A good example of this was today in church. Alivia was pretty content reading a book and eating her cheerios. Adalyn...not so much. There was no detaining this girl. She wanted to be on the run, exploring every nook and cranny she could find. She was up and down the hall about 20 times (maybe more). She had to touch the plants, push the chairs, press her face up to the glass doors, etc. She was all.over.the.place.
Adalyn is our adventurous one. She has no fear (unfortunately). She needs to be where the action is at all times (which probably somewhat explains her sleeping troubles). She would wander off to timbuktu if we would allow it. She will socialize with anyone who will give her the time of day.
Alivia, on the other hand, is our reserved child. She finds comfort in knowing where mom and dad are at all times if we're out in public. She's unlikely to stray too far unless we're right behind her. She has developed a healthy amount of stranger anxiety and will look to us to make sure it is okay to smile and/or "talk" to people she's not familiar with.
Even the way they do things is different. Adalyn gives kisses by pursing her lips and saying "mmmm" (though she seems to have dropped some of the vocals of giving a kiss). Alivia gives kisses by opening her mouth up as wide as she can, and as soon as you move a bit closer, she tries to bite your lips off. No lie. Kisses with her gotta be quick!! Adalyn will pick up one or two crackers at a time and come back to the snack table several times until she's had enough. Alivia picks up as many crackers as her tiny hands can allow so that she only has to make one pit stop at the snack table but she has enough to fill her belly for the next few hours!
They're different...in so many ways. From the way they look (Adalyn like me and Alivia like Nate), to the way they learn, to their personalities, to the way they act. They're two very different little people.
She was none too thrilled about having her picture taken
They're learning to play nice with Desi