Well, I can’t say we were surprised, but walking is definitely a game-changer. Throughout the first year of Henry, Jack, and Sophie’s lives, we often heard, “Just wait until they are walking!” I was equal parts excited and terrified for the day when they would all officially be on the move. It happened gradually, but by the end of August, these three amigos were off and running. Below, a list of pros and cons.
Pro: More independence! Not having to carry three babies everywhere means one person really can maneuver triplets from one place to another. There’s less back-and-forth, putting somebody down to go back and retrieve the other two.
August 4: Sophie is walking.
Con: More independence! Toddlers will really only be maneuvered where and when they want to be maneuvered. And their plans don’t always line up with your plans. In fact, sometimes, their plans are downright dangerous. It doesn’t help that climbing is the natural next step after walking. One climber, I could handle. Three climbers…well, we’re going to have to be more creative.
August 11: Everyone is climbing
Pro: More space to explore! Three bored toddlers are no fun. But three toddlers who have just discovered a new toy/flower/blade of grass/piece of dirt are a lot of fun. The last half of our summer was a lot of: baby pool, water table, sandbox, repeat. So much easier when they can walk that loop themselves!
Con: More space to explore. If there’s a fence at the other end of that wide open space, explore away! If it’s a park, a playground, a beach, or just a front lawn without boundaries, watch out!
August 6: Henry is exploring
Pro: Three extra helpers! Need the hair brush? Ask Jack to go get it for you! Forgot to grab the diaper cream from the basket before you sat down to wrestle with a wriggly, resisting, and dirty-diapered toddler? No problem! One of the other toddlers will lend a hand.
Con: The need for more babyproofing. I’ll admit it. Even with three, we’ve been lazy about babyproofing. We’d talked about it a lot, we’d purchased several babyproofing items, but we hadn’t really gotten around to it. Why bother? They spent most of their time in the baby jail, ahem, play area. Well, three walkers now know there is a whole world out there to explore, and there’s only so much wandering around the play area that will satisfy them. They are especially fond of climbing up stairs which made me grateful that we live in a small, one-bedroom apartment! Although I don’t suppose that will stop them from running into one another.
These kiddos are into everything:
Pro: Slightly fewer calls for “uppa!” since they can now get from Point A to Point B on their own and rather quickly. Only slightly fewer though. Sometimes Point B is a bit higher than they can manage. And sometimes Point B is simply in your arms.
Bottom Line: I LOVE that they are walking. Aside from the fact that it is a huge and exciting milestone, all of the pros really do outweigh the cons. Getting to the bathtub with three is easier. Getting to nap time with three is easier. Getting to the high chairs with three is easier. The playground is not easier. Wide open spaces? Much more difficult. But you know what? They’re much more fun now too. Check out more of our summer shenanigans below, and stay tuned for our trip to Maine!
One of our new favorite pastimes: mixing.