It’s time for me to share a little update on my two this month, and initially I though that not much had changed. But there has been a shift, and it’s largely down to my daughter.
Boo and Little Man still play together, still giggle and conspire together, and last week saw them having fun on a ‘sleepover’ together – they both slept in Little Man’s bedroom, at their request, which they loved. On the surface everything’s the same but it seems that my girl is growing up.
We took them to the playground last weekend, nothing out of the ordinary there. It was busy, they had fun, but I noticed that for the very first time, it was Little Man leading his sister into the fray, it was Boo popping back frequently to us to check we were still there, it was Boo who stopped playing on things as soon as other children joined her. They had reversed roles, and it made me a bit sad. Whilst I love seeing my boy’s confidence grow, I don’t enjoy watching my daughter’s confidence dwindle as she becomes more self-conscious. I suspect this is just a part of growing up, but I want it to stop! She always had bags of confidence, and whilst I wouldn’t say she’s become shy now, she’s certainly not as self-assured as she was. Her brother was the one oblivious to those around him, enticing her to play.
I have also recognised that she relishes and needs more grown up time. She went to stay at my brother’s house for the first time at the end of last month and she loved it. Being the centre of attention and chatting away to her uncle and auntie boosted her. It was interesting, as though they had to face-time each other before bed, Little Man also basked in having us to himself, too, and when they got back together again the next day, it took them a few hours to get back to their normal selves as they bickered more than I have seen before. I’m now just keeping my eye on them to ensure Boo gets that time she needs to herself or with me, in amongst having Power Rangers sword fights with Little Man.
They are of course still the best of friends. I wanted to take a few shots and these were the best out of the twenty or thirty that I took as they were laughing and moving around so much!
Boo aged 7 years and 4 months, Little Man 4 years and 5 months. Love them.