Monthly Archives: May 2012

I Think We’re Going To Make It

3 months on and I think we’re doing alright. By alright it means the children are washed, fed and dressed each day and we manage to make it out the door by 8am for the school run.

When I’m out alone with the 3 kids, the comment I get the most often is ” wah, you’re so brave to handle all 3 on your own, how do you cope?” I guess 2 kids are still the norm and when they realise that my older two are of different genders , they sometimes ask ” you already have a boy and a girl, you still wanted another?”  Such comments don’t offend me, in fact I don’t mind people coming up to speak to me , what I dislike is those who just keep staring at us like we’re animals in the zoo.

I have fantastic days with the children, where I have the energy to do fun things with them, where no one is throwing a tantrum and everything works like a well oiled machine. Then I have days where I just want to crawl into bed and hide, where I am breaking up fights every other minute, where two children are crying while I’m trying to prepare a meal.

Back to the question regarding how I cope. The answer is simple, simplify and plan ahead. We lead very simple lives, our days are fairly routine, the children and I prefer it that way. By routine I mean that meal and nap times are fixed, that’s it. Mornings are spent playing at home or at the playground with grandpa. In the afternoons I do some reading with Ally or we work on her writing or Math. I spend about half and hour to an hour teaching her , but this really depends on how the rest of the day is going, some days nothing gets done at all. Whenever we have some alone time, I’ll grab a book and we’ll read alternate pages or I might ask her to do some simple copy writing while I entertain the boys.

On school days, mornings are the craziest cos I need to get them up, give them their baths and be out the door in an hour. That’s when planning ahead helps! I lay out school clothes the night before as well as her snack bag. Ally is in charge of packing her own bag and making sure she has everything that she needs.

The most essential person in making all this work is definitely the husband. He’s the one who knows when to take the kids off me so that I can have that few minutes of peace. He cleans dirty bums, changes diapers, kisses bumps and bruises and is really a stellar father. He’s the one reassuring me whenever I have “mommy guilt”  , he reminds me to roll with the punches and not get too hung up on things. Most importantly, he makes me laugh and when you have three little munchkins, humor is essential for survival .

 

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The Battle With Max

Recently I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to understand my son. Max has been whiny, argumentative and difficult which is very unlike him. I guess we could attribute it to Luke’s arrival but who knows? I’ve been trying to spend more time with him, to be more patient with him but I have to admit, it isn’t easy.

Right now, nap and bedtimes are the worst. He used to go to bed by himself, after a kiss goodnight, he would settle down and got to sleep. Now he whines about not being tired, he tosses and turns, he disturbs Ally, basically he does everything but sleep. It can take up to an hour for him to fall asleep. He is clearly tired, you can see his eye bags and he’s yawning away but trust me, that boy can sure fight fatigue.

I keep telling myself its a phase that he’ll grow out of. He is at an awkward stage at the moment as well, he’s not going to school like Ally and yet he isn’t the baby anymore. There are days where I feel like a terrible mother, simply because I feel like all I’ve done is nag/scold him.

It’s not all bad, there are days where my sweet boy emerges once again and we have great fun together. Beneath the whining and tantrums, he really is a sensitive soul who loves his brother and sister.

He looks so grown up in this photo, I love that cheeky look on his face

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Polar Opposites

My two boys, such polar opposites

Luke at 2.5 months, weighing a hefty 7.5kg

Max, 3.5 years, 11kg

 

 

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Nearly 3 Months Of Baby Goodness

It’s been nearly 3 months since we welcomed Luke into the family. What can I say, we are all in love with this little ( okay, not so little) guy. He is always ready with a smile and is happiest early in the morning after his bath.

In 3 months he has more than doubled his birth weight, he’s sleeping less during the day and making all sorts of adorable baby sounds.

I love the way he smells and I wish I could bottle up his baby scent to savor forever. We’re really lucky to be blessed with a baby who doesn’t seem to mind being shuttled back and forth, in and out of his car seat.

Newborn Luke, not even 6 hours old.

Two weeks old, a rare shot of him awake as he use to sleep up to 22 hours a day. Bliss

One month old and yes, he has filled up nicely. Still sleeping for most of the day.

2 months old- he stays awake for longer periods of time and is one happy little guy. He currently tips the scales at 7.2kg

Oh dear Luke, please don’t grow up so quickly! I’m really loving your babyness .

 

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Just Some Photos

Max and Luke have both been down with a bad cold/cough, thankfully both boys are on the mend. It didn’t stop us from having some outdoor fun at the Botanics, we had beautiful weather, overcast but no rain.

The boys playing hide and seek

Who knew umbrellas could provide so much entertainment?

You can’t see me

Max honestly thought he had the best hiding spot

This was taken on our ” Max and Mama’s day out” at his request, we went to the airport and sat the sky train no less than 10 times

Both kids waiting for Daddy to come home from work

If you’re wondering why there are no pictures of Luke, its because he was mostly asleep in his stroller. My not so little man is now a whopping 7.2kg at 2 months, pictures to come soon.

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