Cherishing our final few days with just one child
For 19 months M has been the centre of our world but for much of that 19 months she has been such an independent young lady that she is just as happy playing on her own than with others. Don't get me wrong she absolutely loves company and adores chattering all day but she is happy playing with her toys herself. When she was younger I used to feel guilty as I felt I should be on the floor playing with her more but she would often just move to a different toy.
For the past two weeks she has become a proper mummies girl and has been cuddling me so much more but at the same time she is happy playing with herself too. I feel she senses something is happening but I have no worries that she will not get on with the baby and other than a settling in period I think she will love having a brother or a sister but for now I just want to spend so much time cuddling her and kissing her and making her feel so loved.
A lot of our activities revolve around her love of animals and dogs in particular. We have gone dog walks - she loves holding onto a lead (which is attached to the lead I have so she doesn't get pulled over) - and will walk so far if she has the dogs as a distraction. Her laughter will echo round the nature trail when the dogs are let off their leads and M watches them run around.
We are lucky to live close to the Guide Dogs Scotland Training School which had an open day at the weekend so we, of course, went there to see the dogs. M was in her element, running from one dog to another and back again. She loved dogs and I love to see how happy they make her. A great family day out that we will remember.