It’s been a month of change in our little corner of East Devon which is why I’m a little late in sharing this month’s sibling photo. Tween started secondary school, Teenager is entering a final year with GCSE’s on the horizon and Toddler is well and truly out of the baby phase with so many milestones conquered this month. He’s finally worked out how to use a slide with out dive bombing face first and is understanding and communication just blows me away.
The new school year is always hard as we adjust to the 5 way split, with the boys going to school and Daz and I back to work, so weekends are even more important. We managed to grab a last minute weekend away in Cornwall just before, a tradition which we’ve been doing for several years now. I love our little mini breaks, with no distractions and Teenager having to sit in the same room as us.
This photo was taken as we were heading out for the night, with the older boys keeping guard of their little brother as he toddlers and falls. Both are very protective of him and are constantly steering him away from danger as well as picking him up for cuddles and chuckles, it is just the most beautiful sight. They often scorn at my attempt to allow him to learn his own safety limits, as a third time mum I’m a lot more relaxed in my parenting, while they exercise a more helicopter parenting style. I’m sure they wonder how on earth they survived the early years, but it’s taken 15 years of trial and error to come to the realisation that risk taking isn’t always a bad thing.
We’re back now to the morning sunggles and after school play sessions, which although brief, are always welcomed. To see these big awkward teens and pre teens scoop their little brother up in their arms for cuddles and laughs is a memory I will always hold dear.
There really is nothing quite as amazing as this sibling bond between brothers.