Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sibling Dynamics

I definitely see stark contrasts in my children's behavior currently. Perhaps it is their difference in age. Maybe it's about the gender. Or maybe, it's all personality.

Child number one (2yr old girl):
Cries and refuses to eat when I don't spoon feed her.
Gets upset when food gets on her hands.

Child number two (1yr old boy):
Screams and refuses to eat when I do spoon feed him because he wants to do it.
Gets upset if I don't let him stick his hands in the food.

To each his own.

Latest Parenting Mistake
Don't feed your 1 year old cotton candy at the circus. He may recognize the resemblance in the green cotton stuffing of the chair cushions.

Sibling Rivalry
There was a small battle concerning Annalee's brush that Luke wanted to play with that Annalee, of course, didn't want him to touch because it's, in her words, "mine!" So I tried to mitigate the issue by having Annalee give him a comb, which she did, after yanking the brush from him. A few minutes later, the episode of the brush supposedly forgotten as the kids seemed to be engaged in different play activities, I suddenly saw Luke take off towards the back rooms like a baseball player stealing home. I had to laugh when I spied in his hand Annalee's brush. He was high-tailing it out of there as fast as his little legs could carry him! Unfortunately for him, Annalee also realized what he was doing and she chased him down, once again yanking it from his hands. No homerun this time.

For the most part they seem to get along quite well. They have taken to hiding in Luke's closet (lights off and door shut). I don't know what they do, but with all the giggling they seem to be enjoying themselves. I tried to accompany them to see what all the fun was about and Annalee promptly kicked me out saying: "Mami, fuera. Shut da door." I can take a hint.


Coach Ann said...

Welcome to motherhood!

Aimee and David said...

That is too cute!!

Vance said...
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Vance said...

First of all, that is just cute. I'm excited for the day when my 2 can play together. Now for my RD advice--don't spoon feed Annie even if she won't eat. It is her job to feed herself and she is just trying to get attention. She will eat once she realizes you aren't going to play her game and do it for her. Now as your sister, Mylah feels the same about her hands so it may be gender over age? She doesn't mind digging in with them, but after each bite she holds her hands up and out and says, "hands, hands!" I usually just leave the wash cloth next to her and let her take care of it herself, but then she mops up the spaghetti sauce off her plate with it. The best was when she was eating doritos--I refused to wash them after each chip knowing full well they would just get cheesy again. She wasn't happy about that, but she got over it . . . eventually. Oh, and thanks for the advice on the cotton candy!

30 year-old Dad said...

Marielle & I just watched videos of "Bow & Nya-Nya." We miss you!!