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Nighttime bedtime avoid-er.

A brilliant smile, a small wiggle and he’s out of bed and into the toys. With his siblings asleep, the toys are all his for the plundering. No older siblings telling him “no”, no other hands to vie for the pinkest of the ponies and absolutely no one around to see him smash said ponies with great force into anything that happens to be nearby. Not to mention the gleeful lawlessness of sucking the horses mane which is a misdeed that is not tolerated under the watchful eye of the pony owners. So here at night, where I aid and abet his corruption, we exchange knowing looks that what the big siblings don’t know won’t hurt them.

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  1. gravatar for naomi naomi

    Love this picture! He looks sovery pleased with himself; making the very best of his one-on-one time with those interesting, colorful & yummy toys:)

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Sometimes I have a flash back to parenting his siblings and stand for a moment in silent thanks that he does not (despite what it may look like in this photo) cry during all his car trips. It makes the select times when he does all the more bearable. I take this photo at Lolo & Lola’s where he spent the night with his papa while I went overnight interstate. How strange and wonderful to have a baby equally as content with his father (and my expressed milk) as he is with me. Again, flash backs to parenting his siblings remind me that this would never have been possible with a different baby. Leaving the room at night to go to the toilet often didn’t seem possible, let alone getting on a plane! And so here I am, mother to a baby who is incredibly easy going and learning that we’re guided a whole lot more by our children than I ever thought. The ideals of what I thought was best for babies having been largely shaped by the babies I had had.

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  1. gravatar for becky McIntosh becky McIntosh

    Often I look at your photos of Florin and think “ah she is so lucky to have easy cruisy babies” well now I will bite my tongue and stop jumping to conclusions! I too have babies that cry every car trip! They don’t want to sleep lying down and just want to be held. Here’s hoping I get a cruisy Florin-type next time. but it is kinda nice to know you’ve been through the battle grounds first ;)

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  2. gravatar for Ashley Ashley

    Thank you for this post – especially that last line. Oh dear did I ever think I knew what I would be/do as a parent. And then I had my little one and he needed me. He needs me. He needs and needs and needs me so much. Like you said, where sometimes I have to hold him on my lap as I use the bathroom because otherwise he is crying (even at 13 months!) But my mother says I was the same way (karma!) and that I have turned into a lovely lady so to just be patient. Crossing my fingers and hoping she is right. Thankfully I see that your older two seem to be awesome kiddos (and little man too) so needy or not needy, I’m sure mine will get to need me a little less one day too and then I’ll be sad. Thanks for your blog and photos and bits of joy sent from across the world :)

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I think sometimes, my ideas – or wild imaginations – of what parenting will be like, have had to be reconciled with reality. Bed time stories is one of those times. I pictured children sitting docile while a book would be read from start to finish in a kind and patient tone. I imagined I’d do all the voices of all the characters and the children would think this was lovely. We’d laugh. We’d bond. And then we’d all go to sleep satisfied. What really happens? One guy crawls all over the pages, tries to eat the back of the book, someone asks questions every 2.5 seconds and is NEVER content with your answer (needing it to be clarified 85 times) and someone is sullen that this was not his first choice for book and why aren’t we reading his book first? When you eventually – maybe – get past the first page, one child is wanting to be the one to turn it and has their hand already grabbing at the side and then the other child is sobbing because it was actually her turn and he’s gone ahead and stolen it from her. She’s not satisfied that her turn would come again momentarily if she would just let you continue reading, she’s overtired and deeply wounded that you would let this trespass be committed against her under your very nose. Meanwhile the crawly one has left the book reading location and is now causing chaos that you can’t see and you have to try and semi listen to see if he’s still breathing while you continue “reading” because for all you know he’s run himself a bath or has scaled the kitchen benches and is playing with knives.

And this, in a nutshell, is why I let Errol read to the kids as much as possible, haha.

  1. gravatar for Ronnie Ronnie

    Totally sums up story time with my three. Both hubby and I are there – with one of us designated to trying to keep the littlest from wrecking too much havoc while the other reads to the older two.

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  2. gravatar for Maria Maria

    Thank you so much for this! I had a very good laugh – but I would have never been able to tell this so perfectly like you did.

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  3. gravatar for anna anna

    Well, I avoid passing bedtime reading to my husband because usually he makes fun out if everything, so they laugh and play roles and the last thing they know is the sleepy mood ;)

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  4. gravatar for Bri Bri

    As I read this story (and felt that I could strongly relate) I heard my nearly 4 year old daughter start freaking out where she was playing in her play room. I ran in and she sobbed “Mummy! I thought I had to fart and so I did a fart but it wasn’t a fart, it was a poooooo!!!”. Hysteria ensued. Poor bub was none too impressed. Ah, the realities of life with a toddler. :-)

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  5. gravatar for Jackie Jackie

    Well at least it photographs similar to the way you imagined it would be like, rather than the way it actually is. That must be your talent with that camera shining through!

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  6. gravatar for Rachel Rachel

    Well, story time before bed WAS my favourite time. Until this became a similar scenario at our house. I’m REALLY hoping its a phase and all will return to bliss (hey, I can dream!)

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  7. gravatar for Kelly Kelly

    Totally! The reality of story time with my 5 small people is far from the picture I had in my head… pretty sure I never envisioned tears, tantrums, whinging, fighting and book eating before I had children ;)

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Mr Cranky pants had been into his siblings paint and was rather unimpressed by my immediate efforts to undo his very recent and very hard work. Further to his displeasure was the fact that – f0r the first time in his life – I was attempting to bath him while not in the bath myself. Communicating via very serious “ahhhhwoooo” and “waaaaaaas” we came to a conclusion this would also be the last time I’d bath him on his own for a while yet.

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  1. gravatar for Mindy Leone Mindy Leone

    how do you get out of the tub w baby? I have been wanting to bathe w my newborn but cannot figure out how i’d get out without someone helping:) tx Georgia! love ya.

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    • gravatar for Georgia Georgia

      Hi Mindy, I just hold him while I stand up and step out. I wouldn’t have been able to do this immediately post birth as I’d had a c-section and so either Errol came and got him (and I planned baths for when he was home) or I would lay him down beside the bath in a towel before stepping out. Good luck!

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After scouring all the local OP shops for roller blades (and wrist guards and knee pads for the kids) we were rather keen to test them all today. Heading down to a cul-de-sac near our house we bigger three practiced as best we could and Florin crawled around trying to eat gravel before daddy could stop him.

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