Life in our little family has been a little more than chaotic lately, and so I am quite frankly very surprised I have been organised enough to get any half decent photos of my two boys, let alone get them on the computer and write this blog post. For the past 6 months we have been trying to sell two houses, and keeping on top of keeping the house tidy and endless viewings, I have had so little time to get much done really. That, combined with having a 7 month old baby who isn't a great sleeper and won't nap during the day except for in the car or on a walk, has meant that it's been a little more than hectic around our house. It's strange though, because while the individual days can sometimes feel long, trying to think of different activities to keep them both entertained, the week itself seems to fly.
I love a routine and most weeks we end up doing similar things- since Little L came along, we have really changed our weekly routine and definitely don't make our regular trips to soft play like we used to as it's just too stressful with two of them. LO and L are both the same in that they seem to thrive on getting out of the house and doing things. I find Little L is more settled in we are out and about and will sleep better than if we're stuck inside. LO too has always thrived on routine and if we can get out to a group, for play date or even just a walk, just the three of us, then we are all the happier for it. I do love taking them to do things together, even though Little L isn't really at the stage of being able to join in.
We have three days in the working week where it's just the three of us, and we follow quite a set pattern of what we do together. On a Monday we will go to a multi-sports group for LO, and while I join in with LO, Little L is quite content to sit and watch from his pram or have a snooze. On Wednesdays we will go for a walk and visit the garden centre or park, op to the shops or for a cake, or we might meet friends. LO then goes for a sleepover at his Granny's on a Wednesday evening, and I spend the evening wiih Little L. On Fridays we go to the sports group again and often stay behind at the end and they play in the play area for a little while before we head home for a lazy afternoon in the garden or to curl up and watch a film together.
Of course, at the moment the things we are doing are very much activities for LO, but soon enough, Little L will be more mobile and able to join in with his brother instead of being a spectator from the pram. At home they're definitely interacting more than ever, and Little L has a really cheeky look when he takes one of LO's toys and teaching a 3 year old how to share toys is a challenge! But overall, LO loves the company of having another little person about all the time and they often give each other a secret sibling look, like they are plotting something together. LO can also make his baby brother chuckle in a way that no one else can. He's so in tune with his needs and will tell me if he thinks he needs milk and at meal times he always insists on getting a bib out for him, which I find so sweet.
With our impending house move will come a complete and utter change of routine and lifestyle too, and I am really looking forward to beginning a new routine with my boys together. We are going into LO's final year at home before he begins in reception next year and I really want to make the most of the time together, especially when it's the three of us during the week days. We will be living in quite a remote village and I am imagining what our days will look like over the coming year as Little L gets bigger and more able to interact with LO- I picture them playing together in the garden while I watch from the kitchen window, morning walks around the village, Little L in his pram and LO walking alongside, hand in hand with me, and little adventures to explore our new area. I will miss our little routine here but I am also so excited for the adventures we will make together in our new little home and can't wait to see what fun these two brothers will get up to.