Happy October Everyone! Autumn is here and Halloween is just around the corner which we are extremely excited about in this family. I love the build up to Halloween, making new decorations with the kids, baking pumpkin cake or pumpkin roll or even pumpkin cupcakes, picking pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, and choosing coordinating outfits for the kids. It’s one of my favorite holidays even if I am a scaredy-cat. I am very excited to share with everyone the kids’ Halloween costumes that they actually picked out themselves this year. They must have Mommy’s genes for coordinating.
We are half way through the month and last month was a huge change for us so we are basking in the fact that we have got routines down and a lot less stress is happening in the LTM household. MM started her new nursery and has just flourished ever since. If you saw the conversations going on my twitter or my facebook page about her struggles with her old nursery and the turmoil it was causing us both, I am relieved that she has settled in to her new one. Yesterday, she even waved goodbye with no tears when I dropped her off. I thought I would cry happy tears that she was so content in her new nursery when I saw her wave goodbye. It was a pivotal moment. The ladies are amazing, bubbly, and sweet and I think the place fits her perfectly. It’s actually right next to our house which makes it easier for me now, too. Happy baby equals happy Mommy.
B is doing much better in school health wise. We have narrowed down a few new foods to avoid and he seems to be doing so much better. It’s always a fright when you have a child with severe allergies. I may mention it here and there but I never dive into his troubles, my dear bubble boy. I always think if you haven’t lived a life of food allergies its a whole new ball game to understand. There isn’t a day that I don’t have a fear of that phone call of him going into anaphylactic shock again. Or at a party and eats something new, it only takes a cough and my mind instantly goes to that bad thought he ate something he shouldn’t. It’s a tough way to live if you aren’t on the ball 24/7, we spent most of his first two years in and out of hospitals. Now, that he is in school and new things are creeping up, I feel like I am back to square one. But I am so grateful his school is amazing, so helpful and they are helping me every step of the way without segregating him from the other kids. I am much more comfort now with him being there.
Together my two have blossomed. I was really worried how their relationship would change when he started school. The first few weeks were tough on MM being away from her brother. I am not going to lie she cried the first two whole days, all day until we picked him up. I think if anything it has brought them closer together. They are more inseparable now than ever before because they have been apart for part of the day. They catch up with each other’s day at the school pick and on the way home in the car. I love listening to their car conversations together. They tell each other more than I can ever get out of either of them about their day away from home. I love to watch them sit there having a detailed conversation now that MM can talk full sentences. In the last month or so her speech has really come out great and makes them understand each other better. Even though I think B was the only one that could understand her baby gibberish.
I say it all the time but as they get older their age gap moves closer and closer together. I don’t think of them as a different age anymore. I treat them the same, I expect the same (probably unfair but I do) and I give them the save food, plate, cup, toys, bedtime stories, and tuck in routines. I really don’t treat their age any different anymore.
MM loves to be her big brother’s shadow. Most days we take bike rides after school to the park and she keeps up with him. On other days we drag our bouncy castle out and the kids have a blast seeing who can jump the highest while I make dinner. They are true buddies. I love that I can stand at the stove cooking and can see them in their bouncy castle right outside the kitchen window. I leave the window open so I can listen to their chatter and their non-stop laughter. It’s the most beautiful sound ever. I give them their space and their time together without having to share it with me. I think it’s important they have their own relationship outside of ours together as a family.
My favorite thing is to watch how much B teaches his little sister. He is constantly pointing things out to her and explaining what they do or why it’s there or what everything is called. She is taking every word he says, soaking it up like a sponge. They have such curious little minds at this age, I love it. When B doesn’t know the answer he likes to come ask me to whisper it to him so he can tell his sister himself. He looks after her and I hope it’s like that forever. It’s a great feeling knowing they can be there for each other when they are older in life as my own siblings are for me.
TOGETHER THEY ARE LOVING…
After school bike rides to the park.
Weekend bouncy castle time.
Family adventures to the Chester Zoo.
Playing with Shopkins, a new favorite collectable toy of theirs.
Tucking each other into bed.
Waking each other up for school/nursery.
Bath time will forever be a favorite time of day together.
Picking out their halloween costumes and pumpkins.
Even though school has separated these two during the day from Monday to Friday, they have never been more devoted to each other when they reunite. They make me proud of who they are becoming together as brother and sister. I am grateful that I have been blessed with two children that get along so well. There isn’t a moment where they play separate or apart when they are at home. I was watching them play on the bouncy castle last weekend and captured this photo below, it was all washed out as it was a very sunny day but I put it in black and white so you could see their facial expressions. I feel like this photo says it all about the fun they have together and how much they truly love each other.
MAY YOU TWO ALWAYS RUN SIDE BY SIDE, TOGETHER!