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The Ordinary Moments #45 – One-on-One

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!

 

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6 thoughts on “The Ordinary Moments #45 – One-on-One

  1. Ah such a lovely post. I totally get what you are saying, it is so lovely and so important I think too, to have one on one time with them. I get one on one time with LL on the three days Mads is at school and she isn’t at nursery, and I get one on one time with Mads on a weekend afternoon when LL sleeps. It isn’t a lot though so I really want to make more time for her. I bet Ella loved her time with her Mummy. x

    1. It’s hard for the eldest I think, as they wont remember the time when it was just them and you devoted all your time to them! Definitely lovely to have that one on one time! Xx

  2. Aww look at her face!! And I know what you mean; one on one time with any of the children is incredibly precious but with our eldest I think it’s the hardest to make time for because they’re busy and because we’re at the coal face of caring for their younger siblings. It sounds like it was a really lovely treat for both of you ­čÖé

    1. It really was! I guess I always need to remember she got nearly two years of my undivided attention, which is something Sienna and any other siblings she might have, will never get! Xx

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