Highlighted in the news is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William as their new addition to their family making them a family of five, just like me (but I don’t have the heels or the palace and a few other things!).
Having three kids for me is amazing and entertaining.
Whilst out & about, having 3 kids means:
I have a big car, squeezing in the kids & their wellies, scooters and other random bits and pieces, as well as occasionally other kids too, means I now have a 7 seater car, this is where size matters!
Three kids and only one pair of hands means walking with eyes at the back of my head to make sure all three are close by, changing pace for the slower smaller one at the same time as being silly, entertaining and multitasking the several thoughts running through my head about shopping, what we are doing and much more.
Getting out of the house on time. Making sure toilet trips are done, shoes and socks on (the time where the kids get most distracted and forget), wintertime coordinating all the gloves, hats and scarves, fastening of coats and then remembering my own bag, purse, phone, nappies, wipes, it can be never-ending bedlam to leave the house.
In the house, having 3 kids:
Bath, hair wash, teeth, pyjamas, bedtime stories. The right colour drinking cup, the right spoon. 3 puddings, 3 kids snuggled under a blanket with a precariously balanced bowl of popcorn. Folding washing with varying efficiencies of kids helping to fold, pile up or bounce all over the piles. It’s all a careful juggling act!
Definitely more mess, more toys, but also more hands to help tidy up the said mess. More time to realise that life is not perfect and Pinterest picture perfect. I have dishes to clean, carpet to vacuum, washing drying but living in the mess also is proof that we as a family are having fun!
In general, having 3 kids means:
It’s loud when all 3 cry and a group cuddle is big.
When you think you can nip to the bathroom without being noticed, think again!
Christmas, Easter, days out can be more expensive all at once.
Some say that 3’s a crowd, there is one left out, there will be ‘middle child syndrome’. I say it’s a pleasure to watch all 3 play together, or 2 of them play in all variations. The sound of their giggling is heart melting. I say it’s what you see, do and nurture.
Eavesdropping on their play and appreciating how creative and imaginative they can be.
3 kids is definitely more love to give and more love to receive.
If you have kids, no matter how many, give yourself a pat on the back. You made your children, gave birth to them, nurture them and love them.
Take pride in the fact that you survive each and every day. Enjoy the time they are children as they will grow up in the blink of an eye.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff. Live with a smile on your face and love in your hear. Enjoy this chapter of your life.
Put your feet up when the house is silent and the kids are in bed, it’ll all start again when they wake in 8 (or 6, 5, 3) hours!