With an architect pop who works late more often than not, Little Smith doesn't get to see much of his 'dada' at night. Instead they spend mornings together. Sometimes when Little S sleeps until 7AM it's just 15 minutes, other days when he decides to wake up at 4AM (ahem, this morning!) they get to hang out for a couple hours. Of course I don't really get to sleep during that time with constant intrusions and bed snuggles... but I do get to stay in bed so I'll take it.
On Saturday I get the real luxury of truly sleeping extra late and the guys go off on an adventure. For the first 18 months of Little Smith's life I never wanted them to be gone long. Yes I wanted sleep and peace but I also had this crazy magnet with my baby and I would get antsy when we were apart. Something strange happened about two months ago though when he fully weaned and now I truly enjoy my time alone. It isn't that I'm not thinking about him, he's always in my thoughts somewhere, but I am able to relax knowing that he is cared for by his father. I don't know why that took a year and a half but it's been a total revelation.
These days they usually head to our garden to work and run and explore (and pluck tomatoes before their prime... sigh). Last week-end they came back with these pictures and some yummy bagels and fruit for breakfast. I'm pretty spoiled I know!
It's very moving to see these two fellas that I love so dearly forming a special bond all their own. I did worry early on about Big Smith's work schedule and what that would mean for his role as a father, and it's such a relief to see that he's found a way to really make it work and connect to our son so beautifully.