Some days I feel like Jack Bauer. I imagine being in my own 24-like TV series … ‘Mummy and wife Renee races against the clock to keep her family fed, clean and entertained in her quest to avoid tantrums, whining and tears’.
Seriously though, time eludes me some days. I’m not wasting time either. I’m Getting. Stuff. Done. As it happens, keeping a house and caring for a toddler and baby can really chew up your time. At the end of some days I don’t even know what I’ve done. I feel like I haven’t spent quality time with either of the girls.
Knowing that my maternity leave is coming to an end soon and I’ll have even less time, I made it my mission this week to spend quality one-on-one time with each of the girls.
I started off with my gorgeous bubba, Smiley. I took her to a mummies and babies play and learn class, which we both love. Now, this kid usually smiles and giggles 24 7, but when I take her to this class it’s like she cranks it up a notch. For the first five minutes she sits there with a massive grin on her face taking in her surroundings. When she smiles her whole face smiles. Her eyes and nose scrunch up and she makes a funny little panting noise. It’s seriously cute. We had an awesome time together. We sang, baby danced, baby surfed and played soccer. It was great to get out of the house away from distractions and focus solely on her.
Next cab off the rank was Curly-locks. I took her to our first ever Mummy and Me dance class. Curly-locks lives and loves to dance. Every second of her waking life she is spinning around, kicking her legs up, leaping and jumping. The other day she announced to me in a very matter of fact way, ‘You need to get me into ballet school, Mummy!’ And so I did.
Curly-locks can be quite shy and introverted at times, but nothing was stopping her at this dance class. I was filled with pride as I watched her listen intently to the teacher, follow instructions, and shake her booty!
I feel so lucky to have been able to spend this time with the girls this week and am very grateful to my mum for helping me make it happen.
Do you get much one-on-one time with your kids? Any tips on how to make it a regular occurrence in our time poor lives?