I’ve blogged before about life with 3 children. When baby H was born my oldest was just 3 and a half. Everyone said that three wouldn’t be much harder than two, they lied!! Three children under 4 is extremely hard. Each child on their own is wonderful and amazing, but together they turn into little monsters (not baby H, she is always adorable). Our house is crazy, the floors are littered with toys that seem to multiply by the hour, crushed rice krispies and felt tips. The washing machine is always on, the ironing basket always overflowing and most surfaces and objects are a bit sticky. My lovely, clean and hygenic house has been replaced by something resembling a zoo. To get anywhere on time I have to plan to leave at least half an hour before I think I need to be out the door, and we are still always late.
We’ve been doing pretty well really considering there are no Grandparents nearby to help out, but lately I just can’t seem to get myself organised. My last online shop arrived with 6 packets of mince and no bread, I applied for my daughters passport yesterday and we go on holiday in less than 4 weeks, I’m also 80% sure I sent off the wrong birth certificate with it! I’ve got a freezer full of food for the kids from when I was more together, so they eat homemade spaghetti bolognese and fish pie, while I find myself forgetting to eat till 2pm and then having sorbet for lunch as thats all I can find. The other day I drove into our garage and made a big dent in it because of all the fighting in the back of the car.
I’m the first to admit I don’t help myself. I don’t like the kids to miss out, so we run from soft play to the park to swimming lessons to nursery to gymnastics to play dates. Recently I’ve tried to keep a day free so we can chill out at home, watching TV, reading books and making things which is lovely, but I find it hard to forget about all the jobs that still need to be done round the house.
I know I am incredibly lucky to have three amazing healthy children, and even 4 years into parenthood I still look at them full of wonder, but I need help. I want to enjoy these years when they are young and want to spend time with me, so what can I do to make things easier? To give me more time to enjoy my children? Z and S go to nursery 2 days each and overlap one of those days, they sleep well and I do all my shopping online, yet I still need 5 more hours in a day. I don’t work but I am doing an Open University Psychology degree.
I leave you to wonder how these 3 could ever be anything but well behaved!
I read this post from Thinly Spread today, which once again made me feel incredibly blessed to live in a country with such amazing healthcare, and also make me feel a bit ridiculous for writing the above post.
I phoned the doctors today to get an appointment for baby H’s MMR early as we are going to France and got an appointment next week. We are so lucky, Sign the petition. #passiton