Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Bounce Walk



Oh hi, i'm just here to gloat, okay?

The first  official day of 'i-have-3-kids-and-i-look-after-them-all-day-on-my-own' is over and what a success it was! I had been mentally preparing myself for weeks and i'll be honest, I anticipated that disaster was imminent.

In fact, the day started as I had imagined it would. We rose after about 3 hours sleep (Elke is at her most unsettled) and struggled through the usual chaos. As Dave walked out the door in clean clothes, a  freshly made Chinese soup and hot coffee filling his hands,  I couldn't help but feel ripped off. He called "see you" from the font door and instead of calling 'bye honey' in response, I stood in the kitchen and screamed 'SEE YA LATER'. Most unbecoming of a lady.

I looked around - crying baby Elke in my arms, undressed, snotty faced toddlers at my feet and a grumbling belly (mine) waiting to be fed.


I knew we would need to get out of the house to break the funk, yet suspected that my scheduled 6 week check with the obstetrician might not provide the fun outing the kids were hoping for. Making the call to cancel was easy, I mean, you say 'pap smear' and I say 'oh, errm gee, I actually awfully busy'.

Instead I bundled the tots up in their finest threads (because clean, cute kids make you feel so much better), drove them to the shops, packed them into a shopping trolley and muttered something about new toys. The perfect incentive to ensure all arms and legs stayed inside the vehicle at all times.

With Elke in the pouch, we whizzed about Big W grabbing essentials with vigour- nappies? check, wipes? check, impulse magazine and chocolate? check.

Of course the Bounce Walk was required to settle the youngest, an unglamorous look when you've just had a baby and are carrying an extra 20kg's - got the visual? Awesome. Nevertheless we carried on and bounced our way to Target. Octonauts paraphernalia magically made it's way into our trolley and my children behaved PERFECTLY for the rest of the day.

Can you believe it?

The power of awesome toys for children who don't have many!

Dave arrived home to find Pumpkin Soup cooking on the stove and his children playing happily at the kitchen table.

I didn't even cry once!

Obviously, there are only 4 words that can do this scenario justice

nineteen sixties house wife*









*oh except our home is in a complete state of disarray, i'm not cleaning up after dinner, Dave is and it will all fall to pieces tomorrow... maybe. Noooo, no it won't.




34 comments:

  1. Awesome. I checked in to see how it went and am so happy to hear it was a good day for all. AND you made time to write this blog post. You are the bomb, Em! :)
    Ronnie xo

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    1. ahahah Ronnie, You're doing it with 4- YOU ARE THE BOMB!

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  2. I love this! Remember this day and store up the memory for the days that are hard so that you remember there are great days too, trying to do that and remembering that i have done the hard days before and survived always helps me get through rough days. In the meantime here's to many many more days like this one!

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  3. I was surprised how well I coped after my first day stay at home mum of two. I actually made dinner! I wasn't expecting that...But have no idea how I would go with three...I am already considering it. Love the sound of the bounce walk. :)

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    1. I'm always surprised when I manage to make dinner too! Ha! Dave is the chef here :)

      xo em

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  4. Oh this is too funny! I bet it was amazing to have Dave home for all that time - I would have reacted the same way seeing Chris walk out the door and suddenly lumped with 3 kids.
    Wishing you well for tomorrow Em, just pray for sleep and strength (and an '80's-jersey-attitude to match)
    xo

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    1. YES, the 80's attitude! BAM! It's clinging to me like polyester!

      xo em

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  5. Congrats on a good first day! I know the Bounce Walk very, very well. It's how I cook dinner with Chloe in the Hugabub. Here's to many more good days!

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  6. Ahhhhmazing! This made my chest swell a little as I know all too well the victorious joy that can be felt when a day with small children goes well. Especially when one of those small children is a newborn. You absolutely deserve a prize!! Undoubtedly there will be days that don't go so well, of course, but on those days remember this one. Well done, indeed.x

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  7. ha, ha, love your morning send-off. love it all! nice one em. x

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  8. Awesome Em! Go you! Here's to many more! xo

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  9. way to go Em! what a fabulous first outing you and your three babes!!! Of course the purchasing of new toys had nothing to do with the success! Oh an if you were a nineteen sixties house wife, I'm sure you would have caught the bus because your husband wouldn't have taken the one car you own. Wishing you many days of happy children xxxx

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  10. You are becoming a Stepford WIfe.....

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  11. And tomorrow we shall go to the park. And take turns holding the baby and watching your older two, so that you may drink your coffee whilst it's still hot!

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  12. Congratulations! But make sure you reschedule that appointment! (nag, nag, nag) xx

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  13. Yay! Congratulations. (:

    ps my day was not quite so successful, there may have been an incident with keys and a locked car and Oscar inside while I was not, but I shan't think about that now. And one day, maybe I will find it funny.

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  14. wow this is funny! I'm glad you all made it in one piece :)

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  15. A good mantra is "just take one day at a time" however the luxury of having hubby home and around is awesome it makes normal (you being at home and him at work) so much harder but you are lucky that he was able to take so much time off and also he was lucky to spend so much quality time with his family too. Win win all around. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  16. Awesome Em, I just think you're great for handling 3 kiddies under 5, amazing. I guess there will be good and bad days and all the others will fit somewhere in between. Well done xoxo

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  17. YAY! "clean, cute kids make you feel so much better". Yep! There are days I know I need to dig out those adorable overalls or I'll lose it at someone!

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  18. You're flippin' awesome. My favourite post ever. C

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  19. This is an amazing post, I love your commentary and your shout out back to your husband after, "See you later!" Amazing. I'm 2 months out from having my first, and this is the perfect preparation for the reality of life with kids. :)

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  20. So glad your first day flying solo went well. Bribery is my main parenting tactic in all situations. It always works. xx

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  21. You've just jogged my memory and have me laughing out loud out at an outing I took with my troup. DISASTER. I'm going to post about it for shits and giggles ( it definitely wasn't funny at the time)
    Have another 1960s day pet x

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  22. I struggle with my two boys at times and you're managing three so I say gloat away!

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  23. Whatever works, right? Sometimes things just fall perfectly into place and it surprises you. Then of course, the opposite is also true and you wonder if you will live to see another day. Still....life goes on and the human species survives, even those of us with children. :)
    Rosemary

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  24. you went outdoors!!...to the friggin shops?!....superstar right there!! xxx

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  25. Em. YOU.ARE.MY.HERO. what a woman!! x

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  26. High fives! I still do the "mummy sway" - I sway when I'm carrying a really heavy hand bag and I still rock my trolley in Coles/Woollies when I'm deep in thought. Had a customer approach me a while ago to tell me my spuds were sound asleep - thing is my "baby is now 14!!" Motherhood - it sticks. Confession time though... I only have one so... HOLY mother of all that is possible YOU ARE A LEGEND. Secondly my first official outing with my bub resulted in me accidentally locking him in the car (squealing like Cameron from Modern Family) and then graciously (NOT) climbing thru the back door of the hatch back to get to my "poooor baaaaaby!!" ... who was sound asleep and missed the whole drama.
    Motherhood. What a ride.

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  27. I so think that life as mum of three is exactly that: we panic beforehand, do what we have to do, and realise it wasn't all bad, and we can actually do this thing!
    In every stage!
    Gloat away! You rocked it!

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  28. Awesome! What a day! Life with three certainly is a fun ride. Hope your next few days and weeks settle into a nice rhythm. Hugs xoxo

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  29. This is amazing! There have been a few times I've been able to get out of the house alone with both kids since having #2 in April and it's been somewhat of a success...although you're right, we leave the house in complete disarray when we do this! I have yet to figure out how to balance going somewhere fun for the day AND maintaining home duties. I'm doing 2 loads of laundry + one dishwasher cycle per day at least and if I let it go one day...well, that's the end of it! :)

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  30. The moment is just priceless. Love to picture out this while reading. Sending you warm hugs from here. Got my eye on your next posts.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em