Monday, April 22, 2013

Triplet Movers

So, how do move three babies around at the same time?  There are many options, of which we tried many.  They are evolving options too.  We started with a twin car seat stroller with a single car seat stroller.  I wasn't going anywhere on my own so two strollers worked in the beginning.  I liked this car seat snap in stroller, it was light weight and easy to open and close.

A Baby Trend Double Snap-and-Go
A single Snap-N-Go stroller

Next we needed a stroller I could lift in and out of a car myself that held all three.  We already had a nice quad stroller that I couldn't lift so we found an inexpensive option.  A triple tandem   There are many on the market but this inexpensive one did the trick for a while.  It is not the most durable and doesn't drive super well but it works.  It's mostly for doctors appointments.  Now that they are getting bigger we usually take a single Graco stroller too and put the lighter babies in the front and back of the triple tandem and the heavier baby in the single stroller.  As long as there are two adults this works better.  It also opens up a seat for the diaper bags!

Our Foundations Quad Stroller is nice.  However, it is really heavy and requires a lot of trunk space.  We don't use to go out yet.  It is our daily walk stroller.  The one issue I had was as the kids got heavier the front wheel comes up so I had to put a small weight in the empty seat during walks.  I love the positioning, everyone has good leg room and it has a lot of under the seats storage space plus that extra seat offers more room for bags.  Again, it is heavy, 58lbs without kids! so it is really a workout to push.  It is durable and seems well made.  I wish I could compare it to a triple wide jogging stroller but haven't had the opportunity.  It seems to be the Escalade of multiples strollers.  ;-)

Chillin' in our Foundations Quad Stroller on the dock of our new park pond.  13 months

Now that we are bigger when we go to places with two adults that have larger cart options we put two babies together and one on their own and this works for shopping.

Rolling around CostCo last weekend.  13 months, almost 14!

And for quick trips to the play ground, and most likely for trips to the zoo and other fun outings this summer we like our wagon train.  We just started using it so I don't know how we will use it yet and how it will travel in the car.  Pretty easy to pull (I'm 5'11" and it isn't too bad for me), however terrible turning radius.  It would be awful for shopping.  No storage so parents have to carry diaper bags.  Super cute though!

Choo Choo Wagon by Step 2. 13 months, almost 14! 
1 year old

And a fun picture of Ethan trying out a ride on toy from his Great Aunt and Uncle for the first time.  He didn't really move...

2 days before 14 months old!

So that's the low down on transportation of triplets so far.  Hope you enjoyed.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chia Seed Pudding

My friend started making Chia Seed Pudding for her 16 month old son.  I tasted a small bite at her house and Yum!  So now that my kids are older, almost 14 months, and they are eating very textured foods I thought, now's the time for some Chia Seed Pudding!  Here is the recipe she shared:

Chia Seed Pudding


1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

2 cups water

1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked for 2 hours)

6 Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Put the chia seeds and shredded coconut into a mixing bowl and stir until evenly distributed. Set aside. Blend the water, cashews, dates and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

Pour the cashew milk blend into the bowl with the chia seeds and coconut and stir until the seeds are evenly distributed and there are no clumps. The mixture should resemble a thickened liquid

Let sit for 5 minutes and stir again. You’ll notice the seeds are starting to gel. Let sit and stir for two more rounds and then put into the refrigerator for a few hours to set.

I made it a few nights ago so they could have it for breakfast the next day because they are a little tired of my variations on Healthy Mud.  I of course tasted it to make sure it was good and to give my husband a taste of it.  It was delicious and I had 3 spoonfuls.  A few minutes later I noticed my tongue going numb and feeling a bit swollen.  Time passes and yes, my tongue is definitely swollen, numb and my throat itchy.  Hum, can you be allergic to chia seeds?   A quick internet search shows that the majority of chia seed allergies are gastrointestinal, and not pleasant.  But a few, mention the tongue and throat problems I was having.  They were the only new thing I ate that night so it had to be the seeds.  Later that night and in the morning I got to experience the gastro issues mentioned online.  Needless to say I didn't give it to my babies.  My husband had no issues at all but only had one small spoonful.  

Not everyone is allergic to Chia Seeds, so give the pudding a try if you are feeling adventurous  it is very healthy and super yummy.  Sadly, we will not be enjoying ours.

I think I'm going to try using the cashew milk mixture to make some amaranth cereal.  It was really good and I have a bag full of cashews.  Check back for how that recipe turns out.  Today however, I'm steaming broccoli!  I also have a couple new foods I'll be adding recipes for, boiled fish balls and chicken chili!