Our routine has changed so much over the last week. We now drop LP off at preschool Monday to Friday and because of my working days and Dave’s shifts our routine varies every day but the constant is that LP has to get up, get dressed and get to school on time.
Some days LP will walk to school with Daddy and Little Man whilst I go to work. Other days I will take her and Little Man on the walk to school. Then there are days when Dave and I are both off work and depending on Dave’s hours and my plans for the day one of us will stay at home and have a lazy morning, hoping that Little Man sleeps a while longer whilst the other one of us will get up with LP and take her to preschool. Some days Dave’s Mum will take LP too if Dave and I are both working.
On those days where it is just LP and I, where I hold her little hand and walk to school I love to chat to her, to see her walking along so quickly next to me and babbling away about the day ahead of her. LP loves preschool and cannot wait to get there and she knows that we have to get there on time so walks as quickly as she can.
On those days where it is either Daddy or I taking her to school we don’t have a pushchair and so we don’t have a buggy board for her to hop onto. Instead, she has to walk the whole way to school and every so often she’ll get tired and need us to carry her for a little way before insisting on getting down again.
At times I hate Dave’s shifts. I hate how hard it is to plan things and the lack of family time we have. But at times like this I love that Dave’s shifts allow us both to spend these moments with LP. Walking to and from preschool with her, talking to her and holding onto her little hand.