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My Sisters In April.

on Thursday, 10 April 2014.

At around ten past four each afternoon I walk up the stairs and shout 'Small Bean'.  LL is the first one I collect from her cot, normally she is standing up waiting for me by this point.  She gets upset when she hears me shout her current most used nickname, frustrated I am not getting to her quick enough.  Then we pretend to knock on the door and go and get her big sister from her room.  

Every day without fail Mads rustles around under her covers and pulls out Pongo.  Pongo is a cuddly dalmation, but he isn't just any old spotty dog, he is Mads absolute favourite friend.  The one she needs to sleep, the one she wants when she is sad.  Every afternoon she holds him out and gives him to her little sister, who pulls him in close and giggles.  This simple act of sisterly love never fails to make me choke up a little bit.  The fact that Mads wants to make her sister happy by giving him her most treasured friend.

Both are still blurry eyed from nap time, and normally have damp, bedraggled bed hair from getting sweaty in their slumber.  I carry them, one in each arm (harder than it looks!) down the stairs and plonk them down on the sofa.  I turn on the television and put on a film for us to watch- the current favourites being Frozen, Toy Story 2 or Monsters University.   I leave them there together, still a bit sleepy, and go and get a biscuit from the treat drawer in the kitchen.

Most of the time it's a Rich Tea, but sometimes we are flash and have a pink wafer biscuit which is all of our favourites.  They snuggle together close, neither saying a word, just staring intently at the television while nibbling on their biscuits.  Sometimes I join them, usually with both sat on my lap, Mads playing with my ear and LL cuddling in close.  But most of the time I sit at the other end of the sofa and watch them.

That half an hour or so of quiet time is one of my favourites of the day.  Both are so cuddly after they wake up and they snuggle together closely.  Mads always puts her arm around LL gently, LL still doesn't climb so we often worry she will fall off the sofa.  LL doesn't loosen her grip on Pongo the spotty dog, she holds him tight, occasionally pressing her face into his soft pretend fur and smiling.  Mads often takes him away and gives him straight back to her, enjoying seeing her little smile when she gives him a cuddle.

The best thing about being a mother to two is watching these simple moments.  The way in which my girls effortlessly combine together.  The way in which their sisterly bond is ever present.  The way in which when I study them closely I can see that actually they do look pretty similar.  I relish that half an hour every day before the madness and loudness starts again.  

I couldn't resist taking some photos of them like this, and luckily they were so engrossed in Toy Story 2 that they didn't even notice I had my camera out.  There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing these two little girls develop and watch their love for each other grow stronger and stronger.  Of course they get grumpy and have mini stops with each other, this is happening more and more as they grow older.  I can tell that they are going to wind each other up constantly in the future.  

But as they sit on that sofa after their nap each afternoon, I see two little sisters who are the very best of friends.

And nothing makes me prouder than that.

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at Carie's blog.  Her blog is one of my favourites, and the way she writes often has me feeling really teary even if there is no need to be!  She has two little ladies a similar age to mine and another on the way.   

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #13 Having a Sister...

on Sunday, 30 March 2014.

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When we found out we were having another daughter at my twenty week scan, I couldn't help but flash forward and imagine life with two girls.  Two little ladies running around hand in hand causing mischief,  two little ladies cuddling under the covers giggling together and two little ladies holding hands and running along outside.  Sharing toys, sharing friends and sharing secrets.

I imagined them when they were older arguing like cat and dog, bickering over clothes, boys and general things that sisters argue about.  With just twenty six months between them, I saw a lifetime of fun, friendship and hopefully a ready made best friend.  There are ten years between myself and my sister and we are so close, but with a much smaller age gap I hoped that my girls would be real kindred spirits.

When LL was born thirteen months ago, Mads blew me away with the way she was with her sister.  To this day, I cannot even really put into words the experience of them meeting for the first time, the way she stroked her face and watched her so intently.  Since then she really has been so kind and caring towards her, she loves her little sister more than anything.  She shares everything with her, cuddles her non stop, tickles her, plays with her and looks out for her.

The other day we were in soft play and were just about to leave.  LL was in her buggy and a boy a little younger than Mads came over to see her.  At first I thought he was being sweet and just stroking her face, but then he started to hit her and try and poke her in the eye.  Of course his Mum was nowhere to be seen so I told him nicely not to but he kept doing it and LL was getting upset.  Suddenly Mads flung herself into the buggy and shouted 'Please leave my sister alone.'  I have to admit I was secretly proud of her for standing up for LL.

Life isn't always plain sailing with these two.  As LL is getting bigger, they occasionally test each others patience.  Mads is generally very patient but LL is the stroppy one, getting cross if Mads doesn't share her biscuit immediately or give her the toy that she was playing with.  Mads wants to cuddle her all the time, and sometimes LL doesn't like it.  Their little arguements make me chuckle as I can imagine what they will be like when they are a bit older.

But above all, they have an unbreakable bond already.  They giggle non stop, and LL's whole face lights up when she sees her sister after some time apart, even just after their afternoon naps.  Mads says LL is her best friend and she continues every day to be the perfect big sister.  

Like putting a protective arm around her little sister on the swing.  I am so proud of her.

I am so very proud of both of them.  

My lovely little sisters.

 

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My Sisters In March.

on Monday, 10 March 2014.

We are going through a phase where getting photos of these two girls together is hard work.  Firstly they constantly seem to be on a quest for mischief, and generally not at the same time or place.  The days of sitting quietly, with Mads holding LL delicately are most certainly are a thing of the past.  Mads tolerates the camera in small doses, but if you ask her to look at it she pulls an inane cheshire cat sort of grin.  Posed but natural is definitely not her forte!

LL on the other hand needs to be contained in something in order to take a photo of her, otherwise she escapes before you can press the shutter.  Whereas before she would sit and stare at the camera perfectly with her big beautiful blue eyes, now her mission seems to be to look everywhere other than at me and the big device in my hand.  

As LL isn't walking, I am struggling to know what how to get photos of them together, as they are just so busy doing their own thing.  They love to play together but usually it is has a limited life span before LL is off trying to do something else she shouldn't be.  She is well in the throws of that exhuastingly lovely age where it's fun to be anywhere she shouldn't be.  If you ask Mads to hold LL still you usually get results like this...

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We experienced the first mild day this year on Saturday, so we thought that it would be perfect to get out and get to the park.  Obviously all children enjoy a chance to let off steam and play, and Mads and LL are no exception.  I still experience the biggest joy when they play on the swings together, they giggle in delight and set each other off giggling even more.  

I love this photo where they are playing on the seesaw together, they look so happy and full of love and innocence.

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They get on so well like they always have done, but funnily enough I love watching them beginning to squabble the most.  It's so amusing to watch Mads get stroppy with LL for something, as at the moment it looks like LL is going to be the one who holds her own, she lets out a loud shriek if Mads ever tries to take anything off her.

They are growing up so quick these sisters of mine and I am relishing every minute of watching them grow and interact together.  I've said it a million times before but the best thing about being a Mum to two children is watching their relationship change, grow and develop month by month.  I feel very honoured to be able to watch them become best friends.

 

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This month I am sending you over to Lauren's blog.  Her blog is one of the first blogs I started reading and is still one of my favourites today.  Be sure to go and have a little look at her gorgeous boys and what they have been up to this month.

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My Sisters in February.

on Monday, 10 February 2014.

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These sisters of mine are growing up quickly and their relationship and bond is growing and changing all the time.  Mads has always been an incredible big sister from the second she first met her 'baby' and LL has always been in awe of Mads constantly smiling and giggling at her in the early days.  But now their relationship has become a lot more interactive.  

It's funny to watch them now.  They snuggle all the time and Mads constantly plays with her sister's ear as she has always done, but LL is starting to become mischevious.  She will crawl and try and eat the toys Mads is playing with, or knock down the towers she is building and Mads will get cross.  Or the latest is that when Mads tries to cuddle LL, LL will push her away and get grumpy.  This usually results in Mads doing a dramatic comedy fall which will make them both dissolve into giggles.  It is very sweet to watch but I know that LL is going to keep Mads on her toes.  Mads is incredibly affectionate and cuddly towards everyone, and I am not sure whether LL is going to be quite as leniant.  She adores cuddles from Mummy but has to be in the right mood to receive them off anyone else.

Mads will always ask for her sister, and include her in the things she does.  She will call for her and LL will crawl towards her as fast as lightening.  I think Mads is desperate for her to play and interact more, often asking her to do things to which obviously she can't understand.    They play in their own little way, usually involving dancing and being silly, and our house is just full of their giggles.  

It's wonderful watching them together.  When I took the above photos, they had just woken up and Mads got into LL's cot.  She was jumping up and down and making LL laugh, which in turn fuelled her to do it even more- she loves making her little sister chuckle.  Sometimes their age gap seems large, but then other times, like then, it feels like there isn't much between them at all.  That gap will probably feel even smaller as they get older.

 I often find myself wondering what they will be like as teenagers and all I can hope is that they will be the best of friends.  Mr E often jokes that he needs to get a shed so he can hide in the garden from all the women and hormones in this house.  Looking at this mischevious pair and the way they are fast becoming a little double act, I would say he might be right.

 

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This month I am sending you to have a look at Keri-Anne's blog.  It is a beautiful, dreamy blog full of gorgeous photography of life with her two little fairies, who are a similar age gap to my girls but older, so I love to look at what they get up too.

 

 

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