Living Arrows 5/52 {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.

This week we’ve been battling against the cold in our quest to get outside everyday. M has been enjoying the increased time that we’ve been spending outside since New Year, but the extra cold weather this week has made it more of a challenge. We’ve had to resort to popping our warmest clothes on and spending twenty minutes or so in the garden, playing with bubbles and generally exploring our limited flowerbed.

We did manage a proper family trip out at the weekend, though, as we met up with some friends at Sandringham Country Park. M is really into being dizzy at the moment (is that a thing with all two year olds, or just mine?!) so she enjoyed playing on the roundabout at the play park, and found various older children, as well as her daddy, to push her around on it!

M smiling on the roundabout

I find it harder to take nice photos of B outside at the moment. Most of the time she is bundled up in the pram, with only her eyes peeping out! So, this week’s photograph was taken of B in her high chair. She was so excited about her breakfast, that I grabbed my camera and took a quick snap of her sunny face. People often comment on what a happy baby she is, and I think this photograph captures that well.

B sitting in her high chair.

This week was very exciting as B clapped for the first time. I’d been worrying about this as it was something that M did at 8 months. I know that you shouldn’t compare, but I remember thinking that M was the last of her friends to clap, so I was concerned that B hadn’t got around to it yet, at ten months. She had a good old clapping session on Wednesday afternoon, but I’ll be blowed if I’ve been able to get her to do it since!

So, I’ve concluded that she is much like her sister, and will do things when she wants to, rather than because anyone else is telling her to. I wonder where they get that trait from…

A weekly photo diary of our daughter's lives, at two and a half years and ten months old. This week, M is enjoying making herself dizzy, and B is showing off her clapping skills.

Living Arrows

16 Comments

  1. February 4, 2019 / 7:40 am

    You’re braver than us — this week we’ve been wrapped up inside! . What beautiful photographs, such contagious little smiles!

    • Jules
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 10:17 pm

      I’m so determined to stick to our goal of getting outside every day! I know it’s hard when it’s cold, but I still think we all feel better for getting outside. I’m not sure what I’ll do on a day where it rains heavily all day, though!

  2. February 4, 2019 / 12:02 pm

    My two year old loves spinning round and round, then falling over! Aren’t toddlers odd?! Well done on braving the cold and getting outside!

    • Jules
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 10:21 pm

      Haha I’m glad mine isn’t the only one! I’m determined to keep getting outside every day. The cold doesn’t seem to bother M at all. I think I need to invest in a hat, though!

  3. February 4, 2019 / 9:58 pm

    She always has such a lovely smile! Sounds like she is doing just great, both mine were the same and I also struggled not to compare the two as well x

    • Jules
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 10:22 pm

      It is hard when you don’t know a lot of babies, not to use your first child as a point of reference. She is a very happy baby and definitely brings a lot of smiles to our home!

  4. February 5, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    B’s smile is so adorable! And yes, you shouldn’t compare – children will do everything when they are ready for it. No need to worry 🙂

    • Jules
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 10:05 pm

      I know, but I think it’s only natural to use your first child as a point of reference when it’s your only experience of babies and toddlers.

  5. February 5, 2019 / 9:51 pm

    They both look so happy in this week’s pictures! I wish we had a garden that was suitable for just going out and playing – ours is on a big hill and it’s just not very safe in this kind of weather. #LivingArrows

    • Jules
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 9:54 pm

      Ours is very small, but it is safe. Aside from some bumpy paving slabs, which are on our very long list of things that we need to sort!

    • Jules
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 10:24 pm

      She is a happy little soul. I take a lot of terrible photos, too, I just don’t share those ones!

  6. February 8, 2019 / 9:22 pm

    Well done for sticking with getting outside everyday through all this cold weather! And well done B for starting to clap, it’s such a lovely milestone! x #LivingArrows

    • Jules
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      Admittedly some days I just want to hide inside, but I always feel better for getting out for that breath of fresh air! x

  7. February 10, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    Your children’s faces are always a highlight of my week. They always look just so happy! They are the image of each other with different coloured hair! x

    • Jules
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 10:01 pm

      That’s such a lovely thing to say! Thank you. I hadn’t really thought that they looked alike, but when I was looking at this week’s images (week 6) I could definitely see what you mean! x

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