‘Just the 2 of Us’ 2015 – #1
It’s been a while since I posted a ‘Just the 2 of Us’ post as without anyone at home other than myself, I can’t really abandon my other children to go off for some one on one time. I understand that it is quite an idealistic idea when we have four children, but I desperately want to be able to snatch these moments when I can. We have an au pair coming in February for 6-9 months whilst I get on top of working from home again. We have had so much illness and cancelling babysitters that it has been a nightmare to keep on top of teaching and I’m also going back into performing myself so will make a huge difference to have another pair of hands. I will write a separate blog post all about Martina (our au pair) in the near future… we’re very excited about her coming. I will be able to grab those little one on one moments easier too with Martina able to be with the other children for those short bursts.
Sunday night Eden awoke in the night, may have been my fault as I made a trip to the bathroom, but I don’t think I was any louder than usual…. there’s been a lot of nose blowing going on over the last couple of weeks… hard to tell. Eden has always been a great sleeper (yes, sorry to be one of those Mum’s) unless she’s teething or unwell, she sleeps through brilliantly and always has (we’re blessed). So when my little miss decided to wake and was chatting to herself I went into her room to settle her. This is so rare… I gave her the pacifier that had dropped out of the cotbed and watched as she wrestled with getting comfortable. She then turned on her mobile and was just drifting watching the lights change colour. She’s always been great at self-soothing but she just wasn’t very sleepy. As I sat in the chair next to her cotbed just watching her, she kept trying to get back up to play.
Then I broke something out that hasn’t been used for maybe 6 months, the night feed. I’m still breastfeeding every few days so she still feeds from me comfortably. I fed her until she was sleepy again and then placed her back into the cotbed and walked out the room. I knew that then she would settle and she did.
Such a simple moment, but as I was sat there, I was thinking about how this was probably the last night feed, I wouldn’t have known 6 months ago that it was just going to drop. I really treasured just sitting there with her, and I guess because we have been so lucky with her sleep patterns I didn’t mind being awake and just holding my little princess.
I was thinking about how much heavier she was, how I had to hold her with both arms instead of one to support her comfortably in a position she could dose away in. My little baby girl is becoming a toddler. You wouldn’t know it as she still looks so young (I was asked yesterday if she was 6 months old) but she is growing up and her personality is shining through more and more all the time.
It’s 9:30 now Monday morning and she’s still asleep, so I’ve been enjoying a lazy morning with my little man, having breakfast with him and playing games whilst we wait for princess to awake.
I look forward to continuing ‘Just the 2 of Us’ throughout 2015. We will be posting every Tuesday so feel free to link up any one on one time you may have had with your littlies…yes 5 minutes stolen here and there count.
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