The week before school
Today was the first day Maddy's hair seemed long enough to french braid so I gave it a shot and I think it came out pretty cute. I had to use a ton of hairspray though!
It's been 8 months since she took the scissors to her own hair and cut it all the way down to the scalp. I don't know who cried more when she did that but she's enjoying having long hair now so I think we're finally out of the self imposed haircut stage. Phew, that's one childhood rite of passage that I'm happy to have avoided with my two other kids and thrilled to finally be putting behind us with Madeline!
Of course, we all know Gwen and Maddy are not real twins in the conventional sense but they're only one month different in age and they've been together for their entire life (as they remember it) so I often think of them as twins. Can you believe I've actually gotten nasty emails from parents of 'real' twins who think we're encroaching on their sacred turf when we loosely apply the term "twin" to our virtual twins? Geesh.... I think someone needs a nap!
Anyway, when we traveled to China in summer of 2006 to adopt Maddy, they had just turned two and they were quite physically similar and everyone thought they were twins and would constantly ask us about it. We always told the truth even though it sometimes seemed like it was too much personal information to share with strangers. Much has changed in three years and people don't make that mistake now so we hardly ever get the question.
Maddy looks so tiny next to her sister but she's actually in the 50th percentile for height and weight on the Chinese charts so she's the 'normal' one. Gwen is way off the top of the charts but healthy and well proportioned so who cares! Just for fun, here are some comparisons:
Maddy is 41 inches tall and weighs 31 pounds.
Gwen is 45 inches tall and weighs 54 pounds.
Maddy wears a size 8 shoe.
Gwen wears a size 12 shoe.
Maddy wears a size 4 (slim).
Gwen wears a size 6 (regular).
Maddy LOVES to embellish her look with anything flashy or gaudy. Sequins anyone?
Gwen tolerates girly stuff but absolutely refuses to wear buttons. (hmmm... why???)
Maddy will eat just about anything and everything - but always in small quantities.
Gwen will only eat carbs and dairy products (to our dismay) - and always wants more.
Maddy is cautious and contemplative.
Gwen is a fearless risk-taker but very capable and that seems to keep her safe.
Maddy is highly artistic but very self critical.
Gwen is carefree and easy going but not very self-disciplined.
Maddy is the stereotypical "Princess"
Gwen is the stereotypical "Tom Boy"
Both are exquisitely beautiful, incredibly smart and hysterically funny and a day doesn't pass that I don't thank God for blessing me with this family. And that includes the wonderful men in my life: Our talented son, Michael, and my best friend and father to all my kids; my amazing husband, Andrew.