Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of M, and one of B, and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.
I’m pleased to report that the sibling relationship between M and B has been much improved this week. While M hasn’t entirely stopped trying to bite or slap B, it’s happening far less. We’ve worked on a combination of distraction (if M goes to hit, I start singing one of her favourite songs to dance to, and she does a little jig instead) and actually allowing M to have more time in contact with B, rather than less. M loves holding B, helping to change her nappy and generally being a good big sister, showing her how to do things. It’s actually been a case of M wanting more attention from B, rather than me!
Thankfully, M’s sleep has also improved a little bit, and she’s back to taking midday naps. They might only last 45 minutes, but at least she’s getting some rest. I definitely think that’s contributed to her improved behaviour, too. The Gro Clock has helped with that as she loves it when she sees that the sun’s up! At the moment I’m trying to programme the Gro Clock so that the sun is already up when she wakes, so we’re positively reinforcing any amount of sleep! Then hopefully once that’s established we can start stretching the get-up time a bit.
This week’s photos were both taken on Saturday at a local park. We decided to make the most of the sunshine and headed to the park to take some product photos for some things I’ve been reviewing and for M to play on the swings.
M’s photo was taken as she was having her first ever shoulder ride on her daddy’s shoulders. It was quite funny watching hubby work out how to get her up there(!) but you can see exactly how pleased as punch she was to be up there! I think shoulder rides are one of those special childhood things that are a right of passage into toddlerhood – I can’t believe that M is going to be two next week. How can this be? I’m clearly in denial as we haven’t bought her any presents or made any birthday plans yet. Jobs for this week, I think!
B is looking very pensive in her photo. I think she’s deciding what to make of the car seat that we put her in as we’ve been reviewing the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus (review on its way shortly!) and I wanted to try out the Maxi Cosi adaptors. B will be two months old tomorrow (again, how?!) and she’s having more and more alert periods during the day. Probably more than she’d like, as M keeps waking her up! The joys of being a second child!