The Most Precious Gift Of All

One of the by-products of the past few months is that I have been spending a lot more time at home.  And a lot more time with O.  Whilst I wished the circumstances had been different I cannot help but feel grateful for the extra time that it has given me with my son.

Parenting is constantly changing.  Everytime you think you’ve cracked it they change, they grow and it sometimes feels like you are back to square one.  O seems to be growing up so quickly at the minute and it was lovely to have a few weeks to just be.

We haven’t gone out and painted the town red but we have had lazy mornings with cups of tea and custard creams.  We have snuggled on the couch and watched Lightning McQueen.  We’ve been to the park, and played footie in the garden.  We’ve talked about absolute rubbish, the way that you can with a 3 year old.

We’ve had nowhere to be, but have been together.

Whilst it’s nice to be able to give him presents, toys and days out, these are not the things that make him the happiest.  The biggest smiles come when we are playing the “wake up” game, or he’s rolling me off the bed, or even when he’s helping me to wash up.

When I’m at work I know I can be grouchy and short-tempered.  In a morning my mind is running through all the things I know I need to do before my first lesson and I’m often distracted.  I’m snappy when O is being silly about putting on his pants.  All of those everyday stresses have melted away for the past few weeks.

It hasn’t mattered if it’s taken 20 minutes (and the rest) to get O dressed.   We’ve had a second, or third cup of tea whilst snuggling in bed.  I haven’t rushed O when he has wanted to walk on the raised bumps on the way to the supermarket, and again on the way back out.

We have had the gift of time, and it has been the most precious gift of all.

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  1. April 14, 2015 / 7:23 am

    Aww, this is gorgeous Jo! I can totally empathise with the short fuse when work is on the cards. Thank goodness for holidays and little breaks to set us back on track. I’m so glad that you had a lovely time with your gorgeous boy xxx
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  2. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    April 14, 2015 / 7:25 am

    You’re making me very emotional with your posts at the moment Jo, it’s like you’re in my brain. Having more time with H has been wonderful but not because we do anything exciting (by other people’s standards). We are just with each other and happy. Lovely post. Thanks for linking to #countluckystars xxx
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  3. Jade (Raising the Rings)
    April 14, 2015 / 8:06 am

    I think some people take for granted the gift of time. That’s all we want, from the moment we’re born right up until we’re adults. It’s lovely to just be able to take time and appreciate every second without having to rush in this world of convenience we live in. A lovely post and so glad you enjoyed spending time with O #twinklytuesday xx

  4. April 14, 2015 / 8:49 am

    My favourite moment these days with my children when we are just in the moment. I wonder sometimes (all the time) if I could just give away majority of my daughter’s toys and just focus on being together as family. Happy the sun and summer is coming so can spend more time outside. “Lightening McQueen” is our very favourite!
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  5. mummyofboygirltwins
    April 14, 2015 / 9:43 am

    So glad you had more time and more quality time together. So important. Those moments of taking time slowly and not rushing is lovely. Gorgeous post and hope you get many more moment like this x #twinklytuesday
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  6. Notmyyearoff
    April 14, 2015 / 10:53 am

    Oh yes!! I completely get the snappy thing, I am like this and I am permanently paranoid about my neighbours thinking I’m somewhat mental. I love when we have a few chill out days together. I can’t wait to do it again on holiday where hopefully I de-dragonify!
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  7. Betty and the Bumps
    April 14, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    I don’t like “getting ready for work mummy” because I basically ignore Gwenn while I’m trying to get me and her ready and the changing bag sorted, my bag done, trying to at least maintain some semblance of a tidy house etc etc. Thankfully it’s only two or three times a week but I still don’t like the way I have to be just to get us out of the door, on time and remotely presentable. So, I completely empathise with how you’re feeling and it’s nice that you are seeing the silver linings. x

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  8. April 14, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    Aaahhh what a lovely, lovely post! I’m so glad you’re getting to spend some time with your little and are enjoying the small things. It goes so fast doesn’t it? And also, you realise how fun they are when they’re little! Tantrums aside, my two boys are hilarious and make me laugh when I spend quality time with them 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #Twinkly Tuesday 🙂

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  9. Ashley Beolens
    April 14, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    The more time I spend with my kids the more I get upset, jealous and angry when I have to go back to work. It is so tough really being working parents.
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  10. April 14, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Wow such an inspirational post, it made me stop and think about my stressful morning routine. I envy the time you’ve had to just be with your son. I’m always in such a rush for everything. I would like to stop and just breath sometimes and appreciate some time with the children x
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  11. April 14, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    This is such a stunning post Jo. Time is definitely the most precious gift of all and I know exactly what you mean about not rushing when you don’t have to. I love talking with my three year old…but sometimes it is like talking to myself! He uses all my expressions. Scary!!! xx
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  12. April 15, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Oh Jo, it’s funny as I just commented on Sian’s blog about the gift of time being such a great one (I know yours isn’t under the best circumstances), but it really is. I also stress and snap if I know we’ve got to be there, but on a day with no major plans, it’s great to just slow down and potter. It makes you appreciate the smaller details and like you say, just stop and chat for a bit. Lovely post x
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  13. April 19, 2015 / 6:05 am

    Time is such a lovely thing with our little ones. I am sorry it’s been so hard chick. I can’t imagine. But little moments with your little man are precious as well. I love it most when we have no pre-school run. I find that so hard! x
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  14. April 19, 2015 / 6:57 am

    Lovely post.
    I wish I could spend every day with my boys. They sure are lovely little things. We sure are lucky!!!

  15. May 18, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    Awww Jo I love this post. And yes I totally agree the gift of time, no rushing, no distraction and no thinking of work is THE best thing in the world. Second to having the little one of course! Thank you for joining in with #CountLuckyStars honey. I hope to see you again tomorrow x
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