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Shovelling snow in a blizzard: Life with having three kids in three years

We hadn’t planned it this way, it felt like it took forever to finally have our first baby in our arms. Now our home is overrun by tiny dictators.

As they say the days are long, but the years are short. This is true, the days are really really long and so are the nights. You know how people tell you at different stages how their kids started “sleeping through”…yeah! Mine did that too, they love their sleep…Then you have to take off the nights where there will be teething, nightmares, sickness, illness, over-tiredness, hyperness or the fact they just don’t want to sleep. But when you have to be at an appointment for 9am guarantee they will want to lie in until lunchtime. Basically if you want to live in a world full of irony, have kids.

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Bribery…this will be your key to survival when you have relentless toddlers. Some people will say you shouldn’t bribe your kids, to them people I say spend a day in my house, you will soon turn into a bribing negotiator. Unless you give a child a good reason to do something why are they going to do it? Would you go to work if you didn’t get paid? So if I want my child to sit still while I dress him so I can get out of the house on time, I have no qualms about offering them a treat when they get to town if they just get their coat on! Or threatening to throw all of their trains in the bin if they don’t apologise for hitting their brother. I might be going about it the wrong way, but I haven’t had to threaten or bribe as much as they’ve got older because they know if they are good they will get rewarded and if they are naughty they will be punished…isn’t that just like grown up life? But you MUST follow through, if you show any sign of weakness and use empty threats your kids will jump on that opportunity to over rule you like tiny little terrorists.

Leaving the house is a military operation, especially when you need to be somewhere for a certain time…why is it I’m always given the 9am appointments? So my mode of transport is a double buggy called Zoom by Obaby. It’s not your standard double buggy, but I prefer it. Then I have Nicole in my Ama Wrap, it looks a little something like this…

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Nicole also has her own buggy a Redkite Push Me Fusion, for when I’m with my husband so we can push a buggy each.

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It’s when I’m by myself with the three kids I get heckled, some comments I don’t mind, like “Oh wow how do you cope?” because to me they are saying, you do cope…how do you do it? But it’s when people stop and gawk in horror as if I’m pushing around a cart of explosives and comment with “I bet they weren’t planned” or “I hope you’re going to stop now” and “You’ve got your hands full you know?!” the answers are actually they were all planned, I’m not ready to stop and I’ve got my hands and heart completely full of love, nappies and snot…I wouldn’t change a second of it.

Be ready to keep bobbing up for air in a sea full of nappies, that’s right, none are potty trained yet. I keep trying to introduce Jack to it and we’re getting there, but I’m a great believer of not forcing something like using the toilet, he’s got the rest of his life to be doing that. It can become unbearable when they all poop at the same time, but just be ready to take lots of trips to the outside bin or get a diaper genie, either way if you forget and put a stenching nappy in an indoor bin, you’ll soon realise…trust me.

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People think I’m crazy for having three kids in three years, what I think is crazy, is waiting a few years then doing it all over again. Don’t get me wrong there are benefits I’m sure for having an age gap, more one on one time with each child, a bit longer between the crazy newborn stages but for me, I haven’t ever got out of the “baby stage” I still haven’t! Nicole is three months so she is still very much a baby! I will be waiting or stopping now I haven’t decided, but literally because I have nowhere to put a fourth baby, the boys are in the buggy, Nicole is on my chest…there is nowhere for another one to go!

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The key of surviving being overrun by nappy wearing hooligans is keeping your cool, if you lose your shit they will lose theirs. The hard times will pass, the tantrums will finish and everything will always end in cuddles.

Life is hard when you have three kids in three years but I’m sure life would be hard having three kids in 10 years! They are kids, they are hard at all stages of life and to be honest…adults aren’t that easy either, are they? Everyone’s going to do it their own way and this is my way…I thrive on the mayhem.

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The London Sock Exchange Review + 10% Discount

Have you ever thought about how many socks you go through?

Have you ever realised actually how important great socks are?

I mean…think about it! They go on your feet!

You use your feet everyday, so why not treat them?

How about you can get luxury socks sent to you every quarter of the year? Plus you can recycle your old socks in the handy box they come with for no extra charge!

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Well look no further….The London Sock Exchange have created this great service for the dapper gentleman, for only £15 per quarter!

 

I was lucky enough to be sent some great socks for my husband to try and we were pleasantly surprised!

Who knew a box of socks could be so exciting!

So they turn up in this cute brown box, wrapped in lovely black tissue paper.

Three pairs of socks in gorgeous designs are carefully folded with their own individual names, not only that but they have an outfit suggestion of the back of the card that each pair comes with.

My husband was extremely happy to come home to these luxury dapper socks after a long day at work on his feet and he loved them! I was a bit jealous so had to try a pair on too and they are so comfy, you can just tell the difference between these socks and regular socks. When you put them on you can really feel the quality, you can feel they are specially designed.

Then of course not to be left out, our eldest son Jack wanted to try them on and be a model!

Did you know that in the UK, we generate 1 million tonnes of clothing and textile every single year. That’s a whole lot of landfill. And the London Sock Exchange want to start setting this right, one sock at a time.

Not one sock that gets sent to be recycled gets wasted. 55% are reused and will make their way to developing countries, where they’ll be distributed to communities in need. The other 45% of the socks they receive are deconstructed before being given a second chance in life as an industrial textile….How great is that?!

They are passionate about recycling and here’s a video on what they do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ZoAbfNeM0

So The London Sock Exchange get’s a big thumbs up from Yummy Mummy’s Blog

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