Life with TWO Spartan Monkeys (and one Gorilla)

Life with TWO Spartan Monkeys (and one Gorilla)

So we are midway through January and I feel really pleased that I’ve managed to keep up with my blog for the first month of the new year! My big fat Greek life has got even bigger since Greek prince number two came along two months ago and I’m still walking around in a zombie-like trance. (Oh sleep where art thou?!) Life with two spartan monkeys is definitely a bit cray cray!

Since having my second (or third if you include the Greek man), lots of friends and fellow bloggers have asked how I’ve been coping with two close together…

Well the ouzo really helps.

Honestly, despite all the love and squishing of chubby cheeks it hasn’t been a barrel of laughs (apart from when I’ve been so tired that I’ve gone a bit cuckoo) but lots of people do it with more than two monst…I mean kids, whilst continuing to work, keep the house etc so it’s nothing new. And whilst the close age gap might mean more trips to the off licence, I’m told that far easier times lie ahead.

Riiiight.

(Btw for those of you who might be a tad concerned about how much I’ve been banging on about ouzo lately, funnily enough I rarely touch alcohol! Or Greek coffee. Definitely not Greek coffee.)

I know that a lot of mothers have very strict routines (or so they say) but since D came along, all Pip’s ‘routines’ have gone out the window. The dummy is back, bedtimes are all over the place, mealtimes are practically non-existent and bath-time is wetter than Waterworld.

A quick note on which baby bath/skincare products I like to use seeing as some of you have been asking – since going to a Mustela launch I pretty much only use their products particularly their bubble bath, hair and body wash, and the no-rinse cleanser and their massage oil.  I also use a few products from Weleda such as the tummy oil.

mustela

When it comes to clothing I’m a big fan of Gap, but they can sometimes be on the pricey side (I often buy in the sale) so H & M Kids is great for very reasonably priced everyday outfits and Debenhams have some lovely stuff too. I recently bought a load of Christmas gear in the Mothercare sale and even stocked up on a few bits for next Christmas…(one can never be too organised!).

Kids clothing

I’ve also been asked my thoughts on co-sleeping, breast-feeding, controlled-crying.

 Well, I’ve often tried locking myself in a room to see if I stop crying but it rarely works although sometimes I do just fall asleep in the end. Failing that a piece of chocolate always helps…

Basically it’s WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU! I have had so much advice (both wanted and unwanted) and I have gone with what I feel is right and to hell with Gina Ford. The most important thing is that your child/children need to feel loved and you need to feel happy. You can never give too much affection – despite the fact that I get repeatedly told by the in-laws not to hold the baby too much. Let’s face it soon they won’t want you to hold them so squish them while you can! (Your baby not your in-laws…)

How do I find the time to write / wash/ go to the toilet? Any writing I do now is in the evening. Mornings are a write off (excuse the pun) because someone always wakes up and needs to be changed/fed/cuddled etc (and that’s just the husband)! Toilet and bathing time are now at lightning speed.

Exercise: Are you joking? Why pay for gym membership when you can regularly weight-train and do cardio by fixing two kids to your body and running up and down the stairs?!

Yeesh.

Life with two Spartan monkeys is definitely driving me a bit cray cray but of course it’s all worth it when you see their not-so-innocent faces smiling at you in the morning…(and then you find your most expensive jewellery down the toilet). It’s just all Greek to me. Zzzzzzzzz…

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9 Comments

  1. 18th January 2017 / 5:04 pm

    LOL I had to smile as the memories of having five young ones is vivid-I know all to well the work involved! I do have and have had help through the years but honestly I would not change a thing. My yiayia had 8 all fairly close together and I am the youngest of five (the only girl, too!). Big families in our Greek (Cretan) culture is the normal. They are absolutely adorable! Give yourself a pat on the shoulder, nice work there Ekaterina Koukla!

    • Ekaterina
      18th January 2017 / 9:59 pm

      8 children! Yeesh! Well the more the merrier!!!! xxx

  2. MM Jaye
    16th January 2017 / 11:25 am

    I only appreciated the true value of sleep after I became a mom. Now I think it’s terribly underrated! For four years (I wasn’t lucky on that front) I thought I was one step away from being committed to a mental institution. Uninterrupted sleep for 6-7 hours makes such a difference! Hope you get it back very soon!

    • Ekaterina
      16th January 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Even 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep would be good! I literally sleep with one eye open even when they’re fast asleep!! zzzz

  3. 14th January 2017 / 12:40 pm

    This was light hearted and I enjoyed all the jokes. I think it gets easier as they grow up. My daughter is almost 18, so I have an extra woman at home now, yikes!!! Little son is almost 12, so that’s a hurdle. But it’s also so much fun to watch them grow. Have a great weekend, guys!

    • Ekaterina
      15th January 2017 / 10:11 pm

      Yikes two women to nag you!! 😉 It’s so lovely to watch them grow but the time does fly by!

  4. Ekaterina
    13th January 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Test

  5. 13th January 2017 / 11:41 am

    Loved this and laughed at the in laws joke. It is a rollercoaster but things get easier. Enjoy the madness and make sure you are getting some time out for yourself so you can keep your strength up x

    • Ekaterina
      13th January 2017 / 11:53 am

      Thank you Vicki! Really glad you enjoyed it. It’s very much taking things one day at a time (and eating plenty of chocolate)!! Xx

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