When I first had Alfie, anyone who was anyone told me that babies love routine. For the 1st few months after having Alfie, we would bath him in his baby bath downstairs, feed him and put him in his moses basket and take him up to bed when we went. This seems crazy when I look back as we would have to creep around and have the tv turned down, the lights were low and carrying a moses basket with a sleeping baby upstairs isn’t easy, as I’m sure Michael will vouch for … but neither of us wanted to be away from him or leave him upstairs on his own when he was so tiny.
A few months on and we started would would become our permanent routine. We will take Alfie upstairs between 7.15-7.30 and he’ll have his bath, get dried and dressed and have his milk. Once he goes upstairs at bedtime, he doesn’t come back down until morning.
As Alfie has got older, bath and bedtime has become Alfie and Daddy’s time. Michael will take him up and I will hear them laughing and playing and it’s lovely to hear from downstairs – this is very much their bonding time. Usually by that time of day, I’m exhausted and glad of the break to sit and have a hot cup of tea, or I’ll clear the tea things away, but sometimes, I’ll go up with them and join in the fun.
At the beginning of April, we went away over night and the hotel only had a shower, so Alfie had his 1st experience of a shower and he loved it! Since then he does tend to have showers more than baths, meaning the whole routine has somewhat been shortened so Alfie isn’t quite as relaxed when it’s time to get dried and dressed.
Last night, I was aware that I didn’t really have any ‘Ordinary Moment’ Pictures from this week, so I joined in the bath time fun in aim to get some pictures. Fortunately, Alfie is on form after his bath / shower and last night was no different.
I love this picture I got of him – Daddy had to help and was pulling very silly faces behind me, but it really just sums up what every night is like for us (me snapping away with my phone, Daddy being silly, Alfie chattering away). Once Alfie is showered, we call come together and we’ll talk to Alfie to practice new words and go over what he’s done during the day whilst getting him dressed for bed.
Bath and bed time is a very ordinary moment which happens every night, in every house hold, but it is a time I really cherish when we can have lots of cuddles and kisses and finish the day together.