Aidan and I spend a lot of time playing, working on his motor skills and some wicked belly laughs. Even though my to-do list seems to be multiplying by the millisecond, it’s time with my son I wouldn’t trade for anything. With Steve having so much time off over Christmas he’s been able to see what we get up during the day.
On a weekday, Steve only really gets to hang out with Aidan in the afternoons and sometimes this can be a cranky affair, he really is his best in the morning. They spend a lot of time together outside playing, watering the plants (Aidan’s official job) and throwing the ball for Toby and Charlie our Labradors. Two weeks where everyday was the “weekend”, when he had Dadda all to himself all day and everyday, has made it a little difficult now he’s gone back to work.
While he was home Aidan made sure to show off, let his Dadda know all the cool things he could do all by himself. Like walking properly up and down the stairs, grabbing his hat and shoes and walking to and from the car when going out. Counting 123 and ABC, stacking blocks and putting his toys away. Dadda was very impressed… and spoiled him rotten.
The little man got everything he wanted so pretty much avoided me the whole time because he knew I’d say no, I can’t believe he’s caught on so early! He’ll ask me for something like the remote which he knows he can’t have and then sook, then I say no and explain why and then Aidan will stomp his foot, look at me with this “humf” face and then trot straight over to his father and ask him to get it for him. Sometimes he gets his way but not often. I’m definitely “bad cop” in this house.
Steve reads to Aidan every night, he hops under the covers with his milk and Steve curls up beside his bed and reads him stories while I tidy up and watch from the doorway, waiting for him to finish his drink. We both kiss him goodnight and he snuggles his toys, curls up with his bum in the air and goes to sleep. Then Steve and I slump on the couch with a chunk of chocolate and talk about our days and all the cool/annoying things Aidan got up to that day.
There were so many years where I was convinced we’d never be this lucky, to have this little dude who made us feel so much… about each other, about life, about everything! Everyday we’re learning and every time we think we’ve got it down pat, things change and we’re learning something new, constantly adapting. The one thing I’m so very, very thankful for is the fact that I’m doing it all alongside my best friend, my husband.