Siblings July 2015

I can’t remember a time before this month that I’ve thought about and compared my two children more. People say you shouldn’t compare children, and I’m not sure why that is. Neither will be found wanting, both are equally loved, I’ve just been reflecting on their differences, that’s all.

It’s been a month of extremes for them, with Boo coming to the end of her first year at school and receiving a school report that made me so proud. She loves it there and is so friendly, kind and confident.  Then Little Man had his settling in sessions ready to start nursery in September, and they did not go well. I’ve decided that he’s not ready yet, and so have deferred his place until January. He wants me near, he is very shy, he is unsure of new people. Boo gets excited at the prospect of meeting new people, sees them all as potential friends, and always has done. Little Man is wary and scared, and takes a while to warm to and trust people. They are different, that’s all, different people, with their own quirks, strengths and beauty.

Chalk and cheese in so many ways, but the very best of friends. They are as close as siblings could possibly be, and when big sister’s around, Little Man’s confidence shoots up. Boo takes his hand whenever he’s unsure and guides him. She’s been reassuring him about nursery, and whilst he may not be ready now, I know she’ll help him feel happier about it all when the time does come round.

I took a few shots of them this month during their increasingly regular after-school habit of ice lollies in the garden….

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Siblings July 2

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These are my children, their little personalties captured in an ordinary moment. I love that Little Man’s popped his shoes on the wrong feet, Boo’s hair is dishevelled as always when she comes out of school and that Harry’s photo bombing every single shot (his tail just sneaks into that top one!)

With just three more days to go until the summer holidays, I cannot wait to have these two together for a few weeks. I suspect they’ll drive me crazy more than once, but the fun, laughter and adventures that we’ll have will more than make up for it.

dear beautiful

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14 thoughts on “Siblings July 2015”

  1. I know it shouldn’t but it still surprises me when I look at my two and see how different they are! You bring them up the same (at least as far as you’re aware) and yet their own unique personalities shine through-so lovely to watch and enjoy. Little Man will be ready in his own time and he has a wonderful big sister to guide him along the way x

    1. It’s lovely to see their own personalities shine through, though yes, surprises me, too! Thank you, he certainly does x

  2. It really does amaze me how different siblings are, mine could not be more different if they tried! I’m sorry that Little Man’s settling in sessions didn’t go well, but I think you’ve done the right thing by trusting your instincts. The wee girl starts preschool in September, we’ll have to see how that goes…!

    1. I know it’s the best thing for him, he’s just not ready now. I hope the wee girl gets on well when she starts x

  3. Lovely shots and love Little Man’s shoes on the wrong feet, monkey gets his on the wrong feet far more often than the right way round! Good plan with deferring him a little, no point rushing, it is funny and amazing watching the different personalities develop isn’t it? Xx

    1. It’s so sweet! He’s really not ready, so I see no point in forcing it. It’s lovely and they’re both so different xx

  4. Mine are very different, and yet so very similar too.
    Their differences are what makes them unique and makes us love them all the more.

    Teen1 is pale & interesting so she’s definitely the chalk, whilst Teen2 is the king of neverending cheesy puns

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