LP and Little Man love bath time but we often skip it if the children are tired and after all, how dirty do children get really? But on the days when we do bath time it’s always quite a rush with so much to cram in before bedtime and then so much to do once the kids are in bed before Dave and I get to sit down ourselves.
Often Dave will do bath time. Well, if he’s at home he does bath time. I spend that half hour or so getting other things done – I’ll get a load of washing to put on, will sort out paperwork, tidy up and make plans for the next day or week. It’s list writing time, time to sort out clean washing and time to get the clothes ready for the next day.
But every so often there are no jobs to do. Dave or I can just sit and watch the children in the bath and spend that time with them. Chatting, laughing and just enjoying the moment. Really, it doesn’t happen often enough. Life makes us rush and there really is too much to do and not enough hours in the day.
But whether Dave and I are rushing and distracted or able to take the time and relax, LP and Little Man love bath time. They play with the bath toys, they wash themselves and they let us wash their hair. They make beards out of the bubbles, laugh when they each get bubbles on their heads and see who can splash the most without it coming out of the bath.
The last time I sat and watched the children play in the bath not only did they enjoy it just as much as they normally did, but I enjoyed it so much more too. Listening to them laugh made me smile. Listening to them babble along to each other made my heart swell and watching them, pretty much the same size, sharing a bath like they have pretty much every other day for their whole life made me realise how big they have become.
I used to rant about solo bath times and how hard they were because, let’s face it, one adult, a toddler and a newborn baby is always going to be hard. But nearly three years later and bath times aren’t hard any more. They’re time consuming, they’re just one more job on a busy day but they are also so much fun – whether you are in or out of the bath.