My two babies are about two months apart in age, and right now they're neck-and-neck developmentally speaking. They're both on the brink of walking, they're both beginning to obviously understand much of what I say to them, they're both nurturing a sense of humor.
But they each have their own distinct style.
have both learned how to wave goodbye, but while Ezra's wave is a dopey
looking full-arm flopping affair, Athena's is a perfect, refined
princess wave. Her wave belongs on a parade float.
both have fully committed to the dropping-food-on-the-floor stage of
life. But while Ezra drops food (half of the time by accident) and then
immediately cranes over the high chair tray to see if the dog will eat
it, Athena picks up her food, delicately licks it, and then flings it as
hard as she can across the kitchen.
Ezra is extremely
food motivated. When I pick Ezra up, he will desperately unleash all
five ASL signs I've taught him (more, all done, milk, diaper change,
please) in the hopes that they will result in food. When I try to teach
Athena ASL signs, she deliberately looks the other way. She is not interested in your puerile human
tricks. She might eat the food you offer her, if she feels like it. But only if you hand feed her one nibble at a time. Otherwise it's a swift swipe to the floor.
So basically what I'm saying is that Ezra is kind of like a dog, and Athena is kind of like a cat.