Whether you’ve had a staycation or jetted off to sunnier shores, no doubt like me, you’ve indulged your little ones. Normally, I run a pretty tight ship but holidays plus doting grandparents equals a recipe for messed up routines and spoilt toddlers. After our lovely break in Jersey I’m facing three holiday habits I want to break. Straws, sugar and sleeping are causing me issues as we try and return to our everyday life.
Nin2twindividuals had a box of straws that have been sat in a cupboard for who knows how many years. Because of the environmental impact of plastic straws, we try hard to avoid them. As these were either going in the bin or being used, it seemed silly to waste them. However, now the girls want straws at home. We’ve had a few meltdowns and thrown cups but I’m sticking firm on this one. Having plastic straws regularly is a holiday habit that I don’t want continuing now we are home. As well, the spill risk is enough to drive me crazy. Give me lidded cup any day.
Unsuprisingly, our resolve to limit sugary snacks waivered significantly. Everyday was either ice cream or cake or both. Add in Daddy’s birthday and the related treats and it’s a miracle their teeth didn’t fall out. Why are child sized ice creams not a thing? The size of your average cone is rediculous for a toddler but it’s not as if you can get two year old twins to share one now is it? Back home, and with a few unexpected sunny days, this holiday habit is proving hard to crack. We’ll be better next week.
After the awful transition from cots to cotbeds and months of later evenings, interrupted nights and battling bedtimes, we’d finally got a good routine working. Our Groclock was amazing for giving us a little extra sleep in the morning too but this wasn’t packed. Whether it was the heat, change of setting or something else, we had night after night of broken sleep followed by early early mornings. Sometimes I’d be up once or twice but one night it was five times. Mummy can’t hack this. It reminded me of those early baby days when I survived on adrenaline and about two hours sleep. Hopefully back in their familiar room, this one will sort itself quickly.
As much as a holiday is lovely, it’s also great to be back home. I’m so excited to be spending another year at home with my girls. The last eight months have been filled with so much fun and memories. I can’t wait to create some more.
What holiday habits are you hoping to break as we enter the new term?