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Sunday afternoon is waiting for Daddy.

These last few months living away from your papa while he works in Brisbane have been hard on all of us, 5 days in Brisbane 2 days at home. What was meant to end in January has a dragged on a little longer.

I am worn out (cue the violin) and so when Sunday afternoon rolls around we only manage to make it to the platform seconds before the train pulls in and all the children look like little ragamuffins and I am relieved. Relieved that my love is back with me and that someone else will be there, even just for the next 48 hours. So that when a unison of “I am hungrrrrrry” pipes up I can hide in the bathroom and know someone else has got me covered. We miss him, oh we miss him. Perhaps all the hard things about parenting solo for most of the week are cancelled out by the appreciation that grows in Errol’s place. Appreciation for my Errol who has worked happily without a single complaint for the last few months, missing us, missing so much of Florin’s newness. Who comes home to the house looking like a bomb hit it and stays up till 4 am cleaning messes he didn’t make. Who listens to me moan about how hard it is without him and is always patient, never one reminding me how hard it is on him too. Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder and so when we finally see him step off the train my heart is equally happy as the squealing children.

Things aren’t always easy between us, I’d be lying to say that there haven’t been times the idea of smothering one another with a pillow hasn’t crossed minds but oh, god, this guy. Your papa Florin, he’s something else and we are the luckiest for having him.

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  1. gravatar for Amber @ Au Coeur Amber @ Au Coeur

    We have done this more than one time…and last year Chris worked in the same town but so much that he might as well have been in another town. It is so hard to parent apart from our partners. I’ve learned that I have to be OK with letting things go and also know when to ask for help — and know that it is OK to need to get help even if just for two hours while I get caught up on four days worth of dishes.

    Hopefully this situation for your little family won’t continue on any longer than it has to.

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  2. gravatar for Shabana Shabana

    I was raised by a single mama who worked two jobs and every single day I am in awe of how graceful and strong she was in her journey. I didn’t fully realise her strength until my daughter was born. It makes me appreciate her and my husband so much more and I feel such gratitude for the love and support I have in this parenting journey. I hope your darling hubby is back living with you all super duper soon.

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  3. gravatar for Lisa Gilder Lisa Gilder

    I know how you feel Georgia. Hubby works in Darwin for 4 weeks and is home with us in Brisbane for one week. It’s really, really hard. It’s hard for Mr 3, it’s hard for hubby and for me. The only thing that keeps us going is that week together. I can step back from being the parent and have a little ‘break’ while Daddy gets to spend much needed time with his boy. Also, in regards to the ‘wanting to smother’ comment, I saw something very funny on fb the other day.
    “After many years of marriage, there has definitely been thoughts of murder. Divorce, no. Murder, yes”. Sums it up nicely haha

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  4. gravatar for Rachel Rachel

    I know the feeling! My husband’s been working in Florida while my daughter and I live in North Carolina since January. We’ve seen him twice — once for a couple of days in February and then for a week this month. Honestly, I didn’t realize what a help having a co-parent is until he was gone, especially in those moments when I’m exhausted and just need someone else to be “on” for awhile so I can take a break. I’ve had lots of failed mama moments during this time, and have really been trying to cultivate patience since it’s not a gift that comes to me easily. I am so thankful for my mother who has filled a lot of gaps, and allowed me to rest when I need it. And for my full-time job, because it really feels like a break sometimes, haha :)

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Easy.

That’s you little guy, so far at least. After what I would classify as my hardest pregnancy you have been our easiest babe. So quick to smile, so quick to be satisfied, so easily content. Unlike the other two, you roll off my breast long before you fall asleep and lay looking at my face as your blinks come slower and slower. After two children who would barely let me roll over at night without a squawk that their boob had been removed for their suction, watching you fall asleep without nursing seems surreal to me. I watch as your eyes finally shut and your breathing levels just waiting… partly still stunned that a baby of mine is so happily self sufficient, partly still wanting to do more for you.

Sweet easy boy, thank you.

Thank you for being our rainbow. For spreading smiles. For having rolls on your thighs and fuzz on your face. Thank you for having wiggly little legs and a happy little kick. For batting your eyelids and for remembering to nurse often enough that I don’t get mastitis. Thank you for not waking at dawn (very often) and for loving the shower. Thank you for tolerating the often ungentle but-always-well-meaning affections of your big brother and for being a living doll for your sister. About the pram incident: thank you in particular for that. Thank you for letting me and my boob go free after a short time each evening so I can Get Shit Done.
And finally, thanks for being our number three, for helping me keep the sanity and for not making me want to run away or sell one of you on ebay. I appreciate that a lot. You’re kind of special, thank you <3

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  1. gravatar for Tasha Batsford Tasha Batsford

    Our youngest is just as easy as Florin and as you said, it is a revelation isn’t it? I finally understand how people have large families if they have babies like these!

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  2. gravatar for Hayley Hayley

    I have to ask — do you know where you got that adorably rainbow onesie-bodysuit? I’m dying over the cuteness (and baby’s cuteness OF COURSE). :)

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  3. gravatar for Teagan (tdkja) Teagan (tdkja)

    Word for word. Right here. Glad to be travelling this journey with you (3 kids same ages)…. Even if it’s only one sided. ;)

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  4. gravatar for Sarah Sarah

    Beautiful words. My number three isn’t as easy going as yours but is an absolute joy and I also feel thanks for his spirit and
    joyous soul. Love this.

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We found this chair at Heidi’s house and I realised I’d forgotten to take a photo for the day and so here you have it, haha.

The pink array in the background is a My Little Pony collection to end all collections which kept four little bigger siblings enraptured for the better part of the afternoon.

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  1. gravatar for Shabana Shabana

    Georgia, I can’t get over his rolls. I want to bury my face in them and disappear into that chubs for all eternity.

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  2. gravatar for Melita Melita

    Omg I just love what your bubba is wearing as well, I myself have three boys and yes younger bub is just turned one and often is in tights and has some shirts that are pink, My older one who is 9 is just into making rainbow Loom bands and puts pink and purple into his necklace that he made, I told him I like the pink and he says Yeah well boys can wear that colour too. Yay for this

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  3. gravatar for Ashley Ashley

    Can I just say thank you for dressing your little babe in cute clothes no matter if they fit into this stereotypical gender type or that! I’m always getting hell for dressing my little man in leggings and “girly” clothes. But I just choose things that I like and think are fun, no matter if they are from the “girl” section or “boy” section. Since when does pink and peach and purple and rainbow and leggings and cutesy stuff belong to women?

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On Wednesdays we have a family breakfast together with my brother and his family and our parents down at the beach (well… I use ‘Wednesdays’ loosely because so far I’ve only managed to get along twice). After breakfast on this morning we headed down to the beach and I took some photos for my friend Ula who has released a new range of woven wraps. Mornings like this make me feel so happy we made the move to the coast. Florin happily stays close to his papa but his eyes are constantly tracking me, just making sure his boobs haven’t ventured off too far without him.

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  1. gravatar for Ravyn Ravyn

    Beautiful!! Has your friend started selling or marketing her wraps? I’d love to learn more about them!!! Also, if she’s looking for someone to help with branding, I’d love to talk with her. I’m a new mama, and so in love with baby wearing!!!

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  2. gravatar for Cristina Cristina

    oh I remember that look from my children too, sooo sweet! The portable milk-shop, we used to say back then. Enjoy these moments because they fly away so quicly…

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Where I sit.

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  1. gravatar for Crissy Tuazon-Angeles Crissy Tuazon-Angeles

    Hello! What a delightful blog indeed! I am a fan of your photography and more importantly, of your well documented family. I was just wondering, where did you get the utterly cute cloth diaper shown in this photo? I built quite a stash for my children, but the ones I’ve seen in your blog look really comfortable. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Mabuhay from Manila, Crissy

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    • gravatar for Georgia Georgia

      Kumusta ka Chrissy, thank you for your lovely comment! The nappies are from a brand called Goodmama this print is called Rainbow Noir x

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