The Big One Organizes, the Little One Destroys


One of the biggest differences between our first-born and our second-born is their organizational skills. You wouldn’t know it by the appearance of the bigger one’s room, but the girl has some seriously tidy tendencies. She has colored in the lines from the day she could hold the crayon. Lining things up in perfect order was an afternoon activity for her. She had puzzles she will take apart, stack in perfect order and reassemble a dozen times. LEGOs? Won’t make anything unless she has all the pieces and step-by-step instructions.

I swear this little tic is not my fault.

Which brings me to Vivi, who at this moment is nothing like her big sister was.

Vivi is destructo-baby. Stack blocks in front of her and she will knock them down before you can get a decent tower built. Line balls up in a row? She’s not having it. She’ll kick and fling them to the far corners of the room before she’ll let you bring peace and order to her playthings. She has one toy she will simply pull towards herself only to watch it recoil and tip backwards.


And over.

And over.

Cody picks it up for her every time, this afternoon they played their little tilt and drop game while Cody watched football. She’d tip it over, look at him with a “WHAT OF IT NOW, DAD?” look. Without even looking, he’d set it upright for her and the game continued on.

I can see many battles in the future as Addie builds marvelous towers and buildings of Lincoln Logs and LEGOs, only to have a giant baby come tearing through all of her hard work with one swipe of a fist.

Obviously planning out future characteristitcs of my children based on the silly things they do at 8 months old is slightly ridiculous, or am I just preparing myself for the future fights?


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Also babbled …

I kept my baby out past curfew.

When is it time to boot that tiny baby to their own room?


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