It's coming to the end of November and we are creeping closer and closer to a very special date for us- the date when we will meet LO's baby brother and when we will become a family of 4. We are so excited for the next chapter in our lives and all the excitement that comes with having a new baby around. But more than anything, we are so excited for LO to have a little companion, a brother to play with and a lifelong friend. Coming from a family of four siblings myself, I desperately wanted for LO to also be able to have the chance to share that unique bond that only siblings have. I see photos of us as children and how happy we all looked together. I see photos of other bloggers children and how sweet the sibling relationships seem to be. And now, in around a month's time, LO will get to experience this magical bond for himself.
I wanted to reflect back though on life with LO at 28 months. In this, his final month as an only child, I wanted to capture and document what life is like in our little family right now. Once there are two children, I imagine life will be quite different around here. For the most part, our little routines which LO and I follow each week will roughly stay the same, except we will have a new little friend in our club. Getting out of the house will be an entirely different ball game I suspect, but I think overall, life will be most different for LO. He is the only child in our entire family on both sides, so it will be so nice for him to have another little boy to play with, but it will also come as a bit of a shock to him as well.
To my dear Little One, you're now 28 months and in a few weeks, you are going to get a new baby brother. It's just been you, Mummy, Daddy and our two cats Lexie and Chloe for nearly 2 and half years now, and I think you're ready to have a little friend join our club. You've reached a bit of a cheeky phase and you like saying "No" if you don't want to do something, and sometimes you like being the boss and telling Mummy and Daddy what to do too! Today you shouted at Mummy in your big voice, and I said "Do you need to go and sit on your step?" to which you replied "Yes Mummy" and you happily went and sat quietly on your step for a few minutes. I had to walk around the corner and have a little smile because you were being so funny sitting there, but I don't think you remembered why you were there in the first place.
Every day, I grow prouder and prouder of the little boy you are becoming. The other day we were just having a lazy morning at home and you were being super sweet and very grown up. Mummy was folding some laundry in her bedroom and I could hear you chattering to yourself in your bedroom. I came in and there you were, laid on your tummy on your little bed, reading a book to yourself. You didn't notice I was there at first as I stood at the doorway. Mummy kept smiling for a few seconds and then I grabbed my big camera to get a few pictures of you to show Daddy. I wanted to freeze this moment in time. You looked so grown up but I thought you looked a bit lonely all at the same time. Mummy just wanted to scoop you up and give you a big cuddle. It made me feel so excited for you to meet your baby brother in a few weeks. Mummy can't wait for you to come to the hospital with Daddy to see him and to see you both come back home together. I can't wait to see baby brother dressed in some of your old baby clothes and watch you play together with your lovely toys. I know you'll love reading him your books and snuggling together under the blanket on the sofa watching your favourite programmes like Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam.
You really are at such a lovely age. In the past few weeks you suddenly look older. You did have a hair cut recently but you're also getting so tall too. Your talking has got really really good and Mummy and Daddy love hearing you copy new words just like a parrot. We love hearing you count to ten and the way you say the number six. We also love hearing all the songs you have learnt at nursery, like "Once I Caught a Fish Alive". You have a real sense of humour and come out with the funniest phrases and words, and we love how you always finish that song with saying "Thank you, thank you, thank yoooouuuu!!"
One of our favourite things to do together when Daddy is at work is go on mini trips to the supermarket. You love to sit in the main part of the trolley and collect things off the shelves for me, or if we go to the co-op you prefer to have a little wheelie basket of your own. Just the other day we went to a co-op and so many people in the shop stopped to smile and chat to you. They were smiling at how sweet and grown up you looked walking around like a little grown up with your basket. I just felt my heart swell with pride. I couldn't have been more proud of you, my sweet little pumpkin, being so sensible, grown up and polite. You also love helping Mummy at the self-scan checkouts, scanning each item and placing it in the bags and pressing the buttons. It sounds so silly, you really do seem to thrive on and enjoy these ordinary little grown up jobs we do in the week together.
One of your favourite things at the moment is reading books. We read about 4 each nap time and then 4 before bed, either with Mummy or Daddy. Sometimes it can take a long time and we all feel a bit tired, but I love how much you enjoy your reading. Your favourites are The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Puss in Boots (but you insist we skip the page with the scary Ogre as you don't like him), Creaky Castle, The Doll's House and anything with Thomas or Peppa Pig. You are really good at the stories now and enjoy joining in with lots of the words. We love how you say "Chinny chin chin" and "I'll blow your house down!" in The Three Little Pigs. I hope one day you might want to read your favourite stories to baby brother.
You have become quite the inquisitive little monkey lately, and you love asking questions like "Where's Daddy gone?" "What's that noise?" "Who's that?". You're also unbelievably polite, always saying please, thank you and sorry. Never stop being polite LO as it will always stand you in good stead throghout your life.
So as we enter our last month of being a little family of 3, I feel so excited for you to finally meet your baby brother. Your brother who we talk about every day, who you rest your head on when you're feeling a bit sleepy on the sofa and who you say hello to through Mummy's big belly every day. And while you may not be a baby anymore, you will always be my baby, my first baby, the one who has taught me more than I ever knew before I had you. You're the one who made me a mama, the proudest mama I could ever be. I look at you and I feel tears pricking at the backs of my eyes, you're such a cross between me and your Daddy, even with the way you talk. We couldn't be prouder that we get to call you our little boy. You're so gentle and kind with such a huge heart full of love, and we know you are going to be an amazing big brother.
I love you more than you'll ever know