Day one of two: in numbers

November 7, 2014


This week we had our first proper day as a three post-paternity leave, the first whole day of me with the two children. And do you know what? We survived…so it can’t have been all that bad, can it? I jest, it was actually pretty fun at times. If not relentless.

The hardest part was managing toddler logistics while holding a small, sling-refusing baby. And toddler time (either right now or longer than time itself) is difficult to align with newborn time (generally a few seconds of warning before factor ten red alert).

Here’s how the numbers stacked up:

* Number of us who got dressed: all three, at some point (yesss)
* Times we left the house: once
* Distance we made it from the house before returning, soaking wet, due to jumping in puddles: 10 fun metres
* Loads of washing: endless
* Times we watched Frozen: actually, just the once
* Value of Frozen in distraction (e.g. hours of Elsa and ‘Arnar’ role play, stories and ‘let it go’ dancing): priceless
* Topsy and Tim books read: all of them
* Probability of the toddler wanting something I’d not second guessed the minute the baby started feeding: 100%
* Number of arms you’d ideally need for this: around 8, I reckon
* Three things I’ve learned: patience, enthusiasm and energy are challenging to fake when you’ve had four hours of broken sleep. But yeah! etc
* Amount of times I hid in the kitchen, cramming biscuits into my mouth while hyperventilating and looking longingly at the wine rack: none (I call that a result).

Have a great weekend! x


  • Polly

    November 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    hehe… made me smile 🙂 congrats on surviving as a three-some… I remember being on my own with two kids the first time, seemed terrifying but soon became normal! {not sure about being on my own with four soon though ha!!}

  • fritha

    November 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    bless you you’ve done great!I think the thing that worries is me is that part you said about second guessing what the toddler wants when you are needed with the baby, although I guess you just manage! I remember when Wilf was a new born Tom went out for 3 hours and came back and I was in the same place with W on me saying I couldn’t move to grab anything but I guess when you have another child you just have to work it out! xx

  • Fiona

    November 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Ha definitely a result, and much better than my average day 😉 xx

  • Mouse

    November 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Oh wow, go you! The thought of 2 terrifies me. I barely scrape by with 1. Well done you! And you even made it outdoors!!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    November 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    This all rings a bell! Especially the wanting something as soon you sit down to breastfeed! I’m so broody right now though! x

  • Jodie

    November 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    No biscuits consumed?!?!?! I’m disappointed. 🙂

  • Katie Albury

    November 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Love this…well done you for making it through the day! It can only get easier…I hope so anyway! xx

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