Chalk and Cheese
Our two youngest are very close in age, at only 16 months apart they have very similar facial features but they could not be more different personality wise. I love seeing their differences as it reminds me how unique we all are. They have been parented the exact same way, but their outlook on the world is very different.
Judah was your normal baby/toddler until he became about 18 months old. It has become increasingly more apparent as time goes on that this child is extremely self aware. He is cautious, maintains a keen observation of danger and likes to be in charge of what is happening to him. As a baby we could push him on the swings and he would love it, send him down the slides at the park and he’d gleefully giggle, but at about 18 months old he decided that this was no longer a place of fun, but a source of potential danger at every turn haha.
He loves going to the park still, but he will wander around the outskirts, enjoying walking up and down steps and exploring the grassy areas, playing in sand pits, but he won’t go on a swing, or go down a slide. He will walk to the top of the slide and then, walk back down again. We don’t push him, we don’t call him a wimp. We try and encourage him, the usual ‘yay Judah, are you coming down? Mummy will catch you.’ when he’s stood at the top of a slide but usually he replies no and toddles back down from whence he came.
Eden could not be more different. She will clamber on everything. Too tall for her, not a problem, she will maneuver a way to make it work, even if she hangs and lifts her body up. She is surprisingly strong for one so small. If she sees a giant slide, that is big for a child of Isis age (9) she will still walk her way to the top and slide down it. She doesn’t need any encouragement, any help (of course we will be following closely ready to catch at any point that she may stumble) she will go down sat on her bottom, head first on her front, led down feet first. She is our little adventurer and nothing will stop her. She will go in the swing and chuckle loudly as Daddy pushes her so high that I’m telling him to stop. She’s so fearless it wouldn’t surprise me if she tried to climb out whilst it’s swinging so I like to make sure she’s at a safe distance where we could catch her if she does do this. (I’m not being extreme here, this is 100% likely with Eden).
I love watching their differences and on Bank Holiday Monday when we met up with friends I took lots of photos of them playing on the park. Judah won’t get in the swing but he’ll push Eden when she’s on the swing. These pictures make my heart melt. I love you our beautiful babies. Don’t ever feel pressured to be anything other than who you are… who you are is just perfect xxx