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

 

 

The Me and Mine Project

Siblings (September 2016)

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September. A month of back to school and new beginnings. A month of new chapters and even crazier schedules. September is the parenting equivalent of January 1st!

My little ones seem to have grown up this last month. K has now started pre-school and attends there Mon-Fri 9-12pm and D is just growing at a rapid rate and is learning new skills every day. I imagined September was going to be the start of a slower pace in life for our household especially since I didn’t need to entertain K for as long during the day but actually, with the nursery drop off/pick up, preparing for my return to work following mat-leave (more on that to follow) and D learning to crawl and having to be next to him constantly I appear to have less time than before. No, I don’t get it either! Parenting is such a hard and demanding job which is exhausting and stressful but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Now that D has learnt to crawl, the dynamic of his and K’s relationship has changed dramatically. D is no longer the baby to kiss and cuddle and to protect but an actual interactive playmate and K is absolutely loving it! There’s nothing finer as a parent than to watch your children play and giggle together. Although I am coming to realise that it’s not all sweetness and light – there have been a few hairy moments over the last week or so where boundaries have been pushed between them and they’ve ended up scraping and falling out a bit but they are quick to make up. I think with K it’s learning that fine line between her having to still be gentle and remind her that he’s still a baby but also encouraging her to play with him and explaining to her that D’s actions (however “mean” they may feel to her) don’t mean much to him at the minute (and not to take the hair pulling personally!). It won’t be long before D starts to walk and the dynamic of their relationship will change yet again. Having a 3 year old and a 1 year old is a blessing but it sure isn’t easy!

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XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project

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