At some point, pre-children I thought three kids was the perfect number.
It's sort of the new "big" family without being too big. Sort of like brown is the new black.
I wasn't thinking logically. Like, we will automatically be outnumbered.
They're kids, what true power can they have over adults??
Oh the naive-ity of young parents.
We definitely lucked out with the birth order.
Our daughter is the oldest by three years. The boys are less than 18 months apart.
Ky is typically one developmental stage ahead of the boys. And the boys are besties by default.
So, the whole "one will always be left out" thing never really applies.
My daughter prefers to be "left out" from her brothers' idea of fun.
What does apply is the popcorn theory.
Everything and everyone can be absolutely fine.
Everyone is playing nicely, either together or individually.
But, if...no scratch that...when one starts acting up...
They all just feed off the energy.
Like popcorn kernels in a heated pan,
Our house goes from content to crazy in about 3 seconds!
All the more reason to take pictures of your kids happy together.
And don't confuse happy together with posed to look happy together.
Parents...you know the difference.
Take said picture, print, frame, and display somewhere you can admire it...daily.
It will inspire you not go off the deep end when
you're separating 10,000 Legos by rightful owner
between fighting brothers.
OR explaining why you don't put a bag of dog poo in your brother's room
just because he made a face at you.