There was a point when Twiggy and I weren’t sure how we were going to survive daily life. We were broken. We’d just had our third child and found ourselves with three kids under the age of 4yo. Our days were spent changing nappies, chasing kids, tantrums, broken sleep, vomit, cutting food into tiny pieces, wiping snot, shouting and for me, there were many moments of crying in the toilet. I think I breastfed for about 400 years. Looking back I wonder what were we thinking?
I remember sitting on the couch, next to each other, exhausted. Shattered. As we sat beside each other, in a rare moment of quiet togetherness, we promised to work as a team to get through the relentlessness of parenting. We told ourselves that when our newborn was 4yo and our other girls were nearly 6yo and 7yo, that life would be easier. We’d have two girls in school and one about to start kindy. We’d have no nappies, no prams and no bottles or breastfeeding. We weren’t delusional, we knew there’d still be hard days and challenges, but we hoped it wouldn’t be so intense. We were desperate for some time to rediscover who we were as individuals and as a couple. We just had to keep moving forward through the hard days, July 2014 always in our sights – when our baby turned 4yo.
Today our youngest turned 4yo. It was reason to celebrate. We’ve made it. All of us.
She is an amazing little kid; a capable, independent, savvy, funny, cheeky, delightful, caring, empathetic, bright and awesome kid.
We are so lucky to all be on this journey together. Our little family. Even the shittiest of days, shine bright with hope and joy. Birthdays aren’t just a celebration of someone’s birth, they are much more than that. They are recognition of struggles and overcoming challenges and milestones and laughter and hearts bursting with love.
Happy birthday to our gorgeous girl. We adore you
PS: How fab are the photos?! I took them all with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera. I’ve never had a proper camera before as I’ve always thought I’d rather concentrate on the words, not the images. To be honest I’ve always been a bit scared of anything vaguely technological. This camera is so light, looks really freaking hip and is so easy to use, even for me. It has inbuilt ArtFilters, Wifi and a nifty image transfer option. It is seriously the perfect camera for bloggers. And I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t mean it. It’s awesome. * This is my first challenge post for the Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus My Family Lens Competition. I’m trying to win an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Camera. I really, really want one. I do not want to have to return my loan camera. I love it and have named it Sonny.