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.