Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles that come along with it, but not individually on how they are doing. I used to do updates every few months on how each were doing but I’ve decided to do it slightly different with how I go about the blog post. Monthly posts I feel will work better, and it’s a prompt for me to take more photos. Which is what I am lacking lately!
August has been quite a lovely month. I have to admit, parenting has been hard throughout the summer holidays because we have had a lot more disagreements and arguments. Both G and H have lived in each others pockets and normally when they are at school they don’t interact together. Non the less, its been a lovely month of sibling bonds and rivalry.
With the summer holidays in full swing we have managed to get out and about and enjoy the last remnants of the summer sun. I am astounded at how much G has grown. Not in the sense of how tall she has got, because she has had a huge growth spurt and its only when she is with friends that I really notice. But G has turned into a young girl simply over night. She woke one morning and it seemed she was not that little girl anymore. There is something different about her that I just cannot explain. She seems older than her years and the conversations we have are now grown up versions of what we were having.
Talking of growing up far too quickly, H is turning into a grown up little boy. He left school in July still quite shy and contended. But over the last few weeks, he has grown in confidence, so much so I look at him and think where has my baby gone? He is such a funny little boy. He makes us laugh daily and like his sister has such a lovely sense of humour. His speech has come on leaps and bounds and I find myself wondering when was the stage I could have a proper conversation with him. It happened really quickly and the transition of short conversations to full on stories seemed seamless. I feel like I have lost a good few years with H. Its just gone too quickly.
Since getting the dog, G has grown so much in confidence. She adores Fleur. I say it all the time on social media at how well she has adapted to having a puppy in the family. Bearing in mind, six months ago she would not even be able to stand next to a dog, let alone stroke one when we were out and about. Now on doggy walks she will interact freely with other dogs and she says on so many occasions that Fleur is her best friend. As much as H loves Fleur, we still have moments where we have to put the dog in her place. She seems to have found a weakness in H and he is the one she chooses to terrorise! But he is getting a lot better with her.
Over the weeks of August, we have made sure we have met with friends, spent time with the family and enjoyed long days out. We have really bonded well as a four and the dog has somehow bought us all closer together. We make an effort to go out all together and its something I have really been loving.
I have mentioned over so many of these monthly posts about sleep and bedtime. We are still at a loss on what to do. We have tried later nights which started to work well. Being off school is hard to keep up any kind of routine. I am struggling to get them back into one before the new school year starts. H would be fine going to bed but G wants to stay up. We have no problem with that, but H won’t go to bed on his own. We are in a huge pickle about bedtime of late. Hopefully next month we will have cracked it.
August has been so lovely. I have enjoyed the slower paced mornings. Its been wonderful spending so much time with G and H. I have loved watching their relationship grow. Its growing into a really lovely bond. I won’t lie, they have their moments, but its been such a joy to watch them this month.