The Siblings Project (March 2017)

What a month March has been already and we are only on the 15th! We’ve been struck down with illnesses and bugs that even saw Dylan in hospital over the weekend (don’t worry, he’s fine!). One positive thing that has come with March is the spring weather – Hello Daffodils!! Today is especially beautiful and we’ve even been to the park without our coats on! What is it about the sunshine that makes everything instantly better? It’s a natural anti-depressant. Everything looks brighter and the children are happier and I feel more motivated to be productive with my time. Roll on the summer months, they are long awaited.

Dylan is at a funny old age. He turns 18 months old on the 18th March and I feel like it has hit us all hard. I’ve noticed a slight change in the dynamic of my siblings relationship. One minute they are the best of friends, kissing and cuddling and the next minute they are fighting. Well, if we are honest, the fighting is all one sided. Dylan has always been especially fiery but it seems to be more this last month or so as he develops more of an independence. It’s so frustrating for him to not be able to communicate as effectively as everyone else and he is lashing out and having temper tantrums because of it. Katie has been on the receiving end of a lot of these tantrums and often comes to me in tears because he’s hit her or pulled her hair. It’s not something I particularly worry about as it’s just a phase that he’s going through and it hasn’t changed the closeness they have but it can make days quite stressful.

There isn’t a massive age gap between my two but as Dylan gets older and is developing more I can see the age gap closing in. Dylan is able to run, play and interact with Katie a lot more and Katie loves it. It’s like having a live-in play mate. I do have to remind Katie that although Dylan can do a lot more these days there’s also things he can’t do which she is desperate for him to participate in such as climbing trees and jumping off sofas! (Yes, this happens daily. Please don’t judge me haha!)

I’ve took this months pictures on a variety of days. Dylan has been particularly grumpy over the last week due to illness etc so getting a photo of him smiling was almost impossible. I do like the perfect imperfectness of photo’s like these though as they represent real life and that sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t get your bloody child to crack a smile!

Here’s to a sunny, more smiley month!

The Siblings Project (February 2017)

I love doing the Siblings post every month! It must be, by far, my easiest post to write. The post I feel most confident about. I love being able to take pictures of my two together so that I have something to show them when they are older and something that I can look back on with fond memories.

I’ve noticed their bond changing slightly over the last few months. Although they are still as close as ever and they love each other dearly, Dylan is moving out of the baby stage and very much in to the toddler stage. This in turn, has meant that there has been a lot more squabbling! Sometimes it’s over toys. Sometimes it’s over TV programmes. We are getting to the stage where they are even close to squabbling about who got what food!

It’s a tricky stage as a mum. It’s hard not to tell them off for squabbling with one another, but I still have to remember that Dylan doesn’t understand his actions as much as Katie does. It’s not long before they kiss and make up and are back to giggling with one another though.

I mentioned last month (January 2017) that Katie was enjoying the fact that Dylan was getting older. It meant that he could play with her a little bit more. This still stands. I’m finding that I can leave them in the playroom for a little while knowing that they will just play nicely and not get up to too much mischief. I still have to remind Katie that although Dylan can play more it doesn’t mean that he can do everything that she can! I caught her trying to teach him how to catapult himself of the sofa at the start of the week. I’ll quickly skip past that!!

I say this every month, but I can not wait for the better weather to come. It means that I can photography my little ones outside more in what I like to call their natural habitat!

 

 

Siblings (January 2017)

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.

XOXOXO

 

 

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Siblings (August 2016)

I am super late with this post. It seems to be the story of my life lately. Last week I wrote about how I’d lost my blogging mojo so I didn’t do the siblings post for July and I was so annoyed with myself!! So, even though this isn’t on time, it’s still here and it’s still in August so it still counts!

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Wow! This month we definitely know we have two children! They are thick as thieves. D is obviously leaning to do more so, encouraged by K he is as mischievous as ever so with them both together daily activities such as meal times and bath times become quite a hectic time.  If D isn’t throwing food across the room or on the floor (encouraged by his sister who is laughing and egging him on) it’s the pair of them having a “splash off” in the bath. Their relationship is still so strong and they are very very cute together. K is enjoying the fact that D can participate in more things now he is getting older so feels like she has more of a playmate than a baby brother. We still have to warn her not to be so rough with him though. K has been learning to share a lot more with him this month whether that be sharing her food and drink or sharing her toys. She is great with it though and loves to let her brother have whatever he wants.

The photos of my two have been taken over the last month and have mostly been taken whilst they have been playing together outside. The weather has been so lovely lately that I’ve got some pretty cute pictures of them together.

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XOXOXO

Siblings (March 2016)

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

 

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I feel excited about the future and look forward to seeing over the coming months how my sibling’s relationship grows.

XOXOXO

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