I am daily astounded by the differences and similarities between my babies. Z is precocious. She was an early talker. She has made shocking speeches from the time she was eleven months old. Most recently, we have been potty training and we spent an eternally long couple of days in the Mythical Big Girl Panties. It didn’t go well. We had SEVERAL accidents. Finally, Z looked at me and said:
“Mommy, I think my Big Girl Panties are bwoken.”
I said, “Really, Z, what’s going on.”
“They have holes in them. They don’t hold the peepee,” Z replied candidly.
After trying to contain my laughter, I promptly switched her back to pull ups. Clearly she just isn’t ready for this.
Baby Bird only communicates in a string of grunts and pointing and screaming. It is amazingly, just as effective as Z’s soliloquys.
Z is afraid of everything:
- Going too far from the house
- Anything on TV that is not PBS
- The dark
- The dining room (for some inexplicable reason)
Baby Bird is fearless. She crawls headlong into danger. I lost track of her the other day and looked up and she was half way up the stairs oblivious to her impending head injury. I was trying to get some housework done the other day and I noticed a black spot on her face. I went over to examine what was going on, and found half a bug hanging out of her mouth. She was happily munching on the other wriggly bit. When I removed the half that was accessible, she grunted, pointed and screamed about the loss of her delicious bug. Moments after that, I found her trying to smash a snow globe into the carpet with both hands trying obtain access to its delicious contents.
And sand…. Where Z would timidly taste a little play sand, making a horrible face and discarding it, Baby Bird got a cup of the stuff and was drinking it like a med student guzzling coffee at two am on the wards.
I don’t really know what I expected. I guess I assumed that they would be miniature clones of me. Yet they have their own personalities that I had nothing to do with. They came out endowed by God as the sweet little individuals I am now responsible for. I thought they would be a blank slate, but I guess it is more fun un-wrapping the layers that are Baby Bird and Z. It is the most wonderful present I have ever unwrapped.