Like any busy parent, my days often pass in a blur. Busying around getting everyone ready in the morning, breakfast followed by lunch then out to take Lucas to pre-school; our mornings are pretty hectic. I don’t know where the time goes and we are often rushing around to get out on time. The walk to school gives me a chance to talk to Lucas and then I get in from the school run and am able to spend an afternoon with the twins. It is a couple of hours just me and them and most of the time it is a lovely part of my day. They usually nap on the school run now so they are often awake all afternoon. For some reason the dynamic shifts when it is just the two of them; they play so much nicer, there are less squabbles and it all seems a touch calmer when they don’t have their big brother to chase after.
When I come in I will have my lunch and a cup of tea and more often than not I can sit back and watch them both; they will happily sit and play either together, or at least close to each other! As soon as I get down on the floor they both climb all over me but will settle down again and we can spend some time playing blocks, or cars, looking at books or singing. As they get more adventurous the mornings are becoming more and more manic so I look forward to these afternoons when we can slow the pace down. Don’t get me wrong, some afternoons are just as crazy as the mornings but on the whole it is the quieter part of our day.
I love that I have the time to watch them interact with each other, to see them giggle as they chase one another around and catch the little moments when they learn something new and the other one immediately copies. This last year has passed so quickly and so many milestones seem to have rushed by us that sometimes it is nice to just step back and enjoy being with them. They aren’t doing anything remarkable but at the same time I wouldn’t want to miss it. I see more and more of their personalities shining through in the afternoons when it is just us three. These quiet moments, just watching them as they do something simple like stack wooden blocks, never fail to make me happy.