Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

The Gallery – Two

The lady of the manor and I always knew that we wanted children and specifically more than one. While we may still be in negotiation about exactly how many children to have we do both agree that we liked the idea of them being close in age. There are 13 months between Henry and Matilda which has certainly been tough at times, not least for the lady of the manor who was heavily pregnant and dealing with a not yet walking Matilda.

But now we’re starting to see that it was worth that hard work, with Henry almost walking the 2 of them are really starting to interact and play together. They chase each other around the house or up the steps of the slide. They splash each other in the bath and laugh hysterically when the other does something funny.

I can see us having an awful lot of fun this summer once Henry figures out the walking thing properly and begins to talk a bit. Which is why I’m so thankful we moved house and I can get home to do the simple things like read a story to my 2 crazy children in the garden on a beautiful summers evening.

Ben reading to Henry and Matilda


  1. MiddleAgedMatron

    June 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

    My brother and I are 14 months apart and grew up best friends. My mother always says the first two years of hell were therefore worth it.

  2. Man and buggy blog

    June 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    An enjoyable thought provoking post… We are having similar fun at the moment – all easier when the sun is out!

  3. Awww- why doesn’t daddy have a sun hat on ? Hmmm?

  4. Its so lovely to see that bond between your young children, completely innocent and just looking to have fun. I see this between my son and niece. They are like little partners in crime though sometimes (She can open the stair gate and they will plot to escape upstairs and then declare they were going to “sleep” when caught)

  5. awww this is such a lovely picture 🙂

  6. sabrina montagnoli

    June 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    LOVE! Such a special moment.

  7. definitely makes holidays easier, I’ve always had to borrow a friend to take away but it is an issue going abroad or for long periods. Great to have a playmate sibling.

    • ahh you’re right, hadn’t really thought of that, we have our first holiday with both in September so will be interesting to see how they get on

  8. Lovely picture. There are two years between mine and, whilst they do fight, they also are best buddies.

  9. Elaine Livingstone

    June 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    its great when they are close in age, it is hard work for the first year but so worth while. what a lovely picture.

  10. I can certainly see the benefits of them being close in age but wow that must have been hard work! sweet pic btw

  11. Ahhhh such a cute photo. There’s three and half years between curly Girl and the Little Man not by design but by sheer fluke of nature. Strange to think that come September she’ll be at school and he’ll be home with me…

  12. Gailann Houston

    June 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Aww wonderful picture and post, mine are very far apart but my nephew and my son are a week apart and have such a fun time when we get them together x

  13. Ah what a cute picture! And a lovely way to spend the evening. I hope that when (if!) we do have another F has as special a relationship with him or her, despite not being so close in age. I have fond memories of growing up with my sister (she’s 4 years younger – feels like nothing now!) and I’d love that for my own little girl. Beautiful post.

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