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February Goals.

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Isn't it crazy that the first month of 2017 has been and gone? January was a hit and miss month for me so I'm excited to make some February Goals.

1// Re-read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I love this book! If you're ever lacking in motivation then trust me when I tell you that you need to read this! It's no secret that Elizabeth is my favourite writer. Reading Big Magic is like a breath of fresh air and right now I need a bit of a motivational kick up the backside.

2// Focus on one room! Having moved house in November I want each room decorated and finished "right this second!" Because of this I go from room to room and job to job not really having a plan and that just results in me ending up frustrated. I want to pick a room this month and focus solely on that room. I'm thinking our bedroom as it's quickly turning into a "dump all that doesn't have a home" room.

3// Another house related goal. Organisation! We've moved into a slightly bigger house so we don't have the right amount of furniture that we need yet. It will all happen in good time but I really need to think about storage and organisation this month.

4// Plan James' birthday! My eldest baby turns 8 this month. Eight! He's decided that he wants a pizza party so it shouldn't be too hard to plan. Planning his presents though will be the tough one. He is so difficult to buy for. Due to his Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder he has obsessions with certain things and isn't interested in anything else. His obsessions do change over time so it's so difficult to know what to get him. I need to get my thinking cap on!

What are your goals for this month? Did you complete your January goals?!

Life Lately.

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Let's just take a moment to remember my January goals that I wrote on New Years Day where I stated that I wanted to post at least twice a week. Ha! My goal didn't change but James had a little mishap with my MacBook so I am currently computer-less. In fact I've missed blogging that much that I'm now writing this from my iPhone. Crazy? Maybe. Time consuming? Most definitely. When a girl misses her blog though, what else is there to do? 

I figured a little life catch up is in order. In my head I'm trying to figure out which would be the best (or easiest!) posts to write on my phone until I sort my computer situation out. Maybe a January favourites tomorrow. 

Life. It's been crazy. Three kids is no joke, especially when one of them is a three year old diva who is struggling with all the recent changes. A new brother. A new house. Nursery school. It all adds up and for her they are all massive things. I have to remind myself of this several times a day when she is acting out. I'm trying to pick my battles with her and remember that at 3 years old it's hard to express your emotions correctly. 

After lots of problems with James' new school we had to move him back to his old school. He couldn't be happier and to see him so excited each day to run into school makes the crazy busy days worth while. It's a mission and a half to get him to school and back again but after seeing him so unhappy when he changed schools I was willing to do anything to make him smile  again. Parenting definitely doesn't get easier as they get older. The challenges just change. From worrying about nappy rash and sleepless nights due to teething to worrying about their friendship circles and homework. At some point I know I'll be sat up at midnight waiting for a teenage James to come home from a party. I'm pretty sure my Mum still worries about me and I'm nearly 32! 

And this one. He's definitely my easiest baby out of the 3. He's following in his brothers footsteps with regards to reflux. By 10am the other day we had changed outfits 4 times. He started medication on Monday though and it definitely seems to be helping. He's still sick quite a bit but he's a lot calmer. I can't believe he's 16 weeks old today! Where has that gone? In just 10 days he'll be 4 months old which blows my mind. He's so funny at the moment though. I've discovered he's ticklish and has the cutest little giggle. I basically spend my days trying to make him laugh. The older two probably think Mummy has lost her mind. 

Night times are tough. This little guy eats every two hours through the day and night so there's not much sleep happening. I am lucky in the fact that he sleeps in between feedings at night but it's only 
an hour and a bit and he's awake again for another feed! The days all roll into one. Caffeine is my best friend. 

I've spent quite a bit of time, especially during those night feeds thinking. Mostly it's random thoughts such as how does a baby cope when it has an itch? Isn't that the most annoying feeling?! It always happens to me when I'm washing dishes. As soon as I put my hands in the water, I'll get an itchy nose and until I can scratch it, it drives me crazy. So what does a baby do? Maybe it's why they cry so much. Anyway, when I'm not having random thoughts like that, I've been thinking about myself. What I want to do? At the moment I'm completely immersed in motherhood. Who isn't with a 3 month old, 3 year old & 7 year old? Each time I've had a baby though I've done something to remind myself that I'm still Liane. A woman and not just a mother. After James I studied Psychology. After Emilie I studied Makeup Artistry. I have no idea what I want to do this time but I'm sure at some point around 3am one morning I'll figure it out.. 

You do not want to know how long this has taken to write.. It feels good to be writing again though.. 


24 Things I've Learnt With 3 Kids

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Eleven weeks into this parenting three children gig and I feel like I'm just starting to get a handle on it. We have good days and bad days but over the past two and a half months I've noticed a few things...

1 - My house will always be loud, even when everyone is getting along.
2 - I can do 3 loads of washing a day but the washing basket will never be empty.
3 - A cup of tea and 2 bourbon biscuits counts as a meal.
4 - There will always be someone staring at me whilst I pee.
5 - Breastfeeding is draining.
6 - There is always someone to cuddle.
7 - Somedays a 30 second conversation with the postman will be the only adult conversation I get all day.
8 - There is no 'just popping out' quickly anymore.. Leaving the house is a mammoth task.
9 - I will always forget either nappies or wipes when I do manage to get us all out of the house.
10 - I will either have my hair done or my makeup on. Never both on the same day.
11 - A 3 minute shower is now me-time.
12 - There will aways be someone crying,
13 - Or hungry/thirsty/fill in the blank.
14 - As soon as I sit down to feed the baby, the 3 year old will poop. Every time..
15 - I welcome any and all visitors. Adult conversation!
16 - Once they are all in bed I miss them.
17 - I will call each child the wrong name at least 3 times a day. Yesterday I called the dog Henry....
18 - I consider it a miracle if at 6.15am all 3 are still sleeping.
19 - A sling is a lifesaver come dinner time.
20 - I can go from unhappy to happy with just one smile from the kids or an 'I love you Mummy,'
21 - I can survive on 3 hours broken sleep a night.
22 - I will always feel Mummy guilt. I will always question my parenting.
23 - I won't be able to please everyone at dinner time. Unless I want to cook 4 separate meals. (I dread when Henry is eating food too!)
24 - Bad days happen but tomorrow is always a new day.


January Goals.

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Happy New Year! I'm starting 2017 with a PJ day, baby snuggles and blogging. The best way to start the year in my opinion. I'm excited to say goodbye to 2016 and leap head first into 2017! I feel like I'm starting to get my blogging mojo back and I want to keep that motivation going. Starting with my January goals.. 

1// Publish at least 3 blog posts during the week and then one on Sunday. Ideally I want to get back to posting every week day but I feel like starting with that is like setting myself up for failure. I can be motivated but I also need to be realistic. Three children one of which is an unpredictable baby and a house to run isn't a small job :) 

2// Pick my camera up more. It's so easy for me to grab my iPhone to snap photos but we all know camera photos are better, right? 

3// Chill out! I'm a typically type A personality which means that I tend to stress over the small things. I wake up thinking about my to-do list and go to bed thinking about it. I want to let the little things go in 2017. I want to forget about that to-do list once in a while and focus on the exciting moments instead. 

4// I'm going for my post gestational diabetes blood test this week and I'm hoping that I'm in the all clear but since having Henry and being able to eat normally again, I've gone back to old habits. When the baby is screaming to be held all day it's easier to grab something on the go that I can eat one handed rather than sit down and eat something that requires cutlery and two hands! I need to make more of an effort to eat like I was when I had Gestational Diabetes... & keep my fingers crossed that my blood test comes back all clear!

What are your goals for January?  

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