So my list comprises of things that I want to do this year. Just before my eldest turns three and just after my youngest turns one.
- Take them both swimming: Although I’ve been swimming with my eldest swimming with both of them will be a new experience. I’ll only be able to do this with my wife as we need to supervise a child each.
- Go out for a meal as a family of four: It will be nice to see them enjoy a meal outside the house. Our eldest should be able to eat from the restaurant menu, but we’ll still need to bring food for our youngest.
- Survive a work week without mummy: I think the first week after my wife goes back to work will be very difficult for the whole family as we adjust to the change in lifestyle.
- Go for a picnic: It will be great to enjoy an outdoor picnic once the weather warms up.
- Put them both on the swings at the same time: And more generally take them both to the playground. Our eldest loves going and is very independent, but still needs supervision when using the climbing frame. Hopefully she’ll improve lots over the coming months so I don’t have to worry about her quite as much.
- Build a snowman: We had a very brief flurry of snow on boxing day and my eldest daughter was engrossed. Unfortunately it had disappeared by morning so we couldn’t build a snowman. So here’s to hoping we get some more snow this year as I think my eldest would really love to build a snowman.
- Get more than 6 hours sleep in one go: As I’m writing this I’m suffering from sleep deprivation. The youngest is up most of the night with probable teething symptoms, although she also had her 3rd injection this week. During the day the eldest is very active and the result is two very tired parents.
- Have a romantic meal out for two: We have done this to some extent over the christmas break, however we were risking it as our youngest is exclusively breastfed and we didn’t really feel at ease and stayed within five minutes of home. We semi rushed our food, we didn’t wolf it down, but did ask the restaurant to bring the courses out quickly after each other as we were dreading a call from the babysitter saying she had an inconsolable baby. Hopefully later on in the year we should be able to enjoy a more relaxed evening out.
- Be on time to all planned events in a week: Getting two ready, especially one that is being breastfed and has no feeding routine is extremely difficult. We often find ourselves late for playgroups and play dates. Hopefully one week this year we will mange to get to them all on time.
- Attend the local music festival: This one hopefully shouldn’t be too difficult as it’s right outside our house. Last year my wife was heavily pregnant so didn’t really get to enjoy it. Hopefully this year we will be able to enjoy it as a family of four.
The list is a work in progress, but it is good to have some goals. I am also finding it hard to make goals that are relevant to both girls. As although we have two under two and there is only a 19 month difference at this age that is a huge difference. They are both at completely different stages in their lives. However it is good to have some ideas of what we can do together as a family.
I would love to hear other suggestions of things I can do this year with a soon to be two year old and a current four month old.