The little guys are doing great! They are in such a fun phase right now. Their favorite thing to do is play outside. They are happy to just move around woodchips with their little buckets and shovels and run around in the backyard. They are talking more and more. Drake has the least words, but he talks the most (lots of gibberish and hand gestures).
They also love to play in water (we have a little plastic pool) and read books. Their favorite books are Goodnight Gorilla and Dear Zoo. They are at that stage where they love to read the same book over and over. It's a lot of reading! They love to play in their little pop-up tent that looks like a fire engine and with their Tonka dump truck.
They've learned to say their prayers in the last few months and it is so adorable. Jack was the first and he just folds his little arms across his chest off to one side. Drake does now, too, but when he first started he would carefully place his little hands on either side of his face. Britta likes to put her hands on her tummy. When we say "amen" they are all so pleased with themselves that they burst into applause after each prayer. It's amazingly cute.
Luckily, they all love to take baths now. In April I figured out how to give them all three a bath by myself (basically, I tried it and it worked - but the trick at the time was getting Drake in and out first and then letting him play outside the tub while the other two played - because he would just scream the whole time he was in). April 30th was the first time Drake took a bath without crying and screaming (hurray!) and now he happily takes a bath with the other two. He'll even pour water over his head for fun.
Going out to eat has gotten more hectic and we have had a few tantrums which are tough to deal with, but I really feel like we are in a great stage right now with them. I love that they are able to communicate with us better. And, I feel like I get the right amount of time with each one where I can hold them and pay attention to them.
Around 18 months we had some issues with the boys hitting (well, Jack hitting and Drake grabbing the other two by the collar and pulling them down - usually to get something away from them), but we were quick to stop them and give them firm no's and we did a few time outs. They seemed a little young for it at the time, but it seems to have worked. I can't remember the last time they hit each other (none of my kids have been inclined toward biting, thankfully). They are all very considerate and kind to each other. Whenever they share or give something to each other, we try to do a lot of positive reinforcement and make a big deal out of it ("Britta's so nice! Yaay!"). Jack is the one who seems the most naturally inclined to sharing (if Britta or Drake is sad, he'll be the first to try to give them a bottle or toy to try to make them happy), but they all do it. I thought have three the same age would make sharing harder, but they seem to be learning to do it because have a lot of practice!
We took our first family vacation with them last month and it was pretty hard. It was totally worth the trip and definitely fun to see family and friends and the babies actually did really well on the planes and in the car, but I think we were just gone too long (11 days) and it's just that much more tiring to take care of them all day long without being at home.
I've liked looking back on our schedules in the past, so I'm going to end with our typical schedule at 22 months:
7 pm - 8 am: sleep
8 am: bottle, change diapers, play (we often go directly outside), breakfast
9:30 am: play more or go for a walk
11:30 am: lunch
12:00 pm: small bottle, watch TV, change diapers
12:30- 2:30 or 3 pm: nap
3 pm: change diapers, snack and play (this is the time we'll take them to the store or to a park)
5 pm: dinner
5:30-6:30 pm: play, take a bath (not daily, but pretty often)
6:30 pm: bedtime bottle, change diapers
7:00 pm: bedtime