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Siblings 2015: January


Hello! Welcome to the first Siblings for 2015!

Last year my photos told the story to two little girls figuring out how to be sisters to each other and then sisters to a baby brother when a then very tiny Pip came into the world in August. Well I might not be planning any changes to the line up this time around but I think 2015 might have a fair amount of adventure and upheaval of its own.  This is the year when Kitty will start school, when she might start to pull ahead and away from her baby siblings, or might be glad to come back to the security of her siblings after days out on her own.  It’s the year when Pip might possibly start walking but will definitely start crawling (and I’ll put money on it being in the opposite direction to the camera), and the year when Elma will undoubtedly do what my little miss independent does best, and continue to forge her own path regardless of what’s going on around her.

I know that by the end of the year I will have twelve very special sets of photos that mark those journeys, and the ones that I don’t even know we’re on yet. It’s going to be exhausting, fantastic, a little emotional and I hope, filled with happiness.

And so we come to January, and the first in the set, and even these are a reminder of how quickly things are changing even on a month by month basis; Pip has grown so much even since the last photos, and there’s no way I could have taken these pictures a couple of months ago (and not just because it was probably raining).

Kitty and Elma love that roundabout; they’ve sorted it out between themselves that if Elma stands right in the very centre and holds on, Kitty can fly around at top speed without sending her sister skedaddling across the rubber matting, and Elma loves the speed so much that she’s for once happy enough to do as Kitty asks her.  They generally get on very well together and the playing together that started last summer is still as strong as ever.  But this cooperation has also been a little sign to me too that as they’re getting bigger we might just be reaching the very fringes of the time that is to come, the time when they can work things out between themselves without all misdemeanours being reported to me with a high pitched squeal of “Nooooo!” and  “Mummmeeeee!”

And at the same time they both seem to have matured a little.  Just a smidge you understand, we are still talking about a four year old and a two year old, but they understand now that if I’m going to let Kitty hold Pip and I ask that neither of them move while he’s on the roundabout that really does mean stay still, and no one more than wriggled.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I love that they are in essence the photos of the moment when the girls introduced their brother to one of their favourite spots, a place I know he is going to come to love just as much over the next few months and years, and it rather sums up where they are all at at the moment; Kitty and Elma an intrepid duo, as thick as thieves in their outside adventures, and Pip, a little surprised to be out of the sling given he’s usually (a) snuggled down with my very stretchy thick wool cardie wrapped around us both and (b) asleep, but happy to be with his beloved big sisters, and saving for them his very bestest giggles.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Right now he might not be able to keep up with them, or do anything more than giggle at them or kick them, but those girls of mine just adore their brother, and that they’d rather have him with them and accept a few limitations than not makes me so happy.  They still make a beeline for him in the morning (after Daddy naturally!), and will sing and dance in front of his chair to try to make him smile while I finish up their supper.  They’re the moments that make having three children seem completely effortless and utterly wonderful.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

My little trio of Siblings: a sister, a sister and their brother – in January:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life



dear beautiful


Each month we hosts send you on to one of our co-hosts and this month I’m sending you on to a lady who needs no introduction. Katie takes stunningly beautiful photographs, writes about her lovely family with honesty and love, and has the very good fortune to be on holiday in the Caribbean right now (I’m trying not to be jealous about that last one!). If you follow the links you’ll go round in a nice big circle and be able to visit all of us, and I hope you get the chance to look at some of the other posts linked up below; so many people embraced this project last year it both blew me away and made perfect sense and I’m looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces.

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 15/01/2015 at 7:05 am

    Gorgeous pics, Carie, and as you say… It’s going to be a fun year for watching your little family grow and develop. Madness to think of all that can change in a year… Looking forward to it!

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:22 am

      Utter madness!!! You’re going to love it and I’m looking forward to that first picture of your three!

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought 15/01/2015 at 9:40 am

    Stunning photographs! It sounds like you have an exciting year ahead as well 🙂

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:55 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Katy {What Katy Said} 15/01/2015 at 9:46 am

    This is so cute, I love how we will see him grow over the year- they change so much in the first few months. I hope school doesn’t change their bond too much. x

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:55 pm

      I hope they all stay friends through the arrival of school in the picture – I guess we just wait and see!

  • Amber 15/01/2015 at 10:19 am

    Pip is getting big! Your children look decidedly similar to each other in these pictures – you can definitely pick them out as siblings, can’t you! They’re lovely, and I adore how you dress them.

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:54 pm

      They are so very definitely siblings, I find it really funny because my sister and I didn’t look at all alike growing up!

  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 15/01/2015 at 10:40 am

    Beautiful photos, so precious that you were able to capture them showing him their beloved spot. Very cute. I wouldn’t hold your breath for the not reporting to you, although yours may deal with things more maturely than mine lol, the 8 year old still tells on the 5 year old in our home. Gorgeous captures #siblings

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:53 pm

      I suspect we’ll still have the telling, but I hope they might figure out a few things between themselves (hopefully 🙂 !)

  • Polka Dot Family 15/01/2015 at 1:11 pm

    They look so adorable sat on the roundabout (I’m especially loving the girls hats!). I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds for your little brood.

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:52 pm

      thank you – it’s funny knowing I’ll look back on these pictures in December and think how little they are!

  • Anna 15/01/2015 at 2:20 pm

    Beautiful, snuggly children! And I love your prediction for 2015: “exhausting, fantastic, a little emotional and I hope, filled with happiness”. Same here I expect!

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:52 pm

      I hope so – it sounds like it will make a great year!

  • Louise 15/01/2015 at 4:11 pm

    Such gorgeous photos, love how happy your three always seem when they are together and hope this year will be a wonderful one for you all x

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you 🙂 – fingers crossed 2015 can live up to 2014!

  • The Reading Residence 15/01/2015 at 5:05 pm

    Gorgeous! You can really see the resemblance between them all, and those little hats are just adorable! x

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:50 pm

      Kitty’s hat was her Christmas present and I had a vision of Elma passing her hat down to Pip to have all three of them the same, but she’s quite determined to keep both hats bless her!

  • Yanic 15/01/2015 at 7:14 pm

    You have a beautiful family!

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:49 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Caro | The Twinkles Momma 15/01/2015 at 7:32 pm

    Carie!! They are looking more and more like 3 peas-in-a-pod with each picture!! I LOVE these ‘siblings’ posts… it’s so lovely watching all of our beautiful children develop, but especially lovely watching the tiny babies turn into proper little people! I love seeing how Pip’s changing each time! xx

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:48 pm

      Aren’t they just! Pip has always been very like Kitty right from the get go but Elma’s starting to look more like them too – there’s no doubt that they’re siblings!

  • Mummy of two 15/01/2015 at 7:46 pm

    What gorgeous photos. It sounds like you will have a busy year ahead and it will be interesting to see how their relationship changes once your eldest starts school.

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I think it will change in some way, it’s really just how, and it’s going to be interesting to watch!

  • Kelly Taylor 15/01/2015 at 8:03 pm

    Lovely Winter photos – I’m impressed you managed to get all three of your beautiful children co-operating at the same time! I think little Pip is going to have two mini mothers looking after him by the looks of things! x

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you – he is already the most adored little boy so I suspect he’ll have his sisters watching out for him for a while!

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 15/01/2015 at 8:14 pm

    You have such a gorgeous little trip Carie! Lovely pics of a little threesome always make me wonder if we COULD possibly have one more… I too can’t wait until I’m not having to referee every single disagreement. There are glimpses of this now, of overhearing them debate on a game to play, or a way of doing things, and working it out themselves- it’s so lovely to see and makes me realise my babies are growing up! x

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:44 pm

      Three is a very nice number….! And yay to the working things out by themselves – long may it continue to build and grow for all of our little ones!

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 15/01/2015 at 8:14 pm

    That should be gorgeous TRIO!

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:42 pm

      made me giggle though!

  • Donna 15/01/2015 at 11:18 pm

    Oh they are gorgeous, a great setting too, I do love a roundabout! x

    • Carie 16/01/2015 at 9:30 pm

      I love roundabouts as a child – especially the sort that are flush with the ground so you can’t fall off – but I used to get horribly morning sick going on them with the girls when pregnant with Elma and then Pip so I tend to steer clear!

  • Jodie Fisher 16/01/2015 at 10:27 am

    im going to be taking a lot of inspiration from your siblings. I have a 6yr old, 2yr old and 15 week old at the moment.

    • Carie 16/01/2015 at 9:30 pm

      And me you I suspect – it’s not the easiest combination to figure out but it’s definitely worth persevering!

  • lucy at dear beautiful 16/01/2015 at 1:20 pm

    Oh these photos are just gorgeous Carie, the first ones where (dare I say it) Pip doesn’t seem such a new baby anymore. That second one down I just ADORE, the girls are both looking at their little bro so proudly and he’s looking to them for a bit of security. It’s lovely.
    It’s going to be amazing watching these three grow and change this year. x

    • Carie 16/01/2015 at 9:33 pm

      No, nope I won’t accept that Pip is not a teeny squishy newborn. He’s my baby and he has to stay that way!! It doesn’t help that he’s really tall for his age – he’s just started wearing 9-12 month clothes and he’s 4 months old!!

  • LauraCYMFT 16/01/2015 at 1:40 pm

    Aww these are beautiful photos. Kitty looks very pleased with the responsibility of holding her brother for the photo. Bet they are great big sisters.

    • Carie 16/01/2015 at 9:33 pm

      She does adore giving him cuddles – which works out pretty well for photos!

  • Caroline 16/01/2015 at 7:26 pm

    lovely photos, this is my first month linking up, I cant wait to watch the year unfold month by month.

    • Carie 16/01/2015 at 9:37 pm

      It’s very addictive it’s true; and so lovely to see the subtle changes marked out!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 18/01/2015 at 12:44 am

    So gorgeous Carie and I love all the matching woolly hats. I know you probably won’t want me saying it, but Pip looks grown up in these photos! x

  • Natalie 18/01/2015 at 9:22 pm

    I love this post Carie, and its refreshing to see someone with similar age gaps, it’s a wonderful thing having such a close trio isn’t it. It doesn’t eliminate the hard days but watching their blossoming bond is incredible!

    • Carie 18/01/2015 at 10:09 pm

      It’s wonderful when they’re all getting along (well the girls anyway, Pip’s a bit too little to fall out with anyone) and for all the hard days I’m glad they’re so close, I can see Kitty and Elma getting closer as they get older and Pip is even closer in age to Elma so fingers crossed they’re a friendly trio!

  • sally 19/01/2015 at 10:17 pm

    Seems amazing that you’ve already got to a stage where you can take this photo. And what a perfect place to choose.

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades 20/01/2015 at 5:03 pm

    What a lovely update, I can’t wait to see how they all grow this year. I’m sure we will both be trying to capture photos with a little crawler. I love the location of these photos and I think you are very brave to have stepped away to take them x

    • Carie 20/01/2015 at 10:17 pm

      Oh goodness – when we get to crawling I know all my photos will just have Pip’s feet in them as he disappears out of frame!

  • Bek Dillydrops 21/01/2015 at 11:44 am

    What beautiful photos of your little ones. They look so cute all cuddled up together. They look like children that will be very close as the years go by. #Siblings

    • Carie 22/01/2015 at 10:35 pm

      I really hope so 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) 22/01/2015 at 5:29 pm

    Such precious photos of your three, Pip is getting so big! Looking forward to joining in this year and seeing all our little ones growing together x

    • Carie 22/01/2015 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you – he really does seem to have grown another inch every time I turn around!