2 years and 4 months old. My babies are hurtling through their third year on earth at such a speed — I still call them ‘babies’ but they’re really not any more.
Growing, changing, learning. Every day there’s something different about them.
My tiny boys. Our little man cubs.
Learning to be grown ups. Everything we teach them now will potentially mould and shape the way they behave in the future. No pressure there then ;)
I remember my friend once saying to me:
‘Having a baby is like starting a book.’
Clean, new sheets of paper, waiting to be filled.
As parents, we start writing the first few chapters and then slowly, but surely, our children take over from where we left off. Writing their own chapters, their own stories.
But those first few pages — that we begin at the very start of that new life — will be indelibly marked forever. You can’t go back. And if you make a mistake you can’t erase it. You can learn from it — and change the way the story is going — but it can ever be undone.
Particularly as her daughter was just 3 days old when we had that conversation.
But anyway. Back to the present day.
When I take these update photos, on the same day of every month, I can see such changes to these beautiful faces. Minor alterations to their jawlines, their browbones. Babyish features being replaced with boyish looks; reflections of the men that they will one day be. Chubby bodies now taller, leaner, longer, stronger.
Then something happens and — quick as a flash — there are my babies again!
This month we’ve been joined by their very favourite friends. These creatures have had many a mention on my blog but we don’t have many photographs of them. So I though this month, we’d invite Bunny, Doglee and Billa (plus one of the monkeys) to join in with our Siblings photos.
These furry friends were carefully selected by my babies when they were really very small. There was no forcing the issue — no giving them a cuddly companion to ‘make do’ with.
I don’t know what the selection process was, but it was very thorough and couldn’t be influenced by us.
So here they are.
My two boys. With their best friends in the whole, wide world.
Shades of the teenagers they’ll become in the first photo — but forever my babies.