I have always been very fascinated by birth order, sibling differences and family dynamics. It's the psychology and social work background for sure, but also general fascination with it. My sisters and I are all 3 so very different even with being raised in the same house. Aside from looking very different, our personalities vary greatly, as I'm sure many siblings out there do!
Then I had my own 2 girls. Holy Cow are they ever the epitomy of the term "Night and Day" or "Oil and Water"!! From the pregnancy to the present they couldn't be more different and that DEFINITELY keeps us on our toes. I was just certain Ella was a boy since my pregnancy was so different from Maya's. Imagine my surprise when I found out I was having another girl. I believe I said "REALLY??!!" and the doctor quickly asked if I was disappointed! Of course not, just very, very surprised.
I can only imagine how this will get perpetuated through the years. I go back and forth on who I will worry about more during those sometimes tumultuous girl teenage years. Maya, the quiet and introspective one; or Ella, the wild child. I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on Ella during the college years. I mean, who runs around naked at 7:00 in the morning screaming "I'VE GOT NAKED SKILLS!". Her dad and I remember quite well what happens during those freedom years!
Then there's Maya at the opposite end of the spectrum where we are constantly encouraging her to let loose a little, dance like crazy and sing at the top of her lungs. Let's hope there's some balance with those 2 and they continue to become the best of friends. That's my wish and nothing more: health and happiness for them.
I've been wanting to do a layout for quite some time about their differences and finally put one together quickly for Pebbles' Whip It Up Wednesday today. I used the New Arrival Boys and Girls lines for the added contrast.
We didn't plan this, but I'm so glad we had Ali take these 2 pictures. It was completely Maya's idea to have a picture with her dad and one of Ella and I. Ella, the spitting image of me, and Maya, her dad's look alike!
And now I feel for my mother who had to parent 3 completely different personalities! It's tough work. Definitely rewarding, but never a dull moment for sure!