Photo 's of baby Zeph and a blond haired me pinned to the fridge next to magnetic photo's of Elke. Pip features just out of frame
For tiny little humans, babies sure do provoke mammoth amounts of change.
Everything we once knew, we know no more. A full nights sleep, uninterrupted meals and intelligent conversations all fade away into a beautiful but distant memory.
Etched deeply into every one of my senses is the day we bought our children, one by one, home from hospital. I remember gingerly (c-sections aint easy on the body) walking out the large, automated glass sliding doors into the bright light of day. So vividly I recall taking a deep breath of sweet hospital car park fresh air and mentally preparing myself for what was to come.
When we bought our third little darling home I was immediately slapped in the face with the glorious chaos that is Real Life.
There were tears and tantrums, an empty pantry, wet pants and dirty floors, unmade beds, three beautiful children and a whole lot of change right there in those first five minutes.
As change is often the catalyst for further change, I reckon it's best to just surrender to it. If there's one thing that parenting has taught me, it's to 'roll with it'. Adaptability, flexibility and durability have never been so important, neither have control panelled undergarments, but that's another issue.
Twelve months and seven days ago, we bought home our third baby to The Beetle Shack. For me the addition of the third child has really changed the pace in our home. I'm sprinting all day, every day - i'm puffed by lunch and fatigued by 2pm. By 7 in the evening my rounded rump is on the couch with a glass of wine and a bag of *forgotten* easter eggs.
Life is exhausting but I've surrendered to it good and proper. I'm not evening going to do the dishes tonight and when I get into bed, I'm totally going to throw my clothes on the floor next to the dirty basked. When I get up, I'm going to put them back on. Fresh undies though, promise.
I'd love to know how you've adapted to the change that is parenting.