You would think the task of getting out one’s house was simple enough but with children, especially three, I assure you this is not the case. It is a physical workout!
The first decision maker is mode of transport, are you?
1. Strapping them into the buggy?
2. Strapping them into the car?
This alters the methods of getting them out the front door and if option 2 is the case then you have to be prepared for screaming abdabs! (all will be revealed)
Loading and unloading to the pushchair!
I will use today’s case study to explain!
This afternoon my husband wanted to take a nice stroll down to the cricket club to see his friends (oh what a kindly sole he is to me, what more could a girl want to do on a Sunday afternoon?).
Firstly we have to pack up all the necessities – we now need a changing bag with nappies and wipes, spare clothes, pants, potty, blankets (because it was a bit cold) juice, and snacks…for three, that’s a lot of luggage!
It was that really annoying sunny weather but with a freezing wind so Little Madam needed tights on, both boys had pulled their socks off throughout the day so needed new ones and all of them needed shoes. Finally on go the coats!
It is at the point BBdeclares he needs a wee and it all has to come off and the potty dragged out from behind the pushchair so he can go! We then start questioning who last changed the twins and when? We worked out it was about two hours ago, so to be on the safe side we will change them before we go, but now we have to undress and dress them again!
We then have to heave them out to the double and single pushchair even though they all now want to walk, (but as it is too far if we want to get there this decade) so we fight them back arching to be pinned into the pushchair. (You know sometimes I wonder why sitting on them is not allowed for restraint?!…only teasing.)
So we set off! Half way there, my husband realises that he has forgotten to put the pork joint he was going to put on for dinner in the oven, so no roast pork (sad face and wipes tear from eye!) and then we battle through the wind which is almost hurricane like in strength, to arrive at the cricket club to find they have won, are all packed up and going home! Total wasted journey! I was just about to rant about no one texting when one of the lads said they had half an hour ago, hubby had just not looked at his phone before we left. Grrrr Bonus is I now get roast pork!
Now this was not the end of the world and may all seem do-able (long and time consuming yes, but do-able) but this is with two pairs of hands. On my own it is just hard work! Topped off by the fact you have to then unload them all back into the house, get all the baggage in and put the pushchair away.
Loading and unloading to the car!
I now have three children that move, can climb out the front door and leg it very fast, so if I have to do a car load then I have to pen them in the lounge and do one at a time. This either means that they scream or holler at the injustice of being caged or gives them opportunity to get into mischief! Obviously I still have the packing up, and clothing issues to deal with first.
Additionally once arriving to your destination getting out the car is tricky, especially if the journey from the car to building is too short to get the buggy out. I have managed to work out how to do this. I unclasp BBand sit him in the front seat to ‘drive!’ I then unclasp one twin and put on hip (shut car door), unclasp the other twin and put on hip and shut car door with bum budge and then get BBout front seat, ask in bribery voice that he holds onto my cardie (and hope he doesn’t throw a tantrum that I have not got a hand free to hold), get him to press the lock button on keys for the car and walk in. My only flaw in the plan is if some horrid person at the door does not help and open it for me…we are then in fact, stuck!
Getting back into the car is an art form all of its own and if I can get someone to video it I will, but it might look very scary!
So there we have it …getting out or into the house with three little ones takes, planning, cunning, lots of time energy and physical strength! It is a workout and I believe the reason why I have lost my baby weight! So if you ever want to borrow them for a week to shed a few pounds just let me know!
|In the days when transport was easier!