I feel that this month has seen a bit of a turning point in the girl’s relationship. They are now so much more interactive with each other. There obviously is such a huge gap between them developmentally, despite the relatively small age gap. But, as Sienna develops more and more, Ella is finding it much easier to interact with her. In fact, she craves that interaction! Sienna can now sit unaided, which has really helped Ella relate to her more. As soon as I sit Sienna on the floor with a toy, Ella joins her and helps her to play with the toy. Occasionally, she steals it and won’t let Sienna have it, which of course then involves a conversation about sharing. But this is new to Ella too. Sienna is only just beginning to play, and so now Ella must learn to share more than just our affection with Sienna.
Ella also really enjoys making Sienna laugh. Since Sienna’s pram has gone from lay flat to upright, Ella can now stand on her buggy board and be face-to-face with Sienna. Many of our walks involve lots of giggles from both girls as Ella purposefully entertains Sienna. It’s a joy to take them out now, compared to the battles I’d have with Ella when we were using the double buggy!
Sienna has started her weaning journey in the last few weeks. The first time I gave Sienna some baby porridge, Ella grabbed a plastic spoon and helped feed Sienna. She has also taken a real interest in her baby-led weaning, asking what Sienna is eating, and marvelling when Sienna puts it in her mouth. And then helping to clear up the leftovers by eating them herself!! She loves pulling a chair over and taking an interest in Sienna having proper food, which is such a new concept to Ella, who probably thought Sienna would live off milk forever!
Another change this month has been that Ella now says ‘Sienna’ rather than ‘Enna’. It has been slightly confusing, as Ella often refers to herself using her name, rather than me or I. Enna and Ella sound so similar, so we sometimes didn’t know which of them she was talking about. She is so proud to use Sienna’s full name, but I want to make sure we always remember the days when she was ‘Enna’!
As always, Ella wants Sienna to be there all the time. She hates it when it’s Sienna’s nap time, and asks where she is and whether she’s woken up yet. If I tell her she’s going somewhere, like her nanna’s house, she always asks if Sienna is coming too. I think they’re going to be such strong companions for each other as they grow up together, and I can’t wait to see that relationship develop, with them running off together holding hands!
I usually take a string of shots for the monthly siblings photos, but this month I have gone for a mix of pictures from the last couple of weeks, that I think really capture their relationship and what they’ve been up to!