Ever since Pip started walking the girls have loved taking him for little walks. When he was still figuring out his steps they’d sit and try to make him wobble between them, with big smiles and his favourite toys for encouragement, and then when he’d mastered enough to be confident holding on a hand, I’d find the three of them gently processing around the lounge.
He’s pretty sturdy on his feet now and at home he’s walking at least as much as he’s crawling and probably more, all without holding on to anyone or anything. Out and about he’s not had too much practice on uneven surfaces as he’s spent most of the time in the sling, but now that he has nice new shoes we’ve been trying to put him down a little more to get some practice in.
He still needs a helping hand though so when we went to choose our Christmas tree and he so very clearly wanted out from the sling, his sisters were ready and waiting to take him on a little Christmas tree tour.
It so very much one of the pictures that used to jump into my head when I was imagining life with our trio, the two big sisters helping the littlest one, and it feels like it’s a moment that has come around in a heartbeat.
I love that Pip was completely confident in his sisters, more than happy to disappear around the corner and out of sight of Mummy and Daddy, and they in turn repaid his faith, taking extra care not to go too fast, Kitty watching to see that his little feet were nice and firmly planted with every step.
And when they came back around to us the girls started to jump up and down in excitement, but still gently enough not to knock their brother off his feet.
He stood looking up at them with a beaming smile and such joyful adoration at being included in their game it was plain to see that he adores his sisters as much as they do him.
Two little sisters and a brother too, in December:
And so we reach the end of the first full calendar year of Siblings portraits that feature my little trio start to finish. And you’d think that the changes in them should have slowed down a bit, and I suppose that compared to last year when August’s duo jumped to September’s trio, they have, a little.
But not that much – what a difference a year makes!
And for the final month of Siblings 2015 I’m sending you to the lovely Keri-Ann at Gingerlilly Tea and if her photos don’t make you feel like you’ve stepped into wonderland then really nothing will! And then for the final time for 2015 it’s over to you – what have your little ones been up to this month?