24 Sep 2014

A day like this

Some days I'm tearing my hair out by 8am and know I can't stay in with the kids all day. Other days it's all going well and then rapidly goes down hill. Then you get those rare days that just seem to be relaxed and we end up ambling through a whole day at home.

This day I knew my little man needed a couple of decent kips as he was coming out the other side of a cold and hadn't slept well during the day as we'd been doing so much.


He'd already had a long morning sleep, then fell asleep again at his 2pm bottle. 
Us girls filled our morning with stickers, tv and baking cakes.


And decorating and then eating them

She decided to do a bit of play cooking too and I managed a quick sit down before the boy woke up demanding attention.
And a quick cup of tea for her brother...
(This picture wasn't as cosy as it looks, the whole time Bubba was squealing and shouting 'eehhhh he's getting slime all over my cup' followed by prolonged screaming).

This day was made more special because I know as of next week we will not have mornings like this because school starts and she'll be in the system. No more lazy mornings unless she is unwell (which is rather not have those days). No more kicking back until school holidays.
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21 Sep 2014

The holiday...

My little girl started to grow up.

As we neared the end of our holiday and hubby was reading to Bubba, I looked at her and saw her hair seemed a little longer and straighter, her arms and legs more sure of themselves and her confidence brimming over.

She had a ball on holiday, making new friends nearly every day which was a first for her, confidence in the swimming pool and an ability to climb, it seems, almost anything. She took each new development in her stride whilst I was sat wondering how my baby had grown up.

I realised that she is going to continue stretching her boundaries and I'll have to keep up. Her fearless nature is brilliant and she can follow through a plan with a steely determination. 
At Peppa pig world she was insistent that I sit in the back of Daddy Pigs car, which I dutifully did, because she was driving. So I had to be content with looking at the back of her head, at first I felt like the hired help but I realised that it was great she wasn't bothered doing something new alone and as long as she knew I was there, she didn't need me to be sat beside her. I hope that she keeps this up as she gets older because it's a key skill to have.
With two children it was never going to be a relaxing break and our girl certainly kept us busy. Although I came home slightly exhausted, it was great to see her embracing open spaces, new ideas and experiences with such gusto.

Not forgetting my boy, he experienced a fair amount of firsts too. First time on holiday, sleeping in a completely new room (didn't faze him at all, a few mornings he slept in until 8am - he goes to bed at 6pm) and his first time at the beach and swimming. As usual, he took it all in his stride and continued to be my little smiley boy.

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4 Sep 2014

I'll miss...

My baby has been off school for almost ten weeks and although at first I worried, now I'm aching for it not to end. Never will id get this moment in time back, next year she will be older and wider and not so full of wonder. 

I'll miss...

The way she demands I wipe her hands 50 times a day when she's right next to the wipes

How she says "mummymummymummy..." without pausing or waiting for a reply a million times a day

The heart stopping race to the toilet when she's bursting because she refused to go when we were actually near a toilet.

Leaving the room tidy only to come back a minute later and it looks like a tornado has ripped through our house.

Finding piles of wipes where she takes it upon herself to wipe her hands.

Not having an audience every time I go to the loo

The noise. When she's here it's loud and I often say I can't get a minutes peace but when she's gone, it's oh so quiet.

The way she asks what we are going to do today, tomorrow, the next day etc even before today has started.

Cuddles, when she's tired or bored or wants my full attention, she asks for a cuddle on my lap.

How she constantly asks for food, sometimes I wonder how she fits it all in.

Most of all I'm going to miss the chatter, the laughter and her giggles. I'll watch the clock until she is back with me again.

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