So yesterday our youngest turned the big ONE!
That means we have been parents of Three kids for one whole year!!!
Because clearly I’m now an expert…. I thought I would write down a few things that I have learnt since adding another crazy to our already crazy family.
- You need a bigger car – Unless you want to have three carseats jammed into the back seat with no room to move and never ever have anyone else in the car with you, you are definitely going to need a bigger car.
- More often than not two kids will have to share a room – Most of the people I know (including us) have three bedroom houses that means 1 for the parents, 1 for kid no.1 and 1 for kid no.2. This means that once its time for kid no.3 to get their little butt out of the parents room they need to either go by themselves in a room or move in with kid 1 or kid 2. In our case we put Boston in with Caleb purely because they are both boys and we figured eventually Bailey will need her own girl space so it was just easier to give her it now.
- People don’t want to babysit – Looking after a friend or family members kid or two is all fine and dandy but when theres THREE of them its a whole other ball game. There just isn’t as many volunteers anymore.
- You HAVE to do washing every damn day – I don’t know how its possible but it feels like that extra little human has added an extra 500 loads of washing into my week. Before him I could go two sometimes even three days without doing a load and now if I miss 1 day I spend the next year catching up!
- They can never be bored because someone always wants to play- I always thought that when we went from having two kids to three it would mean fighting over who would play with who but in actual fact, so far its been great. 9 times out of 10 when one kid (usually Bailey-Jane) wants be on their own and the other one (usually Caleb) wants to play. They still have someone else (Boston) to go and play with/ annoy #winning
- Night time is your favourite time – Whether you’re a night owl like me or not, night time is the best time. You will count down the minutes (sometimes seconds) until that last one is in bed and once they are take that time to do what you need to do whether it be, clean the house, fold washing, shower for the first time in 3 days, watch some mind numbing TV, sit and cry or just go to bed yourself. This is your time. Enjoy it fully.
After our daughter was born I was quite content to just have the two children but a few years down the track we decided to have another and man I am so glad we did! Life may be harder and chaotic at times but I love it and couldn’t imagine it any other way
After weeks and weeks of having half the ingredients ready and a very eager Miss Bailey-Jane waiting and waiting for me to get my shit together we finally got around to making slime!
One of the neighbourhood kids had a small pottle of store bought slime awhile back and Bailey thought it was the coolest thing ever so of course wanted some of her own.
It just so happened that I had just seen Ashleigh and her gorgeous daughter Izzy from ‘Hey Little Sweet Thing” make it and so I told her we could make some of our own once I bought some more ingredients.
Fast forward way too many weeks to Tuesday I said, “OK kids, lets make some slime”!
The slime turned out so good and the kids had so much fun playing with it for hours.
I had planned to use to slime to occupy the kids while I got all the housework done in peace but ended up having just as much fun with it as the kids (if not more) and got zero housework done…. There’s always another day right?
Click here for the Hey Little Sweet Thing Slime recipe and while you’re there check out all the other amazing fun things Ashleigh and Izzy get up to.
I am lucky enough to have three beautiful and healthy children that mean the absolute world to me.
Of those three beautiful children, one child (my eldest child) has some pretty serious anger issues. I don’t even know if anger issues is the correct thing to call it. I’d say its more of a frustration issue that he deals with in insane anger.
He is an extremely clever and quick thinking little kid that loves to play and be a “real boy”. He is always on the go wanting to play ninjas,hammer things together, climb the tallest tree or build race cars with his Lego. He is also the most caring and loving boy I’ve ever met and is always wanting to make you proud of him.
In saying all that if for whatever reason he isn’t allowed to do something he wants to do or he can’t get something right the first or second time he becomes VERY frustrated. If the frustrated isn’t caught at the right time it can escalate into a full-blown rage of yelling, swearing, hitting and kicking furniture and just all round “I hate the world and everyone in it” sayings left right and centre.
This has become EXTREMELY stressful for me and my husband and we have had more than a couple argument’s about how to handle it which have at the moment resulted in the decision to let me handle it for the most part until a successful way to handle it has been found.
The reason I am writing this is because, I think it’s my fault.
I think / I know that I spend too much time not spending time with my kids. Yes, I’m with them constantly and yes, I love them and feed them and tend to their every need. But, I don’t spend enough time just being with them.
So. My plan is to stop cleaning/cooking/fluffing around and most of all being on my phone or laptop completely for half an hour-an hour twice a day and just be with the kids. Just doing something, anything with them where I’m not trying to clean or cook at the same time or listening to them while I scroll through emails or Facebook.
I’m excited about this and I honestly think all of my kids (and me) will benefit from it and hopefully my eldest son and I will be able to find some time to bond more and talk about things that might be bothering him which hopefully will result in him feeling more important and loved.
Is anyone else in the same boat with one of their kids? Let me know, I’d love to hear how you are dealing with it.
I have been wanting to join the blogging world for such a long time now and have finally decided to take the plunge. I have no idea what I’m doing but hopefully I can get the hang of it quickly. I thought telling you a bit about who the heck I am would be a good start.
I’m Lauren, also know as Loz. I’m 28 and I am a wife (to Dale) and stay at home mum to three pretty cool kids, Caleb who is 7, Bailey-Jane who is almost 5 and Boston who is 10months. We live in a little town called Whangarei which is towards the top of the north island of beautiful New Zealand. My husband is a timber machinist and we just bought our first home.
We are just your average family living life and trying to have as much fun as we can in the process.
This blog is going to be a whole bunch of exciting bits of everything and I would love it if you joined me.