Cash, Zane, and Cade

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Triplet Terror

They say that one new born infant baby uses around 12 diapers per day. If this is the case, and the average month has 30 days, then the first month will see 1080 diapers being used by a set of triplets.

1080 diapers.

36 diapers per day.

That's 1.5 diapers per hour, around the clock.

This is the kind of thing I sit around and think about. I also think about exactly how much 1080 diapers will cost. At a certain big box retailer that will remain anonymous, the cost of 156 diapers is $37.98. Okay, so we would need around 7 boxes in the first month.

$265.86 would be our cost.

If they keep that up for the first year, than our cost would be:

$3190.32 and that is before Sales Tax.

We have decided to use cloth diapers. WHAT?? Do you two have any idea what you are getting into?

Yes, I believe we do. After some research we found that they sell really cool cloth diapers with snaps on them so that you can expand them as the babies grow. The cost is around $700 for all the diapers we will need for the first three years, which is awesome. Carrie and I also do not want to put roughly 13,140 diapers in the Austin Landfill in the first year. Yes, we plan on having some disposable diapers on hand.

I am installing a diaper cleaning station in the garage of our house. We are putting in a huge industrial size sink and I imagine I will spend a lot of time at the "Diaper Cleaning Station". This should be interesting. I am known for having a very weak stomach. In the past, I have almost thrown up when people simply talk about dirty diapers. The mere mention of this sends me into a dry heaving fit and sometimes I actually do throw up. Here is another little fun fact. I have never actually changed a diaper. Never. Not one. I have held lots of babies. I enjoy holding babies. However, when I thought something might be up in the downtown section of said baby, I passed the baby back to Mom post haste.

Something tells me that I will not be able to avoid changing my fair share of the 1080 diapers each month. I also imagine that I will be the main man at the "Diaper Cleaning Station". It's cool. I have a stereo out there. I actually like being in the garage. People say that when it is your kid, changing and cleaning diapers is different. Things aren't so bad when it is your flesh and blood. I hope this is the case. I can imagine a scenario like this:

Carrie: So and So needs his or her diaper changed!!

Me: Okay. I am on it!

I go into the changing room and open up the diaper. I am so overwhelmed by how gross it is that I actually vomit on my on own child. This will not get me the "Father of the Year" Award that I am after. I really want to avoid vomiting on my own kids. It's at the top of my list.

I hope that the babies are patient with their old Dad at first.

There has been plenty of Triplet Terror around here. I like to call it Triplet Terror because it puts a nice bow on the package of severe anxiety that has been happening in this house. Before we found out about our Triplets, we figured life would change drastically, but with three it's a different ballgame.

$2400 is the average of what it would cost to put them in Day Care in Austin Texas each month. Before any fees and what not. The other thing is, you don't want them in day care during the first year according to most doctors. We don't want them there anyway, so we are going to have to figure something out. I know we will and everything is going to be great. We just have to get there.

So, you start thinking in Three's. Three cribs. Three car seats. The Triplet Stroller, which is a huge monstrosity. All these things come at you and if you think about them at the same time, you feel like you are going to pass out.

We do appreciate all the love and support we have been receiving from everyone in both of our families, all of our friends, and the Back Porch Mary Family. The reason we started this blog is to keep everyone up do date, because we realized how many people were interested in what was going on. The blog has taken on a life of its own. Feel free to pass the link to this on to anyone you feel might be interested. Thank you all again for you support.

Check back soon for Carrie and I shopping for vehicles.


Steph said...

Wow! Congrats! Sounds like a whole lot of work but I'm sure it will be worth it.

I found your blog through facebook. Feel free to check mine out. I wrote a blog awhile ago about BPM. Click on the Texas Country link and you should be able to find it if you would like. Peace and love.

Jennifer said...

I can only imagine the "Triplet Terror" that both of you are feeling but like you said don't worry it will all work out! You will both be great parents! I'm so excited for you! Let me know if I can help in anyway!!! Love the blog!

Adrienne said...

Mike, I'm so glad that NOT vomiting on your kids is a top priority for you! Kids vomit on themselves enough...they don't need your help!!

If you guys need help finding a vehicle, let me know. I've been in the car business for 12 years; I have a lot of resources and I know people. =)

Anonymous said...

Mike -

You could have the first, Back Porch Mary - baby shower in Russell, great music, great friends, and we would all have a great time shopping for triplets! We are all excited and love your blog! Best wishes! - Truebloods

DeAnna Fisher said...

Mike and Carrie- Neither of you really know me. I (DeAnna) worked with Carrie's mom until she retired in December. I came to see you in Riverton a while back as well. Congrats....first off! Secondly, my cousin has triplets. They are 2 years old. They too were first time parents when they got the TRIPLET news. With good support, you will do fine. Have faith....everything will work out for you both. If you need support from my cousin, by all means, let me know and I will get you in contact with them. They can share their routine with you and maybe help you figure out how to divide and concur. Take care!!!

Raynbow said...

I don't know you guys at all, found you through web/twitter surfing, but re: cloth diapers.

If you're planning on breastfeeding, cloth diapers are really really not that bad.

We bought a diaper sprayer thing, but our baby is 6 months old and we still haven't used it. With breast fed diaper poo you can just throw even the poopiest diapers straight into the washing machine.

Our little guy is starting solids now, so I'm not sure what's going to happen next, but I think we're going to try starting with 'diaper liners', it's like a piece of thin tissuey paper stuff you line the diaper with. Poo gets on there, and then you just dump that part into the toilet, and the diaper into the washing machine.

Good luck!

The Gamble Triplets said...
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The Gamble Triplets said...

Hey. I was part of a news story when a set of quads were born in Calgary a few years ago. I'm the first person they talk to in the story ( I talk about the # of diapers changed (I think I gave a pretty low #) as well as a few other things.

My best wishes to you both as you experience everything we did and maybe more. Ask any questions you like if you have any. My email is:


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