or you are just really curious), here is our packing list for the weekend. It is long, so if you don’t care, just scroll to the bottom for more pictures. It is ridiculous, I know. Traveling with triplets is like being part of a three-ring circus. And wouldn’t you know that not more than one hour had passed since we arrived in Islip that Will decided we needed a few things at Babies ‘R Us.

Packing List:

  • 20 bottles/caps/nipples (this may seem excessive, but unless you want to wash and dry bottles at 2AM, you need extra. Add to that the bottles with extra milk in the fridge, and the fact that it takes a while to air dry bottles, and we came up with no fewer than 20 bottles).
  • bottle brush
  • hospital grade pump and four sets of accessories
  • vitamins, etc.
  • baby shampoo/lotion
  • three hooded towels/washcloths
  • 80 diapers
  • package of wipes
  • thermometer/nose sucker/nail clippers
  • 18 onesies
  • 6 pairs of pants
  • 9 nighties
  • 6 swaddle sacks
  • 6 swaddle blankets
  • 6 burp cloths
  • 18 bibs
  • three caps
  • three sunhats
  • two infant carriers
  • one Fold N’ Go Rocker
  • one Puj tub
  • one Pack ‘N Play with two sets of sheets

I think that’s it…

Yes, we used everything we brought. And when it comes to the things we “skimped” on (strollers, rockers, travel cribs), we either needed to make a run to Babies ‘R Us, or thank Grammie for bringing her travel crib. Here we are settling in (for two whole days) at Aunt Linden and Uncle Scott’s. It’s also worth noting that the five of us had an entire wing to ourselves, including a master bedroom, a double bedroom, and one and a half bathrooms. So if you’re planning on inviting us over anytime soon, be prepared!

Here we are taking a bath. The Puj tub worked better in this sink than any of ours at home, and it is certainly easy to travel with!

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All lined up in our rockers.

Note: we arrived in Islip with one rocker. We left with three. Good thing there’s a Babies ‘R Us right down the road!

A little action shot from the 4th of July. No comment.

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Because they have mostly been cooped up in the NICU and then our apartment (these babies were supposed to be in the womb until two weeks ago, let’s not forget), they haven’t seen much sun. It is obviously important to protect their delicate skin and eyes from the harsh rays, so we were grateful they already had their sunhats! Sometimes they even had to wear them inside because it was just too bright!

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The diva, posing.

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Strumolo Family Photo! Not sure this is Christmas card material, but what a treat to have everyone together! Maybe it’s just me and my pale face that don’t see this as Christmas card material…Note the triplets’ closed eyes though. They weren’t all sleeping. It was just too bright!

A little afternoon stroll…

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Three babies? No problem!

Note: We decided NOT to bring the strollers to Islip. Yes, this means we went out and bought a Snap ‘N Go from Babies ‘R Us. I will admit that it is SUPER easy and extremely portable. Not to mention it has a much better turning radius than our giant Chicco!

Sophie takes a turn in the Boba:

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Time for bed again!

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Where’s Sophie? You guessed it. In the dining room.

So many helping hands

Aunties!

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Those are some snuggly babies!

Cousins!

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Grandparents!

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Uncle Peter was a baby-holding machine!

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So happy with Uncle Peter!

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Auntie Jen was all over it too!

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Woah, chub!

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Back at home on July 6th, and once again, Sophie is coming to dinner.

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What a wonderful weekend! Getting ready to do it all over again next weekend for our first trip to Southampton. This time we plan to tackle the trip with just two adults. Wish us luck!

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