We have 2 children, 7 & 3, I imagine you can guess who wakes us up before 7am every single morning! Our 7 year old is more than happy sleeping in or playing quietly in her bedroom, just need the 3 year old to learn this skill now.
I was volunteering in an orphanage (we adopted from Russia) and simply fell head over heels for one of the babies. Hadn’t thought about it before, was definitely not part of the plans my then fiancé and I had talked about but when it happened out of the blue and so completely we just knew it was the only thing we wanted to do.
From start of assessment to bringing your child home how long did the process take?
Just under 2 years.
What has been the biggest surprise?
How amazing our little girl is, the way she has adapted and flourished after such a tough start and how much like me she looks!
How was the assessment process?
Long and stressful as many people (including adoption professionals) told us it couldn’t be done. We adopted independently with no agency or lawyer so we did a lot of it ourselves with few previous cases or experienced people to talk to.
What’s your favourite thing to do together?
Be out as a family exploring new places. Camping. Going to the beach and generally being active.
What makes you and your family laugh?
The kids love doing ‘shows’ for us, which usually involve more rehearsals than actual performance time but there’s always some great moves and made up songs.
The best thing about being a parent?
Knowing that my children are happy. Cuddles and being Mummy.
The hardest thing about being a parent?
Not losing my patience over silly things because of the pressures of daily routine. Refereeing!
The piece of wisdom you would pass on to a child?
Give everything a go and enjoy whatever happens.
What time do you go to bed?
Depending on husbands shifts and what book I’m reading between 10 and 11pm.