See this kid. She turned two yesterday. She’s my littlest baby. She’s growing fast. I am so friggin’ relieved because you know what, babies are exhausting. She is exhausting.
Miss H is divine, we all love her very, very much, but she is our third and final child. And frankly, we are tired.
Yesterday, we treated her to the normal birthday festivities – Coco Pops for breakfast, balloons and streamers, present unwrapping in bed.
The two eldest girls were beside themselves. Miss E, the middle child, at one stage squealed: “This is my most favourite sister’s birthday ever. I can’t believe we are getting so many presents”.
Then, to add some excitement to the day, I rushed off the doctors so he could tell me I had tonsillitis for second time in three weeks, despite me getting them removed as child. There was no happy dancing, just much internal swearing. I couldn’t swear out loud as it hurts too much.
Anyway, we went to zoo, me thinking my throat was going to explode.
It’s so expensive at the Adelaide Zoo. It’s trying to pay for our two Pandas, by charging families ridiculous entry fees, thus making it near impossible for families to go at all. To try and save some cash we lied to the ticket guy saying Miss H was only one and immediately the other girls piped up: “No she’s not, she’s two”. Their faces dropped when I quickly muttered: “No she’s one, it’s not her REAL birthday until next week. OK”. Despite our thinly veiled lie, we still paid $81 bucks for the pleasure of listening to our kids spend the entire time complaining about having to look at the “boring animals” and when will be going to the Zoo shop to get a new toy. FFS.
Miss H, however, had a ball and that made me happy.
The highlight of the day was when Miss L dropped her toy right near the edge of the lion cage and Twiggy had to get a long branch to scoop it out, while I cried: “Watch out the lion doesn’t eat your arm off”. Hilarious!
Then we went home for dodgy, store bought cake, decorated by the kids, and survived the usual blowing out candles debacle. No eyebrows were lost, luckily.
And to top off an already crazy, busy day, I grabbed the stunning Baby Mac and took her rally driving through the streets of Adelaide.
I think when I rested my head on the steering wheel and whispered croakily: “We are not going to make it” that, for a moment, she really thought we would not make it to our radio interview with the equally gorgeous Michael Smyth at 891 ABC Radio. But we did and with minutes to spare. Like, two minutes to spare. Cutting it fine. That’s how I roll.
Can someone please stop the ride, I want to get off. I’m tired and need the world to slow down a bit.
How’s things with you? Are you crazy busy too?
Oh love, I’m tired just reading that. Far out. I hope the beautiful Beth gave you a bit of a spring in your step and you got to have a little glass of something or two xxx
Crazy busy? Not at all. I’m too lazy to get busy.
I love simple family birthday celebrations, it’s what I did with my kids.
Yuk on the tonsillitis, that really shouldn’t happen.
Get your doctor to check why?
Oh I hope you feel well soon.It is so very hard with young ones when you are sick.I think it was beautiful that even though you were not well you still went out of your way to give your girl her special day.You are a special mum.Thats what its all about.Enjoying the precious moments while you can as the years go by so fast.
I am busy in a much different kind of way.Every day I get what needs to be done at home and for my hubby and my girl,then I go to the nursing home to be with mum to keep her company and at least feed her one meal while I am there.I suffer with degeneration of the spine from years of heavy nursing ant get migrains frequently so trying to get all done and be there for everyone can be very hard.I think we all have our own trials at different stages of our and our childrens lives and we always hope the next stage will be easier.I think it doesnt get easier it just gets different.
I just listened to the radio interview and both you and Beth were brilliant.Keep up the great work.Also loved the photos.Beautiful memory making moments shared.xx
Miss H’s 2nd birthday sounds lovely, when my 2yr old, Mr H, recently turned 2, I spent his entire birthday in labour with number 3! And now that there are 3, I could really use and extra 4 hours a day 😉
Birthdays are hard work. Fun, but bloody hard work.
Loved the radio interview. You star you! Hope you are feeling better soon.
Hey Bianca, loved the radio interview, you guys were fab. so lovely to hear postive media stories.
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