Just About Five

The last hours of four are ticking away and in the morning I'll have a pair of bright-eyed five-year-olds bouncing on my head and demanding their birthday gifts.


All week, as I've been bustling about preparing for their party, I've been feeling little pangs of disbelief. It's five years since they surprised us by arriving five weeks early. Five years since I became a Mother. Five years since time sped up and began to fly faster than I ever knew it could. How on earth is that possible?

This morning Sábha was lolling around in a fleecy onesie and I could I see her soft-cheeked babyness as clear as day. In her sleep, I can see Lile look exactly as she did as a newborn. But nowadays it is only when they are in their most placid and vulnerable state that I can see their babyhood. In the always-moving daytime they are all little girl.


They whisper to each other in the back seat of the car, collapsing in fits of giggles every five seconds. They play together for hours, creating elaborate plot lines for the characters they embody and the toys they manipulate. They are best friends. And worst enemies. So similar in some ways. And yet, so utterly different.

I thought I'd try to capture a little bit about them both here tonight. Just a snapshot of the people they are at four... So I can try and remember how it was before big, huge five arrived and changed everything!

Lile:


Lile, at almost five, loves to draw. She'd choose paper and pen over most things in life and it is a joy to watch how she creates. Her other favourite thing is to play and, my goodness, can that girl play. Her penchant is for miniature things. Figurines of small animals. Little chairs to sit them on. Tiny cups for them to drink from. She spends hours and hours immersed in her own little world.

Lile, at very nearly five, chooses her own outfit everyday because, apparently, I don't do a good enough job. Mention the word 'tracksuit' to her and she'll start to cry. I am already dreading breaking it to her that she'll have to wear one to school in September...

Lile doesn't go out of her way to make friends, or impress people. She likes to observe from the sidelines and join in when she feels like it. I suppose it can look like shyness. But when she decides she likes you, you'll be greatly rewarded. With more affection than you can handle. My favourite example of this is that every Friday, she makes sure that she gets some one-on-one time with her Great-Grandmother. Lile goes into her Great-nana's small living room and pulls the door behind her. Outside, in the kitchen, I listen to them laugh and natter together. It is one of my favourite sounds in the world.

Lile is funny. She has that quick wit I always admire in people and never managed to master myself. I always think of the perfect retort three days after the fact. Lile listens well and is always ready with a play on words or smart-ass comment. Today she told me she was enjoying her 'self-conscious yoghurt'... who knows what conversation she had been listening in on...

Lile's Catchphrase: "Can I draw for a little while?" (often at 4am)

Sábha:


Sábha, at almost five, loves to move. From the moment she wakes up every morning she is on the go. Dancing, twirling, tumbling and climbing. And she's got the bruises to prove it. Not that she cares. Her other favourite thing is music. If she's not demanding we play her favourite videos on "New Tube", she's singing her own, perfectly rhyming, songs at the top of her lungs or 'helping' her Daddy play his guitar. She can identify a guitar solo at fifty paces and heavy metal is her favourite. Though she's partial to a bit of Katy Perry too.

Sábha, at very nearly five, is not very interested in clothes. Or hairstyles. Or stuff in general, actually. She gets as enthusiastic about pebbles and feathers as she does about new toys. And if I put a potato sack on her instead of a dress, I doubt she'd even notice. I'm not even vaguely worried about telling her about her school uniform.

Sábha is a joy. She always knows the right thing to say in any situation, makes friends quickly and easily and charms everyone she meets. She really LOVES her friends. I can see it in her eyes as she rushes up to hug her 'bestie' at the Naíonra gate and at how excited she gets when I tell her we'll be seeing her cousins. She's absolutely a people person.

Sábha is clever and bright. She remembers all kinds of facts and regularly astounds me with her knowledge. She also has a great memory for really random things - like the fact that "Vanish Gold makes your whites 3-sades (shades) whiter"... She's an advertisers dream.

Sábha's Catchphrase: "This is the best day EVER" (announced every. single. day.)


Five years ago tomorrow, at 9.30am (Lile) and 9.33am (Sábha) I met my favourite people in the world. I can't adequately capture all of their unique them-ness in just a few hundred words and a couple of photos, but believe me when I tell you that they're the best thing that's ever happened to me.

They are challenging and crazy and exhausting and magical and I can't even imagine the past five years without them. Happy FIVE, my darlings!

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  1. Happy five girls! Can't wait for the birthday party posts

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    1. Thanks, Sinéad! Ooooh! The pressure! I really hope I get a chance to take photos tomorrow!

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  2. Aw, wow, five is a definite milestone! Happy birthday to the girlies and happy, joyful birth-day to you, lovely mama xxxxxx

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  3. Oh! What a beautiful, beautiful post. Happy birthday Lile and Sábha!

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  4. That's just lovely. Isn't it amazing how different twins can be? Lile sounds very much like a six year old close to my heart, what with the drawing and the tiny playthings and the observing rather than diving in. :)

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    1. Thanks so much. I've often thought the same when reading about your little girl ;)

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  5. Happy Birthday Girls have the best day EVER!!! Lovely post xxx

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  6. Happy Five girls, have the best day EVER - this is an absolutely gorgeous post!

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  7. How lovely, happy birthday to two beautiful, unique and wonderful little girls. What a touching post, I may have something in my eye after reading that! xxx

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    1. Aw, Naomi! Don't make me start to sniffle again!! Thank you xx

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  8. What a beautiful post! Happy birthday girls! Have an amazing day x

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  9. Such a beautiful post :). Happy Birthday to you all!

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  10. This is so, so sweet Sadhbh. Your girls really are the coolest little individuals. And I don't say those things willy nilly. Happiest of birthdays Lile and Sabha!

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  11. Such a beautiful post :)
    Happy 5th birthday Líle & Sábha, have a wonderful day Sadhbh.
    Nicola

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