Time with my little girl

Ben has been in school full time for the best part of a fortnight now and I’ve really revelled in the luxury of this time with my little girl.  I feel like it’s giving me chance to get to know her all over again and really notice the changes in her, I’m much more aware of how grown up she has become without me even really realising.

Before the school holidays Chloe mostly did the school run in the pushchair, on the way to school in a morning we just didn’t have time for her to walk.  Towards the end of term I encouraged her to walk to school to collect Ben but she would often go in the pushchair on the way home again.  Since the start of the new school year she has walked to and from school in the mornings without any problem – which bodes very well for Beak’s arrival in November!  She often uses the pushchair at home time but this is mainly because she has just woken up!  She is much more determined to walk now and loves to explore – the school run provides us with opportunities to walk on walls, splash in puddles, inspect snails and flowers and generally chat about the things we can see along the way. I love having the time to do this with her.

The most dramatic change I’ve seen has been the increase in her vocabulary – she has been chatting away for a while but with Ben at school she has the opportunity to speak uninterrupted and I’ve got the time to listen to her and concentrate on what she’s saying.  She is coming on in leaps and bounds and every single day I notice something new be it a new word or phrase.  She has a really cute routine of asking if we’re ok and going round the family saying “You K? Me K. Ben K? Ben K” and also loves to tell us that she thinks we are funny. “You funneee!  Me funneeee!”  I’ve particularly noticed the move from just labelling things to more abstract concepts like telling me this morning “you phone ringing” or after a day at Ange’s coming home and saying “You gone, you here jobs” to explain that she thought I’d been at home all day (I had in fact been at work). The absolute cutest though is that if you ask her where someone is – Ben, Daddy, Granny – they are all “Gone, jobs”.    She also likes to chat to Thomas who she calls “Toe” – she bosses him around insisting “Come Toe, follow me”.

Her favourite game at the moment is to play Hide and Seek – it’s hilarious though as she says “Me hide, you count” and then runs to hide behind the kitchen bin every single time!  Ben has been teaching her to count and she can now manage up to 7.  I love her numbers in this video and the way she shouts “Coming, not”

We’ve slipped ourselves into a nice little routine of pottering around in the morning – doing some jigsaws, watching a bit of tv, reading books and drawing then Chlo has a sleep in the afternoon and most afternoons she has slept right up until it was time time get Ben.  Once or twice however she has woken early and then ended up going back to sleep on me – very cute!  (Check out my Silent Sunday picture this week of her snoozing with Mr Mouse all snuggled up on my bump!)  I think she’s enjoying her girlie time with Mummy but equally she’s missing Ben because when she gets up she says “Get Ben now Mummy” and gives him such a huge love when he comes out of his classroom.

I am doing everything I can to make the most of this precious time with my little girl this half term before it’s all change again when Beak arrives and Chloe will be preparing to start playgroup. (We are hoping she will start at half term so she is settled before Beak comes but it’s more likely to be the new year I think really)

Do you get chance to spend time with your children individually?

19 Comments

  1. Em @ snowingindoors
    September 16, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    I love this, and I feel the same way spending time alone with my son now my daughter's started school. He plays hide and seek exactly the same way, always hides at the end of the sofa and watches me walk over to him giggling!!

    • September 16, 2013 / 2:06 pm

      They are funny aren't they! She likes to hide under a chair in her bedroom and then when you pretend to look for her just giggles her little head off so even if you didn't know where she was you soon would!

  2. September 16, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    So precious to have that individual time but great if you can create it, I know mine treasure it when it happens

    • September 16, 2013 / 2:05 pm

      I love it – but when I've tried to do it with Ben and said "Isn't it nice doing something just you and me?" He relied "I like it when Chloe comes!" Haha. I shouldn't complain of course!

  3. September 16, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    Its swings and roundabouts isnt it….the time you get with your firstborn you get with your second when their sibling goes to school. Im glad you and Chloe are having a nice time together 🙂

    • September 16, 2013 / 2:06 pm

      Yes I realised this the other day when I realised he wasn't getting any special time with Mummy that in fact he had a whole year of maternity leave!

  4. September 16, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    Those are special moments!

    Jack is with me in the mornings while the big kids are at school but he starts school in October. I don't really get much alone time with the older two though. It's a juggling act I don't often get right unfortunately!

  5. September 16, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    What a wonderful post Colette, it must be so nice having this time with Chloe. We just have one toddler but we set up our own business to spend more time with her. Doing 5 days full-time in London meant I hardly saw her during the week before 🙂

    • September 16, 2013 / 8:16 pm

      Sounds like you made the right choice! I worked full time up until last summer and the change in going part time was immense. I get to really enjoy my little people so much more! x

  6. September 16, 2013 / 6:21 pm

    It's lovely to spend time with them on their own isn't it. My little girl came along a couple of months after my son started school so I get to spend lots of time just with her. I do find it difficult to find much time to spend with my son on his own though now!

  7. September 16, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    I only have the one so can't really comment, but am sure it is special to spend time 1:1…..love the little things they say..and the hiding behind the bin is very cute!

    • September 16, 2013 / 8:17 pm

      I'm going to have to teach her some new hiding places 😉 x

  8. September 16, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    I found that, having time with the second child is so precious. I think though it's important to find time for them all isn't it but it's not always that easy. Your daughter sounds very similar to my son, I wonder if they are the same age.

    • September 16, 2013 / 8:15 pm

      She was 2 in July 🙂 x

  9. September 16, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    I my goodness how cute is she on the video honey, thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    p.s i hope you get to enjoy lots more girlie time x

  10. September 17, 2013 / 5:35 am

    Lovely post, you should definitely be one proud mummy!! I struggle to get time individually with my children but I do bed time separately with them each night to have story time alone x

  11. September 17, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    I'm struggling with this at the moment I don't spend much time individually with either of mine but the rare occasions I do I really make the most of it and try and do something special.

  12. Fozia S
    September 20, 2013 / 10:13 pm

    Oh she is simply adorable.. I have a 7 year old and a 1 year old…I struggle to give the 7 year old as much time!

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