Last weekend David worked Saturday morning (ah the joys of attempting to save a house deposit with two kids while renting!) and it was my first morning alone with both kiddies – I have no idea how I managed to get away with that for two months! I guess it probably has something to do with the fact that we kept Oliver in full time nursery until the end of July – a luxury for sure but I’m so grateful to have had a little ‘babymoon’ with Harry where I could pretend to be a first time mummy again. As of the beginning of August however, Oliver has dropped down to three days at nursery per week so he is home with us on Mondays and Tuesdays now.
I decided to look upon that Saturday morning as a practice run before my first two full days alone and I have to say, it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it might be. Obviously I am still adjusting to the new need to have six pairs of hands, be in three places at once and somehow figure out how to keep the noisy toddler out of the baby’s room while putting him down for a nap (tips anyone??) but all in all, it was a good morning and I even managed to do an activity with Oliver and get all three of us out of the house for a bit which were two of my main concerns. Don’t get me wrong, I think we’re quite a way off baking cakes and making elaborate papier mache creations but even some simple drawing/sticker crafts is better than nothing at all right? (Or worse – a whole morning spent on the iPad :p)
Oliver always wants his brother to join him for his activities… thank goodness for our Tripp Trapps!
Oliver adores his little brother. In the last 9 weeks, their relationship has already blossomed with the arrival of those big beaming baby grins – Harry always saves the biggest and the best for his big brother and Oliver loves trying to make him smile. His understanding of things always surprises me – he watches my (often vain!) attempts to rock Harry to sleep and it seems he can usually tell if I’m going to be successful by listening to the tone of Harry’s voice… more often than not, he will announce “It’s not going to work mummy!” and then I know I should just give up then and there!
I think this picture speaks volumes – Harry can most often be found staring in awe at Oliver whenever he is around. Either that or he is trying to work out why this miniature adult is so noisy all the time! I am convinced that the main reason he appears to be in so much of a hurry is because he wants to be playing with his brother and all his older cousins (all of whom are now walking and the youngest is already 14 months – what in the wide world?) but I’m in no hurry for him to grow up too quickly!
In next months ‘Siblings’ my boys will be 3 years and 3 months old respectively – I love weird number things like that! – and I’m looking forward to seeing what new tricks they both have in store for me!
Check out our first ever ‘Siblings’ for July here