The day begins very much like any other…

 

The day begins very much like any other in our house.

Dan’s alarm goes off signalling it’s time for him to wake up for work, this makes me inwardly groan every freaking time.

You see Kai still wakes at least once in the early hours and more often than not Max might wake in the middle of the night as well, usually to cry that he can’t find his dummy (more often it’s right beside him). So you’ll forgive me for feeling anything but rested first thing. 

So you’ll forgive me for feeling anything but rested first thing. 

I’ve read about a mystical species of man who get up with the offspring during the night regardless of having to work the next day. We actually have friends who tag team like this during the night and for them, it works, for us, it would never work, being a single income family means we need Dan firing on all pistons and when he’s tired he gets very irrational and finds it hard to function normally.

I’m not sure I could let him get up every night during the week to the boys as well as getting up at the crack of dawn, putting in a full day at work. Come the weekend though it’s a completely different matter and I get the help I need. Trust me its much appreciated, I find come Friday I’m just done. The calm chilled happy Kris from the beginning of the week turns into stressy mummy Kris come Friday (something I feel eternally guilty about)

Trust me its much appreciated, I find come Friday I’m just done. The calm chilled happy Kris from the beginning of the week turns into stressy mummy Kris come Friday (something I feel eternally guilty about.

Now that Dan is back at work we have been trying to implement a great morning routine for the boys. The plan is up, teeth brushed then it’s downstairs for some breakfast. Up until very recently, we’ve had a real mare with teeth brushing. Kai being just a bub tends to suck on the toothbrush (for now this doesn’t concern me too much)Max, on the other hand, hates brushing his teeth (with a passion). I think having Kai in the same room has helped him a little, I try and encourage Max to show Kai how to brush his teeth. It’s still quite hit and miss but the older Max gets the easier it’s becoming.

I think having Kai in the same room has helped him a little, I try and encourage Max to show Kai how to brush his teeth. It’s still quite hit and miss but the older Max gets the easier it’s becoming.

The boys are pretty good eaters when it comes to breakie. Max chooses what he would like (usually Weetabix) and Kai gets what he’s given.

 

There’s nothing Max loves more than to boss me or his brother about, it takes some real manoeuvring to get him cleaned up, on the potty and dressed ready for our day. I tend to use a lot of reverse psychology on him which often works a treat. Another trick for example if he won’t eat his breakfast is to tell him that Kai’s going to eat his breakfast, with his bowl and his spoon. That usually shoots a rocket up his bum to do what I asked him to.

This probably sounds so mean, tricking my toddler into behaving but honestly with toddlers you have to do what you have to do to get the results I need to get up and out of the house. 

Today we have a pretty chilled one planned, normally we would be up and out going on little adventures or attending a baby class or nursery.Days like this go one of two ways, either the kids will be lovely and well have a relatively nice day or they turn into demon children developing cabin fever.  

Days home are ok once or twice a week but it’s not something I could do every day.Some people are happy to just stay indoors but we like to get out. I think it’s important for children’s development to get out mixing with adults and children alike.Both the boys started attending classes at quite a young age (from around 5 weeks) the benefits are so clear, you just have to meet Max to see that.

The Danson children centre was an invaluable resource to us in the early days.They put on lots of different classes, we made the most of it and attended them all. As a new first time mum, I didn’t have any other local friends with kids. Without the centre, I would have been very isolated. I met a lovely group of mums and we are all still friends now two years on.   

I highly recommend checking out your local centre, if you are in the Bexleyheath area then you won’t find a children’s centre more welcoming than The Danson Children’s Center.

 

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