We are half way through the year. A year where so many changes have happened for my little ones. We received a placement for MM at her brother’s school, the kids have moved up in their swimming lessons, MM moved up to big girl gymnastics, B started golf lessons, B lost two teeth and his front ones are right behind them, and we have been making some big changes in our house too. It’s no wonder the last six months have flown by in a blur for us.
The kids seem to have matured a lot in the last six months especially MM. It’s like that time in their lives where they go from toddlers to little kids is huge. The baby talking slows down and that little girl voice comes out. Their sibling conversations aren’t about little things like which toy to play with but more mature kid conversations like who will look after whom at school and learning spellings together.
I have truly gone from having a toddler and a baby to having two little kids in a blink of an eye. like they weren’t little long enough. I look at them now and I am really in awe of how they have changes so much, recently. It seems like yesterday B started reception and now his sister is falling right behind him.
MM is turning four year’s old next week which has me in all sorts of emotions. Planning her birthday party with her first school friends is such a big milestone too. I look back and feel like she wasn’t a baby as long as my first and yet she seems younger starting school than he ever did, even though she is not. It’s called last baby syndrome, I am told.
Preschool is coming to an end and we prepare for our summer trip to America which is only 35 days away, (I am not counting or anything) I see our routines changing ahead. I see dropping off both the kids together at the same place in the mornings and being left to work and do the house stuff solo. While this sounds exciting, I know I will feel the emptiness and quietness that my babies filled during the day. I know this transition will be emotionally hard for me as I hate being alone.
June is always a great month for the kids between birthday celebrations of their own and a few best friends birthdays, the weather usually is getting nicer and we have more opportunities to play outdoors and explore the UK together. The kids always play so great outdoors together. The bickering is always less and they just are all around happier when we are staying busy outdoors.
TOGETHER THEY ARE LOVING…
Our first road trip down South.
Their first sleepover with friends.
Racing their scooters around our neighbourhood parks.
Doing homework now together at the table.
As siblings go, I know I am bias but I like to think I got really lucky with these two. I like to believe they will be best friends forever. That nothing in their future will break them or pull them apart as I have seen happen to many friend’s siblings when I was growing up. I can only pray that they will continue to support each other, guide each other and love each other unconditionally.
You can see it in their eyes when they are in groups of friends that they want to know how the other one is doing. There is jealousy if the other one is playing with someone new without them or tears when they think they might be separated. We have experienced a few days where MM screams for her brother going into school so desperate to join him. He reassures her it won’t be long until she is there. It’s things like this that fill my heart with joy watching them. It leaves me in awe of the bond they are created. I see it from the outside in but I also know from my own close relationship with my own siblings the inside of it. It’s a special gift in life to experience both sides of it.
I have watched my littlest become the braver one of the two. I have witnessed her taking her brother’s hand when he is scared at the movies or pulling him in when they are spinning too fast on a ride at the park. You can see the dynamic of the protective big brother has changed slightly this month. She is becoming his equal and in some cases the one he looks to for comfort and reassurance instead of me. I love that they rely so heavily on each other as they grow more independent from Mommy and Daddy.
Each month, I adore capturing these two together. Sharing their relationship as it forms, grows, and matures. At this age, there won’t be memories of the little things for them to recall so I write them down here and hopefully one day they will look back on it and cherish these moments. I know I will look back and be grateful that I get to relive their sibling bond from the very beginning.