This week has been a bit tough at points. I always find it the same in the holidays, trying to keep both kids entertained and happy invariably makes me feel like a bit of a failure and questioning my choice to be a SAHM.
In truth we have done better this time but because of a combination of chicken pox and tummy bugs Monkey has actually been off pre-school for about a month and he is definitely ready to go back now. He is bored and flitting from activity to activity. He is clingy and jealous of the attention his little sister needs and demanding so much attention from me constantly. In short he is driving me a bit nuts. I’ve really just tried to keep busy and not focus on this too much. Next week we will be back to routine and I am sure things will improve. I have felt a bit low this week though which may be why certain things are making me feel a bit nostalgic.
First of all, our little lady’s feet have grown, meaning it is time to say goodbye to her pink wellies (and all her other shoes but somehow I don’t feel nostalgic about those!). I’m not sure if it is because she is the second child or because we have decided she is our last baby but I am definitely more nostalgic about some things with her. Perhaps also because she seems so diddy. Monkey, on the 90th percentile of the growth chart and seriously tall for his age, has never really felt diddy. Anyway I also love her wellies so much. She has had so many adventures in them over the winter and I am a bit sad to say goodbye to them.
Another element with her being the second child is that we don’t always pay as much notice to her milestones as we did with Monkey. The big ones yes of course, but the little ones, not so much. With Monkey I was keeping an eye on his hand eye coordination and fine motor skills to make sure he was on track. With LM I haven’t paid nearly as much attention. This week I decided to have a look back at my blog to see what I was up to with Monkey at her age, I really do love my blog for the ability to do that and it was so lovely to see what he was up to at her age and remember what he was like as a little (ish) toddler!
We do do a lot of the same activities but there are some I did with Monkey by now that I haven’t done with her. I guess it goes back to what I said earlier about her being so diddy and because she is our baby… But I think of her as not being able to do things yet because she is too young.. When she really isn’t! So I have tried to make more of an effort to do a few more activities with her and will try and do more of this when Monkey is back at preschool next week and she and I have more 1 on 1 time together.
Then Monkey and I had some 1 on 1 time together on Tuesday and did an activity that made both hubs and I feel nostalgic about our childhood. Bubble painting! I will share more about that in a day or so but it really was great fun!
The final reason I have been feeling a little nostalgic is because I have been looking through some of my childhood photos with Monkey. During a chance encounter with a friend’s parents they mentioned that they thought LM looked like her Nanny (my Mum) so I was having a look to see who she did resemble and Monkey very much enjoyed seeing his Mummy and Uncles when we were little (more on this to come in a few days too!).
I hope the holidays get easier as the kids get older, as I have always hoped I would be the Mum who looks forwards to the holidays nd enjoys them rather than wishing them over. for now though I am just getting through the week as best I can.
How was your week? Do you get nostalgic when your little ones reachmilestones or grow out of certain outfits?
It is a little sad when little ones outgrow special items of clothing – like LM’s pink wellies – because of having lots of adventures in them. I remember feeling the same in the autumn last year as I was putting away some of the summer clothes. Love the sound of the bubble painting and looking over some old family photos. Hope you have a good weekend 🙂
Yes, and like you, more so with my youngest. With Boo I had planned to have another so there was always the chance outfits, toys and equipment would get used again, whereas with Little Man, it was a case of ‘I’ll never use that again then’ with every milestone! And you’re right, many of them get missed second time round, poor second child! They do get to have us more relaxed about them, though, so swings and roundabouts and all that! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x
Oh definitely nostalgic, it’s such a difficult time accepting that your children are growing up and it helps to look back at how they were. It’s ok though, there is always something to look forward too as well. We do learn to let go of our babies and enjoy our children and then our teens. I love bubble painting, I’ll look forward to your post.
Hun don’t feel bad about finding the week hard! I always think you do amazingly well and I know I’d go nuts. I love my daughter so much but finding things to do all day is hard work. Aww nostalgia is a funny old thing. Lovely memories but tugs at you. LM is really changing and I bet some 1 on 1 time with her will be lovely xx #wotw
So sorry you have had a tough week! It does get easier as they get older….Sending hugs!
That Bubble painting looks like a lot of fun!
I think you do amazingly! I can sympathise with the sibling difficulties though as Alfie is being quite tricky at the moment and really doesn’t like us giving too much attention to Elarna which as you know is hard when the littler ones are so demanding. I love those pink wellies too, so cute, it’s always a little bit upsetting when they start growing out of things. Popping over from #WotW
My son also got sick (pox and flu) and we have been together long, so long that he is so clingy to me. And we have been on hiatus long that when the holiday arrive we are already out of things to do!
We are actually doing same thing everyday that I dont know how to make it look like a new activity every time. So I know your frustration!
I love the idea of being able to look back over the blog and see how the little ones grow up. When I had my daughter I had good intentions of scrapbooking every thing but this has gone a bit awol. So blogging has become my way of changing things and I hope that one day she will love looking back on it. I wonder what activities you did with your son when he was 1. #wotw