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Was doing my makeup because we're heading out to a wedding... And Hunter was desperate to "help". He was SO proud of his makeup artistry, I couldn't take it off until after we dropped him off at mums πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ Reckon I should just keep it?!
My ovaries just hypothetically exploded.  Hunter just wrapped his arms round my belly and looked up at me and said "Mummy, I just love the baby SO much." Me too, kid. Me too. All 3 of ya ❀️
The boys built a fort to "protect us all from the wind and sandstorm" ❀️ Also - tried to take some photos for Mrs Smith maternity at the beach, buuuuuut the wind well and truly came to the party πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Check out my IG stories for some giggles!
Me: Smile!

Hunter: πŸ˜¬πŸ˜–πŸ˜œπŸ€©πŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™…β€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™ˆπŸ₯΄πŸ€·β€β™‚️ 🀣 Which expression is your fave??
Someone asked me earlier how long I have to go before this baby arrives... I accidentally typed "11 years" instead of "11 weeks", realised, then spent longer than was probably necessary deciding which option felt more accurate.

Then I realised how much we have to get done before baby arrives, and considered changing it to "11 seconds". Gah!  What's the best "baby prep" you did before welcoming a new one?  Third time round and I still have no clue!! Bonus points if it's stuff that helped you wrangle older siblings once adding to the tribe.  #SoUnprepared #SendHelp #OrJustAChefAndCleaner

Gorgeous maternity/breastfeeding top by @mrssmithclothing 😍😘
Behaviour is communication.

Hunter has been SUCH a handful lately. It's like he read the description for "terrible twos" and took it as a challenge to smash through because he's an over achiever. He's been so demanding of everything; time, attention, personal space, help, entertainment, food... It feels like almost everything is a battle at the moment. It's exhausting. I'm exhausted.

But when I stop and think about it, of course he's struggling. Everything in his world is changing right now: we're renovating and moving house, so everything is packed away and he's too young to comprehend/remember where we're going. Most of his belongings are in boxes and his room is now off limits to him. I'm pregnant, so even though he knows there's a "baby in mum's tummy", he can't really comprehend what that means or where it leaves him, except for the fact that mum's now tired and grumpy all the time and says *duck* a lot more. And cuddles are harder because there's a giant puku in the way. It's school holidays, so he's switched kindy for two weeks.  Ashton's suddenly at home all the time but is off playing "big boy games" out on the street with all the neighbourhood kids that Hunter can't join in on because I can't waddle after him fast enough or long enough. He's sleeping with us in Ashton's room which is great fun except he's not allowed to touch half the things in there either.

That's a heck of a lot for a two year old to deal with - *of course* he's going to find it hard to balance or process his emotions. God, I'm even struggling to balance and process my emotions.

So even though he's been a handful, it's really him saying "a lot of things are changing in my world right now that I can't control and that's scary and hard to process". And now that I've actually stopped yelling long enough to realise that, I'm going to try and change MY behaviour, so that it says back to him: "I know you're finding this really hard, but I'm here for you and we'll get through this together." *Note: I'm all rational and philosophical about this now because both kids are in bed and I managed to have a shower by myself for a change. I'll probably be back to yelling in the morning πŸ˜‚
Pregnancy realness: getting dressed at 4.30pm, but only because I wanted dumplings and that meant going out to get them.

But while we're here, can we take a moment to all say "aww" at how cute my husband is for surprising me with flowers because today is our two year "engagement anniversary" which isn't really a thing but if it means I get flowers and we get all cute and tell each other how much we love each other all day then is totally a thing? My present to him is me trying really hard not to cry about anything irrational today, and a packet of Arnotts mint slice biscuits. And I let him share my dumplings #TrueLove #IGotDonutsToo #AndMaybeAlsoHersheysKissesAndBrieAndChickenNuggets #ItsForTheBaby
Anyone else see photos of themselves and go "Holy shit, is that what I look like?!"... Because same πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ When I look down I think "why am I so sore and tired all the time, I'm not even that big" - but then I caught a side profile of myself in the mirror today and was like OH DAMN there's all that baby that's been giving me grief!! Everything is so achy now - ribs, back, boobs, legs. I have to hold my pelvis together with my hands to roll over in bed, and often get lovely nerve pain shooting down my leg and making it numb.  Reflux has kicked in (which makes sense because ERRRYTHANG is all squished up in there). Have officially hit the third trimester now though, so on the home stretch πŸ‘
When you're being a goofball then find a "phone" (or calculator but let's not split hairs) to call Daddy at work. "OH! Hello, Daddy. How are you doing today? Are you fixing the coffee machines? Is it fun, Daddy? Is my friend Dan there? Is he having fun fixing the coffee machines?" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ @espressorepairspecialists
Trying to work + kitten wanted to help = compulsory selfie. Kitten soon regretted trying to walk all over my keyboard πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #ImSureHeSecretlyLovesIt #HadToPurrsuadeHimThough #MaintainingAPawsitiveWorkEnvironment
Someone was super excited to try the #sweetaschallenge Hot Chocolate creation at this morning... It was a winner!! The challenge runs until the 28th, so get in and try one for yourself ❀️ #notsponsored #justafan #nomnomnom @sweetaschallenge
Mum's taking care of my plants while our house is full of trades and plasterers... So came to visit them and thought I better take a photo of (some of) my babies all together πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ @laura_thoughtsandstuff I've kept all yours alive EXCEPT the wandering jew which technically is still *alive* but not terribly happy with me πŸ™ˆ