162 weeks and 1 day | At the allotment {Siblings April}

Siblings at the allotment {April}

So we’re mid through April and what a busy, busy month we’ve all had already.

From the 1st of the month, my tiny boys moved up from the ‘two’s room’ — to pre-school —  and started doing 4 long mornings a week, instead of 2.

But this week one of our cars has been at the mechanic’s (having some major work done — yawn) so the boys have done three full days — from 9am until 5.45pm.

It’s a long old week for two little tots who are used to being at home every afternoon.

They don’t tend to have a nap every day anymore but they do go down for a couple of hours every other day — or when they look like they need it — so a full day at nursery has been a bit of a shock to the system. I’m grateful that it’s just a temporary thing, to be honest. We’re so fortunate that I work from home.

It’s been a busy month for us too; I mentioned in my styling the seasons post that my in-laws have just moved out of their home of 25 years, so we’ve been backwards and forwards — for various reasons — and even left the boys with their nana and papa for a weekend.

Which they loved!

They’re obsessed with my mum and dad. Never mentioned singly, the boys call them ‘nanaandpapa’ as if they were a single entity. Which I suppose they are.

There have been lots of other changes too.

They look taller and leaner for a start; the baby podge is almost gone and the chunky toddlers are being replaced by proper little boys.

Plus Cosmo has totally cracked the potty training (with no help from me I might add).

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Cosmo at the allotment

He’d been doing pretty well anyway — wearing pants during the day and asking to use the potty or toilet if he needed to — but at Easter when we drove up to Yorkshire he had pull-ups on in the car (for the long journey) but didn’t want to wee in the them and demanded we stop and find a loo!!


Particularly when Bertie shows no interest at all in getting out of nappies. I’ve tried coaxing, bartering, pleading with him. Nothing seems to make him want to make a start. He’ll ask to use the potty for the occasional wee, but that’s it.


Bertie — deep in thought

I guess I’m not keen to hurry him into it though.

The nursery mentioned that he’s one of the few children in the pre-school who’s still in nappies. And to that I just shrug. He’s a little boy, who’s just turned three, and I think there’s plenty of time for him to get to grips with potty training.

Although if he’s still resisting once the summer arrives, I will might give him a gentle nudge. It will certainly be easier to deal with when the sun is shining ;)

I can’t believe that yesterday marks a whole month since they turned 3! It’s passed so quickly — it feels like just last weekend that we had their pirate party!

Their monthly photos for April were taken down at our allotment last night.

It was such a beautiful evening and my boy wanted to check that the birds hadn’t dug up his onions, so we went en-masse to keep him company.

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My three boys at the allotment

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Saying hi to the wildlife

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How now brown cow

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England’s green and pleasant land — the view from our allotment

It was so gorgeous.

Beautiful golden light bathing the fields surrounding the allotment, some friendly cows coming over to investigate, and all the time the air was heavy with birdsong, as our feathered friends came home to roost for the night.

I love where we live. I love the fact that we can walk out of our front door and, in minutes, be surrounded by rolling hills.

And I love the fact that my tiny sons will grow up in this beautiful environment.

I watched them for ages; running up and down the allotment, laughing and playing. They are lucky indeed. Not only are they privileged to grow up in this beautiful country — I’ve spoken about my thoughts on that before — but they’re immensely lucky to be born with a built-in playmate.

Listening to them laugh is music to my ears. I can’t think of a more beautiful sound.


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My pair of little nutters

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My loves — Siblings in April

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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  1. karen
    15th April 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Really gorgeous photos of your boys who like like they have a lot of fun together x

    • 15th April 2016 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks Karen — they do have a lovely time together, bless them! :)

  2. 15th April 2016 / 7:13 pm

    They are just adorable and do look so much more grown up all of a sudden! I think that’s absolutely the right attitude to the potty training, too. My son was not at all interested when I tried a month before he turned three, so we then tried again a couple of months later and he took to it and trained within days. They know when they’re ready! x

    • 25th April 2016 / 2:45 pm

      Yep — I think you’re right. Cosmo just went ahead and did it. I didn’t really have any input at all. He’d been watching the other children at nursery and wanted to do the same. I think Bertie will get there eventually! :)

  3. 15th April 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Oh Caro your boys are just the cutest!! I just love the shot of them cuddling each other, I can imagine them like that as little babies. Don’t stress yourself out (or let anyone else stress you out) about potty training, he’ll get there in his own time – it’s not a race!

    • 25th April 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Yep — that’s such good advice. It’s not a race. So difficult not to compare when you have two children of the same age though. I have to keep reminding myself that they may be twins but they’re still little individuals xx

  4. 15th April 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Beautiful boys. It is so easy to forget just how beautiful England is, lovely to enjoy it from time to time. x

    • 25th April 2016 / 2:43 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Caroline. And yes — England is a beautiful place to be xx

  5. 17th April 2016 / 8:24 am

    How now brown cow me laugh. You’re little boys are growing so quickly and nicely into big boys. They are so lovely together and are a credit to you – and you are right – kiddies will use the potty when they are good and ready xXx

  6. 22nd April 2016 / 2:52 am

    This is such a lovely post. Everything about it is joyful! Love the photos of your boys, especially the final two and the one of Bertie deep in thought. Gorgeous. It’s amazing how they suddenly start to look taller and older, isn’t it? Like they’ve stretched over night. One of those bittersweet realisations x

    • 25th April 2016 / 12:07 pm

      It’s SO weird. Literally like they’ve changed overnight. You put your toddler to bed and in the morning… hello to the next phase!! They’re actual children!!! xx

  7. 26th April 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Aw big changes for the twins, Tyler’s still doing 3 mornings, I don’t know how he’s going my to cope doing full days at school from September! That’s huge news about your in-laws moving, I’d freak out if my parents moved home, so many memories there! And I think you’re wise potty training one twin at a time, it might get too much otherwise. Tyler cracked it at 3 years and 4 months in just 2 weeks so I think that’s the optimum age for potty training! X

    • 29th April 2016 / 10:45 am

      Aaah that’s really good to hear about how old Tyler was when he cracked it :) Bertie is just 3 years and 1 month, so we’ve still got a little bit of time yet!! ;)

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