Allow me introduce myself. My name is Carol, and I am a mother of triplets. This is my most supreme accomplishment and I wear it like a badge of honor. Well maybe not exactly like a badge, more like a Superstar sticker. My triplet girls (yes, all girls!) at the age of 9, still love stickers, and I totally get it. I mean, who doesn’t like acknowledgment? For me, being a mom of triplets, I am constantly acknowledged for it. When people meet me for the first time, and learn that I have triplets, the typical reaction is that their eyes open wide, and they make a statement along the lines of “Oh my God. God bless you.” Or “You’re like a kind of superhero!”
The funny thing is, I’ve never really thought of myself as a superhero, but I do work hard at balancing all the components of my life. And the people who know me well know that I am constantly on the go, even when it’s just on the go around the kitchen in my house. And I certainly don’t consider myself an overachiever as a parent. My kids aren’t doing a different activity every day, and they haven’t perfected the art of any particular instrument or sport… yet.
But an achievement that I can rightfully boast is that I have three happy and healthy girls, they love me and their dad, and they aren’t afraid to show it. At least, for now, they aren’t. With any luck that won’t change, but I know, the teenage years are still ahead. I remember myself at fourteen years old, and it wasn’t pretty. For my parents, that is.
So allow me to use this platform as my sounding board. I hope to share my wit, or at least let you be witness to the somewhat uniqueness that is my life. Not that having triplets is so uncommon these days, but I’ve heard from friends who are moms with one or two children, that hearing about how I manage my brood provides them with some perspective on the challenges they face in parenting just one or two. The comparison goes something like this: “I thought I had it tough, but gosh…three at once?!”
At the moment it’s 12:08 am on a Thursday morning. I should be in bed, sleeping soundly, but sound sleep eludes me tonight so here I am. Please feel free to join me here whenever you feel inclined. I look forward to sharing my experiences as a triplet mom in the pages that follow. And be on the lookout for my upcoming book about my early experiences as a triplet mom, Balancing Three, which I am currently pregnant with and expect to give birth to any week now!
I am open to requests and comments, so if you have any subjects you feel I might be able to shed unique light on, please feel free to ping me with a question. Mothering takes patience and humor, among other things. So until the next time, stay strong!
Carol Debra Lefkowitz Jones