I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago when the weather turned cold again, and after we had spent most of the day in-doors because it had been raining. But then it stopped, and we took the opportunity to get out of the house and get some fresh air and release a bit of energy (well, the kiddies, not me – I didn't need to release energy; I could have happily just sat down with a hot cuppa, hehe!).
They usually do their own thing at the playground, Becky going off on the more advanced things, and Alex usually honing in on the slide and the swing. But this time Becky insisted on staying with Alex, and they first played ball together and then they were chasing each other up and down the slide before Becky asked me to place Alex on her lap and slide down with him. Alex loved it and was giggling all the way, and I love how cute and happy they look in these images.
Becky has been giving Alex a lot of attention over the past month, trying to teach him words and drawing pictures with him, which is really sweet. The other day we had a couple of Becky’s friends over and they obviously wanted to play on their own in Becky’s room, but Alex was desperate to join them. He just wanted to be part of their little group; maybe just because he figured that this was quite exciting, or because he wanted to be like the “big” kids, but you could tell that he just didn't want to miss out just because he is the baby brother.
In the end Becky let him come up, too, and luckily the other girls, one in particular, became quite besotted with him, and they ended up all playing with Alex and making him laugh, with Becky being the proud sister and showing off that Alex was “my baby brother”.
They are such a little unit, it makes me so happy. I don’t know whether this mutual love is here to stay or whether they will have their moments of ups and downs and sibling rivalry and quarrels, which I’m half expecting, but for the time being, for now, I’m embracing the harmony and enjoying every single minute.