Since finding out I was going to have a third child, my thoughts have turned many times to the changes that await us in the coming months. New house, new car, that sort of thing. However, what I didn’t bank on was all the stress it was going to cause me. Point one, we have been unable to sell our house. Point two, there are hardly any cars that fit three children in the back! That means that our only choice is a large seven seater car, and they are SUPER expensive.
I didn’t really think clearly about all the changes that would crop up in our lives, though of course I wouldn’t change a thing now, but it seems like there will be huge things to think about. Holidays will no longer be as easy, we will have to stay in places with three bedrooms rather than two, and how many airlines have rows of seats for five? How many restaurants have tables for five? Will we ever eat out again?
If I am out alone with the children, I won’t have enough hands to hold all their hands, what happens if we are crossing a busy car park – how do I control them all?! Will I now have to strap three children into the car, rather than two? How long will it take to get out of the house for instance? Will I ever sleep again?
I remember going out to the park with a friend of mine with four children. After ten minutes she was totally worn out trying to keep track of them all, and simply couldn’t cope with the demands of trying to push two children on the swings at the same time as rescuing a child from a climbing frame. I remember thinking at the time, wow, that looks like hard work, and soon that same mum will be me!
Lots of things to think about, and changes to be made. I know it will be hard, but it will all be worth it in the end.
Written by our regular contributor Heather.
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