We are over a year into our family being a five-some. In two years, my eldest went from being an only child for the first four years of her life to having two little brothers.
The farmer is one of four but I am an only child and I was determined that I wanted a large family. I love nothing more than the sound of laughter and arguing reverberating through the house.
I say arguing because it would be a lie to say that they all get along all of the time. It always seems to be G, the middle child, involved. Boo and the baby hardly ever fight and, even when the baby grabs her hair, Boo never hits him.
I don’t know if it is a middle child thing, or the fact that he is three, but it seems G is at the centre of all the squabbling.
The main reason is he thinks every toy in the house is his so if one of the others picks something up, even if G has been happily playing with something else, he will make it his life’s work to get it back.
It is all fun though and they do love each other. We are currently on our summer bedtime routine-when the farmer is busy and I put them all to bed. We pile on Boo’s bed each night for a story (usually Stickman-G’s choice) and it takes another ten minutes for them to finish kissing each other good night,
National Siblings day on April 10, is a national day to celebrate everything about having a brother, a sister or both.
We have been marking the occasion this year with a new sibling (please don’t worry, this is not an announcement).
We have been playing with he Baby Born Sister doll.
The doll comes with a hair brush, a bottle, some hair clips and a charm bracelet. She is wearing some really fashionable jeggings, a bright t-shirt and some cut pink shoes which you put om when you get her out of the box.
For me, my favourite part was her hair. It is long and really soft and shiny and all of the children love hair role play.
She stands on her own but has bendy joints so you can put her in the car sat next to you or anywhere you like.
The Baby Born sister can drink real water and cries real tears and she is also suitable for bath time play or paddling pool if we ever get the weather.
It might also be an idea to take her on holiday if you are going away this year as she will be great in the pool.
I like to think that dolls are a good way to teach children what it is like when a new sibling arrives and to show kindness and care.
The doll is only suitable for children three years and older but, when you have two older siblings, the chances are that toy which are not quite age appropriate will still be played with and enjoined (with adult supervision, of course).
Some days, as a parent of three, I pat myself on the back for getting them all out and dressed wearing matching socks.
The joy of watching their relationships blossom as siblings is the best reward ever.
Happy Siblings Day 2018.
The Baby Born Sister doll has a RRP of £49.99. We were sent the doll for the purpose of this review but all opinion is my own.