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In my mom's group for example, there are around 6 boys all within a few months of Oli. Some are still breastfeeding, some stopped long ago. Some aren't walking, some are sprinting. Some are sleeping through the night, others not even close. Some love the play kitchen and using their hands, others love books and plush toys. They're just all SO different. And all healthy and lovely.
But what really gets me is when I look at my two babies. How different they are. Somehow I expected my kids to be different from other children, but alike to one another. Which is silly, because my sister and I have more distinct qualities than same ones! And since they're just 14.5 months apart, I have a really easy time remembering the stages and ages they were when they did almost everything, so comparing to one another is simple (and not comparing in a bad way, like "why isn't he doing what she did", just as a point of interest).
They were both born exactly 8 days early, both breast and formula fed, and both slept through the night around 3 months. AND THAT'S WHERE THE SIMILARITIES END. Oh, and they're last names are both Morrice :)
Oli's favourite vegetable is avocado. Lily loves almost every vegetable but avocado. She hates it!
Lily was a late talker (though she's almost all caught up now!) and started making real progress in December (28 months). Oli already has at least 10 distinct, clear words and learns new ones daily (14 months).
Lily always loved getting alone with books and reading aloud from a very young age. Oli is only now gaining an interest, and only for certain books.
Oli is a cuddle monkey and loves to be held. Lily has always been more independent and only super touchy-feely when she's sleepy or sick.
Oli calls Brad Daddy (Dad-eeeee!) and Lily has always called him Dada.
Lily has a lovey in monkey, and Oli never attached to a specific toy.
Oli loves cheese and could eat it for every meal. Lily eats it rarely and in smaller quantities.
Lily did a funny three-legged (1 arm too!) crawl, Oli crawls the conventional way.
Lily was walking by the time she was Oli's age (and a couple months before, if I recall), and Oli just took his first long stride (5 steps) today.
They're such unique little ones, even from one another. I want to remember the beauty in their distinctions and not ever wish one was like the other (when it suits me - like if one is easier at bedtime, etc). So thankful for every hair on their heads (Lily is also blonder than Oli, ha!), and who God has made them to be.