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October 20, 2006

Sisters and Friends

Sisters_friendsAs we approach the 2 month anniversary of Maddy's arrival in our family, I thought I'd write about how the girls are getting along.

They go everywhere together and mimic everything the other one does.  If Gwen decides to lay down on the floor at the mall and flop around like a goldfish out of water, Maddy is down on the floor in a flash and ready to experience some of that fun for herself!  If Maddy is handed a toy, Gwen's got her hand out and there better be something equally desirable getting pressed into it real soon!  Same goes for food and drink.  Even if they're not hungry or thirsty, if one is eating or drinking, the other must also be eating or drinking.  Likewise, if one throws their food on the floor, smears it in her hair or lobs it at Daddy, the other is compelled to do it too.

We started Timeouts this week and Gwen was sitting in the "No No" Chair (a decommissioned highchair with a good seat belt).  Even though she was only sentenced to two minutes in The Chair, she was wailing at the top of her lungs with big, wet, round tears dripping from her cheeks.  Maddy was standing in front of her wiping Gwen's tears away with a stubby toddler finger and when I unstrapped Gwen and lifted her from the chair, Maddy climbed in and started to cry!  I guess she wanted to have her turn too! 

Other than crying during a super rare time-out, there's not much crying in our household.  There are peals of laughter and shrieks of delight and - unfortunately - plenty of screaming!  The girls play pretty well together but their one and only response to having a toy taken away is to scream.  To say that Mommy and Daddy aren't too keen on this would be an understatement.

They seem to like dressing alike except that they have very clear preferences for their shoes.  Gwen loves her boots and Maddy prefers her sneakers with the flashing lights.  If one takes their shoes off, the other will strip her own feet nekkid immediately also. 

And, speaking of nekkid Gwen and Maddy have decided that it's great fun to strip nu*de in their crib at nap and bedtime so we have to use a diaper pin to lock the zipper of their one-piece PJ's in place.

So, all in all, they're doing better than we dared hope.  They have the run of the whole house (less the kitchen) and they choose to be together in the same room all the time.  Frequently, they'll start off chasing each other to reclaim a toy and the chase turns into a super fun game and they end up laughing and running and forget all about the toy.  They sleep well in the same bedroom and seem to get lots of comfort from having the other one there.  They really do entertain themselves and that makes parenting much easier.   It's challenging for one parent to go anywhere with two small children but everything else seems easier than just having one. 

It'll be interesting to see how their relationship evolves as their personalities develop.   I never had a sister so I have high hopes for them!


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