They say we are creatures of habit, and we definitely are. There are certain things that we do the same every single night and when it comes to the weekend the same things still happen, but with a few extra things thrown in. Just to mix it up a bit.
I’m sure we are not alone in this, I bet every family has their little routine that works for them. A lot of it is from having children, we all know how they thrive on routine. To know what is coming next. But we did have little routines before we had children, I think we find comfort in them.
Our evening routine starts after dinner, the girls and I will come into the lounge and snuggle on the sofa and watch television. The girls will argue over who gets to choose first and then we snuggle under the blanket to watch it. Andy is next door tidying everything up from dinner, as he can’t cook at all, this is how we split the jobs.
I love this time sat with my girls, a chance to just be, if that makes sense. To soak them up and hold them close. Life is busy and I love these precious moments.
Once Andy has finished he comes and join us, at which point the girls literally jump on him. It’s then daddy time and he will read them a story and we start to unwind for the day. This is the bit the girls love the most and sometimes when we’ve been busy and got home late, then we have tired to cut this bit out. But they soon let us know if we do. I’m hope this will be a childhood memory they will remember forever…
Then it’s bath time, which they both love. They run up the stairs and I don’t know how, but Alice is naked before I even make it up the stairs. Andy does bath time, while I tidy around the girls bedroom. It’s surprising how much you can get done, while they are splashing around!
When it’s time to hop out of the bath, we all go to Holly’s room to get dry and ready for bed. I don’t know why we go in Holly’s room, it’s just something we’ve always done. We are normally greeted with squeals of either ‘ I want mummy to do me’ or ‘I want daddy to do me’ from Holly, depending what mood she is in. Then depending what mood Alice is in, she will either just ignore this and get ready herself. Or she will be a right pain and say the same as Holly, so they fight over who has the person they both want. Don’t you just love this time of day!!
With everyone dressed it’s teeth and hair. Then my favourite part of the day, story time. The girls get to pick a book each and we have a story all together. Fresh from their bath and all snuggly in their pyjama’s, I love it.
Then it’s bedtime, Alice will go off with daddy and I will pop Holly into bed. Not before I get the biggest cuddle either, it’s more like a big bear hug. The highlight of my day.
The fun then begins! For the last month Holly has started to get out of bed and we spend the next 20 minutes, putting her back in. It’s boring, it’s frustrating and all you want is for that magical moment where you see her roll over on the monitor and you know that’s it, she has snuggled down.
I used to get really annoyed by it and it was hard to keep my temper. But now I just don’t speak to her, I go in and put her back in bed. Repeat! I’ve found by doing this, she goes to sleep quicker and I stay calm. Or Andy, we do share it.
I also remind myself it could be a lot worse, Holly could still be waking us up every night. But since she was 17 months old, she has slept through the night. Broken sleep is the worst thing to deal with.
With both girls asleep we head downstairs. Andy gets me my diet coke and I collapse on the sofa. He is a good one!
Every evening is different. Sometimes I will be blogging and Andy will be working. Or I am browsing the internet for things for our new house. Or, we shut everything off and watch tv together and no distractions. We should do more of this than we do, but we do it at least once a week.
I love our little evening routine, it works for us and yes there are days when it’s a bit more crazy than other days. But generally it goes fairly smoothly and to be honest most nights I am ready for the girls to go to bed.