Though I love my two girls – both snuggling with them singly and watching them play together – I really treasure the time that I had alone with my toddler back when it was just her and me alone during the day.
(It was … a quieter day!)
When she would wake up, I’d walk upstairs with her cup of milk and my big mug of coffee in preparation for a long morning of reading and playing together. We’d start off by reading a few books on her window seat. With just her in my lap, it was a cozy time for us to bond and read her favorite books (over and over and over again!).
No rushing around, no worrying about laughing or stomping too loud to wake a baby, and no modifying what my dear little toddler wanted to do in order to match what her sister needs. It was simpler and easier, in short.
I certainly wouldn’t trade baby #2, but I just fondly recall the time before she arrived. I hope daughter #1 and I appreciated it enough!