The front door opens with a creek, I step a foot inside the hall, my head still spinning with the work I just left behind and then I hear it. I hear faint voices, muted laughter and an echo, which teamed with the open stair gate in front of me beckons me up the stairs, my tired legs and little feet can barely make it up the 13 soft carpet covered steps before those little voices turn into excited shouts “Mum, Mum, Mum, Mama, Mama, Mama”. I made it to bath time.
I kiss them, squeeze them and sit by the bath, I stare intently at the two of them wet from head to toe, perfect in every way in all their bare bummed glory, I can see every mark, freckle, birthmark, scratch and bruise that tells it’s own unique story, and the pressure, the stressful day and the held back tears in danger of bursting out at any moment just melt away. I feel calm, at home, happy. And the most amazing part – they don’t even notice.
They continue with their bath antics together that makes me wonder how there was ever not two of them. They kiss, splash, pour water over one another and try to stop the littlest lady from drinking too much bath water whilst E falls about laughing and R does it again because – well because her sister thinks it is funny and that is good enough for her.
This simple moment totally sums up their relationship right now, just happy to be together. I still can’t believe I am this lucky, that this is the future and that we did it, we got there and they have each other. I have really noticed that they are becoming a team, not just sisters, not just beside one another but a real team, they look out for each other and of course they disagree and argue like only siblings can.
I have so many pictures of my Little Ladies together again this month, I am sure it will get harder and I will be so appreciative of this incentive to make the effort each month just like I am for the Me and Mine photo’s which I most definitely would not have if it wasn’t for this blog but these, well at the moment they pretty much do everything together, they love to be in each others pockets – and each others photo’s!
At the weekend we had a family day for the Mr’s birthday, it was a lovely relaxed day, we went to a big park to enjoy the sunshine and of course I took my camera along for the ride! There is a big paddling pool, they were so excited to get in and we were very lucky to be the only ones there . They discarded their matching yellow jelly shoes, stood on the side and E dipped her toes in, tentatively at first, stepping in and jumping out again as her long legs adapted to the cold water, tip toeing and gaining the confidence to get closer to the middle – R of course waded straight in no worry of soaking her clothes and nappy as she followed her sisters every move. So different yet just the same. They had the most amazing time.
After a quick change we went for a snack and a sit down before heading home, I had a coffee and watched them happily run around, as I look at them, at these photo’s I still see the same child, I see that they look so similar to me it is almost scary, so much of them mirrored in the other from their button nose and big grin to the vacant stare and look of concentration they seem to have both mastered. To watch them together makes me feel like I could cry happy proud tears at any moment, that my heart physically aches with the love that I feel for both of them as individuals and together, for the pride that they are mine, that I get to be a part of this relationship every single day.
And just like that another month has passed, another month of the ever evolving sibling bond, I for one can’t wait for the next one.
And of course the outtakes, because sometimes they capture the moment, the personality, the stroppiness, the fun, and they almost never fail to make me smile from ear to ear.