Hot Chocolate and Homework…

As a mum of three, it’s often difficult to find times that I can spend with each child individually.
I’m sure you maybe have the same struggles, if you are negotiating this parent minefield en masse.
I think, in some regards too, Mr Noah gets the least of my time. It’s possibly due to the girls being the divas that they are, or possibly due to his easy-going, middle-child ways. I do worry sometimes though that I don’t take enough interest in the latest details of Minecraft, or muster enough enthusiasm for all his little quirks and stories.
Everything really is AWESOME when you’re seven, don’t you know? 😉

On Wednesday evenings our girls go to GB, and as Mr M drops them off, Noah and I have developed a little tradition of having hot chocolate while he reads me his school reading book.

It is perhaps a tiny, insignificant moment to most, but those moments curled on the sofa, listening to my boy, are some of the very best in my week…

I am mindful that raising boys and raising girls are two very different processes. The teenage years, and beyond, will no doubt stretch our bond – test it and tug it.
His heart will not always belong to me, his cuddles and kisses will be shared as he grows.
But for now?
On our sofa. On a Wednesday evening.

I’ll enjoy being the only girl he has eyes for.

E x

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14 Comments

  1. September 28, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    Well it’s just a small thing, but you have all my admiration. I have one daughter and I’m hesitant to have more children because I’m afraid of not having enough time and attention to go around. So to me you are a true pioneer! That said, I was glad to read you found the right moment to share with your son and that it made it into your routine. For our family, I find planning something like that in a routine helps a lot more than being spontaneous because other stuff gets in the way otherwise (being tired, laundry etc.)

  2. September 28, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    Perfection! What a gorgeous post. So glad that you’ve carved out this precious time to spend together! #ordinaryments

  3. September 28, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Ahhhh … I only have one baby but I’m one of two and I have asked my mum how it feels to have two and does having a second feel like cheating on the first! She said that she didn’t bond as quickly with me as with my brother because she was aware of holding something back so as not to offend him!

    I would love to have another baby but I realise it must feel as if you need to split yourself in half (or in three in your case!) sometimes!

    Such a lovely moment for you both to share.

    xx

  4. September 28, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    Oh this is gorgeous Em, I’m sure that for Noah you’ll always be number one. xxx

  5. September 28, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Awwww… such a beautiful post Emma… I remember when I was pregnant with Ava, a friend of mine was sharing with me the bittersweetness of having a son… she said “When I had my daughter, I knew I’d be the most important woman in her life forever, but with my son, I only have these early years… so I intend to squeeze every bit of goodness out of them I can!” It’s always stayed with me… and this describes that sentiment. Exactly. xxx

  6. September 28, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    I have 2 boys and 2 girls so totally understand trying to find time to devote to them individually. We try to spend time alone while the others are at their clubs or activities. Mind you, now the oldest is a teen you would have to offer a serious bribe to get him to spend time with his mom. His girlfriend is the only female he has time for! #ordinarymoments

  7. September 28, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Ah! So lovely to have dedicated time with your boy! I do still mourn for losing out on girly stuff having two boys – I am thoroughly immersed in cars and trains when I’m not getting leapt on! I do love time alone with my eldest though – he is much more considered and better company (he loves hot chocolate too!). Precious moments. Xx

  8. September 28, 2014 / 10:24 pm

    Ah Emma, you write in a way that makes me feel really emotional, it’s the last line that got me. I sometimes wonder if I am missing out on being a boy Mummy, I hear that little boys and their Mummy’s are a wonderful relationship and this is a lovely ordinary moment, it is definitely special to snatch one on one time with your children. We are still so unsure whether our family is complete or whether we want a third, but either way I can slightly emphasise as I don’t get a lot of one on one time with my girls. x

  9. September 28, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    Em, this is such a fab ordinary moment 🙂 & so great to spend some one-2-one time with little N-I’m sure he loves it too. x

  10. September 29, 2014 / 11:14 am

    Oh that’s such a beautiful ordinary moment. Even with just two I found I really treasured the one on one time with each of them and now we’re outnumbered we’re having to figure out the how all over again, but I know we’ll always try. Your Wednesday routine sounds perfect – hot chocolate and cuddles will get you through any amount of homework!

  11. September 29, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    What a precious time of the week this is, Emma, I wish I had one of these with F too! I am too aware that my boy may not want to snuggle with me for as long as my little lady does, and now he’s at preschool our time alone together is scant. I really must try and carve out some special 1-2-1 moments together… xx

  12. September 29, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    Awww..that’s just lovely. I struggle finding time for each of the twins…and they compare closely what I do with each of them so it’s hard to do different stuff without one of them getting sensitive about it. We’re all in the same boat and I bet they all turn out great in the end. Ax

  13. September 30, 2014 / 12:58 am

    How lovely x Every so often, not nearly often enough, I manage to take the 8yo out for a hot chocolate, just the two of us and it’s wonderful. Now that the 5yo has started school and I don’t have focused time with him anymore, I will need to extend it! #TheOrdinaryMoments

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