Many of you have asked what it’s like taking triplets out in public … well let me tell you it’s a trip! Everyone loves a baby … and can’t help themselves when they see three!
Disclaimer: this post might sound like a rant or negative. Let me clarify, yes it’s a bit of a rant. But deep down I know it’s a compliment that everyone is so interested in us and know that people mean well. It’s just a little ‘celebrity’ shock that I need to adjust to. The other part is that people say really dumb stuff! Think before we speak.
Our first outing was to Target after a doctor appointment. Doug had the shopping cart and I had the triplet stroller. The hard part was not carting the babies around … it was being stopped every two feet with someone wanting to admire the babies. One lady actually reached in like she was going to touch one of their faces – I almost karate chopped her hand off!
It felt like every single one of them said “You’ve got your hands full”. I should start a tally! Note to readers: please don’t say that to a mother of multiples … she already knows she’s bitten off more than she can probably handle and has already accepted that she’ll be driven nuts and will lose her mind if she has not already lost it. I really just want to reply with something like “you think?” or ” DUH!” or “Is that supposed to be inspiring or make me feel better?” Just like when I was pregnant and people would respond with “Oh my, I think I’d kill myself if I found out I was pregnant with triplets”. Really? I don’t think you would and thanks for the support! Dumb … people say dumb stuff! Forgive them for they know not what they do ….
Another mom of multiples (and photographer that took the triplet newborn photos) shared this YouTube video with me. A family had their oldest follow them around the zoo with a video camera to capture the crazy stuff people say when out in public. This is pretty much what it’s like going to Target these days for the Bissing family.
The other part about going out is that you get asked the same question 12 times in a row. For example:
- “Are those triplets?” – Nope they are giraffes!
- “Where you on fertility treatments?” – No … have you started menopause yet?
Again, I know people mean well, but you try telling everyone you pass by at Target your ‘specs’. I’m a girl. My name is Melissa. I’m 27 years old and weight 150 lbs. I’m a girl and I have two younger siblings. I’m thinking about making t-shirts for when we go out in public. Here’s what they would look like:
And it’s time for another video. The SE Wisconsin Mothers of Multiples group shared this over the forum a few weeks ago and I just about peed myself! This is such a great example of the convos I have just about every time someone hears about the triplets. See when I said during my pregnancy that I was just a freak of nature … I was right!
I think I could rant for a few more pages, but I think you get the idea 🙂 Shopping is just going to be easier alone for the next 18 years.