Life with three

Apologies for my radio silence, I can’t believe it’s been nearly four weeks since my last proper post and that Elijah is over a month old already. Where does time go?!

Life with three is so far, going more smoothly than I had anticipated. I was envisioning these early weeks as being stress filled and being unable to meet everyone’s needs but actually, adjusting to being a family of five is going well. The transition has definitely been helped by friends and our Church family feeding us for three weeks, Dan being nothing short of incredible and being on the go continuously as he is back at work and helping with the kids in every spare minute he has and me embracing the words of the most hated or loved Disney film (depending on your age) and remembering to Let It Go. The control freak in me struggles slightly with this but I’m just trying to remember that it doesn’t matter if the house isn’t as clean as I’d like it to be, if I haven’t written a post twice a week or if we haven’t managed to keep up with our home ed curriculum….these weeks are precious and fleeting so we just need to relax and enjoy them.

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Having said that, we’ve actually been out and about a fair bit this last fortnight and enjoying the onset of Spring. There has certainly been a lot of informal and conversational learning going on here recently. We’ve only managed one week of our Spring B’s curriculum so far and now are embracing the Easter holidays but I’m confident we’ll be back on it once Easter is over. The week we did do though was all about birds and we had good fun reading our books, visiting the RSPB reserve, putting up nesting boxes and a feeder and making clay birds and nests. Once we restart we’ll continue our bird based learning including some ace looking craft activities such as felt eggs and making edible nests aka macaroons!
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We finished the week with a Church weekend away to Newquay. We had a lovely time away and enjoyed getting to know folk from church better as well as making the most of the gorgeous weather with some time on the beach.
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Then last week saw us taking the train to Dartmouth for a few days with Mum, Dad and Julia. We enjoyed relaxing, spending time with then and even a spot of crabbing! The kids were excited to catch a bucket full of the nippy critters and I very much appreciated the extra daytime help with the small people.
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Reading back it looks like we’ve been busy but in reality I’ve found plenty of time to rest and we have pottered at home a lot. Sophia and Isaac have been getting on amazingly (even if they have been a bit stroppy with me!) and that has definitely made things easier as they’ve spent a lot of time playing or reading books together. Elijah continues to be a very relaxed small person and is just starting to smile which is just an unbeatable feeling, he’s capturing all our hearts with his cuteness! All in all, it’s been a good few weeks and with some exciting things to look forward to in April I’m hoping life with three continues as happily as it has started!
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