Becoming a family of 5.

So here we are a family of five. Alfie arrived on 29th December 2016 and he has fitted right in. It is always a worry when introducing another child into the family. I did question,  would adding a third child into the mix upset the balance. I remember experiencing similar concerns when I was expecting Harri – how would Meme cope not being the only child anymore? How would she manage having to share our attention? One on 1 time is already impossible at times.  We honestly never needed to worry as Meme loved becoming a big sister and I can honestly say there has never been any issues with jealousy.

It pretty much has been the same with Alfie. The girls adore him, Harri especially, she constantly wants to hold him and help feed him, she showers him with attention. As for Meme, whilst seems happy enough with her brother she isn’t as attentive as Harri. She has also been quite clingy to me especially when he was first born but thankfully she is much better now.

It is early days but I definitely feel a little overwhelmed with trying to look after and entertain 3 children. The girls have been on their Christmas holidays and it has been lovely that we have had the opportunity to spend some time together as a family of 5, however I am looking forward to getting back into some kind of routine and enjoying some time with my baby boy. You definitely forget how hard it is, there have been a few days this week that I have cried with tiredness. Sleep deprivation is so hard especially with 2 other little ones to look after, Harri is so demanding and I have lost my patience with her a few times this week which I instantly regret. She too is only a baby and I feel I need to remember this.

So whilst it is a bit of a juggling act at the moment and we are all trying to find our feet in the hazy fog that only a newborn brings, I am trying my best to embrace these early days as a family of five.

27 thoughts on “Becoming a family of 5.

  1. Oh gosh it’s such a difficult time with a little one isn’t it? And I agree it’s so difficult to know how to cope with your last ‘baby’ still being a baby themselves, they grow up so quickly when a younger sibling comes along. I’m glad you’re managing to enjoy this newborn time though. That photo of the girls in the hospital is adorable.

  2. What a lovely photo and i found myself nodding along as I was in your shoes just a few months ago. It is amazing but it does take some adjusting. You soon find your groove though. Although with us sleep has never returned, we have a bad sleeper here! xx

  3. That photo is just gorgeous. It’s bound to be overwhelming but I hope you find your routine and it all becomes the new normal soon. Lots of love to your new, bigger, family xx

  4. Huge congratulations on your third baby 🙂 I can’t even imagine how tough is must be with three kids (I’ve only got one!) but I hope you will settle in to new routines soon. What a cute photo of the girls 🙂 #theordinarymoments

  5. Sleep deprivation is so tough, I think it’s understandable that you’ve snapped a few times, and I’m sure you’ve thought about it much more than Harri has. I’m sure you’ll settle back into the swing of things soon – on the one hand having everyone off over Christmas to enjoy the new baby must have been amazing, but I can imagine how challenging it was too!

  6. Aww a huge well done for getting through the crazy christmas and new year period. That part of the year can be so exhausting. It sounds like things are so lovely with your big girls and their little brother. I hope the sleep comes xx

  7. aww congratulations. I love the pic with the ballon and how cute are those coats? I am glad I read this. I was eorried about the same thing. I can’t wait to read more about your life s 5. Thank you for linking up my love. #MaternityMondays

  8. Congratulations on your sweet little Alfie! I’m expecting #2, and definitely nervous about how things will play out with my son not being the only child anymore. It sounds like you’re all adjusting nicely though, but I know you must be excited to just have some alone time with baby. <3 #KCACOLS

  9. Lovely to hear that so far things are going well for you guys. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have 3 but it must definitely help knowing that Meme and Harri have taken to baby Alfie. Congrats x

  10. Congratulations on the birth of your little boy – love his name! It’s brilliant that he’s fitted right in and I’m sure your girls will love having a baby brother! #KCACOLS

  11. Firstly congratulations! And well done on keeping it together with 3 little ones. I’m not at all surprised you’ve cried with tiredness. I feel like that with 1, and our daughter is very good (I know, I’m biased but she really, really is!) #mg

  12. Aww congratulations and you sound like you’re doing amazing. I want 3 kids, my husband thinks I’m mad and 2 is enough, but I really want a big family. xx #mg

  13. Gorgeous picture and congratulations on the new addition to your family! I have not yet made the jump from one to two! How lovely for you to have a little boy as well, I am glad they are settling into having a new sibling and I send you lots of sympathetic new baby energy! Give it time and be kind to yourself. Thank you for linking to #KCACOLS and we hope to see you next Sunday xx

  14. That photo is super cute! I remember having all those fears too, how would a third child change everything? I would have been thrilled with 3 girls, but somehow having a boy I was relieved that the 2 girls would always have just one sister each. Now at 12, 9 and 7 I can honestly say they are amazing friends, and I really mean that. Right now my eldest is on school camp and it is nice that the other 2 still have each other. So happy for you!!! #mg

  15. Aw I love the photo 🙂 how old are your girls? I remember having my first baby and my step-daughter got quite clingy and “look what I can do/look at this mummy” etc for a few weeks but that eased off when she realised she was old enough to help with bathing and picking out clothes for her brother. They’re the best of friends now! Congratulations on your newest addition! #KCACOLS
    Becky x

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