And like that, time just seems to be flying away.

Truth be told, 2017, even with a pregnancy and new child, has been about me trying to rebalance my life.

There is a longer story there, but the short story is that bloody hell, life is busy. And gets busier. I’ve been trying to figure out how to cope with it all. Turns out there is no easy or quick fix.

In hindsight, adding another kid to the mix would never make life less busy. But we went and did that. And we survived, and are surviving, even if I found the whole birth experience somewhat traumatic.

I try not to think about it too much and focus on the fact at how incredibly lucky I am and feel to now have 5 amazing children.

How the heck did I end up with 5 kids?!

Our latest addition to the family is a girl (we have a week left to decide on a name), born on 5th of November to the presence of fireworks across the city (Guy Fawkes night) by emergency csection. The csection makes me sad as it was my first and the recovery came as a bit of a shock to me.If you can avoid a csection then please do.

I remember feeling overwhelmed after having Eloise. A big part of it is the new dynamics of a newborn and how hard it can be to attend to the daily needs of everyone else. It also seems my girls love being comforted and sleep best only with me, or perhaps when on the move.

This proves to be hard work. I realised today I got to lay on my back for the first time in over a month. It felt so good to be in that position. An attached baby has meant beast feeding lying on my side or sitting up.

I’m truly excited about the future with my awesome brood, but bloody hell, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tired and stressed a lot of the time.