207 weeks | Living with superheroes


Who would ever have predicted that I’d be totally outnumbered by them?

I grew up in a family of girls. There haven’t been boys on my mum or dad’s side of the family in years.

Until my cousin — who is three years younger than me — had her first child.

And now, spanning four female cousins — with eight children between us — there is only one girl offspring. My niece Imogen who is totally and utterly outnumbered by boys.

Weird how life works isn’t it?

But anyway.

Back to my boys. Life is certainly interesting with them around.

Quiet games with Sindy (I was never a Barbie fan) are not on the cards, in our house.


Which is sad when I still have most of my Sindy gear in the attic!!

It’s LOUD and boisterous (that word should totally be re-worked to boysterous).

I always wondered about the gender stereotyping thing and made a conscious decision to give my sons a choice of toys from an early age; kitchens, farms and tea-sets, pirate ships, cuddly toys and dolls.

But given the option my boys will play with little cars, rather than Silvanian Families.

It’s not an item that has been forced on them — they naturally seem gravitate to tiny toy cars like a moth to a flame.

They love to build things. The floor of our snug is often covered in a bright sea of Lego pieces.

They love to break things. Toys are broken  taken apart — to see how they work (allegedly) — then put back together.

Or not; as is more often the case.

And my boys LOVE superheroes.

Life with my superheroes

I wrote very recently about the boys wearing superhero costumes on a day trip to Falmouth, the other week.

Granted, the outfits were teamed with wooly jumpers and bobble hats —

(it seems that even superheroes feel the cold)

— but they generated a lot of interest regardless.

Then on a trip to the local nature reserve, last weekend, when my little loves expressed a desire to dress as two of their favourite superheroes; it seemed a totally and utterly reasonable request.

One that I was happy to oblige.

Cue Hulk and Iron-Man running round the beautiful grounds of The Wolseley Centre;  looking every inch as incredible as the tiny, real-life superheroes that were inside the costumes.

The boys have had lots of dressing up costumes over the last couple of years; Batman and Robin, pirates, Ninja Turtles. But none quite as spectacular as these.

Fab quality with moulded muscles, my little pair looked pretty impressive tearing around the beautiful nature walks.

superhero costumes

superhero costumes

superhero costumes

superhero costumes

Life is most definitely colourful with little ones in tow.

And whilst our ‘pre-children’ life was never dull — my boy and I have always known how to have a good time and are no strangers to fancy dress ourselves — the addition of our two little man-cubs has certainly given life another facet.

One that brings joy and colour to an otherwise dull day.

superhero costumes

Thanks so much to the team at Matalan for providing the boys with their ‘super’ new outfits and giving their nana, me — and most of the other people at Wolseley — a good laugh at their antics last weekend. Pop over to their site as they have a fab fancy dress guide over there at the mo!

superheroes gif — Ironman and Hulk

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.

Caro Davies
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. 1st March 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Love, love, love these photos! It looks like they’ve had the best time getting out in them. The costumes looks fab, mine do dress up but only five minute stints usually then they’re onto something else, oh and they never sit still either, I honestly don’t know how they keep up the same crazy energy levels all day but they do, suppose that’s normal when you have three boys in a house!

    • 3rd March 2017 / 4:59 pm

      Yeah — the energy levels are crazy aren’t they? They go to nursery twice a week from 9 until 6 and the STILL have bags of energy!! LOL!! I can’t keep up!!

  2. 2nd March 2017 / 12:12 am

    Aww what cuties! They look great in their costumes :) I hear at our nursery superheroes are a big things with the boys – my daughter apparently joins in now too, might have to get her one of these :)

    • 3rd March 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Oh Sanna — they’ve got some lovely costumes!! Paw Patrol ones too — the boys are OBSESSED with that at the mo!!!

  3. 7th March 2017 / 9:55 am

    Boys will be boys, I am also outnumbered with husband and 5 sons. That said I have one daughter and she is very different, it brings into question the whole nature nuture thing, from my experience nature is the root of the differences. I adore them all but my boys sound just like your two at their age. It is just how they learn and grow……. by doing and building. #twinklytuesday

    • 9th April 2017 / 6:40 pm

      It’s so weird isn’t it? I definitely think it’s nature, rather than nurture, that determines the personality of a child. You’re so lucky Fiona — I LOVE being queen bee and having a gaggle of men around me — but I’d LOVE a daughter :) x

  4. 7th March 2017 / 10:35 am

    haha … how funny. My life is filled with fairy costumes and barbies and everything Frozen or Sophia related. Although I bet they’d both love those superhero costumes too! Great quality!

  5. 7th March 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Boys are so much fun! I love e those costumes and the photos! Saw you on #TwinklyTuesday!

  6. 8th March 2017 / 1:14 pm

    LOL. Those pics are soooo funny. I also have a little boy and I can’t wait to dress him up for halloween and carneval. #twinklytuesday

  7. 8th March 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Oh my god, these are amazing- they look incredible. I’d have loved to see these two running through the reserve 😁😁Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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