My week of no yelling

me yelling

Recently I’d noticed I had been slipping into a very bad habit, one that just didn’t sit right with me. The habit I’m talking about is yelling. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that a healthy amount of yelling and parenting generally go hand in hand, but you know the saying that goes “I yell so loudly the next … Read More

Crying it out

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It’s been three months since I last cried. Three months. I’ve never ever gone this long without crying and it feels so wrong. For the last three months I would say I’ve been in survival mode. You know how adrenaline kicks in when you’re expected to fight or flight? That’s how I’ve been living of late. A newborn baby, sleep … Read More

5 things I’ve changed since number 4!

erin and the kids

Well, it’s been three whole months since our beautiful fourth bundle came bouncing into our world, making it entirely richer. Three months of life drastically changing, expanding, adapting, every single day. I’d like to say I’ve handled it all in my stride, but that would be a bold face lie. Some days have been extremely tough, others less so. But … Read More

How to deal with the end of daylight saving

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Getting your child into a good routine is tough work, and just when you think you’ve got it right, something throws a spanner in the works. This “something” I’m talking about is daylight saving! Can I hear a collective “grrrr”? This weekend the clocks turn back to normal time, so I’m sharing some tips on how to cope with the … Read More

Why having three kids, is harder than one!

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My dear husband said something to me the other day, that got me all fired up. We were discussing the imminent arrival of our fourth child, when he mentioned that someone had asked whether it was harder to have more than one child. His réponse? “Having three kids, is no different to having one.” That’s when I lost it. Let … Read More

The marathon of pregnancy

Tired pregnant lady!

I could never have been a marathon runner. I would have given up long before the finish line. In fact I have this memory of a sports carnival and being asked to fill in for someone in the long distance event. I agreed because I’m a yes person and instantly regretted it. About 400 metres in, I faked a rolled … Read More

I’m a sleep failure

Eddie catching up on sleep

Hi, I’m Erin, and I’m a sleep failure. I am. Don’t try and convince me otherwise. You see I have a child, sometimes two children, who frequently wake during the night. They aren’t babies, so I can’t use that excuse. They are four years old and nearly six years old. For realz. You see, I am a failure. It wasn’t … Read More

Are you coping?

me stressed

Cos I’m not. But then I am. But then I’m not. I realised this today, that my level of coping, fluctuates a lot. Right now I’m coming off the back of the entire family (including myself) being sick with head colds. My 3 year old was the last to be hit by the bug and has spent the last three … Read More

What about me?

Sick me

Recently I’ve been living in a house of sickness. Nothing life threatening, just your every day, run of the mill, head cold/cough/snot-fest. It did the rounds, with each child suffering through with the usual demanding-ness of a sick child. You know, lazing around on the couch and yelling for stuff 24/7. Then my husband got sick and I was all … Read More