Yesterday Daddy went back to work after being off for the week since Harrison was born. I had been dreading this moment all week especially as Amelia had been playing up every evening before bed. It was the first evening I would be on my own putting her to bed since Harrison arrived. I was wondering how would I do this, how long will it take her to go to sleep this time, what will I do with H whilst I'm getting her down? Turns out it wasn't so bad after all!
We had a lovely afternoon, Amelia was her usual happy self and wasn't playing up like she had been all week. H slept most of the day waking for the odd feeding or nappy change and Amelia and I watched Frozen and played with her toys. There I was lying on the floor playing with Amelia when she lent in for a kiss whilst grabbing my face, it was so sweet! Moments like that melt my heart and make me realise that nothing else is really that important, the cleaning can wait, the massive pile of ironing in the kitchen can be done another day and it doesn't matter if I've not washed my hair in nearly a week! These can all wait, however spending time with my babies, watching them grow and giving affection won't last forever so right now I'm making the most of it whilst I can.
As it happens I got Harrison to sleep in the swing shortly before Amelia's bedtime so he was settled. I knew if I left him in the Moses basket he may stir and that would wake her. Amelia went upstairs with no fuss and got into bed. All week it's taken her about two hours to go to sleep as she would refuse to go and would end up getting in and out of bed and wanting to come back downstairs. She had also been playing up in the afternoons and before bedtime, showing off and trying to get attentions. However last night was a completely different story and I'm so grateful! She went off to sleep within roughly twenty minutes of me stroking her hand and I managed to sneak out of her room without waking her. H didn't even stir whilst I was upstairs which is the part I was dreading as it would probably wake her if she heard him crying.
So the first day on our own went reasonably well and we are currently on day two without any tantrums or breakdowns...yet. I'm looking forward to getting into our own little routine and having the evenings to myself to relax again.