Siblings in December 2016

It’s been ages since I joined in with the siblings project, but I happened to have some photos of the three of them that I took back at the beginning of December so I decided spur of the moment to write a little update. I’ve been doing vlogmas this month so I’ve mostly been hanging out over on YouTube when I’m not editing videos and wrapping presents. Vlogmas is a video a day every day in December until Christmas Eve if you’re wondering what on earth I’m going on about. I’m loving capturing all our festive memories so much, but it’s certainly taking up a lot of my time, and I didn’t realise how much I’ve missed writing on my blog until I just opened up the laptop to write this.

But anyway, it’s not about me, it’s about this crazy little bunch!

siblings in December

Ernie has changed so much in the last couple of months and it’s made a big difference to how the all interact as a unit. He’s walking properly now, and of course that means that he can charge through the girls games causing havoc and destruction, which he does… frequently. The high pitched cries of ‘NO BABY!!’ are heard frequently ringing out from the play room where Ernie has bulldozed through and destroyed the carefully set up play scene of one or both of the girls.

But when they aren’t pushing him away, the girls quite often want to include him in their games these days. He seems to enjoy running around the house with them, even though he obviously has no idea about whatever role he has been assigned to play by one of his big sisters. Whether he’s ‘Prince Charming’, or ‘baby Charlotte’, he’s just pleased to be in amongst the fun and always has a smile on his face. I don’t know how long he’ll be so happy to be his sisters’ living doll, so I think they should enjoy it while it lasts!


It really is so lovely to see Ernest being so much more interactive with his sisters, watching them all play together makes my heart happy like nothing else. Whether they are all dancing in the kitchen, or running in a big loop around and around the house, or playing with the cars and trains, Ernie just looks so much more like part of the group now. The gap between him and the girls is closing as he gets older, the same way that I’ve watched the gap between Mabel and Greta slowly close over the last three years until they can play together as equals.

Six months ago I looked at them and worried that Ernie would always be left out. The girls are so close and being the youngest and the only boy, I couldn’t see exactly how he was going to fit into their dynamic. Of course they loved him as soon as he was born, and have always cooed over him and given him cuddles and kisses, but I wondered if they would ever truly accept him into their tight little inner circle. But as he grows and his little character starts to shine through I think it’s safe to say I need not worry about that. He has such a big personality, happy disposition and enthusiasm for life that I don’t think he would ever let himself be left out!

I’ve talked mostly about Ernest I know and this is supposed to be about all three of them… but he has just changed so much in the last few months, it’s made such a difference in all of our lives to be honest. He can get down and run around at the park, he’s happy to play and amuse himself while I get on with a craft with the bigger two… life is just that little bit easier now. Having three children is a bit of a shock to the system, when your used to having one child in each hand and maintaining something that at least vaguely resembles some level of control… then a third baby comes along and suddenly you’re spinning plates and everything kind of goes out of sync for a while and normal every day things that before you didn’t even think about are now really hard work. But with every month that passes, every milestone that the baby hits, it just gets a fraction easier, until eventually you can sit back and look at your three gorgeous children playing together and amusing themselves and think… maybe four wouldn’t be so bad??

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  1. December 15, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Living doll! I love that, I am sure as a third sibling (of which I am) he will have a fair few years yet!! My two are so close now that I have myself thinking – ooh wouldnt three be nice….not that that will happen but it definitely makes you think. x
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  2. December 15, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    I used to make my older brother be my dog in our games!!! It’s so lovely to see Ernie stood up with his sisters. He will have a role in their circle and that will grow over time x
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  3. December 15, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Had a giggle at the last line, probably why my mum ended up with 7 haha! Ernie is such a lucky boy to have such caring big sisters. Parker is exactly the same when it comes to destroying games – I’m hoping it’s a game he grows out of quickly xx
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  4. December 15, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    This is so lovely to read, like looking to my future and how Wills will be allowed into the inner circle too. Lovely photos!! xx #SiblingsProject

  5. December 16, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    I bet it does change the dynamics a lot when the youngest starts walking and getting involved more. Cute photos. Have a great Christmas x #siblingsproject

  6. December 23, 2016 / 7:26 am

    What gorgeous photos of your little trio – I love the way Mabel and Greta are holding Ernie’s hands as he toddles along. Glad to hear that he is quite happy being their living doll even if it can be frustrating for them when he bulldozes through their play set-ups! I can imagine that juggling three is very much like spinning plates at times but glad that it has become a little easier as the children are getting bigger. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas.

  7. January 1, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    All three of them look like they are enjoying being together so much. I definitely know the feeling of the little one destroying games though – we seem to have an ever growing collection of things that Toby can only play with when Gabe is having a nap! I hope it won’t be too long before they can play together a bit more though. #siblingsproject

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