Raising three kids is no joke, but parents of trios wouldn’t have it any other way. You’ll need a bigger car and a lot more snacks, and you’ll be rewarded with exponentially more love and fun. Read on to find out what life with three kids is really like.

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Pregnancy? What Pregnancy?
With your first, you have time to read baby books and take childbirth classes. Your second is a bit more hectic as you’re coordinating hospital tours and baby-registry shopping trips around nap times. But by the time you’re pregnant with number three, you’re lucky if you can even remember to take your prenatal vitamin each morning. Between taking care of two other children and all their activities, your third learns to go with the flow from the time they’re in the womb.

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Delivery Is Orchestrated with the Precision of a Space Shuttle Launch
For your third delivery, you will need to begin preparations weeks in advance to ensure that your other two children are accounted for. Schedules, locations, contact numbers and contingency plans will be documented and emailed out to your entire circle so your kids can be picked up, dropped off and cared for while number three is being born.

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Practical > Cute in the Clothing Department
With your first, you buy all the adorable baby outfits and don’t worry much about the number of buttons and snaps. Your second wears some hand-me-downs along with simple sleepers added to the rotation. By the time your third comes along, they’re living in onesies and pajamas that provide easy diaper-changing access.

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Someone Is Always Hungry or Thirsty
With three, you learn to always be prepared with snacks and drinks. Whether it’s nursing an infant, peeling oranges for a toddler or fetching crackers for a preschooler, someone always requires sustenance. Usually when you’re using the restroom or are on the phone.

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Nature Never Stops Calling
Have three children and throw in a pet, and you’ll be constantly changing a diaper, taking someone to the potty or cleaning up after a fur baby. No longer will anyone in the household be squeamish about poopwhether it be talking about it or cleaning it up.

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Everyone Adjusts to the Chaos
With three young children, you become accustomed to a minimum threshold of background noise. You accept that it will always be there and learn to tune it out. Fortunately, so do the children. Just wait to be amazed at how quickly baby number three will fall asleep despite all the shouts, laughs and musical toys of your older kids.

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It’s an Instant Party
With families of five, the party never ends. Scheduling playdates is no longer necessary because every single day is a playdate. Right at home. Bring three kids to a park or an event, and suddenly it’s a party. All the neighborhood kids come calling to play with one, two or all three of your children.

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Cuddles Galore
With three, you will never want for love. Eager arms are always outstretched and waiting to hug you, and you will constantly find a child or three snuggling into your side. Someone always wants to play with you, giggle with you or be held by you. It’s as heartwarming as it sounds and does wonders for the ego.

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Maximum Return on Investment
With three kids, you ensure that you get your money’s worth on all the gear you’ve purchased. Clothes, strollers and toys have all been passed down, eliminating the need to purchase much of anything but diapers for baby number three.

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Built-in Teachers
With your first, you are the model for everything they learn to do. You teach and instruct as they hit each milestone. But once you have two and three children, older siblings step in to help teach their younger siblings. Potty training a third? Leave it to the older kids and watch them pass on your wisdom.

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You No Longer Sweat the Small Stuff
Firstborn children tend to have every step carefully monitored for their safety. Second children get away with more as you’re learning to divide your attention between two kids. But by the time number three is born, you’ve realized that kids are pretty resilient. Besides, you no longer have the time to obsess over minor details. So all three children are given more latitude as you save your energy for things that are truly important.

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The Love Is Overwhelming
This is really what it’s all about. Triple the love. Three times the hugs. Your heart bursts every time you look at all of your children together. You realize they’ll always have each other, and you can’t imagine your lives without them and their amazing bond.

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—Faye Nagy

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