It amazes me sometimes how very different the girls have been. From the very beginning, when R was born, I remember being amazed, wow, a baby CAN cry that loud? She screamed and screamed. E just kind of whined, and not very often at that. R reminded me of a banshee.
Now, suddenly, R is walking — not just walking, but walking really, really well. And in this, too, she is completely different from E. E took her first little steps at 7 months, and was very persistent in those wobbly first steps: I caught her on video the very first day. It took her ages to grow to proficiency, but she would try… and fall. E was our child with the bumps and bruises and cuts on her face, the one who made us childproof our table corners and remove every possible obstacle from the house. R, on the other hand… I’m not exactly sure when her “first” steps were, because she’d never repeat them more than once in a week or so. And yet by 7 months or so we could “trick” her into taking steps; one time we counted no less than seven across my parents’ carpeted floor. She clearly had better balance and coordination than E, but absolutely no daredevil streak at all. So she didn’t really walk that anyone could see until last month (8 months)… and then she had a little fall, and that was the end of that for about three weeks. Finally, one day this week, she literally just let go of the couch and by the end of the hour was walking all around the house (not really falling at all), climbing up stairs, climbing over obstacles… she’s like the little dream child, because we haven’t had to childproof things at all, but she doesn’t really ever get hurt. And now today she’s half running down the hallway at church, enough to make Mommy terrified of the tile floor!
They’re such different children!