Daddy’s Paternity Leave – What Ethan Did…

Darren’s paternity leave is drawing to an end and next week I will be left alone to deal with two children. It could be very interesting!

Ethan has had three weeks of Daddy time as Darren added some holiday to his leave. This gave me lots of time to start the recovery process, we learnt the hard way from my emergency c section with Ethan, and it also gave Ethan the time to adjust to having his Little Sister around. I know next week will not be plain sailing as Ethan always goes off the rails after having lots of time with Daddy.

I was hoping that during Darren’s paternity leave we would be able to do lots of fun things with Ethan, but my recovery has been harder than I expected it to be. We also have been surrounded by illness and things we had planned to do this week have been cancelled because Ethan wasn’t well enough.  

The first two weeks were really about water fun in the garden, Darren was doing lots of running around and we were visited by the midwifes nearly everyday.

There was also lots of trips to the park when Little E needed a break from Ethan’s affections!
We were able to escape to the sea at the start of this week and Ethan made a new friend!
On Thursday we were able to take Ethan to Clacton so that he could go on the rides, this was able to give him his spinning fix.
We were very brave and let Ethan try the swing ride, he had showed interest in this before but we were concerned that he would try to escape whilst it is in motion. We double checked where the harness secured the children and kept our fingers crossed. 
Whilst Ethan was on the elephant ride he spotted a ride he would really like to try!
It does a full 360 spin and the seats also spin the full 360! When Ethan reaches the height restriction for this we will have to get very brave or probably avoid Clacton altogether! 
Little E had the very important job of keeping the ride tokens safe for her big brother. 
No visit to the seaside would be complete without a funny photo!

14 thoughts on “Daddy’s Paternity Leave – What Ethan Did…”

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Thank you, we find keeping Ethan busy is the best thing to do at the moment. We love the beach and thankfully it isn’t that far x

  1. Aww sounds like Ethan has had a lot of fun with his daddy, great that Daddy had so much time off! I read somewhere you should keep the older child’s routine as normal as possible after the birth of a new baby – but that must be completely impossible with c-section recovery!! Hope all goes well next week when it’s you and the 2 kiddies, I am not looking forward to that day myself but I am sure we will cope, because there is no other choice!! xx lovely pics by the way 🙂 xx #countrykids

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Thank you. We did, and still have, needed a team around us for support. We learnt from my first c section how rough I would be feeling so tried to prepare as much as possible x

  2. Lots of wonderful family fun and lovely happy photos of Ethan having a great time. Little E looks adorable and I hope next week goes well with Darren returning to work. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Thank you, Ethan always really enjoys his daddy time. I’m so glad we were able to get out even just for a few hours x

  3. Craig Knowles-Smith

    Looks like u all had a fab time on ur days out, hopefully once ur OH goes bck to work ull b OK with the kids and ull have fun together #countrykids

  4. I can see a lot of playing and water! What a nice way to enjoy Dad’s company. Love to see a lot of smiles here =) #countrykids

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Thankfully he isn’t tall enough yet, I hope not for many years! I wonder who will be the brave parent to go on with him!

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