2013 can only be described as a roller coaster. Some times it couldn’t go fast enough. Some times I just wanted it to slow down. Some times I wanted to get off and never get back on. And some times were fun and happy.
We sold our beautiful home and moved to the burbs. A move that was a big decision but definitely the right one for our family.
My Nanna passed away the week we packed up our house. At such a crazy busy time I don’t think I stopped to comprehend that I’d lost another grandparent.
Ben decided that at 8 months old sleeping was now optional and after 3 months of just surviving on about 3 hours sleep a night I wanted to crawl in a deep dark hole and never get out. We’re slowly getting on track and I hope 2014 for us is the year of sleep!
My baby girl turned 3, my baby boy turned 1 and I turned 30.
I have no idea where the time has gone as the kids keep growing and amazing us everyday. I found myself wishing Ben’s life away to a time where he’d sleep only to also wish for time to stop so I can enjoy the littleness of them now.
I don’t do resolutions, just plans. So hopefully 2014 will bring us our house renovation, sleep and good times.
Happy New Year!
Before I had kids I did what people tell you not to do and when asked about myself started with information on my job.
‘So tell me about yourself…’
Well I’m a Marketing Manager…. I work for an advertising agency managing client services….
Then I became a mum…
So what do you do Ami? ‘Im a stay at home mum’. ‘Oh great. Are you returning to work?’
‘Well I quit my job when I was 3 months pregnant with our first so we could go overseas then just did a bit of freelance work blah blah blah’… Cue verbal diahorrea about why I’m not going back to work.
You see the point to all this rambling is that I don’t know how to define myself anymore, a part from a mum.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am extremely extremely grateful that I am able to stay at home with our kids, and I really do enjoy it (most of the time!).
But for some reason I feel like I’m letting someone down by losing my career aspirations, I’m just not sure who that someone is.
Is it myself? Or my kids? Am I supposed to want more for myself? Should I be contributing to the family financially? Should I be showing my kids that I should be my own person as well as their mum?
Somedays I miss the whole work thing. The adult conversation, using your brain for other things besides the rainbow song & ABCs, getting to have a shower before lunchtime & actually doing my hair & make up & wearing nice clothes!
Maybe one day I’ll feel the drive to rejoin the workforce. Doing exactly what, I’m not sure. That’s the million dollar question.
For now, deep down, I know I’m happy being ‘mum’.
Miss Sophie, who will be 3 in October, is quite obsessed at the moment with letters and spelling. Ask her to spell her name and she’ll happily rattle off S.O.P.H.I.E like nobody’s business. But beware… you’ll then get her started… MUM, how do you spell mum? MUM, how do you spell dad? MUM, how do you spell… you get my drift.
Recently Bright Star Kids asked if I’d like to do a review on their wall art. Um, let me think about that… yes please! We have other Bright Star Kids wall stickers in the kids playroom and they just brighten up the walls and look great.
I showed Sophie the range on their website, and thought I’d let her choose. Unfortunately for little Ben (9 months) he was just going to have to be happy with whatever his big sister chose (within reason of course!)
I wasn’t surprised when the ABC range of Wall Art caught Sophie’s eye. “Look Mum, it’s B for Ben”! And so it was decided, our blank wall in the kids new playroom was going to be filled with the Learn the Alphabet Wall Stickers!
Unfortunately for Sophie I made sure I applied them after the kids had gone to bed, so I could concentrate and avoid little fingers wanting to help!
The stickers are a great quality fabric. Most of them peeled off easily but a few had a couple of little problem areas where it was like the sticker hadn’t been cut completely. A helping hand from hubby was required when peeling these ones off the backing sheet as I didn’t want to stretch or ruin the sticker.
Overall though the stickers were really easy to apply to the wall. After I’d applied them all I wasn’t happy with how I’d set them out. They seemed a bit too bunched up. So I started moving them around and playing with the layout. Thankfully each sticker came off with no troubles and went back on perfectly.
With a husband who has an aversion to every paint colour except white, wall stickers for us are the perfect thing for decorating any room in the house! They are also extremely cost effective. I love that the kids playroom is fun and bright and the Learn the Alphabet Wall Stickers are also educational and interactive.
Sophie has already mastered Xylophone, and ‘R’ is for rainbow is the current favourite!
Bright Star Kids have such a great range of wall stickers, the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one’s!
Head to their website www.brightstarkids.com.au to check out their great range of products.
Disclosure: I received the wall stickers at no charge from Bright Star Kids, in return for a review of the product. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.