When Leo and I were living at my parents house I was lucky in the sense that if I needed to pop to the shops or had a special occasion to attend, I almost always had an Aunt, Uncle or Grandparent around to look after that little man of mine for me. It's something that I have always appreciated as I know just how lucky I was and am to have that level of support and help when we need a babysitter.
It's funny because while we were living there it was the sheer amount of people who made the push to move out so strong, Leo and I needed our own place to put our roots down, but it's all of those people who make up the support network what it is. It will always be home, for both Leo and myself, but it is so nice to be in our own space after all of this time.
Leo occasionally goes back for sleepovers if Luke and I have made plans, and it means I can rest easy knowing that our little boy is in safe hands. Last week we decided to go to the cinema as we haven't had a proper date night in a rather long time. We try and get at least one a month in so we can have a completely grown up chat and enjoy one another's company. Granny said it would be no problem if Leo wanted to stay over, so we packed him an over night bag, dropped him off and Leo was perfectly happy. He absolutely adores going to his Grandparents and that is because it has been home for such a long time.
I have always been a little envious about Leo's relationship with his Grandparents, because realistically they are more like second parents to him, he see's them all the time and always asks for us to go and visit, and that special bond has defiantly been nurtured by us all living in such close proximity for so long. I didn't get to see my Grandparents as much, and as much as I love them, the dynamics of our relationship is completely different. When we saw my Grandparent's it was strict best behaviour at all times, but with Leo it is just like coming home and they get to appreciate all of those cheeky quirks of his.
We have an absolutely incredible support system on either side of the family, there is always a family member who will help out should we need it, and I will always be so thankful for that. I can only imagine how hard it must be for young families who don't have that support in place.
We don't get out as much as we probably should as a couple, but we do make the effort to do so, we do some amazing things as a family of 3 though and I love being able to include Leo in the adventures we get up to. Before the schools went back after Christmas, we packed up the car, harnessed up the pup and off we went to Western Supermare, it was a lovely walk and it helped the entire family burn off the abundance of food that had been consumed over the festive season.
We even go on some lovely adventures with the entire family, and this year we have booked a big family holiday (other half's and children included) to a rather beautiful hotel in Crete. The excitement for some Summer sun is starting to bubble and I cannot wait to create some life long memories with the mad bunch.