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Siblings 2016: April


Part of the joy of having more than one child has always been standing on the outside and looking in at they way in which their relationships are building and developing as they figure out what it’s like to be a three, and how they each fit in to the puzzle.

Siblings 2016: April - Space for the Butterflies

With Kitty and Elma it’s clear that Kit is the ringleader.  Where she goes, Elma follows, devoted, innocent, and usually all too willing to let slip a few secrets about whatever mischief it is that they’re planning.  Kitty at five has very definitely figured out that you might not want to tell Mama and Daddy all the details if you think they might not think something a brilliant idea, even if she still has no way of keeping her subterfuge off her face, and Elma’s happy disclosure and the resulting glares from her big sister are one of those moments when you have to work really really hard as a parent to keep a straight face. They’re never doing anything particularly pixie-like, they just think they might be, which makes it all the funnier.  Of course once you add Pip into the mix the whole dynamic changes again.  He adores his sisters, but any request from Kitty to play a particular part in her make believe, or any request from her in general, is met with a beaming smile and then a cheerful disregard as he potters around doing whatever it was that he wanted to do.

Siblings 2016: April - Space for the Butterflies

He is so sweet with her though; his adoration mostly taking the form of launching himself into her arms at unexpected moments and trying to give her kisses by face planting, open-mouthed, on the nearest bit of her.  She loves it, and finds it deeply frustrating that he won’t play as she says in equal measure, but when evening comes and we’re all tucking up on her bed for the bedtime story, she’ll happily tuck him up on a pillow next to her, and if he can’t have Mama then a Kitty-hug is a pretty good thing in his book.Siblings 2016: April - Space for the Butterflies

The biggest change that the start of school brought was the chance for Elma and Pip to find out how they fit together when it’s just the two of them and it’s so lovely watching that friendship go from strength to strength.  Perhaps it’s because their age gap is smaller than between Kitty and Elma, or perhaps it’s the size gap, or lack thereof, but they play together so much more as equals.  Elma is the leader, sort of – she decides what to do and then Pip will copy her so they end up copying each other in everything, from racing around the lounge to playing one of Pip’s frequent games of hockey/football/golf/cricket/anything with a stick.  Pip has a habit of ambushing her for hugs in a move that is half a hug and half a full on rugby tackle.  She could probably just about withstand it if she knew it was coming but so often the first you know of Pip’s hugs are that they’re both lying on the floor.  She doesn’t seem to mind though – especially if he’s willing to play at being pushed around in the toy pram, something that he’ll rarely do for Kitty.

Siblings 2016: April - Space for the Butterflies

These pictures came from our recent day out to Charlecote, taken while we pottered and explored and found the fairy dell and tree stumps perfect for hopping on.  And at the end of the formal garden we sat for a little while, looking out over the sunny meadow, watching the deer and watching the people watching the deer; Kitty looking so very grown up of late, Elma happily preoccupied with her own thoughts, and my little Pip Squeak, just about hanging on to his patience to let me take a couple of photos.

Two little sisters, and a brother too, in one of my favourite ever photos of the three of them, in April:

Siblings 2016: April - Space for the Butterflies

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  • Emilyandindiana 15/04/2016 at 7:54 am

    Ooh these are beautiful, and I adore your children’s names! I love reading about their adventures, it’s really made me excited for the time my two get up to mischief (although hopefully it’s nothing too bad like your girls haha) xx

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 15/04/2016 at 8:12 am

    That final photo of your little trio is so beautiful and I do love reading about the different bond between each pair in the trio. Love the sound of Pip’s big hugs and the way he’ll sit in the buggy for Elma but not for Kitty but Kitty is next-best after Mama for hugs. So funny to read about Kitty having worked out that it’s not always a good idea to spill the details of what she’s planning and then glaring at Elma for letting slip! Your little trio always look and sound like they have the most wonderful bond with each other 🙂

  • Laura - dear bear and beany 15/04/2016 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful photos, so nice seeing all the spring shots. Love that Kitty had caught on to keeping things from you, I look forward to that bit!!! X

  • lucy at dear beautiful 15/04/2016 at 9:27 am

    The dynamics of your older two sounds so like mine…he has quite recently worked out that sometimes a little fib keeps you out of trouble, while she is still gloriously innocent and honest. And we too, always struggle to keep a straight face at the resulting fall out of her confessing to something they both shouldn’t have been doing.
    These photos are lovely Carie, such a pretty spot and they just look so chilled out together. x

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 15/04/2016 at 9:47 am

    Carie I love seeing your three together and hearing about their mischief! It’s like a little window into my future! And HOW at Pips age do you manage to get him to look lovely for the camera?! I’m in awe!!

  • The Reading Residence 15/04/2016 at 10:04 am

    Oh we love Charlecote, a beautiful setting. Kitty does look so grown up, even in her poses! Beautiful photos x

  • Kim 15/04/2016 at 10:12 am

    What beautiful photos Carie. I can just imagine how amazing it is to watch these developing relationships between your kiddos, such a gift.

  • Emma 15/04/2016 at 10:40 am

    Oh lovely photos! I love those Elsa wellies! My little girl wold love those! xx

  • karen 15/04/2016 at 1:19 pm

    Such beautiful photos and haven’t they all grown up? Ive finally got around to joining in with this lovely linky again x

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 15/04/2016 at 3:42 pm

    I know I say this almost every time but these are DEFINITELY my favourite!! 😉 I LOVE the bench pictures especially. Look at that Pip-Squeak!! He’s grown SO big!!! And LOOK at his naughty face in the last pic!!!! Love it!!! 🙂 xx

  • bymarion 15/04/2016 at 3:58 pm

    Wonderful portraits, as always! I’m sure that in a few decades, these three will be so happy to have these pictures to look at 🙂

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 15/04/2016 at 7:28 pm

    Ah these are lovely. We want to make a tree stump table and chairs in our garden, so magical I think! x

    • Carie 16/04/2016 at 5:38 pm

      Oh you should that would be so awesome. I’d love to do one here but we have a really tiny and odd shaped garden

  • LauraCYMFT 15/04/2016 at 10:12 pm

    These are lovely photos! I love Pip’s face in the first one. He looks pleased as punch sitting there with his big sisters.

    • Carie 16/04/2016 at 5:37 pm

      Doesn’t he just – he does love being treated as ‘big’ just like the girls!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 16/04/2016 at 8:36 pm

    That last photo is so special! And their relationships sound in many ways like me three too, only Finn is even less able to join in at the moment, despite their best efforts.

  • Lauren | Belle Du Brighton Blog 17/04/2016 at 11:11 pm

    I do love how lovingly written your siblings project posts are, I always enjoy them, plus the photos are always sweet too!