Patience a virtue on and off field

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

You could say Ben Archibald will have his hands full stepping in to play left tackle for the Calgary Stampeders.

But the import offensive lineman knows all about needing an extra hand or two.

Archibald and wife Jodi are the proud parents of 10-month-old triplet girls, so everything in life is a constant juggling act.

"There's definitely some chaotic moments," Archibald said about his daughters Tessa, Ashlyn and Kylee.

"Back in Washington, we were close to my in-laws, so they would spend a lot of time with us, and other friends would come over.

"Now it's just my wife and I. It's great for us because we are becoming closer as a family. There are times when babies are crying and no extra hands to help. We're making due and the girls are learning to be very patient with us."

Patience is something the 30-year-old Brigham Young product has shown plenty of this summer.

He is the backup tackle to both Antonio Hall and Jeff Pilon, but Archibald has found his name on the list of healthy scratches each game.

With Hall out up to three weeks with an ankle injury, Archibald will likely get into action Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6 p.m., TSN).

Because of a short CFL workday, Archibald has found a nice balance between helping out at home and getting work done at the stadium.

Still, three babies need a lot of care and Archibald tries to give his wife as much time off as possible.

"The toughest thing is bedtime," Archibald said. "They are all tired so you have to get them into their pyjamas.

"Even if you get two asleep, the third one can be really loud and will wake up the other two. We have to be really careful about how they nap.

"If one is being really patient and not crying, then they eat last. If one is really upset, they eat first. We're learning."

The Archibalds feel lucky everyone is healthy, and dad was excited once the shock wore off.

"We both come from families with several children," Archibald said. "We didn't expect to get them all at once. We waited a few years to get them and got three.

"I would like to have just one to compare it to this."


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