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Siblings in March

Sam and Flo March 16

Sam and Flo March 16

These two are so close I love watching them when they’re playing together and being the best of friends. There are four years between them, and the older Florence gets the more they get out of spending time together and joining in with each others’ games.

This isn’t to say of course that there are no fights – there is plenty of bickering, especially as Sam likes to tease his little sis and she doesn’t always take it with a smile. They both like to get their own way and neither likes to back down, which when I’m tired can be unbearable but mostly I can laugh about it and try my best not to take sides.

Sam is old enough now to enjoy helping me out by telling Florence a little white lie to tame a tantrum – by saying she has more food on her plate than him, for example, or that they will both be doing to bed at the same time when he’s sometimes allowed to stay up a bit later.

He’s terrible at doing exactly what he’s asked not to though, like when I’m going out and I tell him not to tell his sister, what do you think the first thing he does it?

In many ways he has stepped up a little like the man of the house, and as he is so tall for a six year old I often forget how young he really is and expect a lot more from him. When Florence was born and her dad was in hospital, he helped me out so much with bath time, playtime and fetching nappies and wipes from upstairs when I needed them. He must have adopted some sort of ‘main man’ kind of responsibilities, even though he’s still so young to take them on.

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Sam loves being the centre of attention though and in many ways is more of a handful than his sister. Quite often I’ll be in the middle of a pre school-run meltdown, asking him for the tenth time to put his shoes on while he walks around the hall wondering what I’ve asked him to do – and meanwhile Flo is standing shoes on, coat on and smiling by the front door.

This month all his chatter is about birthdays, as even though it’s my birthday in March and his in April, all he talks about of course is his own! I’ve said before that he sees my birthday as the warm-up to his, the dress rehearsal to his grand finale. He’s desperate to have a Super Mario themed party, so I’m trying to work out how to add a few Mario touches to his special day without actually having to dress up as the man himself – I mean I know dungarees are in, but there is a limit!

This is the first time I’m joining in with the Siblings project, a little bit like Me and Mine but just for the tinies. I took these photos at my parents’ house on our last visit. They were supposed to be for a Me and Mine family portrait shot but the best photos were just of the kids (which is usually the way!).

x Julia

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    Laura
    March 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    It’s so nice that they are close, there is a 4 year age gap between my little ladies too and I still worry they won’t be close as it’s quite a gap but as they get older it’s starting to really show. Love your little girls face in that last one! X
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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      I think the four-year gap is really good and mine are starting to play really well together, oh and fight sometimes too! x

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    Debs @ Super Busy Mum
    March 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Aww gorgeous captures of the kids in March hun. I love to hear that your bog boy likes helping out with his little Sister.x
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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you! He is a fab bro xx

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    Donna
    March 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    He looks besotted with her. I can tell he adores her and takes his big brother role so seriously. As they get older the age gap will become less apparent. They look perfect together x
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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Ah he really does love her, even though he’s started to wind her up quite regularly! x

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    Adrian
    March 16, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Smashing pictures; lovely cheeky smiles x

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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you! x

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    sarah christie
    March 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Ah Sam is amazing Julia, Jack and Joe are just the same get on but bicker constantly arghhh. Jack has made it his life work to wind Joe up, and Joe is a nightmare to get out of the house in the morning for school he is always faffing, whereas Jack is a nightmare when we are going away, he is always the last out of the house x
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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      That is kind of comforting to hear Sarah, a nightmare though isn’t it when you’re trying to get somewhere! x

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    mummyofboygirltwins
    March 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Ahhh so lovely. He is such a cool older brother and they are so lucky to have each other. Such lovely photo’s xx

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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks Jess! xx

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    Mini Travellers
    March 17, 2016 at 9:04 am

    That bottom one is absolutely gorgeous. Love it.
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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Such a cute face isn’t it! xx

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    Suzanne
    March 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Lovely shots Julia. I can’t believe that your boy is only 6, he’s huge!

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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks! I know, he definitely takes after his dad! x

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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    March 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Such lovely pics Julia and I love the last one. He does look very tall for six bless him! xx

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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you! He is so tall, he’s in age 9-10 clothes already! xx

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    Lisa@intotheglade
    March 17, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Oh Julia, Sam looks so grown up in these pictures – bless he sounds like a star ! Although, I can imagine it is difficult keeping it together when they are at logger heads. My youngest was always more organised than the eldest in the mornings and used to stand, waiting, ready to go, for ages. Gorgeous pictures of them both xx
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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Lisa. Yeah it’s funny how they can be so different isn’t it! x

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    Tracey Williams
    March 19, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    What gorgeous pictures Julia, and you must be very proud of how Sam takes on his role of big brother. I too have an older boy and younger girl (3 and a half years between them) and I wish they had the relationship that yours have. Mine are very good at winding one another up but deep down they look our for each other when needed x
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      Rainbeaubelle
      March 21, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Well there is still time for mine, they certainly do seem like really good friends though xx

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