In the months leading up to discovering we were expecting our third baby I’d started the huge (and quite emotional) task of sorting through our baby clothes/items and donating/selling and throwing out what I could bear to part with. Of course doing all of this led to the lovely surprise discovery that our family would be growing!
Thankfully we still had a few of the major items (cot, change table etc) and quite a lot of clothes that I hadn’t been able bring myself to part with already, but I was (and still am) also quite conscious of making sure our third little man has a few things that are all his own and not hand me downs from his brothers.
To say that life has become chaotic is an understatement, but it’s a fun (well mostly) kind of chaos and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Also, as we know this is our last baby, I’m also really enjoying watching him grow and develop his beautiful personality, although it’s also sad knowing this is the last time! Life has certainly changed (for the better!) since his arrival and I’ve quickly learnt a few things about life with three kids which include:
The laundry basket is never empty
With two adventure loving older boys, a baby plus a husband who often goes through more changes of clothes a day than the boys (seriously?!) there is always something which needs to be washed, and don’t even get me started on the piles of clothes, bedding and towels that need to be put away!
There is always going to be mess
I’ve accepted that unless all three boys are asleep (along with my husband!) then it’s safe to say our house is going to be messy, so I try to enjoy those few minutes of a tidy house while I can.
Quiet moments are rare
Between a baby who has just discovered he has his own voice (besides crying!) and is excited to use it, plus a three and five year old who don’t seem to know the meaning of the term ‘inside voice’ our house is always filled with talking, yelling, laughing and crying. The only time it is quiet is at night when all three are asleep and we can sit down and actually hear ourselves think for a little while.
You start to run late more often
I hate being late and since having our third child, I’ve quickly come to realise leaving the house is an adventure in itself. Whenever we need to go somewhere I begin to start loading the boys into the car (not to mention all of the ‘stuff’ we need as well) at least 20 minutes before we actually have to leave. I can guarantee there will be at least one who needs to go to the toilet/needs a nappy change just as we need to go and getting all three strapped into the car can be a huge job in itself!
People will ask you why you have three children
Yes really!! When did having three kids become odd? Growing up I knew a ton of three children families but somehow if you’ve got three or more kids you now have a ‘large family’ and some people can’t seem to resist asking me why!!
There is always someone to cuddle
Amongst all of the chaos, mess and noise, there is nothing better than having a big cuddle with one of our little guys to help bring a smile to my face.
What are some of the things you have learnt about life with kids?