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    Spending One-on-One Time with My Third Child

    Safety 1st Ergo High Chair

    We have a busy home with three kids under the age of five. And there is something you should know about my kids: the are kinda wild! I know many parents say that about their children and then I meet them and I think, “Oh, but I REALLY mean I have wild children!” And while that energy times three is exhausting most days, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

    Safety 1st Ergo High Chair

    But with that said, I do sometimes find it hard to balance time with each individual child. The older two seem to have gotten a lot of their own one-on-one time when they were younger. My daughter was obviously the first and so naturally, she didn’t have to compete for attention. Then our first son came around and he decided to give us no choice other than demand our full attention by screaming bloody murder for the first year and a half of his life. No word of a lie. Having two adults, we just naturally took turns with each of the children.

    But then came along our third (and final) baby. Besides the scare he gave us at birth and needing to spend the first two weeks of his life in the NICU, he has been a relatively very easy going baby. He doesn’t demand much of anything. He plays well on his own. He sleeps well. He even taught himself how to use a fork and spoon, just by watching his older siblings. 

    Safety 1st Ergo High Chair

    You know how people often joke that the third child gets forgotten about? Well while that hasn’t physically happened yet, I can understand the sentiments behind that. Especially when that third child is very easy going. 

    My husband and I have often said that we need to purposeful make time to spend with our youngest, even though he seems quite content on his own.

    Now that my older two go to school full time, I’m home most of the day with my littlest. Alone. While he does sleep for a good chunk of it, we’ve started to develop a morning routine, right after everyone leaves the home.

    I make myself a coffee, pour him some juice and make us some breakfast. And then we sit together, at the table and eat. We talk…not about anything significant. But we connect. We laugh. We are silly. We play peek-a-boo behind pieces of toast. It’s our time to connect and spend quality time together. 

    Safety 1st Ergo High Chair

    Then, I usually need to start doing some work, so I let him watch his favorite show “Gab Gab” also known as “Yo Gabba Gabba”, while I respond to some emails. But we still sit side by side and we still have moments of connection. It’s so important in our busy lives to make time for those connections, even with our young children. 

    Recently, I had the opportunity to test out a new highchair from Safety 1st called the Ergo High Chair Seville. While there are many things I loved about it, my favorite feature was that the tray was removable and the chair height adjustable. This has helped make my morning routine with my youngest even better. 

    Safety 1st Ergo High Chair

    With his other high chair, he could never fully be part of life at the table…always on the outside. But with the Ergo High Chair Seville, I am able to take off the tray table, lower the seat and roll him right up to the table with me. He LOVES it!

    Safety 1st Ergo High Chair

    This chair has loads of other fabulous features, including adjustable lumbar support (especially great when starting smaller babies in the high chair), three reclining positions and seven height positions! It also has locking castors which makes it easy to move around, but with the locks on, still safe for your child. And at that price point, this high chair is perfect for your growing child!

    Safety 1st Ergo High Chair

    I want to know how you spend quality time with each of your kids? Do you find it tough to divide your time up? Do you have a morning routine like we do which gives you that one-on-one time? Have you found tools or products out there that make those routines a little bit easier for you and your child? Let me know in the comments below!

    Love & Blessings,

    CMartin-Sign

     

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    11 Comments

  • Reply Lindsay November 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I love that you and your husband decided that you wanted to make an effort to spend quality time with your youngest. I only have one daughter, but I see my sister working on this with her two kids. She has mommy and daughter shopping trips while her husband watches the baby or special reading time where each parent spends time with only her while the baby is on another floor. It helps her feel special : )

  • Reply Caroline November 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

    This is very cute I adore it! Our youngest and I spend a lot of time playing quietly when we can despite her independent streak

  • Reply Mary November 25, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I have twins and definitely understand the need to spend QT with each kid. During weekends we try to separate them as much as we can do get one on one time with each kid. Even if it means I take one of them with me to run errands with, grocery shop, etc., it’s still so nice to have that quality time with one at a time! If we’re doing something boring like grocery shop I make it a point to stop somewhere special (park or somewhere to get a special treat) so its fun for him too 🙂

  • Reply Ashley November 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Great post! My kids are only 20 months apart and I feel like I was so nervous about my second taking all the attention from my daughter that I spent a little too much time focusing on that rather than connecting with my newborn. I was a little relieved when my daughter started preschool so I could focus 100% of my attention on him. It is hard to balance it all.

  • Reply cuteheads November 25, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    He’s adorable! The fact that you are thinking about this shows there’s no way he’s going to be forgotten 🙂

  • Reply Shann Eva November 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I also have three children, 3-year-old twins and a 6-year-old. Mine really are wild. I mean really wild. I wish the twins would still sit in high chairs because that one looks awesome. Plus, I could strap them in 😉

  • Reply Claire November 25, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I worry about how I’ll get 1 on 1 time with my kids when there are two! I can’t even imagine 3! And looks like a great high chair!!

  • Reply jessica glaze November 25, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Isn’t it nice to have some one on one time? This was very cute friend. 🙂

  • Reply Cassie November 26, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Your youngest is absolutely adorable! 🙂 What a sweetheart. Great post on the importance of one-on-one time. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply Elly Brown November 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Love how you make time for just that one on one. I am terrified of how t handle all this one the third baby comes along!

  • Reply Emily November 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    He is adorable! I have three kids as well and worried how I would give love and attention to him. We all find a way to make it happen.

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