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Year One Completed

2nd Dec 2013
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My first year of having two kids has come and gone with a big party for my daughters first birthday over the weekend. So the hardest part is over apparently. I suppose dealing with reflux, weaning, breastfeeding on demand, tantrums and toilet training the older one and dealing with chicken pox has been hard work and I’m glad it is over. But there’s still the sleeping through the night to deal with, walking, the teeth (which still haven’t come out although I swear she’s been teething since she was three months old!) and the tantrums. The hard work is not over yet but then I guess in a way, it never will be. However, I do think I’m getting used to this lifestyle rather than trying to fight it all the time. Rather than thinking I can’t wait til I can do this or that and which usually involves something without the girls, I feel comfortable doing whatever it is and having the girls with me. I can also leave the girls to play together in the sitting room while I go in the kitchen and not worry about them too much which is a big bonus.

Anyway, I’m still recovering from the party which we decided had to be big as we had a big party for our first daughter and then I’ll have to start thinking about Christmas. And then hopefully, look forward to a chilled out 2014. In between all of this, I also want to start looking for work which still fluctuates between wanting an amazing career to wanting something to fit in with my lifestyle.

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By MarionMorrison
03rd Dec 2013 09:03

Hard Work

"The hard work is not over yet".  Oh good grief.  As a father of two daughters now in their twenties I'm sure I echo a number of parents smirking out there.  Parenting does not get easier simply because the kids are bigger.  What happens is that the problems become fewer and less frequent, but a lot more intractable.  Not to belittle the exhaustion of younger days but tired and unco-operative 8 year olds, stroppy 13 year olds and angst over relationship issues of older teenagers are all there ahead of you.

My brother once said that in hindsight he wanted a child who was a girl from 0-10, a boy from 10-20 and then reverted to being a girl.

But having painted a black side, I can't express what a joy it is when your daughter buys you lunch out of money they've earned and which they can afford.  I'm infinitely proud of my two, and all the effort, lack of sleep and hair-tearing is worth it 100-fold.

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By Flash Gordon
04th Dec 2013 09:43

Should I mention

At this point should I mention the under-age drinking, teenage pregnancies and 'having your house trashed thanks to Facebook invites while you're away' episodes that you still have to worry about (even if they don't actually happen)?! 

Enjoy every moment when you can :)

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