I haven’t posted anything for a couple of months because I’ve been feeling really disappointed that we quit our road trip around Australia so early.
One of the main reasons was because Wallabee was sick – she’s having major chassis issues and at the time we didn’t have a clue what was wrong. Things were just starting to sink.
So I ended up flying home from the Northern Territory with the kids and my partner drove our Airstream back to Melbourne.
But in all honesty, when the decision had to be made I kind of jumped at it because life was feeling a little bit too hard.
At that particular moment in time, we’d made it through the Red Centre of Australia, all the way up to a friends cattle farm near Katherine.
We were staying 45 minutes from the nearest town, it was 38 degrees and within two days of arriving the twins both came down with Gastro.
Then I got it. After a night of zero sleep nursing my boys, I spent 12 hours sitting on a caravan toilet.
It was at this point I said “I want to go home” but I soon realised what a mistake this was.
Sleepless toddlers are sleepless toddlers, no matter what the location.
Living in a house just adds more comforts but the issues are still there – in my case the relentlessness and exhaustion of motherhood.
Raising three kids under four is hard work.
Two months later. The twins still aren’t sleeping. In fact they’re sleeping worse than ever.
Only now it’s back to the day to day mundaneness – of cleaning a cluttered house where every toy seems to end up on the floor, visiting the same park around the corner, seeing the same faces at the same supermarket, visiting the child-friendly coffee shop that sells barely drinkable coffee.
At least on the road, every day was new. New people, new supermarkets, new parks… the hope that the next town might have better coffee.
Despite the difficulties, the rewards of life on the road are just so huge.
The joy of spending so much time with your kids – collecting rocks, playing in the dirt, building fairy houses for Tinkerbell to visit in every new town; the freedom of the great outdoors and the luxury of two devoted full time parents.