The first outing was with Jeff and we took the girls to the mall. I wasn't expecting to be such a spectacle, but it seems triplets are more intriguing than I had ever imagined. It was very odd for us to walk through the mall pushing the "train" (3 seats in a row stroller) with everyone pointing and staring and making bizarre comments. I thought I was used to the crazy questions from when I was pregnant and people would ask about the triplets, but I was no where near prepared for this kind of attention.
While many funny things happened during this first trip out, the one that takes the cake involves a little boy (maybe 9 or 10) who was shopping with his mother. Jeff had gone on down the way to Starbucks to get a much need coffee so he didn't get to see this one. I was just browsing quietly in Banana Republic (as quietly as one can with a 6 ft long train in front of her) when all of a sudden the little boy who was following behind his mother noticed the triplets. You could clearly tell he wished he was anywhere but shopping so the triplets were a much needed distraction for him. Maybe too much so, because the next thing I know, he walked square into the end of a metal clothing rack and fell down! I'm not talking just a minor bump. I mean it was something out of a cartoon. His head was turned sideways towards me, but his entire body ran right into this rack and he literally hit the floor. Of course I don't want to see a child hurt in any way, but I couldn't help but snicker a bit to myself. I guess this is why parents try to teach their children not to stare. :)
The second outing was also to the mall, this time with my mom. I tried to prepare her for the extra attention and endless questions, but she really just had to experience it for herself to understand the craziness. We were walking into Macy's and you know how at the front you walk into the perfume/cosmetics area? Well, the "perfume lady" asked if they were triplets and I replied yes and politely kept walking. My motto is "keep moving-less questions"...but I was wrong. She proceeds to yell (or shout loudly if you think I am being dramatic) OH MY GOSH TRIPLETS! So I kind of pick up my pace as this made me uncomfortable. Well, now we are past the front entrance, but walking parallel to the cosmetic area and then here comes the "perfume lady" followed by two "cosmetic ladies" RUNNING towards us. I kid you not....they ran from across the store through the cosmetic section to get to us. Well of course this draws even more attention so now other shoppers are staring. The 3 store ladies were coming at us with such determination, I felt the need to put my hand out and say "Don't Touch!" It probably came off rude, but they looked like they were going to reach right in and pick them up. It was so obnoxious. So needless to say, I answered their questions and tried to keep moving and then I was ready to go.
This kind of thing just is so new to me and I don't know if I will ever get used to it. I mean, I am excited to "show off" the girls and want to be proud of them, but geesh...I also want to be able to leisurely walk around the mall and actually accomplish what I am there for. I don't go to the mall just for show and tell.
It was the same way when were walked around my parent's neighborhood last weekend going to garage sales. I am obviously trying to look at the sales. I don't want to feel like I need to "guard" the stroller because some crazy person thinks it's ok to pick the girls up. Once again, I am not exaggerating. Alexis was just a bit fussy because we had stopped at a sale and the stroller wasn't moving anymore...well she wasn't even crying..just fussing....the lady who lived at that house (who I don't know personally), walks right up to the stroller, bends down and says, "oh I'll just pick her up" and me being the crazy germ-a-phobe mom practically drops what I was looking at and snaps "No, don't!" I just got behind the stroller and left. I know I probably embarassed Jeff because I made us leave like that, but come on.
So until I listen to my husband and just "get used to all of this attention" I guess I will be running through malls and steering clear of the cosmetic ladies.