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

A huge step…for both of us

Gus

I’m entering this week with a heavy heart… You see, my biggest boy is starting school for the first time and I’m not coping to put it lightly. Some parents might see this as something to celebrate, and yes while there is a lot to be excited about, I feel like I’m in mourning. Actually the best word I have … Read More

To Angus on your 6th birthday

Happy birthday Gus

To my dearest Gussy, I’m going to start this year’s letter straight off the bat by telling you I’m so incredibly proud of you. Six years old. Six whole years we have been lucky enough to have you in our lives. It’s a big milestone. Why, you might be wondering? It’s not 18 or 21. But six. How could it … Read More

Why having three kids, is harder than one!

Brothers

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

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

To Eddie on your 4th birthday

Eddie

To my dearest Eddie This letter is a little late. Two weeks in fact but I’m sure you’ll understand. You’re that kind of kid. In fact despite being my most challenging child in many ways, you are my most easy going. You’re kind of an enigma. Your daddy and I often talk about the contradictions of your personality. You can … 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