triplets+toddler
February 7, 2016 12:04 PM   Subscribe

triplets+toddler -- multitasking
posted by HuronBob (65 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
In MMO terms, this is some expert mob control. Seriously, tanking like a pro.
posted by fatbird at 12:09 PM on February 7, 2016 [7 favorites]


Yeah, I really wanted to tell the father to put down the fucking camera and give her a hand.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 12:09 PM on February 7, 2016 [16 favorites]


but why not get the toddler dressed first?
posted by mumimor at 12:14 PM on February 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


Judging by how tough it can be to stick handle one 2yo, it's going to be madness once those triplets become toddlers.
posted by dazed_one at 12:20 PM on February 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am going to be having nightmares tonight.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 12:26 PM on February 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm not being hyperbolic when I say this is literally what my nightmares are made of. I have one (1) preschooler and that is enough. I know some people thrive on children-induced chaos, the more the merrier, but I am the opposite of whatever that trait is. I want to run screaming.
posted by soren_lorensen at 12:29 PM on February 7, 2016 [3 favorites]


I really wanted to tell the father to put down the fucking camera

Was he even there? It looks like she started the camera and then went to work on the kids.

But even if he was standing there holding the camera, I'm betting he doesn't just stand around with a camera every day, and that this is more like a one-off video they both wanted to document what it's like to wrangle those four kids.
posted by pracowity at 12:30 PM on February 7, 2016 [21 favorites]


The repeated toddler face-plant killed me.
posted by olya at 12:32 PM on February 7, 2016 [10 favorites]


Yeah, there's no way anyone was holding the camera that still.

I am definitely not a parent so I'm asking genuinely - couldn't one or two of them be left in cribs while she dressed the others?
posted by desjardins at 12:32 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


That disgusting display of squirming hairless primates was somewhat redeemed by the stealthy appearance of a cat toward the end.
posted by D.C. at 12:37 PM on February 7, 2016 [27 favorites]


Desjardins, this was a notably inefficient way to get the job done. I imagine she usually goes about this job in a saner way but was filming this version for effect.
posted by metasarah at 12:37 PM on February 7, 2016 [7 favorites]


they look pretty damn happy.
posted by andrewcooke at 12:38 PM on February 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


"couldn't one or two of them be left in cribs duct-taped to planks and left in a closet while she dressed the others?"

FTFY
posted by HuronBob at 12:39 PM on February 7, 2016 [15 favorites]


That poor cat. I'm assuming that she spends most of her days on the top shelf of a bookcase where small children can't reach her.
posted by octothorpe at 12:50 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


This is obviously fake. In the real world, baby #1 would have needed a diaper change before #3 was done getting dressed, and toddler would have pushed #2 off the bed to see what would happen.
posted by rouftop at 1:01 PM on February 7, 2016 [31 favorites]


Watching this is an excellent form of birth control.
posted by mondo dentro at 1:03 PM on February 7, 2016 [18 favorites]


Well, of COURSE it's fake! There wasn't a single bottle of Valium sitting around, nor any half full wine bottles.
posted by HuronBob at 1:03 PM on February 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


The bed doesn't seem like the safest place to do this. At 0:54 the pink triplet is one quick sideways roll away from serious injury.
posted by memebake at 1:10 PM on February 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


this is pretty much working in retail
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:19 PM on February 7, 2016 [8 favorites]


A woman in my office announced she was pregnant with triplets, and behind all the congratulations, people were just shaking their heads in sympathy and there-but-for-the-grace-of-god.

The Benny Hill-ish "funny" trombone music was grossly inappropriate. I'd suggest something from Diamanda Galas' Plague Mass
posted by the sobsister at 1:21 PM on February 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


This is what playpens are for, right?
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:39 PM on February 7, 2016 [3 favorites]


This was both super-cute and my worst fucking nightmare (I already have one toddler). That lady is awesome, she didn't burst into tears or appear to be screaming at the toddler even once!
posted by lollymccatburglar at 1:42 PM on February 7, 2016


A girl I went to high school with just found out triplets.

Twins run in her side of the family but a recent ultrasound showed 3 little pods. 2 identical and a fraternal, which I didn't even know was possible.

And she already has an 8 year old.

As soon as I read her post I felt instantly tired. We're 37. Triplets are for young people. Or like 21 old people who work in groups of 3.
posted by sio42 at 1:44 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


Alarmed cat at about 1:48.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 1:47 PM on February 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


Go in to your room, and close the door. Once they are in their pajamas, put them on the floor. They no longer need to be on the bed. The floor is a shorter distance to fall, plus this gives you legitimate reason to change the toddler last.
posted by Nanukthedog at 1:57 PM on February 7, 2016


I am literally 9 days away from my due date with our first and upon watching this have decided that he will be our last. Someone should add this clip to the only child question on the green.
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 2:06 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


Lady. This is why god invented zippers. Why oh why are you doing up all those snaps.

My friend has triplets plus two dogs and a cat and her house seems like this basically 24/7.
posted by town of cats at 2:10 PM on February 7, 2016 [8 favorites]


no this is why man invented cellophane and why mom does krokodil
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:15 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


The repeated toddler face-plant killed me.

and extra double slaughtered by the babies doing their own face plants in response ... and the toddler catching on to the power of copying.
posted by prettypretty at 2:17 PM on February 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


My co-worker just came back from his paternity leave after his wife had twin brothers to their two year old daughter. So now they have three kids two and under. He looks more than a little zombie like at work, it's too bad that we have such a crappy parental leave policy.
posted by octothorpe at 2:26 PM on February 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


This is why god invented zippers.

Yeah, I don't have kids and I thought, unless those are hand-me-downs from the 1960s or you're Amish, get onesies with zippers. Your sanity will thank you.
posted by datawrangler at 2:35 PM on February 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm thinking it's fake because my kids would have pulled the cord of the phone. In fact, they would have been obsessed with getting to the phone.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 2:38 PM on February 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I don't have kids and I thought, unless those are hand-me-downs from the 1960s or you're Amish, get onesies with zippers. Your sanity will thank you.

Zippers on baby clothes suck. It's really easy to accidentally catch the baby's skin in them, and they don't allow for unsnapping only the crotch or only the chest, which you sometimes want to do. It's harder to get a baby into or out of an outfit with a single zipper running from the neck down one leg than an outfit with snaps, since with the zipper there's really only one way to put the baby in but with the snaps you can be flexible about which ones you do up first.

I am a mother of four.
posted by not that girl at 2:45 PM on February 7, 2016 [33 favorites]


Just get like a paper onesie or something, and rip it off if you have three newborns.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:47 PM on February 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


Man, that's as bad as trying to herd cats.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 2:54 PM on February 7, 2016


Did someone say "herding cats"?
posted by HuronBob at 2:58 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


My folks were in this situation in the 1950s. Twins, a year and ten days later a brother, a year and a month later a sister. Four in diapers. Cloth diapers.

Did I mention my mother is a saint?
posted by blob at 3:31 PM on February 7, 2016 [4 favorites]


Is it bad that they are obviously trying to get Youtube views? The channel seems to be full of things designed to go viral.

This one might do better than last years 'Baby mimics dad - Cute' which topped 117k views, as it has 56k after four days and it doesn't have Dan in it.

Whatever the provenance, good on her!
posted by asok at 4:16 PM on February 7, 2016


I really wanted to tell the father to put down the fucking camera and give her a hand.

Dear Metafilter,

Sometimes a video of cute babies and their mom is just a video of cute babies and their mom.
posted by swift at 5:14 PM on February 7, 2016 [11 favorites]


There were many days in my son's early infancy where I kept myself sane (ish) by thanking the universe that he wasn't twins. Wow.
posted by Miss Scarlet with the Candlestick in the Lounge at 5:33 PM on February 7, 2016


I "just" have twins. I want to hug this mom.
posted by candyland at 5:45 PM on February 7, 2016


You know how people freak the fuck out whenever someone posts something spider or bug related on the blue. This is pretty much the same thing for me. I have a single daughter and I'll be honest the idea of abandoning the ability to double team her was terrifying. The idea of going past man on man defense and having to employ a zone defense is fucking insane.
posted by vuron at 6:06 PM on February 7, 2016 [3 favorites]


I have one year old twins. There are a bunch of these videos out right now and everyone keeps sending them to us and every time, my husband is just outraged about but WHY would you EVER do this on the BED, that's just ASKING FOR TROUBLE.
posted by gerstle at 6:13 PM on February 7, 2016 [3 favorites]


(To be clear, not because he thinks the kids are in danger or something. He's just offended at the parents' terribly wrong strategy, apparently.)
posted by gerstle at 6:17 PM on February 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


I remember my dad telling me once, "if you'd been twins, I'd have killed you both". I think he was kidding. Maybe.
posted by octothorpe at 6:42 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


My first mother-in-law had 10 kids in 12 years. Her son/my ex-husband was an Irish twin to an older and a younger brother—iirc, she had 3 kids within 22 months twice.

Lillian, wherever you are, you have my neverending admiration.
posted by she's not there at 7:06 PM on February 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not a single one of those babies are crying. I find that suspicious.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:30 PM on February 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


Not a single one of those babies are crying. I find that suspicious.

You can't plot your next move and cry at the same time.
posted by datawrangler at 7:59 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


You can't plot your next move and cry at the same time.

As someone who's taught preschoolers, this is completely false. In fact that might be the best time to plot. These babies jut haven't figured that out yet.
posted by gloriouslyincandescent at 10:40 PM on February 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


couldn't one or two of them be left in cribs while she dressed the others?

Sure, but then... NO FUNNY VIDEO.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:07 AM on February 8, 2016 [3 favorites]


I think it would just be easier to turn the heat up a bit and go nappies only for all four.
posted by kjs4 at 4:21 AM on February 8, 2016


swaddling seems like such a good idea now.
posted by DigDoug at 4:23 AM on February 8, 2016


Dad version, with twins. It's harder for him because Hairy twin keeps attacking Baldy twin or tries to crawl off the bed. I'm waiting for the videos where the parents chase the little nudists around the house at bath time.
posted by elgilito at 4:30 AM on February 8, 2016


Yeah, I have a three year old boy and two one year old twins, a boy and a girl. This is remarkably like all the time at my house. The only thing that didn't ring true to me is that the toddler is not trying to surreptitiously kill any of the babies, while also making it as difficult as possible for the mother to touch them, let alone dress them. In my experience, spending even as long as the mom does dressing one of those kids is enough to drive my toddler into a regression so fierce he literally tries to crawl back into his mother's womb.
posted by OmieWise at 6:29 AM on February 8, 2016 [3 favorites]


Since watching the video yesterday, I've been mulling: what is the point of pajamas? Why don't we just change kids when their clothes are dirty and just let 'em sleep in whatever they're wearing otherwise (as long as those clothes are soft and comfortable)? Why do a big coordinated change every night, anyways?

After all, it looks like the majority of adults don't wear traditional pajamas and I have no idea (but I'd be interested to find out) what other non-American and especially non-western people wear to bed.
posted by R a c h e l at 6:54 AM on February 8, 2016


what is the point of pajamas

On kids? THE FOOTIES. They're so darned cute in footie jammies, seriously, it like totally makes up for the crapfest of a day you've likely had.

But really, though, they're just more practical. No socks to pull off (or pants, for that matter...and once the pants are off, the diaper is free game), don't have to cover them in blankets (which you're not supposed to do for infants), and it's actually easier to manipulate their little legs out of and into onesie jammies to change diapers than it is to get them out of and back into pants of some sort.

As for me as an adult, I don't wear traditional jammies to bed but I do have really long t-shirts I wear to bed. I wouldn't want to wear any of my regular clothes to bed, none of them are comfortable enough, not even the MOST comfortable of them.
posted by cooker girl at 8:06 AM on February 8, 2016


Man, that's as bad as trying to herd cats.

I have four cats, they aren't as hard to herd as these tiny wiggly humans.

(open a can of food, watch how fast four cats suddenly show up in the kitchen)
posted by INFJ at 9:12 AM on February 8, 2016


Is it bad that they are obviously trying to get Youtube views?

I don't think it's bad. She has triplets and a toddler. I'm not going to judge them trying to make money off ad revenue. (or possibly going viral) The little ones all seem fat and happy, the room looks clean. If she weren't taking good care of them and only using them for viral views, I'd argue that it is bad..

But this just seems like lemonade being made out of life's lemons.
posted by INFJ at 9:19 AM on February 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Since watching the video yesterday, I've been mulling: what is the point of pajamas? Why don't we just change kids when their clothes are dirty and just let 'em sleep in whatever they're wearing otherwise (as long as those clothes are soft and comfortable)? Why do a big coordinated change every night, anyways?


I am a lazy parent, and this is totally my strategy. Kid sleeps in whatever he was wearing that day unless it's filthy, with wardrobe changes occuring before going out in public.

Also, baths just once a week.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:07 PM on February 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


Me too rabbitrabbit; baby sleeps in whatever they were wearing + a grow bag. Baths twice a week.

R a c h e l: Perhaps the pajamas thing happens if your bedtime routine involves bathing the babies every night? Not sure.
posted by memebake at 12:23 PM on February 8, 2016


After all, it looks like the majority of adults don't wear traditional pajamas and I have no idea (but I'd be interested to find out) what other non-American and especially non-western people wear to bed.

Before, I put on my pajamas in the morning, to eat breakfast. I slept naked. Lately, I've begun sleeping with them on, because otherwise I will be naked in my dreams, which is often very stressful.
posted by mumimor at 1:59 PM on February 8, 2016


I wouldn't want to wear any of my regular clothes to bed, none of them are comfortable enough, not even the MOST comfortable of them.

With all due respect, you need - nay, deserve - better clothes. May I suggest fleece lined leggings?
posted by R a c h e l at 2:36 PM on February 8, 2016


When my babies were babies they just got changed into fresh clothes as needed, not upon waking up in the morning or going to bed at night. So just the four to eight times a day that they crapped out of their diapers or blerged up milk all over themselves. So, easy.
posted by padraigin at 6:30 PM on February 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Man, that was the longest 2:13 of my life.
posted by jvilter at 12:59 AM on February 9, 2016


R a c h e l, I would ROAST in fleece lined leggings. I run hot on a regular day, let alone putting something fleece on my body! I have some very comfy clothes, trust me. I'm a thrasher when I sleep and would get totally twisted in any kind of pants or a shirt that goes longer than just above my knee. I also cannot bear tight clothing. I loathe leggings and barely tolerate tights when I wear dresses in the winter.
posted by cooker girl at 3:23 PM on February 13, 2016


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