The summer holidays have been super hard this year, more so than any other.
I guess working full-time and having 2 children at home has been utterly soul-destroying for me and I have been left reeling from the guilt of not having as much time doing the nice things with the boys as I had hoped for and not being on top of things for work.
Having only a limited amount of time to be able to do family things the boys have had a lot of free play while I have attempted work and this has led to me glimpsing the bond that is developing between the boys.
Although there is 5 years between them, this summer Jacob has started to find his playful side and Joshua has thrived on it. After all there is nothing like having a captive audience to your magic tricks or your funny dancing!
Jacob has followed Joshua around for most of the holidays copying what he has been doing. That has been hard, after all what a 6-year-old is doing is not always what an 18 month should be doing!
The way that they look at each other at times has been nothing short of heart melting. Don’t get me wrong there has been an equally soul-destroying amount of tears too as they find their boundaries with each other. Obviously Jacob is still learning what NO means and this can be frustrating for Joshua as he doesn’t quite get why he doesn’t listen properly.
Even though talking is still something Jacob is not completely proficient in yet he understands everything! And is super quick to hand out kisses and loves (cuddles) to anyone he thinks needs it. Last time Joshua cried over something Jacob ran to him and gave him the biggest hug and chucked in some kisses for good measure.
I have absolutely no doubt that I am going to be on my guard next summer holidays as Jacob will be a fully functioning little chap that Joshua will be able to actually understand all of the time and I think they will be a pair to be reckoned with! ..eek.
I do hope that this beautiful bond that I see growing each day only ever gets stronger and remains as adults.