Friday, October 14, 2011

Update on my journey

My two older kids are at preschool, and both the younger ones are having their naps. As much as I'm enjoying it, I'm a little lost lol.

As I stated in my post yesterday, the past couple of months have been rush rush and have quickly blurred past me.

For the first few weeks after having bub, I didn't continue with anything to do with my journey to regain control of my house and finances, in fact it was quite the opposite. My plan of being strict with money and paying out that car went out the window, the house seemed to return to the state it was when I was working and the clutter seemed to breed like crazy...

I wasn't too concerned with the house and clutter as I know life can be crazy with the arrival of a new bub and would soon be dealt with once things settle down, but I was really concerned about the money side of things, as with the arrival of bubs, we're even more desperate for extra space and another room.

We can in no way afford an extension on the house, or to move to a bigger place at the moment, so we decided to get built ins in the kids rooms to free up some storage space. This has been heaven sent. Miss 4's room is tiny, but since having the built ins has made her room look larger. We've also put some shelves up, and by doing so we were able to get rid of her little table which housed her pretty things. She has so much more floor space now.

We haven't yet removed the old wardrobes from the boys room yet, so I can't comment on how much space it has free'd up. But I do love the built in :)

Over the past few weeks, I've started getting back into decluttering. I've managed to get rid of about 7 bags from home. We also held a garage sale, and with the promise of not bringing the left over stuff back into the house, I filled more bags and actually got my mum, aunties and cousin into the decluttering spirit. Between us, we managed to fill bags and boxes the length and width of a massive 8 seater dining table (It was stored there until dad could take it to the op shop. He's the only one with a car big enough to fit it all lol). That's great considering my mum and aunties hold onto things until they finally sell. Which in one case was 8 years lol.

Even with the house looking like a bomb hit it, it's so much quicker and easier to return it to a state of order. So those months of decluttering and organising has definitely paid off :)

We're still paying extra onto the car, with a minimum of $50 a week. Most weeks we put a lot more on it, but I found when we pumped so much money into the loan, we'd fall off the wagon. We're now under the $20000 mark on our loan :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

8 Weeks Old Today

Where has the time gone?? I can't believe how fast the time has gone. It seemed to fly by in a blur.

Things are going really well. He's finally starting to settle into a routine which is great (he was waking every 1-2 hrs).

I'm combining breast and bottle feeding. I was exclusively breastfeeding, but it was a bit hard to constantly feed bubs when I still have 3 other kiddies at home. Since doing this, he has been a lot more settled.

He sometimes has trouble with passing and bringing up wind, which is new to me, none of my others had any trouble lol.

He is VERY fussy (like his dad) we think we've figured out what he likes or what soothes him, but the next day it's something different.

He loves his cuddles and loves watching his brothers and sister.

The kids are great with him. Miss 4.5 always asks to ''baby sit'' bubs. The older 2 will often give him his dummy or bottle, or turn the swing on for him. Mr 3 loves fetching his bouncer :)

My husband has been excellent. He will get up to the older kids in the morning and lets me have a sleep in if I want (which in a way is not to good because I could spend all day sleeping lol).

Hubby took 6 weeks off work, but after 4 weeks, my brother needed help with some things so my husband helped him out for 2 weeks. It was hard at first, because my husband had been there to help out with everything, then he was gone all day, but I had to get used to all the kids/housework/cooking etc at some point so it has worked out well. The worst bit was getting the older 2 ready for pre school and taking them to swimming lessons, but mum, dad and my sister helped out there.

The younger 2 have just woken up from there naps, so I best be off. Hopefully things will be a little less busy from now on and I can update more.