After giving birth to three baby girls at once, it’s safe to say that I was a bit excited at the prospect of having to purchase adorable outfits in triplicate. I can honestly say that I never gave much thought to whether I would dress the girls in matching, coordinating or completely different outfits. Because we had a closet full of newborn clothes received at my shower when I was pregnant with my angel baby, I did not purchase much of anything while pregnant.
After the girls were born, family and friends gave us clothes upon clothes. Mostly matching or coordinating outfits. Now, I don’t know how you all dealt with clothing changes with your newborns but in our house, the baby wore something until she spit up or peed/pooped on it. Any attempts at dressing in matching outfits usually ended within an hour.
And then I started purchasing end of season sale items for the next year. If I saw three matching dresses in the size I needed, how could I not purchase all three? It was just easy. And then the girls stopped spitting up and peeing/pooping on outfits and dressing them alike became, well, easy and in our world, easy is good. I run a tight ship when it comes to organizing their closet and because of that, it is too easy to grab matching outfits.
I have to mention what occurs when we venture out into the public with identical triplets dressed in identical clothes. Well, not completely identical as they have different shoes. I have come to the conclusion that we are not asked, “Are they triplets?” as often if they are dressed the same. And I don’t know about you but I like to keep those questions to a minimum. I also find that it is easier for me to keep track of the three of them if they are dressed the same and we are in a crowded place where they are running around. (Note that this type of situation is definitely kept to a minimum.)
If I purchase clothing items that aren’t on super clearance, I try to buy nonmatching. Sometimes only because it is fun to pick out three different outfits. And now that the girls are a bit older, I have been trying to dress them in completely different outfits when we attend functions or parties. I still do have that fear that someone is going to think that I am favoring one of the girls by dressing her in a cuter outfit than her sisters. Even dressed completely differently, family members still confuse who is who.
As soon as the girls can pick out their own clothes, I will not be forcing matching outfits. And no, I don’t think that they are going to suffer some type of identity crisis from being dressed in matching outfits now.
After being on the internet for the past two years, it appears that most moms with same sex multiples either dress their kids alike or dress them completely differently (for the most part.) Do you feel strongly one way or the other? Why?