this place is where we live. it’s why i love autumn. it’s a place of memories. it’s where we play. it has totally captured our hearts forever. it’s glorious.
i was chatting with my sister who is living in london on skype the other night. she said what she misses most about sydney is the beach (aside from family & friends of course!!). yep. the beach. sydney beaches are truly the best in the world. at the moment, the water is warm and the air is cool. there is time for play during the day, and rugging up warm for the evening. autumn is the most beautiful time of year to be in sydney. i am loving every minute of it !!
// 1 + 2 first EVER bath ! // 3 + 4 blocks in the hall // 5 + 6 peek-a-boo!
i’ve just been going through some of our photos which were taken in the last few weeks & i found these before + after shots. i am finding it more difficult these days to snap our life as it tends to get quite busy around here ! but when i get the chance (or remember) i am snap happy i hope i’ll get into the groove of three kids, three & under, soon enough so that i don’t miss out on capturing any moment. these three are too precious & they are growing too fast. sometimes i wish i could just stop the clock for a few days to enjoy the chubby legs, chubby cheeks, the toddler talking, the cuddles, the quirky looks. life moves too fast. a friend of mine posted this comment on fb this morning:
“I am so sad tonight. My 6 yr old is 1 third of his way to an 18 yr old!!! Only twice as long (hopefully longer!) under my roof. Only 6 years, then he is 12! My sons get a 5 minute massage every night- i’m stepping it up to 10 minutes each. I cannot stand the fact that they are growing up so quickly! I also cannot stand that school starts in 2 days. I like just knowing that they are here, even when i am in the kitchen and they are playing lego and calling me to look at a new lego whatever, i live for it. Another perfect holiday. Play dates, sleepovers, bikes, scooters, dvd nights, late nights, miss them already.”
isn’t that just gorgeous?! i think i’m going to start that massage idea. very cool. they always say that the days are long but the years are quick during this phase of life. i feel this immensely.
this last week has had many high highs and a few low lows. we’ve had to stay in hospital a few extra nights to give our newest little member photo-therapy to treat his jaundice. it’s no big deal, but i have been quite disappointed that we haven’t been able to reunite our family for a week and i had a good cry over it yesterday. but today is a new day & at least i get to spend more precious one-on-one time with my little man.
we have had an incredible amount of support from our parents while we’ve been in hospital. mark’s folks stayed with him & the kids for four days, and my folks are on an “on call” basis if we need anything whatsoever. i cannot speak highly enough of living close to family!! it is the best. i honestly don’t know how you ladies raise your kids so incredibly well when you live so far from your families – truly, you are an inspiration & i know you don’t get much sleep or downtime at all which must be so hard.
since we’ve had so much help, mark has been able to come visit us in hospital on most afternoons and during the evenings. it has been so strange to sit in a room together, not at home (with no housework to do or study/work to complete), no talking/walking kids about, face to face in mostly silence (with perhaps a radio playing in the background in special care nursery). it has forced us to talk. this may sound strange, but at this stage in life with so much going on i really don’t think we talk (i mean really talk) much at all. our conversations are always truncated due to kids or work or because this needs washing and that needs cleaning etc. (how glamorous our life sounds!). what i’ve re-learned about our marriage is that being an introvert (which feels like it is exacerbated with kids) i generally don’t talk … when i need downtime it means serious alone time, but i’m married to a chatterbox. it took me a few days to get used to this aspect of mark’s character. at first i didn’t know how to react to all his chatting – i felt like a fish out of water. i even said to him, “you’re a real chatterbox you know!”. but as the days & nights have gone on i have fallen in love with this part of mark all over again. somehow he just knows how to fill the silence with all things that are lovely, noble and good. this has been especially good for me these last two days. i didn’t realise how much he keeps me up to date on our kids & families, the news (which i rarely read these days), all things education, our church, his thoughts on this and that. upon reflection of the last 4 years since kids, sometimes i feel like i’m ‘too busy’ for all this chatting. but when we go home i am going to make more time & space for it. it is a wonderful thing that my husband communicates – wants to communicate – with me about everything. there is nothing that he wants to hide or keep from me. in fact, it’s the opposite – he wants me to know all the little details. a friend posted the article ‘3 things i wish i knew before we got married‘ on Facebook yesterday. it is a great read if you want a little bit of encouragement and a challenge to continue to work on your marriage.
just a quick note to let all you lovely peeps know that he’s here ! he’s finally here !! we are just smitten with the newest member of our family & we feel incredibly blessed that he arrived all safe & sound. this time around i am just amazed that God provides us with MORE love for EACH child when a new one is added to the family. is that how he feels about us? it must be! wowee.
thanks for taking this journey with us ! it is especially exciting times for us & we are enjoying every single minute.
we are now 39 weeks. this is the most pregnant i have ever been! it feels strange after two kids who arrived surprisingly bang on 38 weeks to now be (in my head “a week overdue”) a week out from our due date. hahaha. it is really good for me to be this far along for a number of reasons. firstly, i feel like a normal person now – i am not some super pregnant woman who escapes the last 2 – 4 weeks of pregnancy … i am now in the club of women who wait each day in expectation and anticipation for those first contractions to start in the hope that the baby will come before the due date. each day I am getting just that little bit more tired & achy which i didn’t experience with the other two (probably why I bounced back so easily). and lastly, it gives me a feeling of total lack of control. i have no control over when or how this boy will enter the world. i only pray it is a good experience for all !! it feels a bit like waiting for Jesus to return. the strangest thing is that i keep expecting to receive a text or email saying “emily, you’re in labour now. better get to the hospital asap”. is that what my life has become?!? total dependence on technology to tell me where to go & what to do? sheesh ! i feel so silly. it has really made me take another look (after this post) on my dependence of my computer and smart phone.
anyway, mark is now on non-term-time for two weeks, so work and life is significantly more flexible. i am looking forward to putting my feet up when I need to, having an extra pair of hands around at those crazy times, enjoying some quality family time and (hopefully) getting in some real quality time with mark doing a few things we love.
all while waiting for boy liddell to grace us with his presence. i. cannot. wait.
these two. i tell you. they are the funniest pair & i just adore them. but i’m not going to lie to you … sometimes they make me go a little bit crazy.
at the moment miss v has started to assert her independence in a biiiiig way. she is one strong little lady (& let’s face it, she has to be with two brothers!). the day mark left for his trip she climbed out of her cot, refused to sit in a high chair & pretty much grew up & out of the baby stage. it was amazing to watch. i am so incredibly proud of her. she pushes me to my limits even though she can’t speak in sentences and sometimes at the end of the day i am so relieved to see mark walk through the door that i could just cry. i am learning as much about myself as i am about her. i am learning patience, kindness, gentleness, love, joy, peace, self-control, goodness… she has no fear of anyone or anything and my favourite two things she does at the moment are singing twinkle twinkle little star and her happy dance. she is getting ready to be a big sister & she is going to be fabulous at it.
joey … my oh my … i thought the craziness would end post two … but we are now on a whole new level. no-one told me about four?!?!?!?! i just love this little guy to bits. he’s my little man. he is always doing nice things for me and telling me when something is a ‘good idea’. gee, thanks little man … but at the moment, i think ALL my ideas are good (especially the ones about eating your veggies) he also pushes me to my limits. last week mark sent me an article on the four challenges of parenting a four year old. i had one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments. it must be so frustrating being a kid. pretty much all your decisions are made for you & you just have to fit in with what the rest of the family is doing. it must be so hard to express yourself & how you are feeling when you don’t even have the vocabulary. but i am so proud of him. my favourite thing that he is doing at the moment is imaginative play. today we made a milkshake out of cars, a spy glass, pink, icing and captain barnacles. he is constantly taking me on a ‘holiday’ on our ‘boat’ (aka my bed) with pretty much every single indoor and outdoor toy & any clothes that are lying around. he is so excited about having a baby brother & persists in telling me that he will be a ‘boy’ where as our ‘old’ baby (miss v) is a girl.
i swear, these kids are running circles around me & have me wrapped around their little finger. parenting is the hardest thing i have ever done (am doing), and it brings me the greatest joy.