It feels like ages ago that we first traveled with the triplets. They were just eight months old and the trip was very hard. We had all kinds of problems with stopping to change diapers and feed them and of course, the screaming which is pretty much all they did at that age anyway!
This time around we were riding in style:
Look how comfortable they are! How much room they have! Oh yes, we did love our 12 passenger van for traveling and we could never go back to something smaller. My favorite part: getting in and out of the van without having to climb over all the kids stuff.
One special treat on our way home we made a two day stopover at our good friends the Whitakers. They used to live near us but sadly (for us) they moved away a little over two years ago to Charleston, SC. For our one whole day there we opted to do the touristy thing and head downtown. We had a great time but it was really HOT – to find some relief we went swinging and the kids LOVED it.
Just two minutes before I had promised the kids we would go as soon as we saw the water. When we reached the edge of the water and this fountain where some of the kids were playing in Alyssa says “Okay, mom, there’s the water, can we go home now?!”
I did manage to convince her that we could go just a little farther – we made it to the first swing:
Now look at their smiles as they’re swinging. So much happier all around. In fact, as Alyssa was swinging she says to me, “Now I love you mom! This is great!”
Me and my very good friend, Joanna
Charleston is beautiful. I can see why they like it there!
Our awesome hosts with two out of three of their girls.
Now with Kirk in the picture – maybe at some point he can Photoshop me in 🙂
Pictures by the water – the kids were pretty much done with taking photos but they were being good sports despite the heat.
The pineapple fountain in the background looked really cool 🙂
Despite taking 12 hours to get home from Charleston (due to LOTS of traffic on 95 north) traveling with five-year-old triplets and two older children is significantly easier than traveling with eight month old triplets.
For a laugh – here’s what I wrote about it in August of 2007 after our trek from VA to FL
So, from experience here’s How To Travel With Triplets:
1. Don’t do it unless you have to.
2. If you’ve ignored step 1 and must go on a trip pack and plan carefully. This takes a long time or in my case just grab everything the babies like and throw it in the van – sort it out later.
3. Getting out the door will take 3 times longer than usual as all 3 babies will be crying and difficult before you go and one will probably be sick.
4. Don’t expect the babies to nap in the van – they don’t and they won’t. Twenty minutes at best – both days no matter how awake and/or tired they were. We didn’t get one solid hour of any of them asleep the entire 17 hours – even when we traveled after dark someone would wake up every few minutes and fuss. Thus the reason I will not try and travel this route at night.
5. DO NOT stop at Hardees to eat – ever. They have a maximum of 2 high chairs and no changing table. So, here we are stuck at Hardees for dinner after swearing it off after lunch and Julianna has pooped through everything – her pants, her shirt, her toys, the carseat – covered. And there’s no changing table!! So, put two chairs together, laid a pad down and changed her in the “dining” area. This was somewhere in Florida – you definitely don’t want to go there 🙂 After that it was Rachel’s turn. Only Alyssa made it to Florida in her original outfit. Nice. This goes for mom’s of singletons too – seriously, they need a changing table!!
6. Ignore crying. There’s nothing you can do anyway so pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s about all that worked for me after toys, wagon wheels, bottles and animal crackers had all been exhausted. Turn the music up so you can sing to it and drown them out – occasionally this helps with the actual crying 🙂
7. Rotate carseats – it didn’t work extremely great but I think they enjoyed being in different positions occasionally – it gets boring back there!!
8. Praise God when you make it to wherever you are going. It’s nothing short of a miracle and be prepared to be completely wiped out and for me the realization struck that life is certainly much harder with triplets plus 2! I’d forgotten how much those 2 can talk 🙂
9. Expect the babies to be completely off schedule and miserable after you think you’re settled in.
When I look back I can see how far we’ve come as a family and traveling is certainly high on the list!!