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Siblings 2016: September


It seems that for our September Siblings portraits we managed to find the one and the only day so far in September that has been even the least bit Septemberish.  For the record, future Carie reading this, this month so far has been the kind of hot that makes you want to peel off your skin and sit in your bones and we have loved it.  We’ve had the paddling pool out, the children spent almost all of yesterday afternoon running a mud and rose petal milkshake cafe in the corner of the garden that will eventually be home to the new playhouse, and then we gave them a long cool bath to wash the mud off and get them comfy enough to sleep.  It makes pictures of wellies and waterproofs seem rather incongruous.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Project September

When I was at home on maternity leave for that wonderful year after Pip was born we went to the park almost every weekday.  Its advantage, apart from being walking distance from our house, was the nice rubber matted little people play area with a bright yellow fence all around.  No-one could run off too far while I was pushing their sister on the swing, and the matting dries so much more quickly than the grass.  We frequently had it to ourselves, which is possibly because it was also frequently raining.  I remember the first time that Kitty went down the fireman’s pole, the first time that Elma could climb across the ladders by herself, and the first time Pip was big enough to come out of the sling and actually get stuck in crawling around after his sisters; it was one of our happy places.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Project September

And yet since I went back to work (a year ago – wow!) I’ve only taken them a handful of times. Part of it was Kitty starting school and the impact that had on our lazy afternoons, and a good part of it was just plain not being around.  But it must be in my maternal muscle memory, because when everyone was getting a bit fidgety, and Kitty had turned down blackberry picking, despite desperately wanting blackberries in her packed lunch, I fell back on our old favourite.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Project September

The playpark hasn’t changed, and the girls dashed off to try to get the roundabout spinning fast enough to fly, but it was one of those moments when everything is both so familiar and yet changed. Even walking up there it felt different.  Pip walked the whole way, sometimes holding my hand, and sometimes running ahead with his sisters, and it was suddenly so clear that I have three children now, not two girls and a baby.  Pip can’t quite keep up with them on everything, but he’ll have a pretty good try, and he’s clearly doing well enough that the girls include him in their games without thinking about it.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Project September

Where the girls are concerned Pip is their adored baby, the third collaborator in their master plans, the pain in the neck that destroys their lego, and the innocent who they can persuade to do all sorts of mischief that they know really shouldn’t be happening.  At times I suspect they rather miss the cute cuddly and immobile little baby that he once was, but not that much.  The older the three of them get, the more fun they get up to together, and the more mischief; and there have been more than a few of those moments of late where I know I have to be the sensible adult and set the boundary for what should be happening, but inside I’m trying not to kill myself laughing.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Project September

And so I stood at the park, and for the first time in ages I wasn’t needed to help someone across the climbing frame, or lift them onto the slide, or even set the roundabout going; they had it all under control.  It’s not always like that, but it’s a taster of where we’re headed, and it’s both exciting and bittersweet at the same time.

Two little sisters, and a brother too, being all grown up, in September:

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Project September

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  • The Reading Residence 15/09/2016 at 7:58 am

    Ah, it looks like they loved being back in their happy place playground. I’m pretty much at the stage where I can sit at a playground, too, unless swing pushing is required! Beautiful photos x

  • Clearlybex 15/09/2016 at 11:27 am

    Such a lovely post and isn’t it nice to go back to somewhere you haven’t been for a while and notice just how much your children have changed? I went to a soft play centre recently and in a way I was dreading going as I thought id have to tail Leah and help her with everything but in the 18 months since we last went she has grown so much and can do everything with ease. Just this little differences and your post was worded perfectly! Thank you x

  • Emma Plus Three 15/09/2016 at 12:02 pm

    Ah lovely! They look like they are ready for autumn. We have that Boden rainbow dress, it’s gorgeous x #siblingsproject

  • Laura 15/09/2016 at 7:00 pm

    Aww they look like they are having the best time. I miss taking mine to the park when they were that small. Now they just get themselves on stuff and Charlotte finally learned to get the swing going by herself. It does mean I can sit in the sunshine with my book whilst they play though.

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 15/09/2016 at 7:52 pm

    Oh bless them, they are all being so grown up now – I can well imagine it must be bittersweet to go to the park and see them all running around and managing to do everything by themselves. Love how happy they look together and glad to hear you’ve made a note that the weather wasn’t typical of this month! It’s been glorious this week, hasn’t it – so lovely to get the paddling pool back out again! Glad you managed a trip back to your favourite place even if the weather wasn’t at its best 🙂 #siblingsproject

  • Leslie Rickerby / Messy Blog 15/09/2016 at 9:16 pm

    Haha that one where he’s pushing the kissy girls away! So cheeky

  • Donna 15/09/2016 at 10:47 pm

    You can see their personalities perfectly in these photos – you have such gorgeous children x

  • Laura - dear bear and beany 15/09/2016 at 10:50 pm

    Gorgeous photos, they look like they are having so much fun together. Pip’s smile shines through. x #TheSiblingsProject

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 15/09/2016 at 11:06 pm

    Gorgeous pictures and Pip really is a little boy now! I love watching their relationship change through your words and pictures and you can really see he is ‘one of them’ now if that makes sense

  • Sarah 17/09/2016 at 11:31 am

    A trip to the park is such an ordinary thing to do but it’s moments like this that we should remember to capture – and you’ve done so beautifully. I’m very much looking forward to the day my boys can play together and really be friends because at the moment it’s mostly hard work, with the odd glimpse of what is to come thrown in to make me realise it’s all worth it.

  • laura @ Little Ladies Big World 18/09/2016 at 12:47 am

    Bless them Carie. They look so incredibly close and I know what you mean about seeing the changes in familiar places, I’m having that at the moment too as Roma gots more and more independent and I know she is my last. It’s wonderful but definitely bitter sweet xx

  • Nicola 18/09/2016 at 10:00 pm

    The park’s got a little magic hasn’t it, even if it’s been a while since the last visit. How lovely to look back and see how much they’ve grown from the days where you needed to watch them every five seconds.

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 18/09/2016 at 11:44 pm

    His face around them just glows with his love for them both doesn’t it? Lovely captures as always xx #siblingsproject

  • Jenny 19/09/2016 at 9:59 am

    Love the park fun. The kids always light up when they go to the park too. It’s their happy place. Having siblings to always play at the park is the very best too. He is so lucky to have two siblings too. 🙂 I always said three is the magical number. Dying for another one. hahaha Lovely captures babes. Great to see you this weekend. You looked amazing. #siblingsproject

  • Helena 19/09/2016 at 5:56 pm

    Ah I love how you’ve incorporated the rough with the smooth in your post. May you have more fun to come.#siblingsproject

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 23/09/2016 at 11:00 am

    Aaah SO grown up — it’s lovely to see them all getting on so well!! Thick as thieves aren’t they? Where has that baby boy gone??! #siblingsproject