September has been a big month for these siblings of mine... and there is another big month to come in October too. After a whole summer of living (and loving being) in each others' pockets the entire time; it's been back to school time. And back to school has meant big new starts for the two of them and more time apart.
I thought all the upheaval of new routines, preschool for her, primary school for him, and suddenly being separated more would be hard on them. But in a style which seems to be pretty typical with these two; they've just got on with it and there have actually been some beautiful moments where they have actually supported each other through these big changes. On the one moment when we wondered if our beautiful girl might wobble when we left her at preschool on the first day, it was her big bro that swooped in with a big kiss and cuddle and told her what great time she was going to have that saved the day. And his excitement at his first day of school was so contagious that she was practically bouncing up and down as she screamed to "have a good fun times" as he strolled into school for the first time.
So, their photo together for this month had to represent the big milestones this month has seen; with them both proudly showing off their uniforms. But what I hadn't counted on was the effect that these photos would have on me. When I uploaded them on to the computer to look through them; they made me cry... and not just a little bit. Because I looked at these photos and I realised something; I have children. Children. Not babies. Not toddlers. But children. And I have children who are really truly friends. Proper friends. The kind of friends I could have only dreamed they'd be.
And I hope with all my heart that the friendship they have is going to support the two of them through the changes that will happen over the next couple of months. I have no doubt adding a third wheel to this little twosome is going to have its challenging moments... and it's breathtakingly beautiful ones. I just hope that they continue to turn to one another the way they have during the changes of the past few weeks and that it makes the transition easier for the two of them.
Taking Siblings photos is at a really bittersweet point for me at the moment. I feel like I'm facing the end of an era, as life as a family of four is very much on borrowed time and we look ahead to a little change in line up soon. I'll be sad to see their team of two change... but I'm excited too. And it makes me so glad that I have so many photos of them together, so glad that I have been recording their relationship. Because in the not too distant future they won't really remember what it was like when they were just a two.
I have no doubts that these two will always be a tight little unit, they are so close and I really can't see anything changing that. But at the same time they are about to get a new sibling to bond with, and to share something different with. Our beautiful boy gets to be the big brother all over again, and I cannot wait to see him with his baby sister, who I just know he's going to be so gentle and careful with. And our beautiful girl is going to be promoted to big sister; a role that I know she's going to be amazing at, plus she gets to experience life with a sister, as well as a brother.
It's just crazy to think that next month's Siblings will be the last with just two... this month's could well be the last depending on when Flump decides to make her entrance. Life as we know it is about to change a lot...!
This month I am sending you to visit my cohost Katie over at Mummy Daddy Me. Katie and gorgeous girls really should need no introduction from me; do pop by and check out her photos this month and see that her lovely ladies have been up to.