With Mikey working long hours 6 days a week and Luke with his dad on most weekends, we don’t often get the chance to spend time together as a family.
This is my favourite picture from our little weekend together. It’s definitely being printed off and placed in our (still very empty) multi photo frame! Cherish the little moments in life…!
That really takes it’s toll sometimes, especially as Luke is so young. Mikey comes home at bedtime just when Luke is irritable and grumpy – this means Luke often ends up being told off for being mean, or for ignoring us or just generally being a pain in the bum. We both know it’s not really his fault, but he’s a fickle three year old and sometimes that causes us some problems.
As a blended family and Mikey finally feeling a bit more comfortable with his role in our lives, I think Luke’s grumpy, overtired preschooler behaviour perhaps dents his confidence or upsets him a little. Luke, who has always been overjoyed to see Mikey, sometimes just completely ignores him when he comes home. It’s quite upsetting for me to see as I know how Luke really feels, just he doesn’t show it.
It was time to do something about it. The boys needed to have some proper time together again and we all very much needed a family day. Luke needed reminding that, actually, he does really like Mikey and they do have tonnes of fun together and get on like a house on fire.
I think our Saturday spent on “the big field” (as Luke says) really did wonders for both Luke and Mikey. They got back into their routine and reminded each other that they love each other and want to share experiences and have fun together. The two of them spent ages playing and sharing their remote controlled cars, playing football together, and perhaps the best bit of the whole day (for me anyway) was watching Mikey teach Luke how to ride his bike.
It was a pretty magical moment for me to witness. Luke trusting Mikey and grinning his head off – Mikey looking just as excited and happy to be in the moment with him. Watching him and Luke together makes my heart swell with pride. These are my boys. They may have their disagreements, Luke may test his boundaries, Mikey may take Luke’s defiance at bedtime towards him personally, but really, at the end of the day, they love and trust each other. And that’s pretty special.