Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Four children


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One of the most difficult things about having four children, is getting a photo like this one.  The chances of getting them all looking the same way, all at the same time, is so slim..... apparently it gets easier.  Actually I do have an earlier one that this, when Anja, my youngest, was about six months. It is the only one of the four of them at that age though.


Of course I'm not totally serious, there are plenty of things that are "hard" about having four children.  Affording anything would rank pretty high, and while it might get easier to get pictures of all four of them together, I'm under no illusions that the amount they cost is going to get easier as they get older.  That's not really the point though, you make do and manage on what you can, because, well, that's just what you do. 


When you say to people that you have four children, often the response that you get, is along the likes of wow, how do you manage that, I'm tired enough with just 1/2/3.  The thing is, they often seem to forget that I've been there too, and believe me, I was just as tired with my 1,2 or 3, when that's all I'd got.


There are times when it's tiring, so tiring, looking after small children takes it out of you enough, but if one is sick, and another just wakes up in the night, it isn't long  before you find that you're completely drained.  But, that's not the point either.


Don't get me wrong, it's not that four is easier than a smaller amount, or not completely easier, it's just that some aspects of it are, which helps over all.  You have more idea of what you're doing, and you care less about doing things as they "should" be done, and do them the way that is right for you.


Having four kids is fantastic. I always wanted four, and now that I have them, it's fantastic.  Seeing them play together, interact together, and just become their own little people is so amazing.  Yes it's hard work, yes it's tiring, but much more than anything else, it's so much fun.


Taking photo's though? That's never so easy, and so often the end result is much much more like this:



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