March has been a funny old month. The clocks went forward last weekend which left us an hour short on time and the weather has been absolutely crazy. One minute the sun was splitting the trees and we had no coats on and then the next the met office had issued a weather warning out for snow. SNOW. In March! I know, It’s ridiculous.
I think I start every family post with the line “It’s been a busy old month”…but it really has been a busy old month. Such is family life eh!?
Our new kitchen and flooring got installed in the 1st week of this month which is super exciting. It meant that our house was upside down for a couple of weeks though which is less than ideal. It’s all finally coming together now though and it looks amazing. I’m so pleased with it.
Katie had two dance exams which she passed with flying colours! We were so proud of her (although, can you fail a 3 year old in a dance exam? I hardly think so) So she had two new shiney medals to take home and are in pride of place in her bedroom.
March has been a month of bugs and illness in our house. Dylan came down with a wheeze and a chesty cough which saw us spend the night in the hospital with him. He was treated for croup and is absolutely fine now. I hate it when the little ones are ill. It makes me so anxious. It’s a horrible time. I always wish that I could have all their illnesses and bugs so they didn’t need to get them. I’m sure every parent thinks like that though.
The hubby has been away last weekend on his brothers stag du in Tenerife so we’ve got this week off to do lots of nice family things and days out. Our pictures this month were taken at the seaside and in our back garden. A slight mixture but I forgot to take my camera out with me on our days trips this month (!). Kids love the seaside don’t they!? Heck, I love the seaside. The sun, the sand, the ice creams! Children laughing and having fun! It’s fantastic. Let’s hope the summer brings lot’s more trips to the seaside!
Mummy is loving
The new kitchen
“Hurrah for gin”
Daddy is loving
The new kitchen
Being in Tenerife
Getting him and Katie a season ticket for the football
Katie is loving
Her dance medals
Dylan is loving
In the night garden
An out-take. When you cant control an 18 mth old
The photo’s are so blurry, I wasn’t happy with the way they came out at all. I can only assume it’s because we are on a hill and the wind was blowing my tripod. I’ll never make a professional photographer haha!
There is 2 years and 3 months between my two and for every day that goes by I feel like that age gap is closing in. Dylan is toddling around more and more each day and for longer periods of time. It still amuses Katie when he stands up to walk and although the novelty has worn off for us a little bit, Katie still squeals in delight when he walks, like it’s the first time he’s done it! She literally is his number one fan! She’s always encouraging him to do more and being really supportive when he does something new. They are able to play together now in a way that they’ve never been able to before. Dylan is no longer the boring baby that can’t do much whom Katie has to be gentle with. We still ask her to be gentle with him…it doesn’t work and Dylan weighs nearly the same as her so he gives as good as he gets now.
Photographing them together this month has been HARD WORK. Firstly the weather has been either too wet or too cold to spend long periods outside and when I’ve managed to get my camera out in the house Dylan doesn’t sit there long enough for the flash to go off. I’ve deleted umpteen photos on my camera these last few days because they were too blurry from where one of them had moved!
They still absolutely adore one another like they always have. Except now I feel (if possible) that their bond is even closer because Katie has a partner in crime (or someone to blame if it all goes wrong – Dylan did it!) She still plays Mother hen to him and is very cautious of his safety. Always making sure the stair gates are closed and helping him walk when he’s feeling a bit wobbly. She’s so kind and caring when it comes to anything like that. They really are the best of friends. I love my siblings so much and can not wait to see how their relationship grows over the next 12 months.
March. Finally I think we can say that spring is here! Hurrah! I feel like we have been waiting for it forever. The nights are starting to get ever so lighter and we are finally eating our tea whilst it’s still light rather than it being dark outside and all the lights in the house on. There’s something about spring that makes me feel fresh and ready to start a new beginning. Finally, I feel motivated to start that diet that was supposed to have commenced in January and I feel more inclined to have a walk to the park with K and D after tea instead of slumping out in front of the TV. The mornings are lighter so it doesn’t seem as horrific when D wakes me up at 6am ready to get up for the day! K really benefits from the nights being lighter and the weather being better. She is such an outdoors girl so she is thriving now we can actually fit a park run in our day or take a day out to the farm. It also means she sleeps better at nap time and bedtime as the fresh air has tired her out. Surely there’s a win-win in that!? ha!. Our life is a super jam packed one this March so having time to photograph my two together has been a bit tricky but we managed to do it – just.
My siblings in March
I mentioned last month that the bond between K and D was so fierce and so strong and I can only comment that this month has seen it go from strength to strength! They absolutely adore one another. The look of love that D gives to K is so amazing, it makes my heart melt.
K is an amazing big sister and I am finding this month that she is desperate to help out with him a little bit more even if it’s something as simple as fetching me a clean nappy or a clean dummy. The help is always appreciated and it makes her feel like she has a purpose. D is the first thing on K’s mind from the minute she wakes up and is desperate to see where he is and what he is doing. She is particularly fond of sitting next to him whilst he is in his bouncing chair and watching baby TV with him. It’s the one thing they can do “together” at the moment.
D is getting to the age now (nearly 6 months old) where he is paying attention to a lot more stuff and reaching out to grab items such as toys and teethers so K “plays” with them with D. He is also trying to sit up and lift his head up more and every time he does it K shouts “Good boy D” or “Well done little fella” (she copies her Mummy and Daddy a lot haha) It’s so great that she is there to encourage him and cheer him on. I hope she continues to be his cheerleader when they are older and I hope he does the same for her.
It’s so lovely as a mummy to hear your children giggling together. I mentioned last month that K is the one person that can make D laugh and this is very much the same this month. She’s currently at a stage where she’s learning to share a little bit more and is enjoying sharing her toys with D (whether he can play with them or not – he is having them).
I feel excited about the future and look forward to seeing over the coming months how my sibling’s relationship grows.