According to the eldest daughter, she was 5000 days old on Saturday. (She’s not bad at maths so I’m going to believe her calculations rather than check it out myself).
That means that Mr C & Me have been parents for 5000 days. Cor! That doesn’t sound many – or do we multiply some of those days by 3 since we have 3 children?
Whatever. It has got me thinking about how life has changed since 5002 days ago though. Some of the rituals that we perform every day. Some things that have changed during that time.
Here’s how it looks from here (PS None of these calculations are accurate).
In 5000 days, we have:
- Asked 15,825 times ‘Have you brushed your teeth?’
- Shouted ‘Put your shoes on!’ 9,347 times.
- Changed 3,231 Nappies (This might not actually be far off – Thank God, those days are over)
- Had 5000 interrupted nights’ sleep (and it shows)
- Dispensed 227 spoonfuls of Calpol
- 12,872 washloads (again, sadly not far from the truth)
- 178 Soft play parties
- 45 Parent’s Evenings
- 270 Dance Performances (Most of which take part in our living room on a strictly ticket only admission)
- 4500 arguments over outfits (I fear this will only get worse as the teenage years progress)
- 8773 episodes of Paw Patrol
- 92 middle of the night picnics – I survived those early newborn days with a serious Double Decker addiction!
- 5000 days when we cannot believe how lucky we are
- 5000 days when we hope we are doing a good enough job
- 5000 days when we are very grateful for our 3 smart, crazy, beautiful girls.
I’m sure there’s plenty more changes that haven’t immediately sprung to mind. I was having a conversation with my sister this morning about how dramatically ALL of your life changes when children arrive – We wouldn’t change it for the world and look forward to the next 5000+ days!
Joining in with Donna at What the Rehead Said for her Living Arrows series – All about childhood.