But then there are things that come quite naturally. Thank God for these things.
The little one and I have some just her-and-me time every day when the big girl is in school. Apart from the time spent napping/making her go down for a nap, we laugh together, we kiss, we snuggle, and just recently, we've started to read. Well technically, I read and she tries to grab the book. Which is good. It shows appreciation. And she was coo-ing throughout so I think we're in for some fun times.
I may not be the best cook, housekeeper, or disciplinarian, but when it comes to reading to my kids, I am automatically in my zone. I make voices, I make faces, I do actions, I tickle them, I make them laugh, I include them. And they love it. We read to Poppy everyday and very soon will for Calla as well.
Yes it's tough being a mum, and sometimes I don't do the best job. But all I need is a good book and my baby on my lap, or my big girl next to me, and I feel like the best mum in the world.
PS Does anyone out there have a Very Hungry Caterpillar book that isn't in shreds? Not that I need it, no. I'm just curious because it's such a well-loved book and everyone I know who has one has it in more than one piece :) Ours has been put together by tape, glued, chewed on, spat upon, and still, we love it. I thought about getting a new one because this one looks well, really gross actually, but the book's got character, you gotta give it that :)