Hi. My name is Kathryn. And it has been exactly four months since my last blog.
You see, I started oliphantum way back in March 2016 with the intention of blogging regularly and creating a little world through which I could get back a bit of “me”. Find my humour and get my creativity going again after having two children and spending a lot of time being poorly and at home.
But it wasn’t always that easy.
Two children is hard.
And why is it that, just like with birth and the first baby, no one actually bothers to tell you exactly how hard!?
No one tells you that sleep deprivation from two small people that don’t sleep feels like pins being consistently stuck into your eyes.
No one tells you that your first born will, at some stage, turn into a miniature Tasmanian devil and try to smother your newborn baby either with love or a pillow!
No one tells you that whilst you thought keeping up with laundry for three people was hell on earth, that doing it for four people will nearly kill you.
No one tells you that what little you had left of your former intelligence will most definitely stick two fingers up at you and leave at the first chance it gets, leaving you a blithering idiot that can only do one thing at a time and talk about nappies for approximately 19 months (I am at this point now – I may be wrong, and I may still be a blithering idiot!).
No one tells you that you will cry more after your second child. Perhaps because no one likes to talk about that part – but they should!!
Then there was my eldest starting school, me starting a new job AND a big house move…just because life didn’t seem hard enough!
Yep, the second half of 2016 was pretty much a disaster.
A really big struggle.
This isn’t a pity party. I’m not looking for sympathy. It just sometimes helps to actually tell people that it’s been hard work.
And that I haven’t coped very well with it.
At times I coped pretty darn badly to be honest.
Craaaaaaaazy woman would be a good name for me, and I’m sure that Mr O would agree.
Thankfully all the poorly in the world, all the stress, upheaval and general ridiculousness has helped me to see things a bit more clearly.
Two children is still going to be hard throughout 2017. Especially because Henry has now turned into a beast that likes to scream at me whenever I even suggest his nappy needs changing and Ruby has decided that she knows everything in the whole world and that I, actually, know nothing.
I don’t do resolutions as a rule. I am never going to give up chocolate and running is alright, but only in summer. So for 2017, here is my annual List of Stuff To Remember:
- My children are not trying to (purposefully) drive me insane
- I’ve had a toddler before and survived unscathed
- Chocolate is good, but in moderation
- My four year old is the most loving, kind and clever girl – everything we wished she would be
- Siblings fight and argue, it’s normal
- Gin and Tonic is my friend
- Work, although important, is not the be all and end all
- Find the time to write my blog, because it’s fun and I enjoy it
But mostly I think I need to remember to count my blessings.
I need to remember that I am loved and that I love my family and friends so much. Nothing is worth forgetting that for. Not ever.
Here’s to a fantastic 2017.
Let me know what’s on your Stuff to Remember list in the comments!
Speak soon x