What a lovely day. The sun is blazing, the breeze isn't too chilly and Rye and I have had a lot of fun this morning. The girls came round for Circle last night and because of the clocks going forward Rye wasn't going to sleep at 7pm, so I decided he could just stay up, its no biggy and he adored showing off for the ladies. Such a charmer. This did mean a very late night and much to my suprise he slept until quart to ten this morning.
Breakfast was toast with chocolate spread and multigrain hoops (toast and marmalde for me) and then he played with the wretched plastic police car; thankfully he did move onto playing with his brio cars and the suspension bridge and then he wanted to draw. Too nice a day to spend indoors though and while the beach did beckon, the garden was also scolding me silently for neglecting it. So, I got out the millions of softballs and popped them in his tent and left him to giggle, dive and generally cover the garden in plastic balls, while I got on with weeding. Every so often the little tyke would throw a ball at me or leap on me - he did manage to throw a few on my head. Monkey.
Suprising how a bit of weeding can build up an apetite, we had marmite and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and Rye also had raisins and dried apricots. Quicky nappy change and upstairs for a breastfeed and a nap for him. I wasn't sure if he would nap but once I prised that gawd awful police car out of his hands, he settled down and peacefully slipped into dreamland. I dont oftne take him upstairs for a nap but now I'm home all the time I think for both our sanities it is best that we both have some quiet time during the day and it will also make the childminding easier - I hope, if I can also instigate an after lunch nap with my minded children.
I confess to being a little nervous about the taking on a couple more toddlers; in the main going out and about with them; Rye can be a handful sometimes and it is a bit scary thinking of having 3. I will have put in place a policy that children under say 5 must wear reins or a wrist strap when out and about with me - if not in a pushchair. I think some of nervousness comes also from not having a car and knowing that wherever we go has to be within walking distance or its public transport. I suppose its all about setting firm boundaries from the start and practising those boundaries with short trips before progressing to longer trips.... still any tips greatly appreciated!