Living Arrows 2019: Week Three

Let me start by apologising. I’m probably going to sound all moany and annoying right now, which is something I hate being. The truth is that this last week has been pretty rubbish. Both kids have had nasty colds, high temperatures and been generally under the weather. We’ve done NOTHING of note. ‘So why blog about it?!’ I can hear you say. Well, this is the reality of family life with two little ones and when I look back I want to remember all of it. Even the snotty, sicky bits. Just to prove that I have these eye bags for a reason!


Ahhh Jekyll and Hyde child. How can one little person be so amazing and yet so challenging all at once? It’s hard to know what’s tied up in jealousy over the attention paid to his sister and what’s just a natural part of being two and a half. I do feel for him though, it’s a tricky age to have someone else stealing all the attention, especially when you’re mid-play and mama has to go off to change a nappy/do a feed/rescue the baby from head butting the table again. This week, he’s been poorly. So poorly. A ridiculously high temperature on and off for the last five days has left him off his food, permanently sleepy and generally out of sorts. All he wants is cuddles and sometimes I can’t do that for him. It makes my heart ache. As I write this he’s asleep in our bed whilst I sit next to him and his sister naps and it’s genuinely ALL he wants from me. To have me close. The mum guilt is huge right now!

Last week we managed a day out together. We took the car to the garage with my mum and the four of us ventured out. First up, we went to a cafe where despite my attempts to get him to have a cookie, he went straight for the rocky road – it was as big as his head! Then Mum had the baby whilst we played at the soft play and you know what, it was one of my favourite times with him. So often I end up looking after his sister whilst the boys play together but this time he had no choice… we even went down the death slide together!


Ahhh another sickly one. I feel like that’s all I ever say at the moment. I’d forgotten the onslaught of bugs that babies get. Combine that with the arrival of her two front top teeth and this little lady is going through it right now. Her sleep is all over the place, she looks permanently worn out and for the first time ever, she had a whole day where she wouldn’t even smile. Poor thing! As much as I feel sorry for her brother, I feel just as much guilt toward her. She’s growing up so quickly and you just don’t get the same time with them the second time round, do you?!

I struggled to choose this week between the one of her snuggled against me on a walk or this one. I so nearly went for her in the carrier because, at nearly eight months, she’s starting to get a bit too heavy for me to front carry and I’ll miss it so much. In the end though, this had to win. Both photos this week are a bit blurry around the edges but they both look so happy. Here she is having a play with her brother’s toys whilst he sleeps… she totally knows that she wouldn’t get a look in if he were awake and in full health so she’s making the most of it and for the first time in a while she’s giving a proper grin again. Here’s hoping next week is a far healthier one, I miss my happy go lucky kiddos!

This post is linking up with the Living Arrows series over at What The RedHead Said. If you’d like to see more of our weekly updates, you can find them here! 


  • Donna 25th January 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Oh I hope they’re both feeling better now. It’s hard when they’re having tricky phases, I always tell myself ‘this will pass’ and try and roll with it as much as possible but it’s easier said than done! x

    • DevonMamaOnline 2nd February 2019 at 10:39 am

      It really is! Logically I know this is just a phase but my goodness.. it’s hard remembering that when you’re knee deep in it. I think that’s why the second one feels easier, you know that it WILL pass. Whereas with the eldest there’s every possibility he could continue to be a monster forever!!

  • Charlotte Stein 25th January 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Haha, she looks please with herself for getting to play with his toys! We have all been unwell this week, so no doubt this will be the theme of my next living arrows! Hope you’re all better?

    • DevonMamaOnline 2nd February 2019 at 10:40 am

      We’re feeling a lot better thank you! I hate it, all the bugs! It feels like all we’ve done is be poorly and complain about it! Thankfully this week is a lot more positive so I’m looking forward to sharing something less whiney!!

  • madelinelittlejohns 25th January 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Sorry to hear they’ve both been unwell, it really is miserable isn’t it! Hope they’re on the mend soon. x #LivingArrows

    • DevonMamaOnline 2nd February 2019 at 10:41 am

      Thank you, they are much much better this week which is a positive thing! I keep telling myself that they’ll have AMAZING immune systems when they’re older but that’s not much help in the middle of the night!

  • tobygoesbananas 27th January 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I hope everyone is feeling better now – we’ve all got colds as well and it’s rubbish. I remember those times with two little ones so well – it’s really hard when all they both want is their mummy. Mine are 5.5 and 3.5 now and we still have our moments but it does get easier I promise 🙂 #LivingArrows

    • DevonMamaOnline 2nd February 2019 at 10:38 am

      Thank you, I’m looking forward to that bit! One of the things I definitely overlooked was how little the toddler would be, old enough to be a big boy but not really old enough to GET it all the time. Thankfully the colds seem to be gone for now… fingers crossed!

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