The siblings project (April 2017)- Hayden and Austin

The siblings project (April 2017)- Hayden and Austin

Since Austin was born last month, I’ve been really keen to take part in the sibling project. It’s a linky started by Dear Beautiful a challenge to photograph your children together once a month. I thought this would be a lovely way to document Hayden’s and Austins developing relationship.

Hayden giving Austin a cuddle

Suddenly becoming a big brother and having a sibling has been a big adjustment for Hayden. I think going from being the only child to suddenly having a sibling and having to share the attention of your parents is a really big ask. Especially when your only 16 months old and don’t really understand.

On the whole, Hayden seems really keen on Austin. He smiles at him in the morning, and likes to give him cuddles and kisses regularly! It’s really sweet to see.

In the last couple of weeks though, he has gotten jealous at times and lashed out by grabbing Austins face or smacking his head. It’s really difficult, we don’t want Austin to get hurt obviously but don’t want to discourage Hayden from bonding and interacting with his little brother. When he has lashed out we have told him that he’s hurt Austin, and he needs to be gentle. It’s Difficult to know if he is intentionally trying to hurt him or just interested. Also difficult to know  how much he understands when we explain he’s hurting Austin. I have found it quite upsetting at times. Will be easier once Austins a bit bigger and more robust. Hopefully!

Hayden and Austin during our DIY newborn photoshoot

Here have a book Austin!

Hayden having a toddler meltdown and Austin looking unimpressed!

Hayden struggles more when Mike is holding Austin than with me, perhaps because he is used to the fact that I hold/feed Austin a lot of the time.

On the positive side Hayden Always smiles when he sees Austin and points. He Tries to gave him his special fox teddy and his dummy at times. Hayden Looks concerned when Austins crying lots in the car.

I can’t wait to see how their relationship develops over the next few months as Austin becomes more alert and interactive, and hope that they will have lots of fun playing together as Austin gets older. 

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13 Comments

  1. CarolineGumn
    April 24, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Absolutely love the idea of the project and you will be so pleased you did it.
    Love the photos too xxx

  2. April 26, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    How exciting that you can now take part in this linky – your photos are beautiful and so special 🙂

  3. Daddy Gummie
    April 26, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Such lovely photos xxx

  4. April 27, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Some things rally cute pictures, it’s hard bringing another little person into the family and can be so unsettling for the other kids, I’m sure you’ll all get there though x x

  5. April 27, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    I really like the idea of a once a month sibling shoot. Like you said it is a great way to document their bond and note progression between shoots x

  6. April 27, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    I wish I had of taking part in something like the sibling project when I had my son ( he is my blog baby – even though he is now 2). I have so few photos of my three together so this is a lovely way of capturing photos of them together x

  7. April 28, 2017 / 7:25 am

    The first few weeks are difficult for the older siblings but it won’t be long before they are playing happily together or bickering over toys

  8. April 28, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    First off, a massive congratulations on the new addition. I wish I could take part in this linky, but for now we just have the one chid. I have a few brothers and sisters and we all talk most days, siblings have a really strong bond.

  9. April 29, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Aww this is such a sweet post, how gorgeous are these sibling photos – love it

    Laura x

  10. May 1, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Ah a lovely pictures, and posts. He will makea lovely big brother!

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