Our weekends seem to pass in a blur at the moment. This one though was a little but different so I thought it was worth documenting. Our family is starting to shift and change again; the last few months have been pretty exhausting as the twins have suddenly started to get into everything, they are just so inquisitive and I barely sit down in the day. However, I can feel it changing again and we are heading toward a new phase. It is becoming easier to go out with all three; we don’t have to take masses of stuff with us and each weekend I know we can go out without it being a military operation. Our routine can change without devastating effects, we are all becoming more relaxed and can enjoy family time together.
We went out shopping on Saturday with all three children which has always been tricky but was necessary as the twins are ready for their first shoes! They have been cruising for months and Boo is constantly walking holding onto our hand; I thought we might just get shoes for him as Bear was showing no interest but all of a sudden he too has started clinging onto us and taking steps. Now they both hang on so we can wander round the house and they chuckle away when they spot each other. If I’m honest it was actually quite nice to be able to get their first pair of shoes together. They have never worn anything more than socks on their feet so wearing shoes did puzzle them but it was a relatively stress-free experience. They are both exactly the same size but I did choose different styles, if nothing else so I can tell him apart!
While we were out we stopped for tea and cake; the boys had all been so good considering we had to rush round a few shops so it was nice to just have a little treat. I feel like we are finally starting to do things I have been longing to do, normal things like having tea and cake in a cafe, just because we feel like it. I actually don’t think we have even done that in the last 14 months, it just wouldn’t have been possible.
We had planned a little day out for Mother’s Day but the twins woke up with the dreaded chicken pox, we knew it was coming so had prepared ourselves. Instead we opted for a quiet day in and I got a lovely lie in followed by a bacon butty. We had a little afternoon tea together with yet more cake. After dinner the boys were all playing together and suddenly we spotted Boo take off walking; he has been taking steps if we coax him from one of us to the other but he just went. I’m not sure he could quite believe it himself, he kept stopping as if he thought he would fall. He’s been ready for a while but has always needed the security of our hand; I just love seeing his little face when he realises what he’s doing, so pleased with himself. I’m sure that Bear won’t be long after him as he was taking it all in!
Sometimes I can’t quite believe we have our three boys, it has been such a busy time since the twins were born it almost like you just do it without taking it all in. This weekend has made me stop and think how lucky we are to have them, to be able to have all these moments with them. To buy their first shoes, to take the time to stop for cake and see their grins as they devour it, to sit and talk to Lucas in a cafe and the amazing feeling when he tells you he’s had a fun day even though you’ve done the simplest of things; just being together is enough. I look back in the car at all three of them and when I catch their eye they smile, they giggle at each other as we drive. They all make me so proud that just thinking of them makes my heart burst. My memories, my thoughts on being a mother, are all made up of so many of these moments. I can think back over them and I can actually feel the love. I didn’t take any spectacular photos this weekend but I do have a whole load of memories; a little snapshot of their childhood that I am so grateful to be a part of.