Turning 38, applying for school places & a third baby

Life lately - turning 38 and our school plans

Oh my. I think I blinked, Christmas was over and the new year arrived! Wow..the last few months of 2016 whizzed by and I cannot believe that we are now all back at work, talking goals & diets and into a brand new year once more.

Without sounding too cliche our Christmas really was absolutely amazing and the twins (at four years old) thought the whole time was utterly magical. Seeing their little faces on Christmas morning and hearing them shout “He’s been” was the real highlight. They were a real joy the whole time and loved everything to do with Christmas.

We had a lot of extended family to stay during the festive period and although it is a lot of hard work entertaining everyone it’s also nice to see the whole family in one go too. We were sad to see everyone go and have made some lovely new memories.

I turned 38 on Christmas Eve, which has always been a pretty unfortunate day to have a birthday! However, my little ones and lovely Hubby treated me so well and I got lots of nice presents, plus a home-made cake too. 38 feels a bit “meh” though. I’m creeping very far away from my early 30’s and FAR too close to 40…and so I’d like not to dwell on that too much! I’m hoping the next two years drag very, very slowly indeed.

The deadline for the application for the twins’ school places (for September 2017) is January and so naturally I dithered for ages about it all. Finally this week I sat down to do it. Within a few minutes my babies were in the system and are being processed. We will find out in April whether they get our first choice.

I feel incredibly emotional about it already. Of course there is a part of me that literally CANNOT WAIT for them to be out of my hair 5 days a week and it makes me excited to think of all that peace and quiet. But. The fact that my two babies are going off to primary school together, at the same time, leaving my nest immediately empty makes me want to weep into my hands. When did they get so big? It only seems 5 minutes ago that I was feeding them bottles of milk at the same time and clapping hysterically when they took their first few steps. Sob sob.

My babies start school this year

I know however, that they will love it and do well and (most importantly) that they will always have each other.

Third baby? Hmmmm I must admit that the feeling of them going off to school in September does make me feel a little broody. Even though I can’t wait to fill all my time with the gym, work, coffee and shopping, I also feel as though my role in Motherhood will shift somewhat. I’m getting asked by friends & family a lot lately if we are having any more children (as people know that the twins will be skipping off to school soon). I guess people are just interested! The short answer is that another baby is not for Hubby and I – for many, many different reasons. Even though we have enjoyed having the twins and watching them grow into amazing little people, we don’t want to go through it again and are incredibly happy with our little family. I might, however, get a puppy at that stage and then that can become my third baby! Watch out Instagram!

Life’s funny isn’t it? You get so used to one way of living and then everything changes. Come September there will be a huge shift in our lives and whilst I don’t think that I’m ready, we will of course get there, move on and fully embrace the new phase.

For now though it’s back to normal and into 2017 with a promise to enjoy the everyday and make every moment matter.

Happy New Year.

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. January 5, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Ahhh love this post, and well who better to reaffirm what you already know – PUPPIES ARE THE BEST!!! Xx

    • Jess
      January 8, 2017 / 11:32 am

      I knew you’d say that! 🙂 I agree! xx

  2. January 5, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Puppy club!!! There’s no third babies happening here but I’m on board for a puppy!!! We’ve been discussing it for a while and trying to plan and prepare for one. Let’s do it!!!

    • Jess
      January 8, 2017 / 11:33 am

      Ooooh really? How very exciting! This must the the year of the dog! xx

  3. January 5, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Exciting times, but I know what you mean I will feel completely lost when my Lottie goes to school – puppy sounds like a fab idea 😉

    • Jess
      January 8, 2017 / 11:33 am

      Ahhh bless I bet! xx

  4. January 5, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Time flies by so quickly doesn’t it? I think blogging and Instagram is a great way to keep track of memories though. I’d be lost without my trusty iPhone camera. Oh and I think a dog sounds like a wonderful idea – just think of all those lovely walks you’ll be able to go on. Xx

    • Jess
      January 8, 2017 / 11:34 am

      Thanks lovely. Yes I do miss taking Stanley (our last dog) out – the fresh air and walks used to feel so therapeutic. xx

  5. January 5, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    I know what you mean about feeling quite excited though slightly sad about starting school in September! I’m looking forward to that added freedom and time with the little one as well as getting into more of a work routine etc. Though I will miss him, I know he is ready for this next challenge! As you said we will take it in our stride and get in with it because that’s what’s happening next whether we like it or not x

    • Jess
      January 8, 2017 / 11:35 am

      I feel mixed too – I am sure we will get into a routine and it’ll be a nice new stage xx

  6. January 6, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Oh Jess that photo of your babies!! It must feel like it’s flown and soon they’ll be in school, you really won’t know what to do with yourself but yes I would be slightly looking forward to that peace too 🙂 I always thought we might have just one more baby but actually now we are past the baby stage I’m not sure I could do it again, that sounds awful but I feel like we are just starting to get a good balance with everything and we are SO happy with the three boys we have! Puppies are obviously the way forward 🙂 Here is to 2017, hope it’s a good one for you xx

    • Jess
      January 8, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Thanks Hayley! Lots of change here too because I know you have lots too this year. I am looking forward to the school years too in a way because I remember mine fondly xx

  7. January 6, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    It’s such a weird time when they’re ready for school as it makes you finally think about yourself. My neighbour has 5 cavaliers and they are SO beautiful. They need about a billion wee trips out though 🙂

    • Jess
      January 8, 2017 / 11:36 am

      5 oh my goodness! Yes totally and I am really sentimental with any change xx

    • Jess
      January 8, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Ha ha ha – errrrrr NO xx 😉

  8. January 11, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Aw I know I think about a third a lot as family are always asking us. But I am very happy with just our two. Life is fun and manageable and I like it that way especially as only now that Archie attends preschool do I have a little me time, even if it is to tend to the house, work and blog. The gym sounds fab and it is always so bittersweet having them start school. xxx

    • Jess
      January 14, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Yes two is our perfect number too – I love how busy enough our life is right now and where everyone is at. Your bit of me time sounds nice – so good to grab a few hours here and there xx

  9. January 17, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    omg I feel conned ha ha I thought that was a big announcement, life is so much easier when School starts I have to say. As much as I love being a mum I live that me time too x

  10. January 17, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Oh lovely i got a little excited when I seen this post I thought you were making an announcement!!! My little Harri starts school in September and I can’t quite believe it!! Time just flies by and it scares me a little!! Xx

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