This month Raise a Bundle had a chat to Christine Maria Crawford who chose to join Plunket's Raise a Bundle because she decided it would give her and her family the chance to give a little back to Plunket after their many years of helping her raise three boys.
Christine talks about the struggles she faces living with 3 different personalities in the household and managing her son's needs. She also discusses the value she finds in her local Plunket Nurse.
Read below for more.
Plunket: Tell us about the first 500 days with Lincoln.
Christine: The first 500 days went really well, there were no major events, challenges or worries which was great. Lincoln is our 3rd boy so when you have more than one child the ‘normal day’ becomes chaos. The main bump for us was trying to get all 3 boys to live harmoniously and get in a good routine where everyone is happy! So it was balancing all the different needs of our 3 boys, all with very different personalities – so it’s been a challenge!
Plunket: What has been one of the most unexpected or surprising changes you noticed in the first 500 days of Lincoln’s life?
Christine: The most unexpected event with Lincoln was simply having another personality in the house!! It was about understanding that you can’t expect everyone to get along, and everyone is different. He doesn’t like the same foods, we tuck him into bed differently, he likes different activities and is a whole different person with different needs! It was about getting to know him, knowing what suits him and not treating everyone the same.
Plunket: How has Plunket supported you in the first 500 days of Lincoln’s life?
Christine: With Plunket the main reason we take Lincoln (and all of our boys) is that they keep track of things that we forget about after having 3 boys! Plunket has been there for us by managing how Lincoln is growing and developing in all ways, and then they write it all down for us. When we had our first child we did write everything down and kept track of his developments very closely – but now onto our 3rd child we just don’t have time! Our Plunket nurse is very reassuring and keeps us up to date with his developments when we can’t keep up - so we are very thankful for that.
Plunket: Can you explain the biggest learning from your Plunket nurse?
Christine: Being different is normal and not every child is the same. It was hard for us to understand it’s okay to be outside of the normal spectrum of development or growing – but our Plunket nurse reassured us that it’s okay and his time will come! E.g. if he isn’t saying certain words at a certain age, or hasn’t started crawling – don’t panic, and don’t worry – every child is different and that is okay!
Plunket: What is the one tip, parent-to-parent, you would like to share to other parents reading this?
Christine: The best tip I can give, especially having 3 kids, is what Plunket taught me – that every child is different. Enjoy your children individually and their development and don’t worry too much about what they’re achieving at a certain date because their time will come.
Thank you Christine for sharing your first 500 days with Lincoln with Plunket!
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