I I type this, I am already about 3 days late posting it. Life has been a little more than hectic around here, with being in the middle of selling the house, going away for a lovely week to Rhodes and the house being in a bit of a state. And now, Little L and I have both been poorly with a tummy bug, so my energy levels are waning somewhat. I just don't seem to be able to find the time to sit and blog or to take photos at the moment, but I'm hoping that once we have moved house and settled down, I will find some renewed energy and inspiration.
Anyway, I digress. This month of course we have been on a wonderful holiday to Rhodes with Mark Warner (we got back late last Wednesday and I am still ploughing through all the holiday laundry!). Going away with a 3 year old and a young baby definitely isn't easy but we love the challenge and I think it did them both the world of good to have that change of scene. I really feel it cemented their bond, and Little L in particular seemed to grow up so much over the course of the week. Being on holiday and getting to spend quality time with his daddy for a whole week has definitely helped with him being less attached to me all the time, and it honestly feels like he knows his daddy so much better than before. Babies are very adaptable and he just seemed to thrive being in a different setting. It was nice that they were able to spend time in the pool together, splashing away, and spending quality time together at breakfast and lunch where they both had our undivided attention.
While we were away, LO really developed a soft spot for his little brother and often gave him kisses and cuddles or he would tickle his chin and say "look at that cheeky face" (something he copied from one of the waitresses who took a particular shine to them both). In fact both of them loved all the attention they got at meals from hotel staff, and it was always sweet when someone came over to say how alike they were or what lovely boys they were.
Now we are in September, we are starting a bit of a new routine with nursery just until we move house. Since 10 months old, LO has always gone on a Tuesday and Thursday and he continues to do those days now, except his 15 free hours means he does 9am till 4:30. We felt that with everything going on house wise, the time was right to start Little L at the same nursery, going one day a week on a Thursday. At 8 and a half months to does feel quite young to me, but I think he's going to thrive on being around more children his age while helping him to learn to become less dependent on me. I am trying to wind down the breastfeeding now and start him on a bottle once a day.
I took Little L for an hour's settling in session at nursery last week and explained that if ever he gets upset or distressed, the best idea is to get his brother in to dance or jump about and it will cheer him up. This happened on holiday a lot, with LO doing a silly little dance and Little L bursting in to fits of giggles. It was lovely to watch. They got LO into the baby room while I was there and immediately Little L's face lit up just knowing his brother was there too. It certainly gives me some reassurance knowing that when I can't be around, LO will be there to soothe him.
Ironically, although their bond is growing stronger and stronger each week, I have found it incredibly hard to capture that bond in photos. Over the holiday LO became very reluctant to having his photo taken, preferring to be in control of the camera himself. I did get a few of them together when we were away but I'll probably keep those for my upcoming posts on our holiday. I took these ones in one of our very favourite spots- a country lane by our house. We went down for a walk with my sister to see the horses, the sun was just setting and they sat together watching the planes in the sky and the houses munching on grass by the gate. They'd also been wearing these matching tops which Little L has almost grown out of, and they look so alike I think.
My two boys. Brothers and best of friends.