Living Arrows 3/52 {2019}

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.

Last week passed by in a flash! Since we’ve been fulfilling our goal of going outside every day, we’ve found that most days have been pretty rushed. I tried to set the week off to a slightly slower pace on Monday, knowing that we had a busy week ahead, so we spent out outdoor time in the garden.

It had been raining, so M was keen to try out her new umbrella. We’ve actually had it for quite a while, but not really had an ideal opportunity to use it. This was the perfect chance for M to have a good play!

We don’t have a particularly large garden; in fact it’s quite small. But it is big enough to have a little run around and we do have a flowerbed (out of shot), which we have planted some bulbs into. They have started to shoot now, and I’m really looking forward to them flowering, which they should do fairly soon as we’ve planted snowdrops, tulips and something else that I can’t remember (possibly irises?!), which are all due to bloom over the coming months. M remembers planting them, so hopefully she’ll be excited to see them growing!

On Tuesday, B turned ten months old. I can’t quite believe that we ought to be planning for her first birthday! I had hoped she’d be sleeping all through the night by now, but she’s still regularly waking at 9pm, 12am, 4am and 5/6am before waking for the day at 7ish. I normally manage quite well on broken sleep (I suppose because I’m used to it after 10 months!), but it’s really taken it out of me this week.

This is possibly because M has had a little sleep wobble this week, too. She’s been struggling to go to sleep, and has been asking for either me or Daddy to sit in her bedroom while she falls asleep. She’s also been waking during the night and wanting the same. Fortunately Matthew has been on M duty, as I don’t think I could manage both her and B!

Hopefully next week M will be back to her good sleeping ways, and B will start to learn to do some longer stretches, too. We’ve had the occasional 5 or 6 hour stretch on the odd night over the past few weeks, and on Saturday night she even managed to settle herself before I had a chance to drag myself out of bed and into her room at 5am, so that’s positive!

This week, we’ve got more of the same kind of stuff planned. More classes, more trips to the library and more play and learning activities (last week we did some sensory hedgehog painting).

Here’s to a fun week ahead; I hope that yours is, too!

A weekly photo diary of our daughters' lives at two and a half years and 10 months old. This week, M is playing in the garden and B turns 10 months old. Also...I'd like some more sleep, please!

Living Arrows


  1. January 21, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    M looks very proud of her umbrella and B has such a beautiful smile! I hope the sleeping goes better this week.

    • Jules
      January 22, 2019 / 8:13 pm

      She does love her umbrella! I thought M was a smiley baby, but B takes it to another level! I hope she stays such a happy soul as she grows up. So far, the sleeping is still pretty awful, but it can only get better!

  2. January 24, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    I think that M and B are going to turn out looking like twins – but one brunette and one blonde! M looks so cute with her umbrella x

    • Jules
      January 25, 2019 / 11:09 am

      I’m looking forward to seeing whether they look alike. Everyone comments on how different they look, all the time! x

  3. January 25, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    M looks so happy with her umbrella! And I can’t believe that B is so close to turning one, that’s crazy! x #LivingArrows

    • Jules
      January 30, 2019 / 9:52 pm

      I can’t quite believe where the time has gone! x

  4. January 26, 2019 / 4:07 pm

    M looks like she is having a great time in the garden with her umbrella. B has such a gorgeous smile. I hope you have managed to catch up on some sleep.

    • Jules
      January 26, 2019 / 5:55 pm

      Thank you. Last night was better, thank goodness, so that gives me hope!

  5. January 27, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    That’s gone so quickly! I really like Ms new umbrella I would quite like one like that myself. I hope the sleeping has been better this week x

    • Jules
      January 30, 2019 / 9:49 pm

      It’s very cool, isn’t it? None of mine are as exciting as hers.

  6. January 27, 2019 / 10:02 pm

    Lovely pictures of them both this week. M looks so happy in the garden with her umbrella, and B is just such a cutie – I hope the sleep improves soon. #LivingArrows

    • Jules
      January 30, 2019 / 9:48 pm

      I love how M shows such joy over the smallest of things. They are such a jolly pair!

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