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!
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!