Siblings {March}

Jess McGlynnMarch 14, 2015

My two little siblings have spent more time with each other this month than they might have been expecting thanks to the arrival of chicken pox.  I’m not sure Eli was so keen on having Meg at home during his two days of one on one time with me.  He kept throwing little sideways glances at her as though he wasn’t sure she was really there!  It also majorly confused his understanding of what day of the week it was: clearly he is a little boy who loves his routine.

As they seem to do a lot at the moment, they made the most of the opportunity to get up to no good.  Often when people look after them for us, or they are taking part in a group at Church, we are told how well behaved they are, how pleasant and mild-mannered; it certainly isn’t the case at home!

They never sit still if they don’t have to, seemingly don’t know how to communicate with each other unless it is at top volume, and most of all, love nothing more than wrestling and play-fighting until one of them ‘gives in’.  Sometimes this doesn’t go so well and ends up in a full-blown scrap until James or myself wades in and separates them.  Luckily this doesn’t happen too often.

This month I really wanted to try and get a nice posed picture of the two of them.  Really I should have known better.  I think we managed one shot before they had dissolved into fits of giggles and Eli decided to clamber onto Meg, which she found hilarious.

I was talking to a Mum in the playground a few weeks ago, and she was commenting on how well Meg and Eli play together.  Certainly they have their moments but I think that as they get older we see more of the way their friendship and relationship is developing.  They can play together and enjoy each other’s company more now that Eli is able to get involved and hold his own in the whirlwind that is playing with Meg.

I can still recall the look of horror on Meg’s face when Eli started to crawl and she realised that her new baby brother could now get at all her toys, how she used to nudge him over when he started walking so that he couldn’t chase after her, put things out of his reach and so on.  

How wonderful it felt when they finally started to play together; listening to them create little imaginary worlds and their shouts and squeals of delight.  My favourite thing is when Eli makes Meg laugh.  She has the most amazing laugh when she’s really going for it and Eli seems to be the one who brings that out the most.  Sometimes all James and I can do is look on as they dissolve into fits of laughter at one another.

It’s amazing to witness and I love it.  It totally makes the harder days worth it.

dear beautiful


  • Cariemay

    March 15, 2015 at 13:24

    Oh I love these pictures Jess, they're just so sweet together. I've always thought that if people tell me that my children are well behaved when they're not with me then that proves that they can do it, they're just feeling safe enough at home to let their hair down – or at least that's what I really really want to believe!!

  • Rebecca Phillips

    March 15, 2015 at 20:27

    aw they look like they are as thick as thieves 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    March 16, 2015 at 16:40

    Love these photos, this is exactly what happens when I try and take photos of my three 🙂 I've commented similarly in mine about how they way they play is changing as the wee girl gets more involved in the elaborate games that the boys create, it is lovely to watch. And, you're right, seeing them laugh together is one of the best things ever 🙂

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    March 16, 2015 at 18:23

    It is wonderful to watch siblings so close, and yes, makes the harder days worth it. Gorgeous, happy photos x

  • LauraCYMFT

    March 18, 2015 at 21:15

    Aww they look so cute together!

  • mummydaddyme

    March 21, 2015 at 19:38

    Aww that last one of them looking at each other is so cute- they look really close! xx

  • Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    March 29, 2015 at 22:12

    Awww that last shot is just adorable!

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