Since March I have worked full time. To compensate for Fridays without J I agreed to work a late shift which helps cover the requirements, but also enables me to spend some quality time with her instead on a Wednesday morning
She’s pretty much stopped her naps, so after 2 full days at nursery and by the time Wednesday comes she’s shattered. As a result I’ve started to introduce a slow start with her (which also goes against every bone in my body as I just want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors!) This week followed suit; after being away in warmer climates for work last week I was still pretty jet lagged and very cold this Wednesday, but wanted to make the most of the time I had with her
The plan was a slow start watching Paw Patrol (does anyone else have a child obsessed with this?) a bath, and then a trip to the park followed by a hot chocolate. Before the bath J sat in her room, pulled her flash cards out and sat on her floor with them one at a time telling me what each of them were. I was putting clothes away though soon joined her and we sat for ages talking about the words, the letters at the start of the word and just having ‘educational fun’
She has a real appetite for learning and I’ll always encourage it, quite often we’ll sing songs in the car or snuggle up with a book, as well as J and daddy having boisterous fun (mums are supposed to be chilled aren’t they?!? – this one is anyhow!)
After the bath we had lots of fun wrapping her in towels and a little meltdown from my sudden “Little Miss Independent” and a pair of tights before heading out. It’s great they want to do it but when they refuse point blank for help and are clearly struggling it gets a bit difficult to watch!
After things had calmed down and she had figured out how to put the blasted things on she requested to take her bike out to the park and I obliged, a little concerned about the high winds but didn’t want to deter her, and so off we went!
She is getting pretty fast on her bike, and is starting to (thankfully) learn how to use her brakes although it didn’t stop a few scary moments where she decided to pedal super fast and I had to chase after her! It was so blustery but she was so happy to be outdoors, exploring, climbing in the park and riding her bike
I find I clock watch all Wednesday morning, scared of being late and also being scared of losing out on quality time with her. I realised we had an hour left after the park before I had to drop her off and dash to work, so we stopped at a Costa for lunch for a real mummy daughter treat; hot chocolates for us both, and a Christmas panini and gingerbread fox to share (although she didn’t share the fox!) before making a quick drive to the nursery to drop her off
Most weeks she’s pretty good at being dropped off, but this week she has been my shadow and she cried a lot as I left her with the team. I know she’s still getting over the fact I was away for a week but it pulls on your heart strings and makes you question whether you’re doing things right
I love my Wednesday mornings, but that’s what they are, mornings, and I seem to have developed a love/hate relationship with them because they seem so short. I do whatever I can to have the most amazing, simple and fun time with my girly, it’s what it’s all about isn’t it?