A Week with Only Our Littles

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Last week was an unusual week due to an unprecedented event, the only children we had at home were our youngest two, who are 4 years & 21 months. Our middle four children were away visiting Grandma and cousins and whilst our adult daughter and nearly adult son were in residence, the focus was on our littles.

 

To adjust to the sudden loss of the majority of playmates we added some ‘extras’ to our week.  We participated in a Lego competition

 

and enjoyed a morning at a local park in town.
We slowed down and concentrated on our little ones and experienced rather a relaxed week.
It was a gentle rhythm; we baked cakes, played playdoh and went for walks in the bush.

 

In some respects it was ‘more work’ as I was the ‘entertainment committee’. I had to fill the space of several playmates and provide direction in a way I haven’t had to do since our first two were little.

 

In other ways the older children and I murmured to one another several times in shock;
“the house is so quiet, it stays clean, cooking for six is a breeze (only 1.5kg of spuds).”
Bass too is an easy child to life with; he focuses on tasks for hours, puts away his toys when finished, happily cleans up when asked, generally is mellow.  A gentle, co-operative, sweet lad.
It’s amazing how much effect personalities have on dynamics. Even our wild, independent lass was much calmer this past week.
When out and about we were aware we looked like ‘older parents’  with our ‘pigeon pair,’ it was surreal. In some respects if felt similar to when we had just our first two, who were 20 months apart, and in other ways it was vastly different, we have a lot more ‘life experience under our belt’ now.
We enjoyed this special time with only our little ones.
Though we were equally happy to welcome our middle four home again.

 

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8 Responses

  1. I also find it fascinating how the dynamics change with the absence of even two or three, reminding me of the ever changing seasons of parenthood, enjoying the blessings of each child and each season.

  2. Love your new website Erin, beautiful clean layout!

  3. What a nice week with just your two littles. Isn’t it amazing how clean a home stays when a chunk of the family is gone?

    I love the new site look, but did want to let you know I have trouble getting the home page to load, though the others come up without issue. It’s totally possible that it’s a problem from my end rather than any code issue on your end.

    • Sarah
      It was a special week. The state of the home was actually quite a surprise.

      So pleased you like the new look:)
      Are you still having with the home page?

  4. This is a true gift, Erin. What a lovely week for your little ones. I note your observation that it was ‘more work’ as I have often wondered how parents of only children manage! It’s so good to have playmates on hand. x

    • Bron,
      Having playmates means mum doesn’t have to entertain to the same degree. Yes parent’s of only have a very different dynamic

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