Chalk and Cheese

Chalk and Cheese

Our two youngest are very close in age, at only 16 months apart they have very similar facial features but they could not be more different personality wise.  I love seeing their differences as it reminds me how unique we all are.  They have been parented the exact same way, but their outlook on the world is very different.

Judah was your normal baby/toddler until he became about 18 months old.  It has become increasingly more apparent as time goes on that this child is extremely self aware.  He is cautious, maintains a keen observation of danger and likes to be in charge of what is happening to him.  As a baby we could push him on the swings and he would love it, send him down the slides at the park and he’d gleefully giggle, but at about 18 months old he decided that this was no longer a place of fun, but a source of potential danger at every turn haha.

He loves going to the park still, but he will wander around the outskirts, enjoying walking up and down steps and exploring the grassy areas, playing in sand pits, but he won’t go on a swing, or go down a slide.  He will walk to the top of the slide and then, walk back down again.  We don’t push him, we don’t call him a wimp.  We try and encourage him, the usual ‘yay Judah, are you coming down? Mummy will catch you.’ when he’s stood at the top of a slide but usually he replies no and toddles back down from whence he came.

Eden could not be more different.  She will clamber on everything.  Too tall for her, not a problem, she will maneuver a way to make it work, even if she hangs and lifts her body up.  She is surprisingly strong for one so small.  If she sees a giant slide, that is big for a child of Isis age (9) she will still walk her way to the top and slide down it.  She doesn’t need any encouragement, any help (of course we will be following closely ready to catch at any point that she may stumble) she will go down sat on her bottom, head first on her front, led down feet first.  She is our little adventurer and nothing will stop her.  She will go in the swing and chuckle loudly as Daddy pushes her so high that I’m telling him to stop.  She’s so fearless it wouldn’t surprise me if she tried to climb out whilst it’s swinging so I like to make sure she’s at a safe distance where we could catch her if she does do this.  (I’m not being extreme here, this is 100% likely with Eden).

I love watching their differences and on Bank Holiday Monday when we met up with friends I took lots of photos of them playing on the park.  Judah won’t get in the swing but he’ll push Eden when she’s on the swing.  These pictures make my heart melt.  I love you our beautiful babies.  Don’t ever feel pressured to be anything other than who you are… who you are is just perfect xxx

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And it was all Yellow

And it was all Yellow

It’s that time of year when all my favourite blogs are full of beautiful fields full of yellow rapeseed.  I love these yellow pictures, they’re so beautiful and they make me feel happy.  It’s like carrying a piece of sunshine around with me.  I just look at them and I feel pure joy.  We keep passing one particular rapeseed field on our travels and I have been waiting for a time where I have all of the children with me, but on Bank Holiday Monday, when we were going to meet friends for a pub lunch and then to hang out at the park afterwards, Judah announced he needed the toilet.  So, I pulled over next to.. you’ve guessed it… the rapeseed field.  I couldn’t not spend 5 minutes trying to capture my little people looking cute.
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As I’m writing this it has started pouring it down outside…. typical British half-term holiday weather, and the girls will be arriving within the hour.  I’m sad that the girls aren’t in these photos but it’s also lovely to just capture my mini toddlers together.  Their relationship is just beautiful.  The way Judah looks after his little sister is amazing, and she becomes so much more brave when he’s around.  They decided to play hide and seek.  James and I had to keep up as they’re so small and the field was so vast, we would definitely lose them if we didn’t stay close.

I’m sure I’ll be going back within the next couple of weeks, if I can find a day where I have all the children, the car and some sunshine – a tough request but one I should be able to manage – stay tuned…

For now here are some photos from our quick 5 minute photography session as the babies played.  The husband even encouraged me to have my picture taken (that doesn’t happen often) but I’m glad as he did a great job.

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What we are wearing for those who are interested –

Judah :

Grey textured blazer with buttons : Zara Kids baby boy 

Pineapple and text t-shirt : Zara Kids baby boy 

Little Animal printed scarf : Zara Kids Accessories

Drawstring Waist Trousers : Zara Kids baby boy

Eden:

Lemon yellow cardigan from Nana : Nutmeg at Morrisons

Lemons make lemonade pink racer back top : Kate & James Shop

Green floral skirt with pockets : Next (last season)

Myself:

Maxi dress : Joe Browns

Black cardigan : Yours

Sunglasses : Prada

Eden’s First Hike

Eden’s First Hike

There are some first milestones that just pass us by as parents and others that stand out to us.  I decided that Eden’s first time walking outside without her buggy would be a moment we would capture.  At the start of last week the weather was a bit gloomy and we were waiting for some sunshine as we were desperate to go outside.  Wednesday afternoon was just beautiful and I realised we’d left the buggy in the back of the car which Daddy had taken to work.  So, not to be deterred I asked Judah if Eden could borrow his monkey backpack (which he doesn’t really use anymore), after much deliberation he decided she was allowed to use it.  He didn’t have much of a choice really, but I couldn’t be doing with the potential tantrums.

After being freshly inspired about keeping memories by watching ‘Let’s talk Mommy’s’ interview with Lucy at ‘Dear Beautiful’ about creating videos (you can view by clicking here) I decided as I often do to grab the camera, this time with the intention of capturing some video footage as well as photographs.

She does so well with her little legs, it’s hard to tell how small she is seeing her next to Judah and Martina who are also very small.  If you imagine that Judah is about to turn 3 but still wearing 18-24 month old clothes, and Martina is not much taller than Isis who’s 9, you may start to get an idea of just how petite our Thumbelina really is as she walks alongside next to them.

I’m definitely learning as I go, I was in pain with my hips as I was walking so most of the time they were way ahead of me, which is saying something, with how long it takes Eden to get anywhere on her little legs.  If I could move the way I used to be able to, I would’ve captured a lot more close ups and got down more to their level.  Maybe even remembered that whilst I was busy taking photographs of them in the beautiful bluebells I could have caught some footage of their happy faces.  I forget when I see a beautiful shot that what is beautiful on photo, can sometimes come even more alive on film.  It may have only ended up as a 2 second clip on our video but I would’ve captured the way they interact with each other even more.

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It was really special to me to by DeleteAd” href=”#13002762″> share this moment with Martina our lovely aupair as on days like this when really I physically could barely move (I’m not exaggerating) with her help I’m able to get the children out to enjoy the sunshine.  I don’t feel sad that it’s her that’s in the videos holding my child for these first moments, I feel grateful.  Grateful that we were able to find such a wonderful aupair (you hear such horror stories), grateful that despite not having much disposable income we were able to afford some help.  Grateful that my babies are able to do things they wouldn’t otherwise be facilitated to because I have someone else helping spur me on when we can see that they’re feeling the cabin fever.

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{I’m going to be starting a series on the blog ‘Our Beautiful Aupair’ and over on our YouTube channel about Martina as I am asked so many times about what an aupair is, does, and how did we find her?  If you have any questions please comment below as I will try and answer them all in my first post.}

It was a really lovely afternoon.  When we finished walking around the little trail they played in the field at the bottom of our road for ages.  Judah LOVED just running around and it made me desperately crave a garden.  Again, I realised how blessed we are to have this little field just 400 meters away from our doorstep so they can run around and have fun.  It’s near to a really busy junction but is completely enclosed, so it’s quite surreal seeing them play as though they’re in the countryside.

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Judah and Martina stayed playing in the field whilst I took Eden home and prepared dinner for James’ arrival home from work.  Eden was so tired out after her hike I carried her the last part home, not recommended when you can barely walk yourself, seriously 50 meters feels like a marathon.  Eden fell asleep in my arms and then napped on the sofa (very helpful whilst I’m cooking).  It was perfect timing.  Martina and Judah came back at 5:45, James walked through the door 2 minutes later and then we all ate together.  The babies went to sleep so happy and content.  Then and there I made a mental note, that although I could now barely move, we would do this as often as we can on the sunny days.
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Here is our little video of Eden’s First Walk

Well done Eden we love you very much.

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