I took some photos yesterday morning of the children because as a rarity, they were playing so beautifully. In particular what made me laugh was Emmeline stamping her sixteen month old authority by enforcing her elder siblings to engage in games SHE wanted to play. So for example, unlike Elsa, Emmeline is allowed into Jude’s room (he shouts if Elsa goes near his room). Emmeline walks right in whenever she wants, plays on his keyboard, jumps on his bed and even climbs onto his hammock swing.
Jude has begun to ask Emmeline to play in his room which for him, is pretty amazing. He doesn’t normally like anyone in his space!
So here they were Sunday morning for about twenty five minutes…happy.
They adore each other, it’s so wonderful to see. Yes, Jude has his moments where he doesn’t want to play with Emmeline but overall, they have the most fantastic relationship that is potentially blossoming into something that could really help Jude emotionally, behaviourally and socially. He and Elsa used to be like this until she was perhaps about six years old and she no longer enjoyed the games Jude wanted to play. She would occasionally build a Lego building with him but that’s as far as it went. Now, they do still enjoy each others company sometimes (as in the rarer side of “sometimes”) because Elsa has completely lost all patience with him. I knew it would happen and I hope one day they are able to forge something of a relationship again but for now, he has his little companion who is entirely on his wavelength. Emmeline.
Following on from play time with Jude, Emmeline then sat in her baby buggy and yelled something (in her own little language) at Elsa to come and push her around. She initiated this on Saturday with Joe and clearly loved her game but come Sunday and a second slave was needed to drive her around…
And whilst Elsa has zero patience with her brother, when it comes to Emmeline she will literally do anything.
Here she is hurtling through the hallway and kitchen as fast as she can with Her Ladyship laughing her head off:
I’m not sure how many times they went back and forth but it was a fair few.
So there we have it. Our morning if happiness where the children had fun.
Do your children get on well?