Well, I decided to stop depriving my children of the exciting privilege of mall shopping today.. I don’t believe I have been to the mall since way before I was even pregnant with the babies, so it was very exciting for us all. We sure do attract a lot of attention.. I went with Amanda, so I was originally thinking we should take the double and a single stroller.. but the double would probably prevent whoever was pushing it from being able to go into any stores anyway, so we figured I may as well take the triple and then one person could be free to easily get in to the stores and get what we needed quicker while the other waited.. or did laps to keep the kids moving, as the case was. As we were going in, we were trying to guess how many people would have something to say.. I was thinking 10-20… it was way more than that. If stares count, it was like 100. If single-word comments count (ie sheeeeeeeet, or WOOOOWWWW!) then maybe about 20-30. There were a few that wanted to talk about it more in-depth, but I have already figured out the rules to minimizing those conversations; Head down, avoid eye contact, keep moving. A grumpy expression helps too. You guys know me,I don’t like attention much. Even though these strangers aren’t all that interested in me, I do have to field the questions:)
I know, it sounds mean and horrible, but we really don’t have time to chat with everybody at the mall.. as it is, it took about 20 minutes to get loaded up, 35 minutes to get to the mall, and 20 minutes to get the stroller up and running, and everybody safely buckled in.. and then I only have a limited amount of time to get my shopping done and and reverse the process to get home before the next feeding time (not that I was able to do that today, but I tried!) And of course, you have to factor in time to clean up possible messes that one may or may not make while pushing the stroller through a gift shop, accidentally knocking into display of wooden figurines. Not that that happened.
I have a few pictures from today, pre-mall. I decided to try some shoes on them since we have some seriously cute shoes.. but soon after they all started fussing and Cameron really started crying, so I took them off and that seemed to solve the problem. I know they weren’t too small- in fact they were sort of big on them. Anyway, no more footwear for a little while! We just aren’t ready I guess.
Ben’s been really doing a lot of almost-crawling. Its hard to explain but its like he’s almost got it sometimes. And, all 3 are getting pretty good at the “tripod” sitting thing (sitting up with their legs out, leaning on their hands). They can hold that for a few minutes, if you can hold their attention.