Today was Mark's first day back at work, and my first day flying solo with my three little chicks!
I have three children.
Three kids under five.
Yeah, I'm still trying to fully comprehend this new family size!!!
People are asking how it feels to have three kids and I have not quite known how to answer yet as things have been in holiday mode around here with Mark still off work on paternity leave. It's all been pretty cruisey thus far, but not feeling quite 'real' as I haven't been home on my own with them all yet...
So, it got real today!
Happy to say we had a good day. Ok, actually it was a wonderful day!!
I kept waiting to feel stressed or overwhelmed or for things to get chaotic but really it just felt relaxed and... just fine! Even though there are three of them, it kinda feels like two in a way, cos its usually the two big kids together and then the baby. So, my three kiddos and I just chilled out at home for the day, which certainly helped keep the stress levels low (I wince whenever I think about hauling three kids in and out of the car twice a day for Lily's preschool days...eek!).
Miles slept, fed and got snuggled. Bless him!
The big kids and I made watermelon juice, planted some lettuce seeds and read books together. They did water colour painting, played outside, ate copiously, slept, played 'babies' and a variety of other imaginable role-play games (their favourite activity) and were just gems, basically!
I know crazier days are coming... no doubt there will be moments and even days spent in Crazy Town. I am remember scenes from when Eli was a newborn, breastfeeding him whilst hoisting 2 year old Lily up onto the toilet, for example!!! Ah, good times, haha.
I know as Miles wakes up more and we have to venture out of our little nest (must we?!), it will get more hectic and routines will change over time too. But for now... yeah, it feels all pretty manageable I gotta admit! I guess one difference between going from 1-2 and 2-3 is that I am already used to dividing my time between children. Plus Lily and Eli are so independent and capable now - helpful too - and Miles is a chilled out little dude, thankfully!
Today felt like a blessedly sweet introduction to life with three kiddos and for that I am grateful. A lil' confidence boost to get me through this significant family transition!
It's too early to say too much about what 'life with three' is really like. But so far... I kinda love it! For better or worse, this is our family now - and that feels every shade of good.