Siblings [August 2017]


I love writing these posts every month, even though Isabelle has only been in Emily's life for two months, it's clear to see how much they love each other and how much of a strong bond they have. Now I'm not going to sugar coat it, adjusting to having two girlies have been hard, especially as the age gap is quite close in my opinion. Emily doesn't quite understand that she can't be all over Isabelle, when we tell her not to be so close, she thinks we are telling her off, or asking her not to be near her at all which isn't the case - it's just Emily likes to be right in her face, and when I say that I literally mean nose to nose. She is getting better though, especially as Isabelle is a hair grabber, usually it's my hair she goes for but she managed to get Emily's the other day, safe to say after that Emily wasn't interested in being so close to her anymore.


Isabelle is a lot more alert and happy now, partly due to age, but of course, the fact that she now has a formula better suited to her allergy helps massively. Emily loves to bring her toys, and Isabelle follows them with her eyes, and Emily gets lots of smiles from Isabelle which she is always thrilled about. Isabelle has also started to reach out for Emily and toys now too, which is a great delight to Emily.


I honestly do think Emily had this vision in her mind of her sister being born, and straight away being able to play with her. I have been reading Emily the book 'dino-baby' lots, as it talks about babies not liking loud noises, or rough play. It also talks about sharing, which is something that we always try to encourage, but I think like all children, when it comes down to it, Emily will struggle a little bit.

Emily still gives us 5-minute updates while we are out in the car, she loves to tell us if her sister is awake or asleep, or what she is doing.

This month Emily actually fed Isabelle for the first time (of course with lots of help). She sat on my lap, and held the bottle while Isabelle fed, she said she loved it, and since then has been asking to do it constantly. She loves to help out and gets very frustrated when you tell her that she can't help. I'm trying my best to include her in everything, but that does make it incredibly difficult and makes a 5-minute thing take about 10 - which isn't alway practical.


The other thing they did together this month was share a bath, Emily had been asking for a long time for Isabelle to get in her bath and I did kind of shrug it off at first. I hadn't brought Isabelle a bath support, as I didn't plan on them sharing, I was just going to use Emily's old baby bath until Isabelle was at the age where she was able to sit up. After lots of browsing, I found a angelcare bath support, I also heard great things about it from my friends, so decided to take the plunge and buy it. Emily was so excited, she helped use a sponge to wash Isabelle's legs, and she really enjoyed having her in the bath with her - so much so that Isabelle has ended up slotting in with Emily's bath time routine and we bath both the girls together always now.

Their bond really is growing, and I didn't think it was possible for Emily to love her sister any more than she already did, but I was wrong. I'm so proud of how well Emily has adjusted, but the transition from one child to two hasn't been easy and I'm finding it a little hard to find a good balance between the two. My mood is also taking a little bit of a bashing, and my anxiety is really high. I hate having to say 'give me one minute' to Emily about 10 times a day, as I know she finds it frustrating, but I also know that this stage won't last forever, and I'm trying to enjoy the newborn days as much as I possibly can, especially as this is it for me, I'm not having any more babies, I'm happy and content with my two rainbows.

11 comments

  1. Aw, how lovely. Ours are all quite close together (less than two years between each time), and they do have a wonderful time together, and adore one another. Going from one to two is hard though, just give yourself time. And enjoy it!

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  2. This is so sweet! I'm due in February & can't wait to see the bond Sophie has with her new brother or sister. I'm hoping she is going to help out lots :D x

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  3. These are the cutest sibling photos I've seen lately. I"m very close to mine and sadly, I only have one child with no sibling :( Yours are lovely!

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  4. These pics are soooo cute of Emily and Isabelle together. I don't think me and my brothers were this close when we were younger, but I never had a sister, so maybe that's why... x

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  5. Ahhh this is such a lovely post such a gorgeous way of celebrating siblings!

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  6. Not being able to play with baby sister used to bother my eldest girl too. We had a door bouncer (probably around 9 months) and they were able to "play football" together!

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  7. Aww this is so sweet and the photos are just beautiful. So nice to hear they already have a great bond and there is so much love between the two of them

    Laura x

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  8. Looks like she adores her baby sister and they look so much alike

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  9. Awww this is so cute and adorable, I remember when my sister was born I wanted to start playing with her from day 1.

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  10. Lovely photos, looks like Emily is loving having a little sister!

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  11. Ah how lovely, really nice to read how well she is getting on. Lovely Sister bond

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