Dear Jordan, on your 3rd Birthday x

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My sweet Jordels. I cannot believe it’s been 3 years since you came into our lives. On the one hand it feels like forever because I can’t and don’t ever want to imagine life without you in it, but on the other hand I cannot believe how time has flown. You asked for a Super Hero party this year and we even got a jumping castle – it was all the rage.

You are such an incredible soul my darling. You are so well spoken and you have the silliest and the best sense of humour for your age. You make us laugh so much and I wish I could record all the funny things you say so that I could keep them forever. You absolutely love anything that has wheels, cars, motorbikes, scooters, trains, tractors. If we ever run out of outing ideas, all we need to do is take you to a construction site and you will happily spend hours sitting on the tractors pretending to drive them like a self-proclaimed ‘builder man’. We cannot execute a trip to a shop or restaurant without you spotting the motorbike or scooter in the parking lot and you will always want to go and have a look, even though you know you can’t sit on them all. In the beginning we didn’t really know how to respond to your demands of “Want to see the motorbike please”.. because it was every single time without fail. But we have realized that 5 minutes spent looking at the motorbike in the parking lot makes your little heart so happy that we oblige now without any questions.  You are a curious and interested little boy and we encourage that in you whole heartedly.JORDANBIRTHDAY9 JORDANBIRTHDAY6 JORDANBIRTHDAY2 You need to know everything about everything. You ask a million questions a day. Sometimes more. Even then the answers sometimes aren’t good enough for your inquisitive mind. “Because I said so” doesn’t ever cut it with you and you’ll persist until you can fully understand whatever it is that you want to know. I love this about you so much. You have such a zest for understanding things and for learning and you are fiercely persistent, it’s such a wonderful character trait. You are potty trained now and we are so proud of you. It took a while for you to wrap your head around making your number 2′s on such a big toilet but one day (in Addo Elephant park whilst on holiday) I promised you a chocolate milkshake if you did it on the loo and your eyes lit up instantly and off you ran. You were so proud and you loved your milkshake. Micah loves you so much and I am so proud of the amazing big brother you are to him. Micah adores you and he starts smiling and frantically looking around at the sound of your voice. I cannot wait to see your relationship bloom and grow. It makes my mommy heart so happy that you’ll always have each other.

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You still love your bed time bottle, your dummy and your beloved bunny which looks a little bit tired these days to say the least. I am in no rush to make you give those things up though. For what? They comfort you and you love them.
You have endless energy and you are so amazing on your trampoline, your balance bike and your new scooter that mommy and daddy bought your for your birthday this year. You have so much coordination and you love pretending to be Ryder and playing Paw Patrol on your balance bike. Since getting your scooter you love to pretend to be Penny from ‘Bolt’ and Banjoe has to be Bolt the dog. You get so into it and your little face beams front the excitement of it all because you genuinely believe that you are those characters in the moment.

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The 30 year old me.

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Yesterday I welcomed my 30th year on this planet. Am I supposed to be gutted that my twenties are over? I embrace this new season with very wide open arms and I cannot wait to experience what this next decade has in store for me. Mostly I am just so thankful for what I have.

In my 30 years on this earth I have accomplished and experienced a few things (not all good) that have contributed to the person that I am today. The 30-year-old me.

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{WIN} My First Truck from Duplo.

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So as you might know, we have teamed up with Lego Duplo to showcase all the new amazing products whilst giving you a chance to win a product every single month until December. How cool? If you didn’t see last months post on the ‘Around the World’ Duplo set, have a look here. It’s so amazing to partner up with a brand as iconic as Lego, we are genuinely HUGE fans.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much Jordan loved the My First Truck set. Don’t you think it’s funny that by nature girls and boys generally like different things. Jordan is naturally drawn to trucks, cars, trains, golf carts (!?), lawn mowers, diggers and anything that has an engine basically. He always has been. We didn’t ever tell him to like these things, he just kind of did and I swear that the best outings in the world for him are to building sites where he can sit on the trucks and diggers and pretend to be a ‘worker man’ driving a digger truck.

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Help your toddler to sleep later in the morning. Explaining the Gro Clock.

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For as long as I can remember, Jordan has woken up at 4:45/5am. That’s when our day used to start. 95% of the time he doesn’t ‘sleep through’ until then either. He wakes frequently for milk or water and even though he generally goes right back to bed, the broken sleep is a killer for all involved. We have tried everything.. later bed time, earlier bed time, no afternoon nap. NOTHING has worked. Jordan has a busy morning at school so by the time he gets home at 12 he is exhausted and sometimes even asks to nap, although that has stated to fall away as well which makes for a loooong day.

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Around the world with DUPLO.

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We are such HUGE Lego fans. in this house What a legendary product. A part of my child hood for sure. My brother and I collected Lego together and strangely enough, we watch a home video the other day of Nic and his brother opening birthday gifts and when the one had a particular set, the other would always get the complimenting set for his Birthday so they could play together. Lego and Duplo have brought hours of fun to children and adults all over the world. Nic is still very much into his Lego, on a mission to collect every bit of Simpsons Lego paraphernalia there is to collect. He is currently working on building the Simpsons house and has the Kwik-E-Mart on the top of the list for his next project. It’s taken him much longer than expected because…kids. But he find it so therapeutic after a stressful day.

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Happy 12 weeks Micah baby.

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How did we get here? You are 12 weeks old already. It’s been so great to be honest.. and for some reason I feel guilty saying that. Probably because of societies stereotype on becoming a mom and especially becoming a mom to more than one child. It can’t be manageable, you must struggle and surely you stay in your pyjamas every day and don’t wash your hair for weeks. Of course we have had rough nights but it’s been nothing that we haven’t been able to handle without loosing our marbles. I would be the first to admit if I was struggling purely for the support, but I really feel that it has been easier this time, MUCH easier. I do understand that every baby is so different, I really get that now as Jordan did not have nearly as much chill as Micah does. I also suppose that it is really different the second time around because you know what to expect and you don’t question every noise and every niggle. We have coped so well because you are such a champion my Micah. Really. And so is your brother.

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Winter. Sick kids. Tantrums. Parenting.

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Our household has quite honestly been a hot mess for the past 2-3 weeks. This flu is horrific and we have ALL had it. Nic being the last fly to drop. Poor little Micah has had it the worst because, well, he is only two months old. I suppose this comes with the territory of having a toddler in play school bringing home a new bug every week. The kids pass things back and forth to each other and no matter how much the poor teachers beg parents to keep their kids at home when they’re sick, there is no stopping it.

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