The end of our time at home together

_MG_4280As I said recently the twins started preschool in January. They started the first week back after Christmas, doing 2 mornings a week.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing. Lottie, especially, hasn’t found the transition easy. However, a few months in now and they seem to be far more settled and enjoying it far more.

In all honesty though, it has transformed our week. A new routine – and a little break for me.

Because (and let’s not beat around the bush), they can be hard work! As a stay-at-home-Mum they demand from me all day and generally wear me out! And yet the hardest part of it all is trying to fill up our entire week with PURE fun.

And so we are often either confined to a few places such as soft play or playgrounds or walks, or round to friends for play dates.

And so for these reasons, I have been so pleased with a new routine and focus this year. Something that has broken the week up a little, and given us all a new venture. Granted it is only 2.5 hours, twice a week (for now), but still…

I was so caught up in them starting preschool that it never dawned on me that it is the end of an era…of me being at home and being solely responsible for Harry & Lottie. That’s it. From the day we brought them home as tiny newborn twins, to now, I’ve been here 100%, the whole time.

By their side.

Each day, each week.

Learning new things about them, (about me), encountering new challenges, and watching all their new developments.

For these moments I am so grateful and extremely lucky. How very fortunate I have been.

But they aren’t little babies any longer, who are purely entertained by soft toys…they need a new level of stimulation and activity. They need to learn more from beyond the four walls of our home.

It has already been good for them.

And whilst preschool is currently only a few hours a week, this is the beginning of a gradual start of a build-up to school in a few years time. Which is exciting…and scary too.

We’ve had a right blast the three of us!! – pretty much just us most weekdays for the last 2 years and 6 months. We’ve laughed, cried, thrown tantrums (me included!), taken hours to get ready, been bored, trashed the house, painted, baked, read, been silly, and generally had TONNES of fun.

So here are some of my favourite Mummy, Harry & Lottie moments…and here’s to our new routine and many more wonderful times ahead.


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  1. March 11, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    such a lovely post. I can totally relate – Reading it brought a tear to my eye!

    A really lovely post to mark the end of such a special time for you all.

    Anna x

    • March 12, 2015 / 10:46 am

      Thank you so much. I do feel a bit sentimental about it all xx

  2. March 11, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    What a gorgeous post! Twins rock and this post proves it! x

    • March 12, 2015 / 10:46 am

      Yes they do. We’ve had some hilarious times!! Twins can be hard work but funny and amazing too xx

  3. Amy
    March 11, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Haha the one of them both at the bottom of the wardrobe!!!!! 😀

    • March 12, 2015 / 10:45 am

      I know – little monkeys!!!! Jess x

  4. March 12, 2015 / 8:04 am

    Aww I love the baby photos how cute! And actually lol’d at the wardrobe that’s jjust what my Lottie’s like at the moment!

    • March 12, 2015 / 10:44 am

      They were obsessed with clothes!!!!! And emptying everything. Used to drive me insane! xx

  5. March 12, 2015 / 9:50 am

    Oh this made me well up! I am feeling the same with my little three. My biggest girl is due to start school in September/January depending on a date, and my nearly 3 year old (in may) will start preschool each morning then too. So it will just be me and my little fella in the mornings and making that change is going to be hard. you’re right, they can be hard work and demanding but I am going to cry like a baby ending this chapter. The thought that scares me the most is of my biggest girl and her learning of the world where she doesn’t have to depend on Mummy for a few hours. A teacher maybe learning more about her than me 🙁 sob. it’s hard, so bitter sweet. but they thrive on learning I guess. We were debating doing homeschooling, but it’s trying to see what will work for everyone isn’t it. x

    • March 12, 2015 / 10:44 am

      I’ve been overwhelmed with their development, and so I know it’s been brilliant for them…but I do feel emotional that it’s the end of the real baby phase. I’m sure you’ll do the right thing when the time comes xx

  6. March 12, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Jess what a beautiful set of photos. Love the one with the tissues or toilet roll, I definitely have a few like that too!

    • March 12, 2015 / 1:37 pm

      They have been little stars, and little monkey’s too!!! Ha ha xx

  7. March 12, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Your twins are just adorable! Preschool is such a huge milestone. I remember when my oldest two started preschool and it seems like just yesterday before you know it they will be in school for full days and it’s crazy actually having time to yourself again. Ashton and Jadyn were on school for 2 years full-time before I had the twins and I went to cosmetology school and started working just so I would have something h to do now they are going into 3rd grade this next year and I can’t even believe where the time has gone. Even tho it’s a sad moment it’s also such a happy moment realizing that you have taught them everything and prepared them for this day it’s so rewarding 🙂 🙂

    • March 12, 2015 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you, that’s such a lovely thing to say. I know lots more memories will be made going forward too. Thanks, Jess x

  8. Rachel
    March 12, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Aw what a lovely post. Looking back at some wonderful memories and embracing the future all at the same time :))

    • March 12, 2015 / 1:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess x

  9. March 12, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    What a beautiful post so lovely, and I had a tear in my eye when I was scrolling through all of your wonderful photos, how magical your last two and a half years have been.
    Boo started at nursery when I went back to work two days a week when she was 11 months old, but I stopped work a couple of month ago to stay at home with her, and it’s posts like this that really confirm to me that I have made the right decision, even with the tears and nappies!! I love spending all of my time with Boo and I really don’t want to start nursery again, though I know that the time will come round sooner than I want.. time goes too fast once you have a child.

    • March 12, 2015 / 2:03 pm

      It really does! So glad you’re spending more time together. It’s so precious that you need to have no regrets. Thanks for the lovely comments, Jess x

  10. March 12, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Aaah this is a lovely post sweetie and I can totally relate to it too. Our babies are growing up aren’t they? So bittersweet… my tiny boys are two tomorrow. The baby era is well and truly gone. But in some ways that’s a good thing – we should be proud we both got through it and have these amazing little people to show for our hard work xx

    Caro |

    • March 12, 2015 / 2:04 pm

      I know. The next phase/stage of their lives, and lots more amazing things to come! Jess xx

  11. March 12, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Awww!! The photos are wonderful, I love the washing machine one because having girls means that I have a few of them “helping!” too. It’s a lovely post x

    • March 12, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks! We’ve certainly had some busy and helpful times!! Hee hee Jess x

  12. March 12, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    This is so lovely; it’s a huge change isn’t it (although I will admit that I’m quite looking forward to it happening here…!). What a fabulous collection of photos, especially the ones where they are clearly up to mischief 🙂 My favourite is the one of them on their scooters (? second last photo); that smile is amazing and I bet his sister had the same expression!

    • March 12, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you! Yes it’s the end of some special times but the start of many more! Thanks for the comments xx

  13. March 12, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    What a lovely post and such great photos. I felt a bit emotional reading this – nothing new on the emotional front – as it is so true I have always been there for the boys but now Finley is a pre school is has somewhere else to be and there are other looking after him which sometimes I find tough as I know he is hard work but I’m his mummy and selfishly I want him to only need me. xx

    • March 12, 2015 / 9:36 pm

      Oh bless. I know, you wish for them to grow up and get easier – and then they do and you want it all back!! Thanks for the lovely comment, Jess x

  14. March 12, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Ah bless, look how they are growing up, they are so cute yet are starting to look like little people rather than toddlers now xx

    • March 12, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      I know right?? Little people now for sure – thanks, Jess x

  15. March 12, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Oh my god, I love ALL of these photos, they made my eyes well up a bit. I know what you mean about end of an era – it’s the start of our babies growing up!
    Sabrina x #mycapturedmoment

    • March 12, 2015 / 11:03 pm

      I know!! So sad but the start of new beginnings too 🙂 Thanks for the lovely comments x

  16. March 13, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    such a lovely post! I love the picture of the three of you (well your feet) in the park! So chilled out! I’ve got another six months before Maya goes to preschool and at the moment I can’t wait but you’re right it’s the end of an era so I will make the most of it for the next few months! xx #mycapturedmoment

    • March 13, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      Thanks so much – I have been looking forward to the little break a lot! Jess x

    • March 15, 2015 / 4:51 pm

      Thanks so much – a lovely new chapter now for us all though. Jess x

  17. March 15, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    My god. I can’t imagine having two to wreak havoc. Baby Girl is enough trouble on her own! Hats off to you. Seeing these photos in succession like this brings it home how much more work two must be. Serious Mama kudos!

    • March 16, 2015 / 11:17 am

      Ha ha I know! There are days when my house looks as though a small explosion went off!!!!! thanks xx

  18. March 16, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    This is such a lovely post and beautiful pictures. I know exactly where you are coming from, being a stay at home mum to twins is exhausting and so demanding, but I wouldn’t have done it any different! My twins start nursery after Easter for 3 hours a morning Mon-Fri. Part of me is dreading it, but part of me is looking forward to some time for me, which as you’ll know is a rare occasion! They have 2 settling in sessions next week and I am sure I will be a blubbering mess lol xx #mycapturedmoment

    • March 16, 2015 / 3:54 pm

      I’m sure you will be! I was! But now they’re both settled (it took Lottie a month or so) it’s so nice for all us to have a little time apart. It makes the days so much better! Thanks for the lovely comment, Jess x

  19. March 16, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Oh Jess I love this post!! It gave me a little lump in my throat as I know Pops will start preschool in September and it will mark her gradual transition into education too. Those pictures really tell the story of their little lives and how close they are. Just lovely!! Thanks for joining #mycapturedmoment xxx

    • March 16, 2015 / 3:53 pm

      Thanks Heledd. Although I complain a lot at how hard my day is, when I look back through it all I can’t believe how much fun it’s all been too! I’ve been so lucky to have two of them to enjoy! Jess x

  20. March 30, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Such beautiful pictures of the last two and a half years Jess. I had to giggle at the toilet paper one though! Thanks for linking up with #MultipleMadness xxx

    • March 31, 2015 / 11:46 am

      I know right! Little monkey’s! Into EVERYTHING!! xx

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