I NEED to do normal things to keep my sanity. I know it may sound like a small thing to some, but for me, to go to the grocery myself keeps me sane. Doing normal things during a time that my life is far from normal (spending every waking hour entertaining 3 little ones is not normal! :) When I was on bedrest, all I wanted to do was to go to the grocery myself or walk around Target...seriously. Not that Jeff didn't do a great job of grocery shopping, he did...I just wanted to do it myself.
So for me I like to get out and do things that I would if I just had one baby.
This brings up my more important reason....I want the girls to experience things just as they would had they not been triplets. If I just had one baby and was lucky enough to stay at home with her, then I would have certainly taken her to story time and the grocery store and pretty much everywhere. So I've decided that my girls shouldn't miss out on life experiences just because they are triplets and it can sometimes be tricky to go in public. Of course, I may have to rethink some of my choices as the girls grow. For example, my friend Katie is right. Once the girls start walking, story time might get REAL interesting if I go by myself. But I will just have to see how it goes. For now, this is working for me and I enjoy coming up with creative solutions on how to get us out of the house. I know I'll be able to read Katie's blog and steal her great ideas too since her girls are about 9 months older than ours! :)
The same thing goes for eating out in restaurants. I can't tell you how many parents have come up to Jeff and I at dinner and said that they don't take their kids out to restaurants because it is too crazy and that we are so brave. Well, I guess they have never spent 24 hours a day x 7 days inside a house with 3 lovely little ladies. After a while, you just need out. :) But I want to take my girls with me. I guess that is the difference. I want them to learn how to behave in public so as they get older, they will know what is expected of them and it "should" be easier.
**Yes, I know I am naive...Jeff tells me this practically everyday...but I prefer to live in my nice little world where good things happen to good people and life is grand! If you want to come join me and live in my Happy World Bubble, there's always plenty of room for nice people!**
So thanks to all of you that commented. You give me the encouragement and sense that I can do this. So YES, part of it is to feel that sense of accomplishment and feel proud that I can do things on my own, but for the most part, I just want to be like all of you....just don't talk to me at the grocery! :)