The Siblings project is one blog post that I am determined to make sure gets done written single month this year. I’m not going to stress out about getting amazing photos, as long as it’s done that’s the important thing. It’s really hard to photograph three children together, and I’ve discovered that it only get’s harder when the littlest one is able to run away. And does. Frequently. But this project is my prompt to take the photos and my motivation not to give up and try again when I flick through the images on the back of my camera and Ernie is but a blur in every single one. So at the end of 2017 we will have 12 sets of photos of these three, showing them growing up together as one little unit. Maybe we’ll get one or two nice ones that can go on the wall, but mostly there’s going to be an awful lot of ones like these. Messy hair, no one looking at the camera, but in their natural environment, just doing what they do.
Carl and I were talking last night about how’s there’s been a little bit of a change in their dynamic since Ernie has been walking properly. Him and Greta have been developing their own funny little relationship as the two youngest of the family and it’s lovely to watch. I always think of Mabel and Greta as a pair, and for the most part Greta does love to stick by her sister’s side, joining in with her games, having deep and meaningful chats about the My Little Pony characters, arguing the toss about anything and everything, and just doing general ‘sister stuff’ that the rest of us don’t even try to understand. But Mabel is nearly five, and all of her games are to be taken very seriously and everything is very dramatic and dare I say it, occasionally a little bossy. And sometimes, sometimes Greta just wants to build a tower and knock it down just for the fun of it. So recently I’ve been finding my two smallest ones giggling together in corners of the house, pushing the toy cars through the kitchen as fast as they will go, chucking cuddly toys down the stairs, jumping on top of each other on the sofa and laughing like crazies. Greta seems to have grown up very quickly, hanging on her sister’s coat tails, but Ernie brings out the younger side of her and I like that. I think I forget that there’s only 2 years between them.
Of course Ernie loves his biggest sister too, and she loves him, but at the moment they have less common ground to share I think. Mabel is like a mini grown up at the moment, and so she is the one who rescues him when he’s climbed up on the step and got stuck, or grabs the toy for him that he’s reaching up for on the table. Ernie’s main interaction with her is tickling. As soon as he spots a little bare tummy he can’t help himself. His little fingers start wriggling and in a very high pitched voice he shrieks ‘tickle tickle tickle’ whilst lunging towards you. Mabel thinks this is so much fun, and will take advantage of most opportunities to flash her belly and get a tickle from her brother.
This is another big year for my three with Ernie going from 1 to 2, Greta from 3 to 4 and Mabel turning 5 in April and it’s exciting to see how their little relationships are going to change as they grow.
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