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My Triplet Ballerinas: Triplet Moments

My triplet ballerinas are my grand-daughters, Makenna, Jaeli and Maysie.

As each year passes, I see my triplet granddaughters maturing more and more. They aren’t toddlers or young girls anymore but are now “tweens” and soon will become teenagers. They have interests that extend beyond a grandparent and more towards their friends and/or electronics.

As a parent or grandparent, you probably want to see your children or grandchildren grow up to be the amazing individuals they can be, but it is still hard to see them leave those little girl years (and to some extent even the adults in their lives) behind.

But then, there are the moments when you get a glimpse of the little girl in them that still needs you and the moments when they want to play a game with you, watch a movie or show with you or even just sit and cuddle with you. Most especially, there are the moments when you get the attention of all three of them instead of only one or two of them at a time. These are the moments to cherish forever. Beverly

My Triplet Ballerinas: Triplet Identity

Guest Blogger: Megan J. My triplet ballerinas are my daughters Makenna Anne, Jaeli Jo and Maysie Jailyn.

As triplets, the girls sometimes struggle finding their own identity. Many times, they are referred to as “the triplets” or even my identical twins within the set as “the twins”. I, too, often do this and I need to be more considerate and refer to them as individuals.

With all three in the same grade at school, they “share” friends, and even a few cousins, close in age. Sometimes, Jaeli struggles to feel “seen”. She will come to me with tears in her eyes and say that she feels “invisible”. She feels as though Makenna and Maysie get more attention and others want to be their friend, but not hers. This makes me very sad. Jaeli has the biggest heart of the three girls and, although she has a temper on her, she is the most loving and also the most shy.

Jaeli and I have sat down and discussed ways we can make her feel more included and “seen”. Together, we decided a sleepover at her cousins by herself would be a great start. We will continue to find ways to help her discover who she is and how she can open herself up to make new friends outside of her sisters.

Ballerinas: Leap

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In “The Triplet Ballerinas”, Annie’s ballet move is leaping-sometimes high! Leaping seemed to fit her personality. What do you call a ballet leap (or jump) in ballet? The most common leap is called a grand jete’. This is a long horizontal jump starting from one leg and landing on the other. This is usually a step for advanced jumpers though. To make a jump even higher, the dancer lifts her head and arms and looks toward her high arm.

Some other leaps are the switch leap (this one starts like a grand jete’ and then switches in the air), tour jete’ (this is a turning leap), straddle leap (a Russian leap mostly found in jazz dance), supported leaps (this is one where a dancer uses a partner to help her get off the ground or to catch her at the end of a leap) and a pas de chat (this is a small leap performed directly to the front of the stage).

My Triplet Ballerinas: Triplet Birthdays

My triplet ballerinas are my grand-daughters, Makenna, Jaeli and Maysie.

The triplets were born on July 2nd, 2008, so when the Fourth of July came around each year, we knew it was about time for another birthday and a big combined birthday party. Before the triplets started school, it was mostly just family at their birthday parties. Once they started school though, the triplets would each invite a couple school friends (along with their cousins and family friends) to their combined theme birthday party.

In 2013, when the triplets turned 5 years old, Rapunzel came to visit with her long, blonde hair and her signature purple dress. Since they have a summer birthday, a backyard Pool Party Birthday was needed in 2014 when they turned 6 years old. In 2015, when they turned 7 years old, it was a Princess Birthday Party inspired by a trip to Disney World earlier that summer. There were a lot of Disney princesses around that year including Makenna’s “Ariel”, Jaeli’s “Belle” (of course, since they both love to read!) and Maysie’s “Cinderella”. In 2016, when the triplets turned 8 years old, they discovered American Girl dolls so they had an American Girl Tea Party with all their friends and any doll they wanted to bring. In 2017, when they turned 9 years old, it was a Rainbow and Unicorns Birthday Party with “horn hairdos” and t-shirts that said “Happier than a unicorn eating cupcakes on a rainbow!” In 2018, when the triplets turned 10 years old, they had a Fashion Show Birthday Party. This involved makeovers, manicures and even a fashion show runway for everyone to show off their glamorous selves and ended up being the last themed birthday party for the triplets. In 2019, when the triplets turned 11, it was decided there would be no more big birthday parties for awhile.

It seems like just yesterday the triplets were babies and celebrating their first birthday. Now, they are young ladies, growing up more with every year that passes. Beverly

Ballerinas: Positions

All the movements in ballet come from five positions. The basic ballet positions for arms and feet are simply known as “First Position”, “Second Position”, “Third Position”, “Fourth Position” and “Fifth Position”. All basic ballet moves start from and end in one of these five positions or a slight variation of.

First Position: Hold your arms in a circle in front of your ribs and turn your legs out from the top of your legs down to your heels. This is the easiest ballet position for the feet.

Second Position: Open your arms to a rounded position with the hands lower than the shoulders and with a space between your feet as wide as your hips. Make sure your legs are still turned out. The position of your feet are similar to “First Position” except your feet are farther apart.

Third Position: One arm stays in “Second Position” and the other arm moves to “First Position”. Your legs should be together with the front foot halfway across the back foot. This position is a bit difficult for beginners to perform.

Fourth Position: Lift the front arm into a round position over your head. Slide the front foot forward so there is a space between your legs.

Fifth Position: Move both arms in a circle above your head. The fingers on both hands don’t touch each other. Cross your front foot so only the big toe of the other foot can be seen and the feet are touching. This is the most widely recognized position in ballet.

My Triplet Ballerinas: Triplet Drama

Guest Blogger: Megan J. My triplet ballerinas are my triplet daughters, Makenna Anne, Jaeli Jo and Maysie Jailyn.

There is bound to be drama when you have three daughters in the house. But, with three daughters of the same age, the drama is exaggerated beyond what words can explain! I can’t even imagine what life will be like in just a few short years when the teenage hormones hit. At age 11, the drama now usually consists of problems related to not sharing or who is wearing whose clothes or jewelry. This is a constant struggle and a battle I dread each day, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

The girls do not realize yet how lucky they are to have two sisters their own age. They have a companion and someone to be with and talk to every day. Jaeli and Maysie, the identical twins of the triplets, have much in common, but their fraternal sister, Makenna, struggles daily to feel included. As they get older, I hope they find special bonds between each other and that one day they will realize how precious their sisterhood really is. I can see it now though: boy drama, attitude drama, friend drama, competition drama and much more I am sure!

Even with as much fighting and drama that has been going on lately, I still see how fast they are growing up. So, I know I need to take a step back and enjoy the time I have with them while they are still young.

My Triplet Ballerinas: Fighting and Fairness

My triplet ballerinas are my grand-daughters, Makenna, Jaeli and Maysie.

As with all siblings, these triplets are prone to fighting with each other. Surprisingly, it is usually one-on-one instead of two against one, and it is usually, but not always, Jaeli and Maysie who are the ones arguing or fighting. Makenna tends to be the peacemaker. She is the one who runs and finds a substitute to whatever they are fighting over so that they both have something similar. Of course, sometimes Makenna finds herself in the middle of a fight or argument and there is no one to save her since her sisters aren’t as accommodating to her! Most times, their squabbles are easily resolved by one solution or another and the three of them go back to being sisters and best friends.

Again, I am sure it’s probably like this with most siblings, but these triplets are all about fairness. It doesn’t matter what it is, if one gets it, the other two need to get it too or you will hear all about it. It doesn’t matter if it is food (especially candy), toys or even new clothes, it has to be fair and equal. This can sometimes be challenging to find three of the same or similar. When they were younger, whatever was given didn’t necessarily have to be the same since they were just happy to have something new. As they grew older and more aware, it was a different story. They were never far apart then, so if you gave something to one of them, you needed to give the same to the other two. Even though they are not always together now, if they find out you gave to one and not all three, you will certainly hear about it! Beverly

My Triplet Ballerinas: Identical or Fraternal?

Guest Blogger: Megan J. My triplet ballerinas are my triplet daughters, Makenna Anne, Jaeli Jo and Maysie Jailyn.

When I was about 7 weeks along with my pregnancy, we learned we were having triplets. At that time, we were told the babies were all fraternal because they were in three separate sacs.

After the triplets were born and in the NICU, we noticed right away that Jaeli and Maysie looked a lot alike. We had trouble with which triplet was Jaeli and which one was Maysie while Makenna was easily recognized. At only a few weeks old, we took the girls back to the hospital for pictures and had to remove Maysie’s hip brace and Jaeli’s heart monitor. After taking the pictures, it was time to put everything back on. This is the only time that I was ever confused about who was Maysie and who was Jaeli. Thankfully, I had previously painted Maysie’s toe nail in case this would happen. This made me start to wonder though if Maysie and Jaeli were really fraternal. I remembered hearing from another triplet mom that she had her triplets tested with an at-home DNA test. This was very cheap and simple to do, so we decided to have it done. The lab called one day and said they were emailing me the results but wanted to let me know that the test showed a 99% match for Jaeli and Maysie being identical twins!

As Jaeli and Maysie have gotten older, it is easier now to tell them apart. They may be identical, but they are also different in many ways. Like their fraternal triplet sister, Makenna, they each have their own individual personality that makes them their own person.  

Ballerinas: Clothes and Hairstyles

The first step in becoming a ballerina is the right clothes and hairstyle. You will need a leotard (you can choose a simple short sleeve leotard or a tank leotard) and ballet tights. Don’t forget to add a tutu! You will also need ballet shoes. Ballet shoes can be made of leather or satin. Make sure the shoes are a good fit though. For beginners, leather sole ballet slippers are great. When you are ready to go on pointe, get proper pointe shoes.

It is helpful to pack all this up in a dance bag. Some other things you might want in your bag are a towel, water bottle and a small, healthy snack.

The young ballerina will probably be required to wear her hair in a ballet hairstyle. This consists of either a ponytail twisted into a bun, pigtail braids pinned on top of the head or even a headband around their head. These hairstyles help keep the hair out of their faces, which is very important when performing their ballet moves.

My Triplet Ballerinas: Characteristics (Pretend vs. Real)

My triplet ballerinas are my triplet grand-daughters, Makenna, Jaeli and Maysie.

One of the things you need to do when writing a story is give character traits (words used to describe a person) to your characters. Here are the character traits I gave to my “pretend” triplet ballerinas compared to the ones of their counterparts, my own “real” triplet granddaughters:

“Annie” is spirited and fearless. She is very confident in her abilities. I have a feeling she might be bossy too! Makenna might be described sometimes as bossy too. She is intelligent (very smart and studious) and creative (her drawings and ideas are so good). She is also always helpful (if you ask her, she will help without complaint).

“Julie” is determined and hardworking. I think she can be self-critical, but never critical of her sisters. She might be a bit of a perfectionist too! Jaeli can also be self-critical at times. She could also be described as being shy and maybe solitary since she has been known to spend time alone reading or watching her tablet. She is very affectionate (always giving hugs).

“Macie” could be described as shy or timid. She is also uncertain, but hopeful. She is definitely a follower, not a leader! Maysie is the dramatic triplet, but also kind-hearted. She is imaginative at writing stories and talented at cooking meals, both of which she loves to do. Beverly