Today, as usual, I was talking with a few patients at work about my kids. I was telling them how I have realized that I have complete opposites for children. Obviously, there is one major difference: G is a boy, and L is a girl. They also have opposite colored hair and skin tones. However, they have been created from the same gene pool, have been raised thus far with the same expectations and values, and are together 90%+ of their day. How in the world can they be so different?!
This morning was a prime example. I got up and was out of the house for a run at 5:20am. I returned at 6am to enter the house hearing G singing and lots of TV and lights on. J informed me that G had been up for some time, and was already asking for breakfast. And so my day begins. *sigh* L had to be woken up almost an hour later.
L eats anything, even spicy foods and meats like steak and pork chops. G eats a lot of yogurt, peanut butter sandwiches, and his alloted 1 pop-ice per day. He will not touch anything remotely hot.
On a typical night, G throws a fit at bedtime and comes down the stairs at least 2 times requesting bathroom, drink, etc. He finally falls asleep at 10pm (we put him to bed at 830pm) and gets up between 4:55 and 7am (yes you read that right). He refuses naps most days, and occasionally will sleep on the couch. He did not sleep through the night until 6 mo and I regularly find him in our bed in the wee morning hours. L sleeps from 8pm-7:30am with an additional 2 hrs of nap during the day. She has slept through the night since 3 mo.
G will go nonstop until we make him rest. There is no doubt that he would go for days without sleeping. If there were enough dump trucks, tractors, and superhero toys, he would never have to stop playing! L will lay down on the ground when she is tired, and go to sleep. She does not cry when we put her in her crib.
L will carry her baby around in a choke hold all day long. That’s the only toy she needs. G gets every toy in the living room out; when he plays, toys go flying and there is a lot of noise. His bed is FULL of books and toys.
G reads books upon books. He LOVES to be read to. Always has. L reads 3 books and is done. Then she needs to roam the house and retrieve her baby from the bathtub, where she last left her.
G loves to help out. If someone is doing something, he is there. ‘G do’ is one of his favorite phrases. L is happy watching, as long as her baby is in hand.
L likes to wear cute dresses and outfits, or at least she doesn’t mind it. If he had his choice, G would run naked, or in a superhero cape (if it was cold).
In all honesty, I like having complete opposites for children. It keeps life interesting. You never know when G will break out in air guitar or where L will leave her baby. 😉