As I navigated to my blog for tonight’s post, no concrete post ideas in my mind, I clicked one of my “This Day In” links, and found this post.
Everyone says things get easier as your kids get older. Or at least a lot of things get easier. And yes, it’s easier to have a “Mummy Day” with a four-and-a-half-year-old and a two-and-a-half-year-old than with a two-and-a-half-year-old and six-month-old. Two years ago I was dreading my Mummy Day. Yesterday was my Mummy Day and we had a great day. The kids are more portable, I don’t have to lug around a crap load of stuff, they can provide input on what we do for the day, they provide more feedback on things they enjoy (and things they don’t enjoy) and they both make me laugh.
We spent the first part of the morning making a birthday card for my sister. Elliot drew an amazing cat on her card, and wrote “Happy Birthday Auntie Jan” (copying from me) and his name. He also did a card for his cousin, with a cat eating an apple. Amy did some scribbles. It was fun to just sit and do a craft, and have them both enjoy it for such a long period of time.
We then visited their old daycare, which was a bit odd. Elliot was pretty hesitant, as I knew he would be, but he actually was more outgoing than I thought he’d be. He gave one of his old teachers a big hug, and said hi to a couple of kids he knew. Amy was pretty shy with her old teachers, even though she said she had been missing them, but she had a few smiles. It was a quick visit, and I don’t think I’ll do it again unless the kids ask to go up. I think it’s a bit confusing, and I think Elliot may have some not-so-great memories of the place. As we were walking toward the big yard (where we often saw him looking quite forlorn) he was a bit upset that we weren’t just going inside to his classroom. Kind of gives me the willies, wondering what he was going through while he was there. But thankfully we’ve dealt with that one.
After the visit we headed down to the best children’s book store in Victoria for story time. It was a full house. Elliot spent most of his time looking at a book, which is a bit unusual for him (he’s usually listening to the stories and songs), and Amy must be getting used to the place because she was more into it than she has been in the past. Maybe because last time she was there she got a cookie from Kate. 🙂
Next up, we went home for lunch to meet up with JenV and Carys. The kids had fun playing outside, and in the afternoon I read and had a great nap on the couch while Elliot watched TV and Amy napped.
We still have bumps — probably every day — but in general I’m enjoying this time, and I’m thankful that I have the flexibility to take a day “off” with them.