Boo now goes to pre-school for two days a week, which means that it’s just me and the Little Man for those days. Now, he does like his naps, so I manage to get some work done in the mornings while he sleeps, and then it’s lunchtime and we’re off out after that. Invariably, ‘off out’ means nipping to the shops, the bank, the post office, making cards deliveries, or some other necessary chore.
I’m aware, very aware, that Little Man doesn’t get quite the same breaks that Boo did. At his age, she went to a couple of classes each week and a playgroup. And then there were play-dates, and my life revolved around her life.
It’s not the same for Little Man. I made a point of booking us onto baby massage and baby yoga courses in his first few months of life, neither of which I’d done with Boo, just to make sure that we did have some time devoted to him, just the two of us. We do go to a dance class each week, for Boo, but it is for 1-5 year-olds and I can see that he’ll be starting to join in very soon. And to be honest, he is a happy napper, so a lot of our day can pass with sleep, eating (he’s a happy eater, too ;-)) and dancing and playing together in the house, before it’s time to go and collect Boo.
I don’t really think he’s hard done by. I hope he is not. He has a constant companion, entertainer and playmate in Boo, that she did not have. We go on far more family outings now than we did when Boo was so young, so he’s had many more trips to parks, farms, playgrounds, and holidays than Boo had done by his age. On the three days that Boo is with us, we always get out on ‘an adventure’ together. The playroom is plentiful, he has endless books to choose from, as he can grab both his and Boo’s, and he gets a little more lee-way than his sister ever did, because I’m a little older, a little wiser, a little more tired…!
That being said, I feel the need to treat him as an individual more, rather than having him tag along with whatever Boo is doing. So this week, when Boo was at pre-school, I needed to pop to the shop for a few bits, but this time, I decided to allow a little extra time for our trip. We went to a playground on the way..
He always likes a swing, and is a big fan of a slide (I can’t photograph that one, as I’m too busy holding him on there!). Such a simple little thing, but it was just the two of us, and we’d made the trip solely for his benefit, not Boo’s.
He loved it. I loved it.