Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip Siblings

Siblings 2015: August


At the start of this month, and knowing that we were going to be away for a good chunk of the month I had every intention that my Siblings pictures should come to you by magical whiz trickery and the power of the telephone from, well not exactly a far flung corner of the world because we’re talking Western Europe here, but certainly somewhere a little more exotic than my back garden.  I wanted the picture to be special; these are the pictures from this last summer with three preschoolers, and the pictures that complete a year of siblings photos as a three.  In my mind there were mountains as a backdrop or maybe a lake or something to really set them apart.  But then I took these photos and I knew even as I was looking through the camera that they were the pictures that I wanted to show you.

It was a Saturday afternoon, just hanging out in the garden; we’d made a tent out of a sheet and some duvet covers, played ice creams in it, read stories and the girls had pottered around in it while Pip and I hung out the laundry.  And then he got a bit bored with chewing pegs and crawled leisurely off to the other end of the garden to find his Kitty.

Space for the Butterflies

(I love this photo so much – I’m thinking of putting it into black and white and printing it)

Which is where I found them, Kitty sat enthusiastically rolling, and sometimes chucking, the ball back and forth with Pip.  He adores her, properly properly loves every minute he gets of Kitty’s attention and so he sat their giggling fit to burst and trying to work out what to do with the ball.  And Elma heard the noise and came running out to join in; and then there were three.

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

When I was pregnant with Pip I tried to imagine what life would look like with three little ones.  I’m the eldest of two, where H is the middle of three so he knows what a three looks and feels like, how the different relationships play out, but I didn’t have a clue.  So naturally my mind was happy to skip gaily over thoughts of sibling rivalry and fights and, whatever else you get more of when they’re teenagers, I don’t know, I haven’t got there yet.  Instead I would imagine the three of them playing together, maybe running on ahead of us on a Sunday afternoon walk, always being there for each other, and putting each other first (pregnant women are allowed unrealistic daydreaming, it’s how we pass the time between weeks 40 and 42!).

And I know, at least the sensible grown up mother of three version of me knows, that that relationship was by no means guaranteed.  They might have all hated each other, or just been so very different that the closest they got to one another was a sort of polite curiosity.  And even if they were going to be friends, it’s hard to be friends with a baby when you’re two or four, they just don’t do that much.

Space for the Butterflies

But just in these last few weeks the girls have noticed that Pip has got bigger, and it’s changed their relationship to the point where all three will play together at once.  Kitty and Pip were more than happy for Elma to join them and the girls seemed to have so much fun clucking over Pip, while he in his turn lapped up the attention.  And I finished pegging out the laundry and went to get the camera to record my daydream being played out in reality.

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

Space for the Butterflies

They’re also the last photos in the Siblings project before Kitty goes to school, and it seems that just as we complete a whole year with Pip in the mix, the mix is changing again.  I don’t know what the start of school will do to their interaction as a trio.  I’d love to hope that it would do absolutely nothing but I think I shall be surprised if that’s the case; Pip and Elma are going to be spending so much more time together and Kitty will spend more time away from her family than she’s ever done before.

Kitty is Elma’s hero and I wonder how she will do without her big sister to look up to, and Elma and Pip’s bond is only going to grow stronger.

But that’s all speculation and for the time to come.  For now, I simply want to celebrate two little sisters and a brother too, in August:

Space for the Butterflies



dear beautiful

This month I’m sending you to the lovely Lucy who needs no introduction. She’s counting down the photos until her siblings are also a three and I remember that phase so well and I treasure those pictures. I can’t wait to see her pictures this month



You Might Also Like

  • Louise 15/08/2015 at 7:42 am

    What a beautiful sequence of photos Carie and a wonderful moment to capture with your gorgeous trio all playing so happily together. I love that first photo with Kitty cuddling Pip as they play together and then the three with Elma joining in too are just magical. Perfect sibling moments captured. Hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and wishing you all the best with Kitty starting school in September x

  • Siblings in August » Goblin Child 15/08/2015 at 7:43 am

    […] month I’m sending you to Carie from Space for the Butterflies, who has written a beautiful and eloquent post about the siblingly dynamic changing as her […]

  • The Reading Residence 15/08/2015 at 8:10 am

    Such gorgeous moments captured. It can often be the simplicity of every day moments that are the most special, I think. It will be interesting to see the dynamics shift again with school thrown into the mix, though I’m sure your little siblings will all remain close x

  • lucy at dear beautiful 15/08/2015 at 8:14 am

    Oh Carie, this is EXACTLY what I needed to read this month (when you see my Siblings post you’ll get it) because I am feeling so emotional about how the twosome in our house is on borrowed time now, and how it’s all going to change, and how everything might be ruined!!! Blame the crazy pregnant lady hormones.
    I know the relationship between my two really bloomed once she hit about a year, so maybe that’s just a milestone moment when they become children and therefore playmates instead of just a baby. So lovely to see your three all playing together, it makes me so excited. x

  • Alice - Project: Wanderlust 15/08/2015 at 8:15 am

    Wow, big changes happening once again. Such a lovely set of photos to treasure of a memorable summer.

  • LauraCYMFT 15/08/2015 at 9:47 am

    Aww Pip’s face is adorable. He looks absolutely captivated by his big sister and what a brilliant big sister Kitty is.

  • Isabella @ Fairies & Pirates 15/08/2015 at 10:05 am

    Beautiful pictures, and I think it’s exactly that simplicity of the situation and backdrop that makes them so naturally beautiful. You’ve captured some very precious moments there, and you can treasure these memories forever, as can your trio. I loved reading about the dynamics between your three. It’s so fascinating to see how their relationships change and develop, and yours seem to be growing increasingly close to each other and their little brother. My daughter wasn’t that bothered about her baby brother when he was tiny, but now that he is very active and interacts with her, she is all over him, and I love it. x

  • The boys in August | Nuraghe and Nougat 15/08/2015 at 11:18 am

    […] Joining in with Siblings. […]

  • Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) 15/08/2015 at 1:26 pm

    Ah Carie, the photos and words are so beautiful. It really is special to watch their relationships grow and develop. I’ve found now the twins are nearly 20 months they just keep getting closer and closer. The more they can do, the more fun they all have. I love it when the daydreams about your children are played out in reality, moments for you to treasure #siblings

  • Jodie 15/08/2015 at 2:17 pm

    School really changes things I have to be honest. During the holidays they are so close, yet when P1 is at school they drift apart.

  • Hannah | MakeDo&Push 15/08/2015 at 4:40 pm

    Such a beautiful collection of photos 🙂 I love how adoringly Pip looks at Kitty 🙂 xxx

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 15/08/2015 at 4:49 pm

    This made me feel a bit weepy Carie… Mainly because my daydream is exactly the same as yours, but a few months behind. Def get that picture printed!! It’s beautiful!

  • barnraised (Jen) 15/08/2015 at 6:09 pm

    So cute. Pip’s smile gets me everytime!

  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama 15/08/2015 at 9:15 pm

    Aww just LOOK at that chubby, dribbly face!!!!! Aaah I was to just kiss him — he’s absolutely gorgeous!! Love how they’re all interacting with each other now! For the first time, since he made an appearance in the Siblings photos, Pip has turned from a newborn into a proper little chap!! He is a beauty 🙂 xxxx #Siblings

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

  • Sian {The Mama Story} 16/08/2015 at 9:24 am

    Oh what gorgeous photos! It’s lovely to see all 3 of them playing together. Good luck with the starting school thing – life doesn’t stand still at all at this stage does it?

  • Colette B 16/08/2015 at 8:20 pm

    My girls spend much more time together as they have their afternoons in each other’s company whilst my eldest is at school – this will change come Sept when the middle one is also at school full time. I know my youngest will really miss them both, I think she will find her days quite long without her big sister coming home at lunch time. I guess their relationships will continue to change as each of them moves onto new things.

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 17/08/2015 at 12:49 pm

    Gosh Carie, Pip is suddenly looking so grown up! Beautiful photos of your three as always. Been playing major blog catch up after a busy few months, looking forward to getting stuck in again to your blog xx

  • Two Boy Mummy 19/08/2015 at 2:18 pm

    Such lovely photos of your children, being, well, just children! Very natural. I think Pip is really looking like Kitty more and more now! x

  • Mammasaurus 23/08/2015 at 12:35 am

    Such a lovely moment you captured and your word almost brought a tear to my eye. I love the leaving the worrying about the changes school will bring and celebrating the now ethos. Children are far more resilient to change than us grown ups who overthink everything x

  • sally 25/08/2015 at 2:22 pm

    These are really lovely, such beautiful moments, your children clearly have a wonderful bond.

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:31 pm

      thank you – I think they do at the moment, long may it last 🙂