(K with her new umbrella today)
It's pouring with rain here so it feels very cosy being indoors. L is upstairs having a lunch time sleep which she hasn't done for the past four days, because, really, she is growing out of the need to sleep at lunch time. So I am getting used to my days having my tiniest one at my side all day long while we both get used to a new rhythm. We both get grumpy at one another sometimes, as she is adusting to less overall sleep and I can't have a cup of tea in peace and quiet anymore. I need to drink in all her funny little ways while I still can. In six months time she will be starting her pre-school part time which I think it going to be heart- wrenching for me and a difficult adjustment for her too. It will be a new rhythm for our whole family to get used to. The moment both my girls get out of school at the end of each day will be even more cherished as we all head for home. Marina from A Small Tribe is going through a similar adjustment right now with both her boys in school and I appreciate how hard that change must be for her. I take comfort in her words about focusing on being fully present with her children...turning off the computer, no running errands, and just being there for them. Right now, I am preparing for the change by making sure that dinner is always cooked and all the neccesary jobs are done before my older girl K finishes school so they can sit climb,jump,scramble on the sofa together and fight,pinch read and I can spend time with them before our evening routine starts.