Otto Patrick is One Year Old!
It’s the 11th of March- my baby boy was born on this day last year.
It was a two-hour labour and he was out with just a few pushes.
I remember him being placed on my chest and I told him “I love you” over and over and over.
I will remember those moments forever.
I can’t believe an entire year has passed.
It’s gone so quick, but I’ve loved every second with him; watching him grow and learning his personality.
He’s so sweet and so beautiful.
Happy Birthday, Otto!!!
Anonymous asked: With having your boys so close in age, was it hard not being able to devote all your attention to Evan after Otto was born? My son is nearly 1 and we're thinking of ttc, but I keep worrying about not being able to give my boy 100% of my attention anymore. What's it like/how do you manage it with two? I know this seems like a daft question but it keeps weighing on my mind! You seem like such a great mum & your boys seem so happy that you seemed like a good person to ask, hah.
It really depends on a lot of things.
One being the age of the child- Evan was only 11 months old when Otto was born. At that age, he didn’t really need a lot of extra attention, nor did he want it.
That’s just Evan though, he’s always had a very independent personality, which is another thing that worked in my favour.
Another thing is I had/have a lot of support from my husband. He works from 3am - 11am, so basically I’m just home alone with the kids for a few hours in the morning, and then I’ve got somebody to happily take half the workload. I don’t know if I could have done it without him.
Not with such ease, anyway.
But I think you just adjust to any situation.
I give my boys both all of my attention now at the same time, and I wouldn’t even know what to do with myself if I had just one child now.
I have adjusted to it.
It’s not as hard or as crazy as it seems, having a second child.
The first few months are the hardest, but then you get the hang of things and the baby gets older.
Sorry if none of this makes sense, I don’t think I did a very good job of explaining things.
All I can say though is if you want another baby, there is no perfect time.
There will be pros and cons to however long you wait, so just do what feels right.
Good luck! X
Anonymous asked: Why do you keep having kids? Like- not a rude way at all- but just curious, you just wanna have one after the other so soon?
A few reasons.
1. We love the close age gaps. I think there are pros and cons to every age gap but we like having them close and it’s been amazing!
Seeing the way the boys have become best friends from such a young age is just so beautiful.
2. We want them all to grow up around a similar age.
We want activities, outings, meals, movies, etc. to be age appropriate for all our kids at the same time.
If we had a toddler, a school aged kid and a teenager, it would make it hard to think of things to do that they would all get the same amount of enjoyment from. In my opinion anyway.
3. On a similar note, we want to be out of the baby stage fairly quick.
I love babies, but I don’t want to be changing nappies and waking up through the night for the next 10 years.
We love the stage the boys are at and we are enjoying every moment of it, but we can’t wait for the day that all the children are fairly independent.
4. This is the biggest one: we just enjoy it and we just like having children.
I love being a mum. I love the chaos of having a few kids running around. I love being pregnant. I love all of it! And so does my husband.
So really, instead of “why??” It’s more like “why the hell not?!”
I hope that answers your question.
I know you said you weren’t being rude, but by the way you’ve worded it, it does sound a bit rude. I’ve given you the benefit of the doubt though.
Have a good day!
Anonymous asked: Are you still planning on breastfeeding Felix? If so, are you concerned that it could stop you from having a period, making it unlikely you could conceive a fourth in close succession?
Yep, and in that case we would have to wait.
But I know lots of women can conceive while breastfeeding, particularly after the first six months.
If I can’t though, I won’t be upset.
Breastfeeding is an experience I have so badly wanted since I was pregnant with Evan, so I don’t mind if I can’t conceive quickly.. Just means more time with Felix. :)
Oh, and I’m just going to quickly post this before I go to bed.
For everybody who thinks my house is immaculately tidy all the time.. It’s not.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I am very negligent towards areas that are hidden.
But, with a little motivation, all is well again.
Anyway, this is the boys’ wardrobe.. Before and after. I organised it today and put away a lot of stuff that is too small for them.
Didn’t take much to do it.. But I did feel mighty proud of myself once it was done!
It not only looks much nicer, but it will make it a lot easier to find them an outfit to wear every morning.
Now let’s hope it stays this way!
I have been going through a lazy patch, and I’m just now starting to get back into gear.
More cleaning, more cooking, more outings, more activities, more fun and more happiness!!!
I love being productive, it’s an amazing feeling to end the day knowing you jammed as much into it as you possibly could have.
I still have a long to-do list.
Which includes organising and tidying the dreaded garage.
My house is all pretty tidy but when it comes to places people don’t look… I can be a little negligent.
The garage still has unpacked boxes from when we moved in 7 months ago.
So that has to be done before the baby gets here.
The boys’ party is in just three weeks!!
There should be 11 kids there, including Evan and Otto, unless some people can’t make it.. Although everybody has said they’ll be there.
I’m pretty excited!
The further through this pregnancy I get, the more I know I want another one after this.
Of course, three might be a complete handful and I might decide to not have more but I doubt it.
And Ro is adamant that if we have a fourth that we have it close in age.
Ideally in 2015, so they will have all been born in consecutive years.
I love that he loves having children and that he loves them being so close in age.
I love that we are on the same page about it.
We started this pregnancy off being so sure that three was our number and it wasn’t until a few days before our gender scan that we decided we would want to “try again” if this baby was a boy.
I’m so glad we did decide that though, and I’ll be happy with a fourth boy too.
The hard part will be telling ourselves that we should stop having babies after four; we are by no means “poor”, but we want to stay somewhat comfortable financially.
Anyway, that’s a lot of talking about that.
I try to avoid talking about more kids because of the judgement I might get.. Some people don’t understand how I’m even thinking about having another baby while I’m still pregnant., but I suppose those people don’t have 3 under 3.
With close age gaps, you have to start planning early.
Plus it’s fun to think about it.
Anyway, I don’t feel like I have been blogging as much lately.. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say.
I post on Instagram all day though if anybody wants to follow me there, I’m “threeshiningsuns”.
Okay my eyeballs are getting sore so I’m going to go to sleep now.
Anonymous asked: Can you take a photo set of the boys room?
I have before but it’s changed a bit now so I guess I could do another one haha
Not right now though as the boys are having dinner and then they’re going to bed.
I might do it tomorrow. :)
I’m officially now in my third trimester; 28 weeks today.
Right on time, I’ve been feeling all those fabulous third trimester discomforts.
Such as sometimes finding it hard to breathe, finding it hard to fit a big meal in, sitting is uncomfortable because there’s a baby in my ribs, and I’ve been feeling tired as hell like the first trimester is here all over again. I actually took a nap yesterday.
I’m not complaining though, simply stating.
I’m so excited to be in the third trimester.. This whole pregnancy has gone so quickly for me as I’ve just been so busy with the boys. I think the next 12 weeks will zoom by.
Can’t wait to meet our third son!
Anonymous asked: What date is Felix due? :)
31st of May.
So very likely to be born in June but shhh! May sounds closer ;)
A post about sleep
Otto went to sleep at 7pm and hasn’t woken up for any resettles at all and now it’s just past 9am and he is still asleep. That’s 14 hours straight!
Evan went to bed about 9pm and he woke up briefly to be comforted back to sleep at about 6am, went back to sleep and is still asleep now at 9am.
Well actually they’re both waking up now as I type this but I can’t believe how amazing they sleep now.
I can’t believe it.
And I’m allowed to brag because I’ve been waking up every few hours for the past 2 years!
This is absolute bliss.
We only had the one night that was hard when we first took the bottles, and then it’s been smooth sailing from there.
I have less than three months to enjoy this sleep!! Eeek. How will I go back to waking up all night?!
At least when F gets here, I’ll only be waking up to him.
I’m so relieved, I could cry!!