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My Sisters In April.

on Thursday, 10 April 2014.

At around ten past four each afternoon I walk up the stairs and shout 'Small Bean'.  LL is the first one I collect from her cot, normally she is standing up waiting for me by this point.  She gets upset when she hears me shout her current most used nickname, frustrated I am not getting to her quick enough.  Then we pretend to knock on the door and go and get her big sister from her room.  

Every day without fail Mads rustles around under her covers and pulls out Pongo.  Pongo is a cuddly dalmation, but he isn't just any old spotty dog, he is Mads absolute favourite friend.  The one she needs to sleep, the one she wants when she is sad.  Every afternoon she holds him out and gives him to her little sister, who pulls him in close and giggles.  This simple act of sisterly love never fails to make me choke up a little bit.  The fact that Mads wants to make her sister happy by giving him her most treasured friend.

Both are still blurry eyed from nap time, and normally have damp, bedraggled bed hair from getting sweaty in their slumber.  I carry them, one in each arm (harder than it looks!) down the stairs and plonk them down on the sofa.  I turn on the television and put on a film for us to watch- the current favourites being Frozen, Toy Story 2 or Monsters University.   I leave them there together, still a bit sleepy, and go and get a biscuit from the treat drawer in the kitchen.

Most of the time it's a Rich Tea, but sometimes we are flash and have a pink wafer biscuit which is all of our favourites.  They snuggle together close, neither saying a word, just staring intently at the television while nibbling on their biscuits.  Sometimes I join them, usually with both sat on my lap, Mads playing with my ear and LL cuddling in close.  But most of the time I sit at the other end of the sofa and watch them.

That half an hour or so of quiet time is one of my favourites of the day.  Both are so cuddly after they wake up and they snuggle together closely.  Mads always puts her arm around LL gently, LL still doesn't climb so we often worry she will fall off the sofa.  LL doesn't loosen her grip on Pongo the spotty dog, she holds him tight, occasionally pressing her face into his soft pretend fur and smiling.  Mads often takes him away and gives him straight back to her, enjoying seeing her little smile when she gives him a cuddle.

The best thing about being a mother to two is watching these simple moments.  The way in which my girls effortlessly combine together.  The way in which their sisterly bond is ever present.  The way in which when I study them closely I can see that actually they do look pretty similar.  I relish that half an hour every day before the madness and loudness starts again.  

I couldn't resist taking some photos of them like this, and luckily they were so engrossed in Toy Story 2 that they didn't even notice I had my camera out.  There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing these two little girls develop and watch their love for each other grow stronger and stronger.  Of course they get grumpy and have mini stops with each other, this is happening more and more as they grow older.  I can tell that they are going to wind each other up constantly in the future.  

But as they sit on that sofa after their nap each afternoon, I see two little sisters who are the very best of friends.

And nothing makes me prouder than that.

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at Carie's blog.  Her blog is one of my favourites, and the way she writes often has me feeling really teary even if there is no need to be!  She has two little ladies a similar age to mine and another on the way.   

 

Comments (61)

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations

    Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations

    10 April 2014 at 06:37 |
    Katie, that third picture is adorable... Definitely one for a frame. And I love the little feet shot too! I love that straggly hair, rosy cheeked, droopy eyed wake up look... So precious when they're still all warm and snuggly!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:08 |
      Me too, the sweaty, rosy cheeked, sleepy look is so adorable isn't it? x
  • Twiceamummy

    Twiceamummy

    10 April 2014 at 06:46 |
    Lovely post, gorgeous photos and so true. You can tell how strong their bond is, its lovely :) #siblings x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:07 |
      Thank you :) x
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    10 April 2014 at 06:58 |
    I'm such a sucker for sweaty bed heads. Its so cute.
    And I love how Mads is gripping on to LL, such a protective big sister.
    And I think they look really alike in these photos too; they have the exact same "tv face. x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:05 |
      Bed heads are lovely, I love the post nap cuddles, it's my favourite part of the day. x
  • Mary Keynko

    Mary Keynko

    10 April 2014 at 07:02 |
    Still sleepy babies are just the most adorable and it's always so lovely to seethe big sister being so caring! Love the pictures!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:04 |
      Thanks Mary! x
  • Keri-Anne

    Keri-Anne

    10 April 2014 at 07:57 |
    I am always so mesmerized by their eyes! They are so beautiful Katie x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:04 |
      Thanks Keri-Anne! x
  • Super Busy Mum {Debs}

    Super Busy Mum {Debs}

    10 April 2014 at 08:18 |
    Those photos are just adorable, look how content & engrossed they were. Bless. Rightly so, Toy Story 2 is my favorite of the 3 Toy Story movies!! Beautifully written post too Kate. You have such a gorgeous wee family there. xx
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    10 April 2014 at 08:18 |
    Katie this post is amazing. And the photos wow are really stunning for just grabbing your camera and snapping after their nap they are something else. I love it. It a great location as your living room has to be my fav decor in the world!! lol So sweet that Mads gives up her Dalmatian for her sister. That is sisterly love. We have a similar after naptime routine and I love my two kiddies aren't hte only ones that wake up with sweaty heads. Gorgeous siblings april post. I love reading about your two little ones. Makes me want to be closer to my own sister and be grateful I have one even if she is difficult. hahahaa
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 20:38 |
      Thanks Jenny, it is a really lovely part of our day, I love our little after nap routine. x
  • Kara

    Kara

    10 April 2014 at 08:35 |
    Oh my god this is my favourite Siblings post ever.
    I wish my babies were so close, this is just magical xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 20:14 |
      Ah thank you Kara, that's so lovely of you to say. x
  • Sonia

    Sonia

    10 April 2014 at 08:50 |
    There is nothing better than after sleep photos!! So adorable as always! You have two very beautiful little girls :O)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 20:14 |
      Thanks Sonia! x
  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    10 April 2014 at 10:05 |
    Oh I adore their bed heads. Nothing better than a post nap kiddie xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 20:08 |
      They are always at their most snuggly and cute then aren't they? x
  • Emma

    Emma

    10 April 2014 at 10:06 |
    Oh my goodness, so cute! I love how Mads has got her arm around LL, so adorable :) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 20:08 |
      It's really sweet to watch, they do it every afternoon! x
  • LauraCYMFT

    LauraCYMFT

    10 April 2014 at 10:50 |
    So cute! They look like they are the best of friends. Gorgeous photos. x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:03 |
      Thanks Laura! x
  • brinabird and son

    brinabird and son

    10 April 2014 at 13:14 |
    They are so precious and beautiful together.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:03 |
      Thank you :) x
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    10 April 2014 at 14:23 |
    Little toes little toes! I love how natural these are - and I totally relate, sometimes it's the sitting back and just observing them that's the best moments x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 20:49 |
      Little toes are the best aren't they!?
  • Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    10 April 2014 at 14:55 |
    Oh look at the way Mads has her little hands around LL, so adorable. These photo's are so beautiful
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 20:49 |
      Thank you, she is really lovely to her little sister. x
  • Morgana

    Morgana

    10 April 2014 at 15:50 |
    So lovely Katie! I miss those post nap snuggles with my girls and the sweaty bed head hair that they get! Too cute xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 20:48 |
      They are really lovely, I am trying to put my phone away a bit more and treasure them! x
  • Life at the Little Wood

    Life at the Little Wood

    10 April 2014 at 16:21 |
    Such little stunners you have Katie! Honestly, the most beautiful little girls. Mads really reminds me of my Eva when she was smaller. Bless them, cuddling in together :) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:32 |
      Ah thank you! :)
  • Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    10 April 2014 at 20:48 |
    Just beyond cute. I never wanted to have girls but I could almost change my mind for these two. I love how quietly content they book look - no wonder you just want to sit back and watch them.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:32 |
      hehe you should see them when they are being stroppy, then you wouldn't change your mind. ;0)
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    10 April 2014 at 21:59 |
    Mads is so kind-hearted, it amazes me that she shares something so precious and special to her with her sister. That's wonderful.
    Your photos are beautiful, as are the girls xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:31 |
      Thanks Lauren, she is so so lovely to her, it makes me so proud. x
  • Debbie

    Debbie

    10 April 2014 at 23:54 |
    Such precious moments. So telling of the bond which exists. Absolutely gorgeous.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:31 |
      Thank you Debbie. x
  • Mummy of Two

    Mummy of Two

    11 April 2014 at 10:38 |
    How lovely. It is great watching them together doing the normal everyday things isn't it.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:31 |
      Yes it definitely is! x
  • Carie

    Carie

    11 April 2014 at 10:42 |
    Oh those are such beautiful pictures of your girls, and such a precious afternoon ritual too - I love the picture of Mads' arm around LL, it's just so gentle and so sisterly - perfect!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:30 |
      It's definitely one of my favourite parts of the day, they are so sweet together. x
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    11 April 2014 at 17:20 |
    This is just amazing, loved reading and the photos are just adorable! The one where Mads has her arm gripping LL makes me want to cry! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:29 |
      Thanks Jess x
  • Emma

    Emma

    11 April 2014 at 18:22 |
    Awww Katie, they are adorable :-)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:29 |
      Thanks Emma! x
  • katie

    katie

    11 April 2014 at 18:25 |
    Your girls are just so cute together Katie! Envious here of it all, the lovely cuddles, sharing, sitting and naps! None of which exist at ours ;) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:29 |
      Thanks Katie, and I am sure I will deal with non stop arguments in their teenage years. Karma eh!? x
  • Making Memories In the Chaos

    Making Memories In the Chaos

    11 April 2014 at 20:30 |
    Oh me, oh my! How cute. It is lovely to be reminded how precious these moments are and how I should take a moment to really appreciate them for what they are. Thank you for that reminder x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:27 |
      Ah no problem at all. :) x
  • Katie @ My Homemade Happiness

    Katie @ My Homemade Happiness

    11 April 2014 at 21:05 |
    Eeeekk I am behind with my siblings post his month! but enjoying reading everyone else's. Your girls are just lovely and you can see their closeness through your posts. My older daughter is so affectionate to her baby sister, I can't wait till she can give some back to her XXX
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:23 |
      Thanks Katie x
  • Kelle

    Kelle

    12 April 2014 at 15:44 |
    Always love the photos you capture of your gorgeous girls, these are really beautiful and you can see the love between them. LL has the most amazing eyelashes too!!! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:22 |
      Thanks lovely! x
  • Carin

    Carin

    12 April 2014 at 15:50 |
    Aww, such a lovely thing to capture. We're well beyond the nap stage now and both of mine are full of beans all the time, but this brings back some lovely memories :)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:22 |
      Thanks carin! x
  • Sam

    Sam

    12 April 2014 at 20:04 |
    Every single picture is an absolute treasure Katie. I especially love little feet in tights! I never had that whole two napping at the same time thing as there is a three year gap between mine - I guess that is one of the up sides of having two close together - that little child free gathering of thoughts - a lunch hour if you will! Having said that my eldest often takes himself off for some quiet time after our morning's activities so its not so different. #Siblings
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:12 |
      Ah thank you so much Sam! x
  • rebecca@hopesheritage

    rebecca@hopesheritage

    14 April 2014 at 17:03 |
    ok it may be my just had a baby hormones or simply the fact that you wrote this post so beautifully and that is is starting to resonate with me as i watch my own girls but i am now all teary eyed!!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 April 2014 at 21:12 |
      Sorry to make you teary Rebecca! x

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