Meri of 3 Tomatoes

The featured blogger of the week is Meri of 3 Tomatoes! Meri is the proud MoM of 2 year old fraternal triplets, Birdie, Tiny, and Mr. Meri is a registered dietician and founder of and Author of the Glycemic Index Diet for Dummies, co-author of the Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies and The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies.

Why did you start your blog?

After writing my last book, the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies, I wanted to start really living that lifestyle for our family. I grew up in an Italian-American home where those principles were at play in our every day lives. I’d found I got very removed from that way of living. The blog is sort of my journey with incorporating these principles even when life feels hectic.

How was your triplet pregnancy?

My pregnancy went pretty well up until 25 weeks. I had a contraction monitor at home and one evening I had one too many contractions so we were advised to go to the hospital. From that point I stayed in the hospital for the remainder of the pregnancy. Preterm labor with lots of meds including the horrible Mag Sulfate- Bleh! Around 32 weeks I started getting signs of Pre-eclampsia. We pushed as long as we could, but at 34 weeks 1 day we delivered because the pre-e was worsening. After they were born, I got full blown pre-e instead of it dissipating. I went home for 4 days and returned to the hospital to be put back on Mag Sulfate to avoid having a seizure. With the help of family and my amazing husband I recovered in about 3 weeks.

What tips do you have for new parents, or soon-to-be parents, of triplets?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and always take help that is offered. At times it may drive you crazy, but in the end it’s nice to have more hands. So many parents take on too much and it’s often hard to let go and simply ask for help because it feels very vulnerable. Even if it’s a few home cooked meals from friends, it all helps with the crazy transition of taking home 3 newborns. It takes a village to raise one child so just imagine what it takes to raise triplets!

What are some of your favorite things to do as a family?

My husband and I have always been ‘outdoors’ kind of people so we do enjoy getting out and going to the Wild Life Park to see the animals. I have to admit though, at age 2 (almost 3) I enjoy the simple things. Baking a batch of muffins together, chasing butterflies in the backyard or working on big jigsaw puzzles as a team.

One of the books you have co-written is the Mediterranean Cookbook for Dummies. How do you incorporate this into your daily family life?

It’s a work in progress! One rule of thumb is we always have several fruits and vegetables with each meal. Even if it’s a busy day, simple choices like whole fruits, sliced cucumbers, or cherry tomatoes are simple in a pinch. The Mediterranean diet is really about simplifying, using raw produce as well as cooked with simple seasonings.

On your blog you mention that sometimes life is hectic and you depend on processed meals sometimes. What tips do you have for other families trying to eat healthy but with hectic schedules?

I suggest to always try new recipes because once you find some simple healthy recipes you enjoy, it’s easy to prepare them more often. It actually takes less time to grill fish and veggies than to make a box of mac-and-cheese. I think it’s less about time and more about having ingredients and knowing what to make. Having some good stand-by recipes helps make it easier. As I mentioned before, find simple recipes…you don’t have to feel like your cooking a Thanksgiving meal each day to eat healthy.

What question(s) do you have for the other families in the community?

How in the world do you transition from cribs to toddler beds? I’m not looking forward to this at all!

Be sure to leave your answer to Meri’s question in the comment section and then head over to 3 Tomatoes to leave some bloggy love!

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  1. The Crazies were definitely ready for a bigger bed, but they were also ready for their own rooms. I think that made it easier for us, but not everyone has the rooms available for that. We set definite limits, told them the consequences (being back in the crib), and offered a reward. We had a slight problem with “emergencies” and started leaving 3 coins on the dresser. Each time we had to come up for something that was NOT an emergency, we took a coin. Whatever was left in the morning, they could keep. Worked like a charm…good luck!!!
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  2. Hi Meri,
    We have 3, almost 4, month old fraternal triplets (two girls and a boy as well). I have a gazillion questions… but I’ll save them and just ask my two major ones at this point. What did you do with them during the daytime at this age? They are on the playmat alot and hate tummy time. They like their jumperoos, boppy and bumbo, but everything has to happen in small doses or it turns into a grumpy episode x’s 3. They all want my attention, all want to be held, all want to be played with. What did you do to keep them all happy and not go crazy? I never have a quiet moment to myself. The next issue is sleep.. They are on a 3hr feeding schedule through the day up until 8pm and then midnight.. and then hopefully, sometimes, they’ll sleep until 6-7am. How did you get your Trio to sleep through and how did you get rid of that midnight feed? Did you slowly back it out to 11:30, 11pm, and so on? And at what age did they sleep through? Thanks in advance… and Grats on your gorgeous Triplets 🙂

    • Hey Wendy-
      Those are great questions to ask the community because what I’ve learned is what works for one family doesn’t always work for others. It’s good to get lots of different feedback. I agree…that age is so tough for activities. I’d search the internet for something different than tummy time and swings but I didn’t come up with anything. It will pass soon though and you’ll have little people crawling all over. For sleep…we weaned the midnight feeding by 30 minutes until we hit around 10pm. They soon were sleeping 7-9 hours a night. I will tell you…we were lucky. I know this transition isn’t so simple for others- good luck!

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