5 Oct 2015

My favourite time of the day ...


…is the kids’ bedtime. Now, I know what you’re thinking. And you’re not entirely wrong. It has partially to do with the fact that once I’ve put the kids to bed, a nice, crisp bottle glass of wine with my name on it will be waiting for me.

But mainly, the kid’s bedtime is my favourite time of the day because I get to spend some quality time with Becky and Alex. And for some reason, at bedtime both of my little monkeys are extremely cute *bar the odd evening when we all are in meltdown (including me).*

Mornings are usually horrible; stressful, shouty, grumpy, hectic. But evenings – they are so much nicer, so much more relaxed and peaceful. Working full time and with the kids at school / after school club and nursery all day, it’s also the only real time of the day when we can catch up and spend some one on one moments without any time pressure or stress.

First up is Alex. After his bath – which he absolutely loves – I make him his bottle and we snuggle down on the sofa where he guzzles down his milk like there’s no tomorrow, while I sniff on his freshly washed hair (am I weird?), cuddle him and give him lots of kisses (hey, I’m making the most of it while I still can and he lets me!). 

Once he’s finished, he turns into the cutest mixture of sleepy and mischievous, and it has become our little routine that we continue to snuggle and play for a bit. He’ll be pulling my glasses down, with a really naughty giggle, while I tickle him and blow raspberries on his belly, which makes him proper chuckle! After this I’ll carry him upstairs, he says night night to Daddy and Becky, and I pop him in his sleeping bag and sing him a lullaby, after which he usually just nods off.

Then it’s Becky’s turn. We get her ready for bed, while chatting about the day or the many other random things she asks and tells me (she is SUCH a chatterbox!). Then we settle down for a bedtime story, during which Becky continues to chat loads, and then a whole other procedure ensues where we have to say goodnight to her dollies and soft toys and position them correctly all around her in her bed. And then I sing her a lullaby, too, a German one that I have been singing to her ever since she was born. She’s probably getting too old for it and soon she’ll ask me to leave it out, but for now, I still saviour it as part of our routine while I still have the chance. Sometimes John joins in and does a mock-German sing-along to it, which has Becky in stitches and is very funny indeed.

I often feel drained of energy on an evening, exhausted beyond belief and admittedly clock-watch until it’s finally bedtime, but when it indeed rolls on, I love spending that special time with my cute and wonderful twosome.

*Linking up with #ShareWithMe over on Let's Talk Mommy. 


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  1. I share the same favourite time of the day... being a working mum can really be stressful especially in the early hours of the morning when I get to prepare everyone ready to go out, that's why bed time is the best, the quiet, calm and chill out time for everyone, after the busy dinner and bath time. Great post! #sharewithme

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  2. Ahh what a beautifully written post darling. It's hard juggling it all isn't it? Love the photos. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I appreciate the linky loyalty and always look forward to seeing you again at SWM. #sharewithme

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