This month has seen the biggest change in my little duo’s siblings journey since Sophie first arrived. Jessica started big school at the beginning of last week and has been on full days from the word go, which means this is the first time she and Sophie have been separated for large chunks of each day. It’s felt very strange not having both my little girls around during the day and Sophie has definitely been missing her big sister. She’s not quite known what to do with herself during the day and has been needing a lot of extra mummy cuddles.
What is lovely though is when we get to school pick-up time – the joy on both my girls’ faces at being reunited again, the way Sophie runs to the classroom door shouting “Jekka, Jekka! Ah, I luz you Jekka!” and giving her sister the biggest cuddle as soon as Jessica appears is one of the best moments of my day. These little girls of mine have so much love for each other and it is so beautiful to watch.
At night now, they both want to cuddle up together and sleep in the same bed. It’s like they’re trying to make up for that lost time in the day by trying to make sure they stay together at night. It doesn’t always make for an easy bedtime – Sophie tends to fidget a lot and Jessica sometimes gets a bit grumpy because she’s trying to sleep but any suggestion that they sleep in their own beds (which are right next to each other anyway!) is firmly refused!
Jessica (5 years 0 months)
- Seems to have grown up a lot over the summer and has suddenly become a lot more confident.
- Celebrated her fifth birthday the day after starting school and was very excited to have a birthday at school. Her teacher made me laugh when she told me how Jessica curtseyed after everyone sang Happy Birthday to her.
- Had a check-up with the paediatrician and is now gaining weight which is a big relief.
- Got awarded WOW of the week in her first week of school for trying very hard with everything – very proud mummy moment.
- Is enjoying being back at Girls’ Brigade although found it very tiring after having a long week at school.
Sophie (2 years 10 months)
- Has decided that she no longer wants to sit in her booster seat and now sits in a proper chair “like a big girl.”
- Has become very reluctant to hold Mummy’s hand when out for a walk (sob!) although will often be happy to hold Jessica’s instead.
- Loves to be “Baby Sophie” after her bath and have Mummy carry her like a baby into the bedroom.
- Can sleep in the strangest of positions – we had some very funny ones on the train while travelling from Land’s End to John O’Groats
- Can be a bit of a pickle for putting toys in her mouth and swallowed a button the other week without us realising – the first we knew of it was when it appeared in her nappy. I was quite shaken up by it thinking of what could have happened but thankfully she seemed none the worse for it. Have been keeping a much closer eye on what she tries to eat and hoping that we can break the habit of her putting toys in her mouth soon.