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Old Nov 15th, 2017, 02:29 AM   1
Zephram
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Mums of 3 - help!!!


Iím due with baby number 3 in February and over the last few days Iíve started to freak out - I find 2 kids hard enough, so how the heck do you get through the day with 3?

Seriously, up until now I figured I would just take it as it comes, but my two boys are both going through really challenging phases and I donít know how adding a newborn (a third boy, I might add!) into the mix is going to go.

My 5 year old is too clever and stubborn for his own good and my two year old is the cheekiest little monkey, the phrase terrible twos was invented for him, no joke. Lately I feel like they both run rings around me. If I canít keep up with two, how am I going to cope with 3?

Not to mention, by the way, that my OH wants to have a fourth kid after this, since he wants a girl and weíre up to boy number 3. I may actually be dead from exhaustion and lack of supermum power before then.

So, no, for real. How hard is it having 3 and am I right to be dreading it right now?



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2017, 02:57 AM   2
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I had the same concerns but to be fair, I deal with ADHD and I was having a hard time actually getting a review done on DS2's Ritalin. It took 6 months of one certain someone ignoring me and not passing my concerns on that I took him into clinic WITHOUT medication and told him to 'be himself'. I was seen in 10 minutes. Also made the threat that AFTER his medication was reviewed and increased accordingly that if the nurse in question came anywhere near me or my family again I would have her job. She caused so many issues in 6 months it wasn't funny. I was ready to commit suicide it got that bad!

Mind you, my first 2 were 8 and 7 when the little one arrived so it was easier as they were at school. I think regardless of age there are challenges with every age so it's just a case of waiting until baby arrives and adapting really. But you will be fine.



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2017, 07:05 AM   3
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I actually found going from 2 to 3 the easiest transition. Baby has no choice but to fit in with family life and us mums have no choice but to manage and get on with things



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2017, 19:06 PM   4
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Thanks! Iím hoping itís going to be easier than Iím fearing. Just so tired and hormonal and finding my kids to be a lot of work right now, Iím worrying about what Iíve got myself into having another!



 
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Old Nov 16th, 2017, 02:26 AM   5
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Hey I’m in your shoes age gaps child ages child personalities the lot, 3 years down the road from you though. The children’s personalities may seem like you have no extra time or energy to spare but you’ll find that no matter what comes your way you will find your way of doing things and you’ll always make sure everything’s okay, you’ll get much much faster you’ll become a dab hand at doing so much at once it’ll become second nature. The age gaps are good too x



 
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Old Nov 16th, 2017, 12:27 PM   6
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Well, you just get used to it I suppose! It was hard for me when Emma was a brand new baby, but I have found that she's had no choice but to slot in with the rest of our routines and I don't feel like life is any harder at all now.

The older kids are more difficult than Emma is by far, so that would have been the same anyway. Thomas has recently been diagnosed with ASD and opposition defiance disorder, and Sophie's finally going through her first ever stroppy stage so that's been hard. The toddler is a breeze in comparison!



 
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Old Nov 16th, 2017, 17:11 PM   7
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Agreed two to three was so much easier than one to two. I have 3 boys and I love it, it’s crazy busy and exhausting but I can’t imagine being without them now



 
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Old Nov 17th, 2017, 14:38 PM   8
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I feel the same way! I wanted to have just two for a loooong while and now I'm feeling totally overwhelmed at the thought of adding a third next year.



 
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Old Nov 17th, 2017, 16:25 PM   9
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One to two was sooo much harder than 2-3 and number three has been really challenging with illness and allergies. She’s quite a demanding baby however my older two have each other to play with so I don’t feel quite the same guilt I did when number 2 was a baby. Now she’s 10m I do manage to give all of them some one on one throughout the day but they all just mostly get on with it and so do I because I have to!



 
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Old Nov 18th, 2017, 06:03 AM   10
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I found it quite difficult in the early months as my son needed to be at nursery for 8.30am and daughter at playgroup(where i left her for 2 hours) for 9.45am. It involved lots of faffing around back and forth etc and in hindsight id possibly have pulled my daughter out of playgroup to make life easier for those first few months. Id also probably have taken up offers of people taking my son to nursery. I wanted to do it all myself and show i could manage but i was so bloody exhausted, developed mastitis and really struggled.

Sooo... if people offer help actually take it! If your husband offers to do something let him!
Apart from that baby did slot in very nicely. She was so chilled and slept well. I would say any slight tiny bit of me time was gone for the first while but baby is 1 tomo and life is getting alot easier! Im actually really enjoying it. Let the little ones help get nappies, maybe do things with them whilst they feed.
Another thing i used to do to avoid jealousy is if baby and one of the others were crying (but i knew there was nothing wrong with baby) id say things like ul just have to wait for now brother needs me too and hes important too. Silly things like that but i really think it helped that they felt important too



 
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