Weekly Update #10: Quality Time 

What have we been up to this week?

 

I wish this week could have slowed down a little and not flown past as quick as it has. We haven’t really been too busy. It has just been a really nice week, what with PB being off work and all. We have had lots of quality time. He has been enjoying having space from his stressful job whilst myself and the boys have been enjoying having him home. It might sound ridiculous, but I feel as though I am on a break from work too! I can’t put into words how nice it is to have your other half home to help you with the children, the housework and the errands. To be able to share chores and work together looking after the boys has been amazing.

 

Quality time, together and apart.

 

We have had time together as a family,and also by ourselves. PB went out for an afternoon and evening with some friends whilst I held the fort at home. And then we swapped and he took over the reins whilst I went out for lunch with my friend and tried to catch up on some work from home.

 

 

 

It felt nice but very strange to get dressed up and go out alone. As much as I looked forward to it and got excited about seeing my friend (we had gone 11 months without a catch up?! I’d missed her a lot!) It still brings out anxiety in me when I go out without the children. I think I may write a more in depth post about it as there is too much to explain here, but the main thing is I relaxed on the drive into town and was fine by the time I got to my friend. And we had a lovely time soaking up each other’s news.

 

Just us Time

 

I also managed to take Teddy to the park for some time, just us two. I rarely get to do this anymore and it was just so nice to soak him up without having to split my care and attention in two. We went foraging and found lots of pretty leaves, conkers and acorns to bring home and show PB and George. They had a nice time chilling out at home in front of football and I think George took the opportunity to get a good nap without the distraction of his lively older brother around.

 

 

 

Standing up and Eyes in the back of one’s head.

 

As I finished typing last week’s update, I was called into the bedroom by an excited PB because George had managed to stand up all by himself in his cot. Well, he hasn’t stopped pulling himself up and standing wherever the opportunity presents itself! He is trying to stand up unaided as well, and is seemingly fearless of anything. Climbing is a new obsession too, especially if he sees his older brother sitting on the sofa. He tries to clamber up to be near him. They have a truly lovely bond. Teddy is gentle and kind with George (most of the time.. He is a toddler so 100% compliance is never going to happen!) And George sees Teddy as his ultimate hero, who has access to amazing toys and can move around so quickly!

 

 

 

 

They are already causing mischief together, with Teddy grabbing an apple juice carton from the fridge and opening it for George to then pour all over the floor! It took myself and PB ages to clean up! George needed changing as he was sat in the midst of a pretty sizeable puddle. And Teddy was pretty disappointed when he realised his apple juice had ‘gone bye bye’. I need eyes in the back of my head now!

 

 

Chilling out

We are chilling out at home today (Sunday) but it does feel like a gamble. Teddy used to be so content to stay home and play. Now, he wants to go on adventures. And George wants what Teddy wants, obviously. So I do feel a bit guilty about staying home and have to grapple with that alongside their boredom that usually hits around 3pm. But sometimes you just need a quiet day. They do benefit from the down time too and I think it’s good for kids to experience a bit of boredom… It encourages them to use their imagination a bit.

 

This week hasn’t been half as busy as it normally is but we feel absolutely knackered! I think, sometimes, relaxing and letting go of stress let’s your body feel as if it has permission to truly let go and feel tired. We have another week ahead of us and this week we are aiming to be really productive, there’s a ‘to do’ list and everything!
Then again. This sofa is very comfortable. I may just stay here a little bit longer….

 

 

Additional Information and Findings From this Week:

 

  • I had my eyes tested this week. There are two brand new pairs of glasses on their way to me! Which is great because it means I can ditch the ones I am currently wearing. They are broken. And they have been for weeks, held together with sticky tape. Thank god I have a big nose, it is the only reason they stay perched on my face! 

 

  • I am not excited about getting new glasses, because my prescription has changed and my eye sight has gotten worse. Pregnancy is to blame apparently. Plus all the hours I spend looking at screens whilst writing my life’s drivel like this. Ha! So, I shall now be wearing my new specs permanently. Apart from on a night out. I’m vain! And it rarely bloody happens nowadays anyway! 

 

  • I hate my housework. It is like a never-ending battle. I get to the end of the day, and sit in the cleaned house with the children in bed, and I dread the next day. Because I know it was all for naught and that come 9am the next day it will look as though I haven’t done a thing.

 

  • Spider watch continues but instead of discovering two a day, we have actually only found 2 during the whole week…. RIP Spideys. 

 

  • Teddy’s speech is leaping ahead with new phrases almost every day. Some pronunciation needs work. Helicopter comes out as ‘bubblecop’. Chick from the Twirlywoos has been rechristened as ‘Dick’… Bit awkward. And everything has to be greeted and said goodbye to. Hi Car – Bye Car! Hi Cat – Bye Cat. Which reminds me…

 

  • Our poor cats. They are so patient and loyal. I felt sure they would have left by now. Found an old lady in a quiet house who would feed them treats and tuna. But they stay here, grabbing lap cuddles when they can and shooting in and out of the cat flap to escape the eager youngsters of the house who want to show love a bit too much. The brave things get dribbled on and yelled at with enthusiasm. And they get sticky hands ran over their fur with the best intentions. Yet they stay. Bless them! 

 

 

Comments

  1. October 16, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Quality time is so important! we’ve had a mad couple of weeks with the harvest and all that goes with farming. I’ve had so much time with Lincoln that I think we all need quality time with Daddy Together and Alone. Roll on winter!! #Honeybeelinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:58 am

      Ahh bless you, I can imagine it must be so busy for you! I hope you get your alone time soon. Xxx

  2. October 16, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Sounds like a perfect week. You looked fab for your day out! So nice to wear a dress that you love insead of for functionality! #HoneybeeLinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:54 am

      Ahh, thank you lovely Pam. It felt nice to wear an outfit and feel put together. Just a bit weird as very out of the ordinary!lol. Thank you for commenting xxx

  3. October 16, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a great week!!! I think lazy days of a Sunday are a genius idea. We did the exact same yesterday… though much easier with older kids I guess!! #HoneybeeLinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:52 am

      Perhaps a little bit easier 😉 but kids are kids no matter how old and housework waits for noone! Sundays are definitely lazy days though. Xxx

  4. October 16, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Great post – I also blogged about needing to get out and have time to remember me sometimes! I struggle with it too though – those apron strings are tied tight!

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:51 am

      They’re tied very tightly! I never considered the anxiety I would feel from going out, I was always so focuses on how the babies would feel xxx

  5. Sarah - Mud cakes and wine
    October 16, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Our youngest just loves to copy his crazy older brothers. It can get a little scary at times. And I need new glasses too 😂

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:46 am

      It’s madness isn’t it?! I’ve got my new pairs of glasses now and its so lovely to not have to perch them on my nose. Haha! Thank you for commenting lovely xxx

  6. October 16, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Sounds like a pretty good week!
    Ah isn’t it so lovely sometimes to have time with the first born!? Sometimes I think my big boy feels forgotten when I’m rocking, changing or just generally consumed with the littlest.
    And the bond they have!! Couldn’t your heart just burst?! Ill have to look back at your previous posts I think the age difference in your boys is similar to mine.
    Hope next one is a good one and there is less juice to clean up! xx

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:45 am

      It’s lovely to have that special time! I can still remember how it was when I just had him to focus on so I’m convinced he can too. He is a brilliant big brother though, the bond they create is lovely isn’t it?? There’s 22 months between them 🙂 how many between your two? Ha! Much less juice to clean up this week, thankfully!xxx

  7. Nahdia
    October 16, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Great post. quality time is so important. The week, years fly by so we need to be present and create lots of fun memories with our children. x

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:39 am

      Very true my lovely. The time flies past so quickly! Xxx

  8. October 16, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    It sounds as though you had a good week. Totally with you on the housework, I have no idea where half the dirt even comes from in our home!

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:36 am

      It was thank you lovely! I have no clue… I think little imps run around at night time showering dust everywhere and emptying cupboards lol! Xxx

  9. October 17, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Ha ha oh no youll certainly need eyes in the back of your head now 😄😄

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:27 am

      Back of my head, and anywhere else some can fit. It’s madness how quick and intuitive he is?! Xxx

  10. October 20, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Ah sounds like the perfect week! A few weeks back I met up with a friend that I hadn’t seen for 2 years! The time went by so quickly. It was the first time I had really been out for lunch since having Jessica and I felt nervous, we are going ‘out out’ in a couple of weeks, meal and cocktails. I haven’t been ‘out out’ since my hen night! 2 years ago!
    Bless you cats! I think they secretly like it! #HoneybeeLinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:06 am

      Ha! Maybe they do? Cats are good at pretending to be full of disdain when they actually feel the opposite.lol!

      Aww, I know exactly how you feel. It’s just not the norm to go out all put together is it? So when it happens you feel strange. Enjoy your night out though, try and relax into it. Xxx

    • mebeingmummy
      October 31, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      Ahh, thank you very much. Felt like a complete fish out of water but it was a lovely afternoon xxx

  11. October 29, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Ah I love round ups like this! Sorry it’s taken me so long, but I got here eventually! #honeybeelinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 30, 2017 / 12:30 am

      Haha! Don’t apologise, have only just grabbed a moment and a cuppa to sit and catch up myself. Life gets busy! Hope you had a lovely time away xxx

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