As we get closer to age 4 for ETC, doing things as a family is getting more and more fun. Their attention spans are growing (sometimes), their interests are more firm, and they understand so much more.

We live and die by routines around here, but there is nothing routine about our family entertainment experiences. Rob works long hours, and fun times depend on the moods of three small people plus the energy of two tired adults. We don’t schedule fun, but we definitely grab any opportunity we can.

If ETC are awake and have energy later than normal (bedtime happens at 7p on most nights), we treat the whole family to a movie and popcorn in the dark (“Just like at the movie theater!”), even if we sometimes only make it halfway through before somebody gives up and needs to head to bed.

Recent family favorites on Netflix include all things Tinker Bell (for straight-to-DVD/streaming, movies, these are surprisingly good) and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (we had to add the first DVD to our collection because ETC liked the second movie so much).

Netflix recently added FernGully, so this will be our next movie-night feature, and I am ready to watch Rudy again with Rob. For fans of The Walking Dead, Netflix recently added season four, which means it’s time for a recap to get ready for the new season on AMC.

Last but not least, the Netflix Gods have answered one of my prayers. October 1, Gilmore Girls will be available to stream and kill productivity in my house. I. Cannot. WAIT.

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The triplet mamas who have gone before me (twin mamas, too!), told me it would happened. I knew it would eventually, but eventually seemed like a lifetime away.

Eventually is here. Finally.

“Are they triplets?”

We get asked that frequently when out in public – not nearly as frequently now that ETC walk most places and we don’t have strollers or the choo choo wagon screaming the obvious – and ETC are finally jumping in to answer these people who obviously want to hear their life stories.

Muahahahaha!

“We’re triplets! We’re 3 and a half! We’re going to have a birthday soon! We’re going to see Yo Gabba Gabba party in Charlotte again! We just went to the beach! My grandma was there! And we got seashells! My favorite color is pink! I’m going to be 4 years old soon! I’m 3 now, but I’m going to turn 4 – that’s this many!”

Muahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Joe Public gets an earful in the form of a string of consciousness from the 3-year-old (almost 4!) brain, and they rarely have time to ask all those awkward questions because they’re too busy smiling, nodding and trying to translate the nonstop, high-pitched, excited jabber.

MUAHAHAHAHA!

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I was out shopping with ETC recently, and we were following a woman walking with the help of a crutch.

“What’s that, Mommy?”

I’ve watched a lot of parents hush such questions, embarrassed that their young kids are pointing out someone’s physical difference.

I’ve never seen anyone shoot curious kids dirty looks, but I’ve definitely seen the stink eye aimed at embarrassed parents.

Kids are observant. Kids are curious. Kids ask questions. Roll with it, world.

“That’s a crutch that helps her walk. Sometimes we all need a little help with something, right?”

“Oh! Like Daniel Tiger’s friend Chrissy? She uses crutches to help her walk!”

“Yes, like that.”

At that point, we attracted the attention of our subject of discussion, and when she smiled at my trio, they all offered big grins and friendly hellos. Doing things different doesn’t mean we act embarrassed or unkind. Different is just, well, different.

Thank you, Netflix, for streaming shows that help illustrate lessons like these.

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Rob and I love documentaries. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s the original Reality TV. I’m still pining after the full set of Planet Earth discs. I’ll own them someday, I’m sure.

Kids are natural learners, so I’ve had my sights set on a few documentaries on Netflix (God bless being able to avoid the who-gets-to-load-the-DVD fight, the who-gets-to-pick-the-DVD fight and the got-distracted-because-getting-past-the-previews issue when you can just turn on Netflix and choose a program. I’m also a big fan of how Netflix bookmarks where you left off when you just can’t finish an entire program with 3 3-year-olds on the loose), that looked like they miiiiiiight work, as long as they’re vibrant/exciting/lyrical/friendly enough.

We had a few days of rain recently, and once I exhausted coloring, playing in the rain, “helping” me in the kitchen and cleaning the living room, ETC were ready to bask in the glow of our TV.

Perfect time to try a documentary, right? I started Turtle: The Incredible Journey and sat back to watch ETC swoon over adorable baby turtles … until the baby turtles started getting chased by evil crabs.

Oh, me.

Toby was all questions, “What’s that crab doing?” “Is him trying to pinch the baby?”

Eleanor was all shock and horror, “Oh, no!” “The baby!” “What’s going to happen?” “OH, NO!” “LEAVE THAT BABY ALONE!” (There was gasping and hands over her mouth – she has a tender heart.)

Callista was rapt, silent and staring, wide-eyed. She couldn’t look away, but she looked like she really, really wanted to.

I turned it off. I couldn’t make Eleanor sit through the other eventual predators a turtle might face (Really? In a kids’ show that looks all kinds of adorable? Circle of life, I suppose.), and I could just see Callista having nightmares over it.

Back to Daniel Tiger, kids, except HEY! Netflix added new episodes this month. Hallelujah!

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Capturing Hopes is a charitable organization based in North Carolina that provides free, professional NICU photography. They started in a small area and are working to expand across the United States (Perhaps the world?)

When asked, my first piece of NICU-related advice is to find a professional photographer who will come in to document some part of the NICU stay.

Clearly, the idea is important to me when chatting with other NICU families or their loved ones, but I never really pondered on why I’d say something like that first until tonight, when CH posted this on their Facebook page:

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My response:

I regret not hunting down a pro photographer for my triplets’ 10-week NICU stay over the winter of 2010/2011. I regret it every time I see photos on CH’s Facebook page or when I pass the horribly angled/lighted pics I took but still have hanging in my house. I regret that I’m in hardly any of those.

The way CH photographers capture not only the babies but the entire experience is just breathtaking.

As a parent, choosing what to photograph myself back then, I saw wires and surroundings I felt guilt & resentment toward & therefore tried to avoid including. Now, I see our NICU life as something amazing. I’m full of gratitude for each wire, monitor & plastic box, & I wish I could see my miracles from that time without the veil of fear.

Whew. Feelings, yo.

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