122 weeks | 2 years and 4 months old | Siblings {July}

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.

Strong stuff.

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.

Nope.

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.

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2 years and 4 months old | Siblings {July}

2 years and 4 months old

2 years and 4 months old | Siblings {July}

2 years and 4 months old

2 years and 4 months old | Siblings {July}

2 years and 4 months old

2 years and 4 months old | Siblings {July}

2 years and 4 months old

2 years and 4 months old | Siblings {July}

2 years and 4 months old

2 years and 4 months old | Siblings {July}

 

 

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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20 Comments

  1. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    15th July 2015 / 10:43 am

    Beautiful photos of your boys with their cuddlies – I love the comment about having a baby is like starting a book – it is so true and so wonderful to see their stories being written (and a little scary too to know that what is written can’t be changed!) These little ones do grow up too quickly at times though but they will always be our babies deep down. I love that final photo of your boys cuddling each other – what a beautiful moment to capture :-) #siblings

    • 15th July 2015 / 12:17 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Louise. They do grow SO quickly don’t they? I’m trying *desperately trying* to hold on to each moment and make time slow down just a little bit but it’s racing away. My littles are looking SO grown up!!! xx

  2. 15th July 2015 / 12:49 pm

    You’ve captured beautiful that time when they’re making the transition from babies to toddlers. My twins are seven but still treasure some of their favourite cuddlies from when they were little.

    • 15th July 2015 / 1:16 pm

      Aaah I love the thought that these furry creatures will still be held in high regard for a few year yet! They are SO loved at the mo, by the boys. Heaven forbid if they ever went missing!!

  3. 15th July 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Such sweet photos – and I still call mine babies now – and they are 6 and 7!!!

    • 15th July 2015 / 7:08 pm

      Aah thanks Annie — yep — I think they will always be my babies; even when they’re grown up with their own children!

  4. 15th July 2015 / 6:25 pm

    What a beautiful way of looking at it ! Pages of a book- love it! These are gorgeous photos Caro, such beauts!!! #Siblings

    • 15th July 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Aaah thanks so much lovely. I can’t quite believe how grown up they look in that first pic! X

  5. 15th July 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Oh Caro…I know I say it all the time but they are just so adorable. I keep showing the photos to James with a big ‘eeek they’re so cute!’ Isn’t it funny how sometimes you can look at them and almost see the teenager or man they will be, I think that all the time. Such a true thing your friend told you, we all make mistakes along the way but we learn and hopefully make better choices next time. It’s amazing how much being a parent teaches you xx

    • 15th July 2015 / 10:42 pm

      I think that ALL the time Hayley!! I look into their faces and see glimpses of men — it’s so weird!!! I wonder if they will look like I’m expecting them to?! Sometimes adults look exactly like they did as a child and other times you can’t see any resemblance!! I can’t tell you how much I love them — my three boys are my whole world. I love them more than words can say xx

  6. 16th July 2015 / 9:12 am

    Look at those big eyes and beautiful mops of hair! With those cheeky grins, I am sure they keep you on your toes and provide plenty of opportunity to laugh and smile with and at them.
    There is no way to stop time passing so our only option is to soak up as much of our children’s presence as we can at each stage. As for catching a glimpse of how they will look later in life, I am torn between looking forward to the young men my boys will (too soon) become and wishing for time to slow down.
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    • 16th July 2015 / 2:43 pm

      Aaah thanks Fi — someone told me recently that they could do with a haircut!! I was horrified!! Those lovely tousled bed-heads make my heart swell — I love them!!!

      And yep, I’m so totally the same! One eye looking forward, while the other is desperately keeping an eye on the babies they were just a few months ago, and clawing at the time, to slow it down. Which, of course, it wont!!

  7. 16th July 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Oh how cute to have pictures of them with their bunnies – that’s just so sweet and they’re the kind of pictures you’ll look back on in years to come and be glad you have them!

    • 16th July 2015 / 10:19 pm

      You’re so right Carie — in fact, I really fee like we should have a family portrait of just the cuddlies, to be honest! They’re SUCH a massive part of the boys’ lives!!

  8. 17th July 2015 / 7:42 am

    These are really beautiful words Caro and ones that I can really relate to. Each day brings a fresh start in their little lives. Your boys are just too cute!! I just want to squeeze them. You really have one of each don’t you? I mean one looks like you and the other like your lovely hubby. Gorgeous photos as always. #siblings

    • 21st July 2015 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks so much Heledd :) That’s so lovely of you xxx

  9. 20th July 2015 / 12:33 am

    Your kids are truly adorable. Sibling love is like no other relationship I’ve ever seen. It truly amazes me.

    • 21st July 2015 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks so much Crystal — that’s absolutely lovely of you :) xx

    • 22nd July 2015 / 9:32 am

      Thanks so much lovely — it makes my heart melt to see they like that. Particularly if they’ve been fighting 5 minutes before ;) xx

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