‘Just the 2 of Us’ 2015 – #5
Every Sunday morning and most evenings too you will find my family and I at our local church. I’ve been attending church my whole life, I made a decision to go for myself at 11 years old when I realised what it really meant for me. I haven’t gone to church ‘with’ my parents from the age of 15. I started going to the local church round the corner from where we lived so I could just get involved with the weekly activities and it was somewhere I could take myself.
The church that we attend now has an amazing children’s work, they take them from age 1 and walking so that the parents can enjoy the service without having to worry about the children disrupting. As Eden still isn’t ‘officially’ walking, she does take some steps, but doesn’t walk properly yet, she stays in the service with James and I. We tend to take it in turns going up into the baby area to be with her. She likes the music and claps along, but once anyone starts talking, she’s at an age where she just wants to play so we take her into the baby area where there is a TV link from the service downstairs and she can play happily whilst we listen to the sermon.
It has dawned on me recently that this time just playing with her at church will soon be over. If she is anything like Judah, once she is old enough and goes through into the kids work, that’s it, she will be lost to the system, and wouldn’t want to stay out with us in the baby area even if we wanted her to. They just have so much fun. Judah regularly asks me mid-week if we can go to church, he loves it there, playing, singing, dancing, doing crafts with his friends.
James was unwell this weekend which meant that I was unable to steal any time away one on one with the children as I was playing with them all (check out the video we made on our youtube channel by clicking on the icon to your right). It’s nice to remember that on the rare Sunday’s that there are no other babies up in the baby area, this is one on one time that I get with my little princess. I’m able to just watch her entertaining herself with the toys without having to fight with her brother, or having to teach them how to share. Just to watch her enjoying being on her own, and snuggling into me when she wants without having to fight for attention. To see her clapping happily along to the songs that come on throughout the service. I just love seeing her develop into her own little person before my eyes.
She’s started saying ‘I want it’ when she sees her lunch prepared now, she follows me around saying ‘I want milk’ if I dare to give her some water in her drinking cup. I love that she is developing her personality, likes, dislikes, identifying her needs, telling me when to change her nappy etc (as if I didn’t already know). My teeny tiny baby is becoming a toddler, and although she’s still in age 3-6 months clothes, I can no longer be in denial. She is growing up.
Part of me can’t wait until I can just stay in the service like all the other adults without babies, but I’m also just trying to appreciate every last that I’m getting to have. I don’t know which Sunday on our own in the baby area will be my last. After the whirlwind Judah and Eden provided, the year of 2 under 2 is so difficult, and I have the utmost respect for all who go through it, I was glad that Eden would be our last baby. I’m really pleased that it all happened the way it did, even if it wasn’t our choice to have them so close together. The time they have together now is brilliant. They of course need complete and utter constant supervision but they entertain each other, and I have to practically be invited to play with them. They are happy playing together and I know that in September Judah will be attending nursery and the year after at school. Then I will have plenty of time with Eden on her own, but in this season where there are always two of them at my side, I will treasure these times in the baby area whilst I still can. Soon they’ll be gone and my toddler will be off enjoying her own children’s service with her siblings and friends. For now, it’s just the two of us, but for how long… who knows?
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