Category Archives: Day To Day Life With Triplets

The nappies are off!

We’ve been muddling our way through this potty training malarkey for a while now and apart from when they would accidentally get wee all over friends carpets with their poor aim (sorry friends!) it’s been fairly painless.

They do tend to threaten me with “I need a Poo NOW!” Just as we’re rushing out of the door for an appointment or just as we’re in the middle of a shopping centre, but I’m getting better at locating the nearest toilet where they will inevitably scream the place down (they don’t like public toilets…I don’t blame them).

Just this week they have decided to stop nappies at bedtime too, we did O first, then H and finally L all within a week of each other. I have a few spare sheets, but not enough for more than one round of accidents between them so unless they wanted to sleep on hay I just had to hope they’d use their potties…

Before going to bed ourselves we lifted each one and put them on the potty then kept our fingers crossed for the rest of the night.

“SUNSHINE UP MUMMY & DADDY!” – referring to their GroClock (quite possibly the most useful thing we own!)

We walk in tentatively to assess the damage, but….SUCCESS!! No wet pyjama bottoms!

I thought night times would be tricky, but they were adamant that they were ready (swinging nappies above heads and stripping off at every opportunity) so you can’t argue with that! Even though they were still waking with wet nappies we knew they were ready to sleep without one as they kept insisting on going to the toilet before bed.

I would like to think that the savings on nappies will be significant, however I fear that maybe my cleaning product bill will compensate for any saving we might have had.

We’ve survived and achieved a big milestone 🙂 I’m quite proud of us all! Now, just to conquer the public toilet fear…

Do you have any potty training tips to share?

Thomas, whining and nurseries: an update.

It’s been a while since I wrote about what we have been up to so I thought I would post a little update.


Potty training is still going well, they seem to be pretty much dry in the day now. It’s taken much longer than I thought though, especially given that I waited until they were telling me that they didn’t want to wear nappies anymore. We are probably looking at about 5 months just to be completely dry in their awake time (that’s an awful lot of pant and trouser washing!)

Their speech is coming on tremendously and I remember this time last year when we were willing them to speak more….now we cannot keep them quiet unless there’s cake involved!

I hear a constant chorus of “mummy, mummy, mummy” “mummy, I’m hungry/thirsty/tired” “Lucas/Harry/Oscar did it!” Throw in lots of screeching, whining and laugher and I’d say that was a perfect summary of a typical day. On a good day John will find me soaked from head to toe with the boys all in the bath, on a bad day he’ll find me locked in the kitchen while the boys watch Thomas in the living room eating crackers for dinner. Thankfully the bad days are very few and far between but they do exist especially when they went through a seriously whiney/screeching phase. That sound is just unbearable. I tell them that I cannot understand them if they whine so they must “use words” – it seems to be working and Harry told me the either day that “he was not happy at all” (because he couldn’t have marshmallows for tea). It felt like we had reached a massive milestone in communication.

We are going through a Thomas the tank engine phase at the moment, well, I say a phase…It seems to be more of a way of life. Continue reading Thomas, whining and nurseries: an update.