Since Sienna was born, I’ve enjoyed lots of one-on-one time with her. Ella goes to nursery one day a week, and her nanna’s another day, which gives me a bit of time to devote to Sienna, and to crack on with some work!
What I haven’t really had is any one-on-one time with Ella in the five months that Sienna has been here.
This week, Sienna stayed at her nanna’s one night. She’s been sleeping pretty poorly thanks to a constant cold, so my mother-in-law offered to have her for the night to allow me to catch up on a bit of sleep. I’ve got to admit, it was nice to not have to be up and down in the night, though I did really miss her too.
What was really lovely though was the following morning. It was a nursery day for Ella, which usually means a rush to get all three of us dressed, some milk in Sienna and out the door to walk to nursery.
Instead, it was very relaxed. Ella didn’t battle against getting dressed. We had lovely chilled out chats. Then headed off to nursery with no pram to push. Ella usually runs ahead and has no interest in being with me when I’m pushing the pram. I either have to put her on reins, or tear along to keep up with her and put the pram between her and the road!
This time, Ella walked happily alongside me, pointing out the cars, vans and buses! And a little hand came up to reach for mine. She rarely holds my hand when out walking. I have to grip it when we cross roads, as she’d rather be Miss Independent. So I was really surprised that she wanted to hold my hand. It was like she was savouring that it was just us, and that the other hand didn’t have a pram to push.
Our weekends usually involve family time as a four. But I decided that I would make the effort this weekend to leave Sienna with Sean, and spend a bit of time with my little big girl.
We went to Starbucks, and Ella loved it! We talked on the way about how she could have a baby coffee. So I got her a frothy milk, which she absolutely hated the taste of. But she loved clutching the handle of the mug, like a big girl drinking coffee!! And she had no problem with her chocolate snowman!
We chatted about much of nothing. As you do with a two year old. And Ella had a big grin on her face throughout! On the way there, she was saying ‘it’s just mummy and Ella’. But on the way back it was all about going to see daddy and Sienna!
I loved our little date as much as Ella did and we’ll definitely be going on more. Mad to think it will only be a few years until it won’t just be a baby coffee. And only a few more til we’ll be chatting over cocktails!