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Siblings in November


I just started writing this post titled “Siblings in October”. Oops. I’m not sure my brain has quite caught up with the change in months yet but it is definitely November outside; there are more leaves on the ground than clinging desperately to the trees, the overhead light has become more of a necessity than a source of entertainment to two small girls who think it’s hilarious to turn it off and on again, and the sun is starting to feel like a distant memory after days of watching raindrops plop and slither slowly down our windows.

We’re into the days of cosyness, of soup or hot pasta for lunch, of wanting to hide away from the damp and rain and yet loving being the crazy people out riding scooters in the pouring rain, or shouting nursery rhymes into the wind that crests over the hill and roars across the playing fields.

They are the days when watching this little trio fills me bubbling up with happiness even as the days are interspersed with sisterly fallings out, sniffly noses, heated discussions of who’s going to be Anna and who Elsa, and those nights when the suggestion that the children have coordinated themselves to ensure that you get as little sleep as possible becomes set in your mind as a certainty.

They are days of great ordinariness, and I’m loving every minute of them; watching Pip become more and more alert and interested in his surroundings and returning the adoring smiles of his sisters, and watching those sisters as they lurch from intense frustration with each other to peals of laughter at some hidden joke and the sheer joy that comes from comradely mischief.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And as is hugely apparent they are also the days in which I have not yet mastered photographing three people of varying shapes and sizes.  They won’t all sit in a row, it’s too wet and chilly outside for Pip to be exposed to any more of it than the tiny peek of his face just visible behind the edge of the sling, and inside there just isn’t enough daylight to let me get a fast enough shutter and the depth of field I need to get them all in focus without an insanely high ISO.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

So they aren’t.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Well not all at once anyway.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And in some ways that seems rather apt.  It’s one of the first things you learn as a parent to two children, that there will be times where once gets all your focus and the other one just has to wait, and it doesn’t become any less true with three; the difference is simply that you’ve already made your peace with it and developed a few coping strategies along the way.

But focus or no focus I think they do show the very strong bond between my girls, and the bond that is starting to build between them and Pip, and they hold memories of a morning spent rolling on my bed, the affection they have for each other, and the frequent breaks required by two young ladies so that they could lie back and kick their legs as hard as possible before trying to stay still just for a millisecond or two.

Two little sisters and a brother too – in November:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life



dear beautiful

This month I’m sending you on to Keri-Anne who has such a gorgeously dreamy style of photography it’s no wonder that I spend ages just drinking in her pictures.  I can’t wait to see what she has this month – and I bet they’re all in focus too!

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  • Annie @ Simple Wanderlust 10/11/2014 at 7:58 am

    Oh I love these, especially that last one. Your girls have the best facial expressions, before we know it Pip will too! x

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 10:33 pm

      I love Elma’s cheesy smiles – they’re priceless!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 10/11/2014 at 8:26 am

    Ahh they are all so gorgeous. I especially love the last photo, you are really making me want another baby!! x

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 10:31 pm

      Sorry! – well not really, three is a pretty good number!

  • Kriss MacDonald 10/11/2014 at 9:49 am

    You’ve captured perfectly the three of them together indoors. Lovely

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 10:30 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Jane 10/11/2014 at 10:13 am

    Love, love, love your photos, the last one is fantastic. It sounds like you have this three thing all worked out ;0) x

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 10:30 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • The Reading Residence 10/11/2014 at 11:41 am

    Oh, I think you have mastered photographing them, absolutely gorgeously. It is the ordinary things that are the sweetest to watch x

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 10:29 pm

      it’s funny because in some ways I can’t capture them completely candidly at the moment, there has to be an element of posing, but I love the personality that seems to come through anyway!

  • Jenny 10/11/2014 at 12:01 pm

    Oh Carie these photos are stunning! What a beautiful little family you have. Making me all broody with these! I love each one. So many smiles and you can feel the love pouring from them. #livingarrows

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you – I love watching them become a little trio!

  • Louise 10/11/2014 at 7:23 pm

    Beautiful photos and I think you’ve captured that sibling bond perfectly – there is so much love shining out from these shots. I love your thoughts about how struggling to get three children in focus in a photo is similar to how it is a struggle to focus on them all in daily life too. Love the way your girls seem so loving towards their baby brother in the photos and how they come across as a little team on their own too 🙂

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 10:23 pm

      Aww thank you – they do just adore Pip!

  • Keri-Anne 10/11/2014 at 7:38 pm

    That last picture!!! and thank you for your kind words. About 50% of my pics this month were not in focus! I am awful at inside photography and really need to practice more x

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 9:57 pm

      you’re welcome! It’s definitely a challenge when the winter closes in and you have such limited light to work with isn’t it!

  • LauraCYMFT 10/11/2014 at 8:09 pm

    These are such lovely pictures. You can see the smiles starting to come out in the little one. Gorgeous!

    • Carie 10/11/2014 at 9:56 pm

      oh he’s definitely going to be another smiley one – especially when his sisters are around!

  • Donna 10/11/2014 at 9:56 pm

    Oh those photos are just beautiful. They look very content as a three now. It looks like it has always been that way x

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 10/11/2014 at 10:06 pm

    Aw the last one is so cute Carie! I love looking at photos of your three and Pip is starting to look so much more expressive now. That one should be framed and put on the wall I think! x

    • Carie 11/11/2014 at 8:36 pm

      I love the way in that moment they all look so different too – usually they’re pretty similar!

  • Ginny 10/11/2014 at 11:31 pm

    Bit upset that I have only just found this link party, a bit late in the day. Hope you will go on In 2015. What lovely girls.

    • Carie 11/11/2014 at 8:36 pm

      Oh I think there’s every intention to keep going next year!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 11/11/2014 at 12:01 am

    That last photo is perfect! I know I will have no hope trying to get all three of mine on camera, two is definitely a challenge!

    • Carie 11/11/2014 at 8:37 pm

      Bribery and corruption is your friend – at least to make the big ones stay still – at least babies can’t escape -well yet!

  • Mummy of Two 11/11/2014 at 7:51 am

    These are such gorgeous photos. Your daughters look like they are brilliant big sisters! I have given up trying to get my two in photos together most of the time so I have no idea how I will cope when no 3 comes along!

    • Carie 11/11/2014 at 8:38 pm

      thank you – I think three makes it more of a challenge because they aren’t naturally hanging out together so much at the moment; it’ll get easier as Pip gets a bit less squishable!

  • Charlotte 11/11/2014 at 12:37 pm

    Beautiful! Love the last photo! x

    • Carie 11/11/2014 at 8:39 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • lucy at dear beautiful 11/11/2014 at 1:37 pm

    Oh I absolutely love these Carie. As a collection they really seem to tell the story of all the relationships at play between the three of them. I love how they are all in and out of focus, and if you hadn’t already mentioned it I was going to share your reasoning that that is apt when you have more than one child. x

    • Carie 11/11/2014 at 9:48 pm

      I’m going to consider it serendipitous – though I’m still hoping to get them all in focus one day!

  • hena tayeb 11/11/2014 at 7:07 pm

    aww cuties!

    • Carie 11/11/2014 at 9:49 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Katie 11/11/2014 at 10:29 pm

    If there was ever a campaign for having 3 children you would be the poster girl! Proper gorgeous Carie.
    My boys are big on the outdoors so in a way i love a good rainy day for enforced snuggling 🙂 x

    • Carie 11/11/2014 at 10:35 pm

      Oh I think it’s Pip – he’s enough to make anyone broody!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 13/11/2014 at 1:44 pm

    How cute is that last photo!! beautiful x

    • Carie 14/11/2014 at 10:04 pm

      thank you – it’s definitely one of my favourites

  • Amber 14/11/2014 at 7:48 pm

    What sweethearts! I love these photographs, they really show the close relationship that your siblings share. I’m sure that you’ll treasure them in year to come.

    • Carie 14/11/2014 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you – I’m sure I will 🙂

  • sally 14/11/2014 at 10:06 pm

    I think you have mastered photographing the 3 of them, I love all of these.

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 15/11/2014 at 2:40 pm

    Beautiful shots lovely, just gorgeous, so lovely to see Pip’s smiles! xx

    • Carie 16/11/2014 at 10:09 pm

      thank you 🙂