Bicker Like Sisters #iPPP

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I never had a sister. I’ve heard plenty of horror stories, and funny stories, and heartwarming stories (mostly horror stories, though). I was always a little afraid of that sister dynamic, but deep down, I always wondered what it would be like.

Now, as the mom of two girls almost exactly two years apart, I get to see a glimpse. And it’s kind of adorable.

Ivy put on her slippers and robe to look like me, so Essie put on her sweater and boots to look like Ivy. Of course.

I had a to-do list a mile long this past weekend, and it included things like packing lunches for the week and baking gluten free muffins and waffles for breakfasts before school. It also included baths, so while I was working in the kitchen, the girls spent forever playing in the bathtub. I could hear them, just down the hall, playing a game of pretend with their Barbies. They would laugh and talk to each other in their “character’s” voices, Ivy as the grandma, Essie as the “honey” (what they’ve taken to calling the baby or little kid in their games), and then they would fight for a while about who stole the other’s mermaid. I didn’t interfere, because it would just as quickly turn into civilized play again.

That’s what their relationship has become lately. Two bull-headed little girls who love each other madly and drive each other crazy.

Essie showing off the little Ariel book that Ivy made especially for her while she was gone (out of Essie’s princess kit).

I told her that Ivy made it for her, and she said “that’s awesome!”, clinging to it as her “special message”.

For now, I’ll listen and laugh at their silly fights, because I know that they wouldn’t be at that place if they weren’t inseparable. And that’s just fine with me.

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53 thoughts on “Bicker Like Sisters #iPPP

  1. I loved watching them at Monkey's party this summer. They were in their own little world together. And sure, they'll fight viciously when they're teens, but as adults I imagine they'll find each other as allies again.

  2. Isn't it just the cutest? I adore watching my girls play and they are 5 years apart. But the dynamic is the same as what you are describing. And by the way, I'm woefully behind my blog reading and had not seen the new blog design. I LOVE it. 🙂

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  4. First the site looks AWESOME! And I love the script for the title! Super adorable! Second i'm sorry you didn't have a sister. I have two and they are wonderful but even better is having two daughters and watching that sisterly love and bond grow. They are beautiful!

  5. They remind me so much of my girls at younger ages! And even though they fight more often than they don't these days, there are times when I catch them being nice to each other and really believe they'll be best friends again one day. They're both so cute – I love Essie's big blue eyes!

    • Thanks, Katie! I had a hard time with my mom even, when I was in high school. Then I grew up and finally started to appreciate her. I hope the girls will be the same way!

  6. Precious girls. I always wanted a sister too so I created several imaginary ones when I was a little girl. I have three older brothers, so totally understandable right? Love the sweet little book! 🙂

  7. Your girls are adorable.

    I've often wondered what it would be like to have a sister, it seems like a much more complicated relationship than I have with my brother.

  8. Very sweet. I love having a sister. My sister and I are so different…I'm not even sure if we would have been friends as kids if we weren't related…but we were inseparable our whole lives. Sister bonds are special.

  9. I love sibling stories; I so hope my boys will be close always, even if they bicker a lot now, too.

    • My boys are six years apart, so I hope they can get that bond, too. But for now the girls definitely have it. Of course, my oldest son and daughter are super close, too!

    • Ha! Yeah, my three brothers had way too much fun picking on me. And it's probably not how a sister would be at all, the hair brushing and all that. 🙂

  10. My girls are just two weeks shy of being two years apart. They are the best of friends and it makes me long for a sister sometimes. Thankfully, I have girlfriends that are eager to fill that role but we all know that it is different. I hope our girls always remember that they have a built in best friend. They are incredibly fortunate.
    Also, I guess I haven't been here in a while (sorry) but I love the redesign! LOVE IT!!!

    • Thank you so much, Kristen! No worries….it's hard to keep up. I'm there, too. Yeah, girlfriends are amazing, and shoulders to lean on and feel like sisters sometimes. But SIGH. I do sometimes wish I had a "real" sister.

  11. Your girls are beautiful. I cannot imagine my life without my amazing pain in the ass sister! To this day she still knows how to push my buttons but she is also the only one who is always there for me . . . no matter what. *off now to send her a message*

  12. Oh how cute are they! I have 2 sisters, but I think with having 4 years between us each it made us hard to play together. I am 8 years older than my youngest sister and still don't really get her.

    • I hear ya!! And also, I may have giggled a little at the "don't really get her" line, but I understand where you're coming from. 🙂

  13. I never had a sister and always wanted one. I wanted to have her as my best friend, the person I told everything to.
    I think you have a couple of girls there who will be very close. They're incredibly lucky.

  14. This makes my heart happy because I know how special sisters are. I have a very special sister too who is about the same age difference between your girls! We have only had one real fight ever. 🙂

  15. It's great that you do not interfere with small disagreements. Learning to work out differences is such an important skill. Good job, Mom! 🙂 Love your photos here and on Instagram!

    • I'm glad it's good for them, because if I did interfere, I'd never get anything else done. 🙂 But seriously, they are so much fun to watch. Thanks, Kimberly!

  16. That's awesome. I have 2 sisters and they're younger (5 and 7 years) than I am so our relationship wasn't always as feisty, but definitely at times.

    LOVE the new look, too!

  17. Greta! Your site is STUNNING! Love!!

    {And le sigh. Yes, I get the bicker. I do.}

    But I still can't get over your site!! Congrats, girl!!

    • Galit! Thank you SO much! I think it really represents me, and I love it, too.

      The bickering. Oh, the bickering. At least there's a lot of love in between.

  18. So sweet. I have some sweet pics of my little sis and I being sweet. But we didn't get along. We do now, but we don't live near each other. I sure wish we did. … I LOVE watching/listening to my girls. Yes, they argue/etc… but I have really seen some very beautiful acts of love between the two and it blesses my mama's heart… seeing their love for each other. We are blessed, ehh?

    • Yes, yes we are, Jenny. I do think that absence makes the heart grow fonder…it was like that with my mom in high school! Our relationship vastly improved when I went to college, and it's been great ever since.

    • It was so funny…after Ivy got done making the little books, she said one was for Essie. Then she said it was Essie's project book that she made them out of. Ha!

  19. My kids adore each other and they fight like two roosters with razors on their talons. Horrible – and then suddenly playing Memory and cooing to each other. It would worry me except that my sisters and I were even worse.

    • Ha! I bet! I hope that as long as they get through childhood without killing each other, they'll be really close as adults. *fingers crossed*

  20. My sister and I are 22 months apart. We love each other although there have been many downs in our relationships. My girs on the other hand are 6 years apart and I see the same type of relationship with them. Love/hate/love.

  21. Oh, how CUTE are your girls in their dress up clothes… Love it. My sister is almost 6 years younger than me, but we've always been superclose. I credit her easy-going personality for most of that. (Love the blog facelift too. Awesomesauce.)

  22. Your girls are adorable. Growing up, my sister and I got along OK but weren't super close because she's 5 years older than I am. But when I was in college and she was in med school, we finally became friends and I totally get the whole sibling thing now. I also get it by watching my two boys, who are 2.5 years apart, and they love each other fiercely.

  23. Love this! I can't believe I forgot to hook up! Mine is kind of naughty, so maybe it's just as well. Ah well. There's always next week. Dagnabit. 🙂

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