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Siblings 2015: March


Whoever invented the saucer swing, I think they are a genius.  Two of our favourite parks around here have them and they have become complete family favourites.  It’s no secret that our girls love to swing but there comes a point when you’re pushing two swings and carrying Pip in the sling at the same time that’s it’s time for a change. Kitty and Elma will snuggle on together as I push them higher and higher but we’ve found there’s also room for Mummy too.  With one little girl either side of me I can get us moving and then we all lie back and watch the clouds drift past and chatter and make faces at Pip sat in his buggy below. You never get too old to love that feeling of rocking back and forth and it’s even better with the girls there to share it with.  And then when the girls have had enough and run off to play on the see-saw, I can tuck tiny Pip in beside me. It’s the only bit of play equipment he’s big enough and he absolutely adores it, he lies there giggling away, kicking his legs and generally giving off the air of a boy having the time of his life.

But best of all, I get to put all three of them in together.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The girls get very excited about the prospect of swinging with Pip and Kitty is so very good at holding him gently and making sure he can’t slide around too much or get squished in the loving embrace of his sisters, although after a bit their patience for going at a very gentle Pip-speed wears rather thin and they start asking for me to take him back so I can push them hard enough that they feel like they’re flying.  But it’s a little taste of the future, it’s really not going to be too long before all three of them want to go as high as the sky.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And it rather sums up how the three of them relate at the moment; Kitty and Elma absolutely adore Pip but it comes in little bursts of intense affection; they’ll hug him, kiss him, show him his toys, sing him songs, be about three inches away from his face at all times, and then the interest wanes as they remember that actually, yes, rolling over is the height of his achievements and he can’t really do much just yet.  It will come girls, it will come, and then he’ll be sneaking cuddles with all your teddies and you’ll be longing for the days when he just lay on the playmat and waved at the mobile.


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And as for my little set of sisters, well they continue to be each other’s best friends and worst enemies, usually at exactly the same time.  As Elma gets bigger she’s getting more, shall we say assertive, and a squeal is just as likely to mean that she’s gone for Kitty with the drum as that Kitty’s picked her up and won’t put her down.  And thirty seconds later after yet another “we do not hit people, especially with drums”/”your sister is not a toy” discussion they’ll be lying on the floor in the biggest cuddle imaginable and running off together to play some new sort of mischief.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

My father, watching all of this unfold via FaceTime appears to be experiencing a rather entertaining sense of deja vu which is in turn rather reassuring that one day peace will reign.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But for now my little trio are noisy, wholehearted, adventurous, loving, and sometimes the biggest little monkeys in the whole wide world.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Two little sisters, and their brother too, in March            

 Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life  


dear beautiful
This month I’m sending you on to a lady who needs no introduction as the Mama of the Siblings Project.  I’m so glad that Lucy decided to turn a fleeting idea into a proper project, I love that I’ve got pictures that chart the relationship of my girls and of all three of them right from the point that two became three.  Lucy’s pictures are always stunning, she seems to have so many beautiful places around her for photo shoots too! And now it’s time for you to join us, it’s so lovely seeing all of these children grow up before our very eyes!

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  • Annie 15/03/2015 at 8:08 am

    Those swings are fab aren’t they? Great to find a way they can all swing together like that! Love the shot of their toes all poking up! x

  • Louise 15/03/2015 at 8:15 am

    Such beautiful photos of your little trio – saucer swings are brilliant aren’t they for taking shots like these and love how the girls are happy to go at a gentle Pip-friendly swing for a little while before wanting you to take him out so they can swing higher – it is a good illustration of what their sibling relationship must be at the moment but it won’t be long before Pip is on the move and the dynamic changes again! I can’t believe how big he is getting. So lovely to see the photos of your little ones each month 🙂

  • The Reading Residence 15/03/2015 at 8:23 am

    Oh, my two love a saucer swing, too! Always loads of fun and great photo opportunities, too. Gorgeous photos of your three x

  • Keri-Anne 15/03/2015 at 9:08 am

    These are so sweet Carie. That last one is to framed for sure!!! I bet it is lovely that you have more options for photographs of all three of them now 🙂 x

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades 15/03/2015 at 12:26 pm

    I love reading your posts and seeing how your three are getting on. Now I’m wondering if we can find one of these swings for Ethan and Little E to have a go in. I can’t wait until Little E is more mobile but I think it will be a shock for Ethan ;0) x

  • Jodie Fisher 15/03/2015 at 1:38 pm

    i used to love swings like this. Wonderful pictures of your three together.

  • Kim 15/03/2015 at 1:51 pm

    Okay we need some of those swings over here, looks like so much fun!

    Such a sweet post Carie.

  • Caroline 15/03/2015 at 2:01 pm

    Such a lovely post, I love these swings too. x

  • Caro | The Twinkles Momma 15/03/2015 at 3:41 pm

    Such lovely pics Carie — Pip is growing so fast now!! My boys love those swings but I suffer really badly from travel sickness and they make me feel really ill!!! #Siblings

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

  • Doris 15/03/2015 at 5:04 pm

    That looks wonderful. And I learned recently that this kind of swing is also very good for including children with a handicap in the fun of the playground 🙂 So what’s not to like ?

  • Yanic 15/03/2015 at 7:32 pm

    I love that swing! Need to lay my hand on one of those for sure… What sweet pictures. 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT 15/03/2015 at 8:51 pm

    I love the saucer swing! I once lay on it with Miss C at our park and had a wee nap. Like 2 minutes really but it was great. The sun was shining and I was swinging us using my legs…roll on summer. Gorgeous photos.

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 15/03/2015 at 9:21 pm

    Oh you must be as proud as punch when you look at these photos Carie- I think now Pip is getting a little bit bigger they really ‘gel’ together in the photos. Do you know what I mean? xx

  • susan 15/03/2015 at 10:42 pm

    Oh, what happy looking children in these photos! I’ve never seen a swing like this before – it looks like great fun!

  • Kriss MacDonald 16/03/2015 at 9:01 am

    It’s been ages since we’ve been in a playground with a saucer swing – I’m now inspired to go look for one again. And how lovely they all get to share and enjoy it together.

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought 16/03/2015 at 2:24 pm

    I agree, saucer swings are one of the best playground inventions although Eli prefers to hold on and dangle down as it swings rather than sitting IN it which terrifies me! These are beautiful photos, I love the colourful outfits as well, they look so ‘spring-ish’ (if that makes sense?!)

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) 16/03/2015 at 3:58 pm

    So gorgeous, those photos are just wonderful. It is lovely to see the dynamics change as each of them develop that little bit more. Haven’t seen a saucer swing for ages…!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 16/03/2015 at 4:09 pm

    Aww gorgeous shots and lovely that they like swinging together. I know what you mean about the interest waning, Monkey loves LM but is content to ignore her as for the most part she is not that interesting to him. Occasionally though he pauses and it is clear how much he loves her really 🙂 xx

  • Mummy of Two 16/03/2015 at 8:33 pm

    What lovely photos – those swings are a fab invention aren’t they! I remember my son being very much like this when his baby sister came along. Now they are the best of friends and it is lovely to see him being such a protective and loving big brother.

  • Kelly Taylor 16/03/2015 at 8:37 pm

    I agree about those big family swings – they’re the only thing that babies can enjoy in the playground. You’ve inspired my next month’s Siblings photos! I love that last one – there’s such joy in their faces! x

    Kelly x

  • Colette 16/03/2015 at 8:47 pm

    What gorgeous photos! You’ve inspired me to try popping Amy on next time we see one – she hasn’t really discovered the joy of the park yet.

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 16/03/2015 at 10:41 pm

    Just gorgeous! Those three little smiley faces clearly having a whale of a time! Isn’t it mad to think Pip wasn’t even in your March photo last year?! Time flies!

  • Bek Dillydrops 17/03/2015 at 11:17 pm

    What fantastic swings! We don’t have many of those around here. Your girls look so happy on it.x

    • Carie 19/03/2015 at 10:07 pm

      Oh they’re wonderful – I wish I could have one for my back garden!

  • sally 19/03/2015 at 11:16 am

    What a fantastic idea for your photo shoot venue, perfect.

    • Carie 19/03/2015 at 9:13 pm

      It is good to find somewhere where they can’t wiggle it’s true!

  • older mum in a muddle 19/03/2015 at 6:06 pm

    Gorgeous post…. I love the pictures, and I also love saucer swings -they’re for adults too! X

    • Carie 19/03/2015 at 9:02 pm

      They’re great aren’t they – I love swings and the big saucer ones are comfy no matter how many people you put in them!

  • Debs @ Super Busy Mum 03/04/2015 at 8:35 am

    What a gorgeous selection of sibling pics! Those big swings are ace aren’t they! I remember using one to get one of my girls a year or so ago!! Love it. #Siblings

    • Carie 03/04/2015 at 9:07 pm

      They’re so much fun aren’t they – I wish we had room for one in the garden!