I missed last month’s siblings project when everything was getting on top of me and I needed a bit of time out from blogging. Even though it’s only 1 month out of 12, I was still sad that I had to skip a month because out of all the things that I love about blogging, capturing these sibling memories is the one thing that I treasure the most. So I’m really pleased that I’m back this month with some very real pictures of my little gang of three.
These pictures were taken on holiday in Woolacombe while they were all playing on the pirate ship outdoor play area. I hadn’t really planned to take any pictures that day, so they aren’t dressed particularly coordinating, although by chance I had plaited the girls hair that morning because they wanted to be Elsa and Anna. They were just playing nicely together so I grabbed the opportunity to snap some photos of the three of them. They aren’t anything special, nothing more than quick holiday snaps really, but you couldn’t find a set of photos that more truly show their relationship at the moment.
Mabel has definitely taken on the mother hen role of the group and as most eldest children do she shows a maturity beyond her years in the way she looks out for her younger siblings. I smiled to myself as I watched her on holiday, putting her arm out to stop Greta from running onto the ‘road’ outside our little chalet before she had checked both ways that the coast was clear. Every new friend that she made she introduced to the others too with her standard line, ‘I’m Mabel, this is my little sister Greta and that’s my baby brother Ernie’.
Both Mabel and Greta are obsessed with trying to pull their little brother onto his feet and encouraging him to walk, I think they just cant wait until he is old enough to run around with them and can be more of a participant in their games. Luckily there’s nothing Ernie likes more than standing up and bobbing around, I’m getting the feeling that it wont be too long before he is confidently walking around holding his sisters’ hands. Mabel even goes as far as picking him up under the arms and carrying him to where she wants him to go. I try to tell her to leave him alone in case he doesn’t like being dragged around and really she’s too little to pick him up, but even I can’t take myself seriously when the little man himself just lifts his feet up in front of him and a big smile spreads across his face as soon as he feels those little arms coming from behind and wrapping themselves around his chest.
Ernie has started to pull himself up onto his feet, and every time he does he gets the biggest round of applause from Greta. He’s been doing it a couple of weeks now so you’d have thought the novelty would wear off, but still every time she sees him standing up she has to tell me ‘Mummy, mummy, mummy, MUMMY!! Ernie standing up! GOOD BOY!!’. Ernie loves all the attention of course and I wouldn’t be surprised if he only bothers to stand up now when he knows Greta is looking!
Mabel and Greta’s relationship is still just as strong in love as in hate, they seem to take it in turns to wind each other up, or be incredibly kind and caring towards each other and there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme of reason to any of it so I just shrug my shoulders and say ‘sisters‘ as if that explains anything at all. One day Mabel will be standing just too close to Greta, causing the little sister to shout and push her away, which only makes Mabel laugh and stand even closer… sisters…. the next day Mabel has made a sign for their bedroom door that says ‘Mabel and Greta love each other forever’ but on being shown this declaration of love, Greta rips it off the door and throws it on the floor…. sisters….
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