The 52 Project: 34/52

'A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2016.'

Dear Ruby,
We have been on holiday this week with some of our friends, and you have spent a wonderful amount of time outdoors. The two friends who you have played with this week are a little bit younger than you, and it has been so wonderful seeing how you have instinctively taken care of them when they were upset, offering them cuddles or toys to help them feel happier. You experienced your first trip in a canoe on the River Wye - albeit very short and you didn't paddle anywhere! Over the last couple of months, you have started dropping your afternoon nap. Some days you can't quite cope without a bit of a daytime sleep, but I happened to take this photo on an afternoon when you clearly hadn't napped. Your eyes look so incredibly tired, but you were still having fun chasing giant bubbles!
All my love,
Mummy xxx

Dear Jude,
From a very young age, you have shown a preference for feeding while lying down. This creates a bit of a challenge for us when we go out, and has resulted in me lying down in all manner of places that I wouldn't normally do, from beaches by the River Wye, to meadows and parks. Life with you is certainly never dull! Getting you to sleep during the day continues to be a great challenge, and the phrase, 'it takes a village to raise a child' has come to my mind many times this week as we have called on our kind friends to cuddle you, walk with you, sway with you and do whatever it takes to get you to fall asleep when you're tired. I took this photo in a park in Leominster. You spent almost an hour lying on the grass under an avenue of trees on a beautifully sunny day, completely content just looking up at the leaves and sky. It was a lovely time relaxing together.
All my love,
Mama xxx