Last week was an unusual week due to an unprecedented event, the only children we had at home were our youngest two, who are 4 years & 21 months. Our middle four children were away visiting Grandma and cousins and whilst our adult daughter and nearly adult son were in residence, the focus was on our littles.
To adjust to the sudden loss of the majority of playmates we added some 'extras' to our week. We participated in a Lego competition
and enjoyed a morning at a local park in town.
We slowed down and concentrated on our little ones and experienced rather a relaxed week.
It was a gentle rhythm; we baked cakes, played playdoh and went for walks in the bush.
In some respects it was 'more work' as I was the 'entertainment committee'. I had to fill the space of several playmates and provide direction in a way I haven't had to do since our first two were little.
In other ways the older children and I murmured to one another several times in shock;
"the house is so quiet, it stays clean, cooking for six is a breeze (only 1.5kg of spuds)."
Bass too is an easy child to life with; he focuses on tasks for hours, puts away his toys when finished, happily cleans up when asked, generally is mellow. A gentle, co-operative, sweet lad.
It's amazing how much effect personalities have on dynamics. Even our wild, independent lass was much calmer this past week.
When out and about we were aware we looked like 'older parents' with our 'pigeon pair,' it was surreal. In some respects if felt similar to when we had just our first two, who were 20 months apart, and in other ways it was vastly different, we have a lot more 'life experience under our belt' now.
We enjoyed this special time with only our little ones.
Though we were equally happy to welcome our middle four home again.