Guest Post: Allira from And Then There Was Layla

This next guest post is from Allira.

I love her perspective as both a mother to a wee one and to ones almost grown up. She blogs over at And Then There Was Layla if you want to read more of her touching words. 

In the few months since our little miracle, Layla-Rae, was born, almost a whole 10 years after her older brothers and sisters, I have been in awe of our other three children and how they were once little babies, and are now closer to adulthood than they are to infancy.

Whereas we once had a house full of three little barefooted hippy children, running around in tie-dyed cloth nappies, painting the walls with their mummy’s water colours and attempting to make pancake mix on the hardwood floor (while mama was in coma-like sleep after caring for three under-four’s all day!), our weekends are now full of first dates, sleep overs and violin rehearsals.

Whereas we once had a lounge full of toys strewn all over the floor, finger paintings so copious that they had crept from being only on the fridge to decorating all of our walls, and furniture that sagged close to the floor from one too many ‘monkey’s jumping on the bed’, our lounge was now littered with musical instruments, dirty football boots and school bags stuffed with homework and school newsletters.

And as I have nursed Layla and watched my big babies growing up before my very eyes, something has shifted inside of me.

Whereas my days pre-Layla had been filled with working and studying 18 hours a day to create ‘a better life’ for our children and their future, as an ‘older’ (non-teenage) mother I appreciate how fleeting childhood is, and desperately want for time to slow down just a little. Even though I have just finished my degree and everybody keeps asking me “when I will be returning back to work” my first priority is taking this time to be with all of my four children

…just so that we can have time to talk a little more

…appreciate each other a little more

…have a few more days filled with giggles and paint on the walls, trampling sand all through the house and dribbling ice cream on the kitchen floor

…and a few less days filled with work and study, traffic lights and homework

At the moment I am not so concerned with routines, schedules, baby milestones or weekly weigh-ins

but I am absolutely obsessed with afternoons on the beach

whole days spent at the park

swimming until sundown

and kidnapping my children from school for long weekends when they should be doing ‘more important’ things such as studying or finishing a chemistry assignment

I dream of running away to an island

home-schooling our children

and spending 90% of our day kayaking near the reef or writing messages in the sand

Because I know that one day Layla’s days will be filled with classrooms, homework, first dates and dirty football boots, and there is plenty of time for that…

but that time is not today.

10 Responses to “Guest Post: Allira from And Then There Was Layla”

    • gravatar for Allira Allira

      Thank you so much Kate – I have been busy settling into this new homeschooling thing but I have SO many photo’s to upload tomorrow!!!

  1. gravatar for Allira Allira

    Thank you so much Georgia, for giving me the opportunity to guest post on your blog (which I also love,love,love!). A happy update from the time that I wrote this post: we are now homeschooling all of our children! So everybody is at home, and we are still plotting our escape away from civilisation!

  2. gravatar for Cara Q Cara Q

    Love this post :). I really hope home schooling works out for you, it’s something I plan on doing with my 2.5 year old.

  3. gravatar for Alyssa Alyssa

    This entry is so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

  4. gravatar for Maxima1979 Maxima1979

    This post is awesome, lovely, heartwarming… I love the idea of homeschooling but I think this is not allowed in our country and I have no teaching education too.
    Your children are adorable and very lucky to have such a lovingly mother! Babygirl Layla is so beautiful… and seeing her sisters holding her is too cute!

    • gravatar for Allira Allira

      What country are you in, Maxima? You might be surprised! Thank you – it is a strange and amazing thing to watch your babies helping to raise another of your babies! My son Sam is always panicking that something terrible will happen to Layla (and telling me off when he thinks that she is too close to danger! Lol). I have to remind him that she is his ‘first baby’ but that we have raised three babies before her!

  5. gravatar for Andi Andi

    Such beautiful words Allira! I really related to what you wrote when you said that people keep asking you when you will go back to work and you are content enjoying this time with your children. Mine are not as big as yours but I know how fleeting this time is and I plan to soak it up as much as I can. Oh and thumbs up on the homeschooling – we will be (well we are!) doing that too :)

    • gravatar for Georgia Georgia

      oh hello red! it’s been a while. i’ve been so busy and i haven’t been over to coo at your little love! thank you for reminding me <3


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