Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Siblings in October // My Tiny Tribe

October has been good to us so far... good but insanely busy... the days fly by and it seems our evenings are jam-packed too. We are so very ready for the Half Term break.

This tiny tribe of ours have really found their rhythm now. Home life is a constant buzz... there is always something going on, always some make-believe game that the big three are fully immersed in while Elias looks on. Jonas is now fully integrated into the girls duo, and while he doesn't always play ball, he's a much loved member of their little gang. At two years old, he's certainly the one keeping me on my toes at the moment - he loves his baby brother in the way that big brothers do... heavy handedly and with a lot of attempted bundling.

It keeps me busy!

The girls are fully in school mode, and Heidi has adjusted so well. She has been brimming with energy and enthusiasm for school (though she will freely admit that the best bit about school is her lunch!!), though this past week or so, the tiredness has set in.

Ava continues to work hard and be our sibling gang's little ringleader. She is such a kind big sister though and is much adored by all of them, but Jonas is her little shadow. He follows her around and treats her very much like his mini-Mama. She seems perfectly happy with that arrangement though!

So here's our little Siblings in October...

Ava (6 years, 2 months) is loving
* Reading "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
* Anne of Green Gables
* Colouring in the playground at lunchtime
* Her sports club at School
* Songwriting with Mama

Heidi (4 years, 7 months) is loving
* Ice cream at the Cafe with Papa
* School Dinners
* Cuddles with her baby brother
* Learning to read!
* Rollering her oils on every day

Jonas (2 years, 4 months) is loving
* Doing his "blind mouse" impression
* Going swimming with Papa
* Naming all his toy vehicles
* Watching the dustbin lorry
* Wearing his football kit

Elias (6 months) is loving
* Chewing on his feet
* Rolling over as soon as you lay him on his back
* Gummy smiles
* The Jumparoo
* Snuggles with Mama at 5.30am

So that's us in October... we'll see you in November!!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Baby Tales // Six Months

Happy half birthday my littlest man! You bring us so much joy! This month you have hit a tonne of milestones - you don't lie on your back for more than a few seconds now, before your little legs are over and you've flipped. You hold your little head high, those huge blue eyes taking in everything, and you are just such a happy, joyful baby. It is truly an honour to be your Mama.

I am revelling in the baby phase fourth time round... just savouring the cuddly, chubby, gummy and giggly snuggles of babyhood. I thought babies were hard until I had toddlers, and then I realised that the physical exhaustion of mothering babies is no match for the mental exhaustion of toddlers! Despite the fact I'm still up at least once in the night, he's the easiest of the bunch at the moment... and just gurgles, coos, sleeps and smiles his way through the day.

For Elias, life is one constant show of entertainment... there is always a sibling around, either singing at him, smothering him in hugs and kisses or just generally bouncing around and keeping him amused, but my favourite moments with this babe of mine are the quiet pockets of the day where we are just alone. Me and him. When you're the youngest of four, one on one time can be minimal, but there's a little slot in the afternoon, when the girls are at school, and Jonas sleeps and my littlest boy and I have a little space and I have a bit of time just for him. It's precious. And I love it. And I think he does too.

The six month mark means we are officially out of the tiny baby phase, and I know we'll be hurtling towards one at breakneck speed. The next six months will no doubt be a flurry of milestones - first food, sitting, crawling, perhaps even walking! I've thoroughly savoured the tiny baby days of leaving my baby in one place, and knowing he'll still be there when I come back... I know my days are numbered!

Oh Elias, I thank the Lord every day for the precious gift you are to us. Those scary hospital weeks seem so far behind us now, and I'm so very, very grateful that you are here - fit and well and thriving - and bringing us so much joy. You have slotted right into our family so perfectly... and I genuinely can't imagine, or believe, that just six months ago you weren't even here!

My prayer for you in these next six months, sweet boy, is that you will begin to grasp how loved you are - by your siblings, by us, and by your heavenly Father... and that as you begin to grasp those truths, you will know your identity and place as a much loved member of our family, and an unconditionally loved child of the King of Kings.

We love you, our Elias boy!

Ich hab dich so lieb,

Mama x

Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Irony of Relinquishment...

We were so weekend ready this week.

It's been a crazy, wonderful season...

Full to the brim. In every sense of the phrase. And then yesterday, as I pulled up at the Post Office to pick up a parcel we'd missed, I got the news that my blog had been shortlisted for an award. It seems ironic, in many ways. I feel that this little space has been forced to take more of a back seat these past few months as I adjust to mothering four, and it feels ironic to me that right when I let go, it appears to get noticed.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Natural Support for Seasonal Sniffles // Getting our Bodies Ready forAutumn

It's the same old story every year. We return to school, to routines and structures, to early starts and rushes out the door, to earlier nights and cooler weather and without fail, within a week, we'll be battling some attack on our immune system. Whether it be a sick bug, a cold or a sore throat, the changing seasons seem to invite those viruses and infections as part and parcel of the Autumn.

And September was no different.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Frantic // When life runs at breakneck speed


It's been a little crazy these past few weeks... Life has felt like a bit of a whirlwind and I can't quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it's the nature of a new school year, perhaps the contrast to a long, laid back summer, perhaps the adjustment to half of us now being out of the house everyday.

It wasn't exactly as I pictured it...

If I'm honest my head feels full. I roll into bed, drowsy-eyed, ready for a night of broken sleep and an early start. We are all fit and well, healthy and happy, and yet there has been a sense that something's wrong brewing for a few weeks now.

And I know exactly what it is.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Back to School Feast // Starting the Year Well

It's become a yearly tradition, and one which our children look forward to each September. The night before school starts, a feast is prepared. It may just be something simple like this year's spaghetti bolognese with ice-cream for desert, but nonetheless the run up is a flurry of activity - laying the table, decorating their crowns, making place-name cards and painting pictures for the mantel. It's a little celebration of a summer full of memories, and a preparation for a brand new school year ahead.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Baby Tales // Five Months!

Oh this boy! This delicious little bundle of smiles, giggles, deep belly chortles and coos. We love you so Elias! This month you've been hit by your first bout of illness... a little sore throat and a nasty cough. To be fair, you've done well to get to five months, but you're such a little poppet, you don't stop smiling despite being a little under the weather.

And that smile has me wrapped around your little finger already.