Regular readers will know that hubby and I welcomed our third baby into the world recently, and that our eldest (4½) has been thrown particularly off kilter by the new arrival. She’s been what most would describe as a challenging child for some time now, and if I’m honest I knew the baby would hit her hardest. This train of thought leads me to my first wish…
Wish one: happiness
Our biggest challenge with 4yo is that she doesn’t sleep well, and this affects her ability to behave. We have been up, down and round the houses, but ultimately if she is up multiple times in the night (which she often is) then we’re in for a shocker the next day.
I am utterly convinced that we would see an almost instant transformation if she started sleeping 11/12 hours each and every night. We’ve seen glimpses over the last fortnight, and know it’s possible to have a whole 24 hours that are thoroughly enjoyable for the entire family.
All I want is for my kids to be happy, and the sadness she carries around with her (far too often) is heart breaking. I know she is capable of being a lovely little girl, just not when she’s as exhausted as she often is. In my post on Monday, I wrote about the changes we have made to our daily lives and the amazing difference that it’s making. It definitely feels that we’re on the up, and that progress is being made. Meeting the needs of our 2yo has always been easier, but she has stepped up the terrible two behaviour of late. I’m crossing fingers that it’s just a little phase for her though. Perhaps I need more faith in our parenting abilities, which should result in our children being happier?
Wish two: health
Although my little family doesn’t have any major health issues to worry about, it would be nice to know this will remain the case. As we eat well, exercise and do the things you are supposed to to ensure health I’m going to take a massive leap of faith on this, and not stress myself out in the mean time.
Wish three: wealth
A lottery win would be nice. I don’t think money can make you happy if you aren’t, but if you’ve worked hard on securing happiness first (which I believe I have) then I think it could only enhance your quality of life. A clairvoyant once told me not to worry about money though. “You’ll have more than enough” he said, “but you’ll earn yours it won’t be given to you”. So perhaps I don’t need three wishes after all, just a little more faith that everything will be just fine in the end?