Afternoons {The Ordinary Moments}

January 25, 2015




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.




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  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    I love those moments in the day when it’s just relaxed and you can take a moment to sit and observe your babies. Like you, our days are often hectic and pass by in a blur, even when we aren’t doing that much at all. It’s nice just to be able to take a moment to reflect and appreciate them. My girls will play quite nicely on their own, or together, and i love that time. x

    January 26, 2015 at 9:39 am Reply
  • mummyofboygirltwins

    I know what you mean – life gets so hectic, rushing about here there and everywhere and its nice to sit and watch them play or have a quiet afternoon. I bet it can be a little mad in your house with three of them and so its nice to have some time together. Lovely post 🙂 Jess x

    January 26, 2015 at 12:54 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Jess, sometimes it is nice to spend time with just the younger two and the same with Lucas. Seems a little more relaxing when there isn’t all three winding each other up! xx

      January 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm Reply
  • Donna

    Afternoons are my favourite time of the day. LP is home from nursery, Little Man naps for a while and we all have relaxed time of playing and TV x

    January 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • LittleOandMe

    Such a lovely post, i know exactly what you mean. I love just watching Oliver play, usually with his cars, its so simple but one of my favourite parts of this parenting malarkey! Also I don’t think I could make it out of the house with 3, I struggle with 1!
    Becky xx

    January 26, 2015 at 7:14 pm Reply
  • The Reading Residence

    I love the quieter times, too, where you just sit back and watch. As you say, it’s not necessarily amazing things that they’re doing, but just watching them be, and getting to see it, it is magical x

    January 26, 2015 at 7:23 pm Reply
  • Tina

    I think I would just sit there and watch the interact with each other for hours and just be completely mesmerized!

    January 28, 2015 at 2:19 am Reply
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