No Two Are The Same
That’s what they say isn’t it, no two are the same? No two pregnancies are the same, no two labours and no two babies. In my case, ‘they’ couldn’t be more accurate. As much as I tried throughout my pregnancy with Tayo – I couldn’t help but compare it to my first pregnancy – twinges I didn’t remember first time around, but how similar my bump was, almost identical in shape but perhaps bigger?
The comparisons continue on today as well. Leo and Tayo are very different. I thought with a second one I would know what I was doing. I’d done it all before after all. Apparently not.
Aside from Leo’s seeming inability to sleep he was pretty much a dream baby. He had a good routine – I knew when he wanted a bottle, when he wanted food, when he needed a cuddle or when he just wanted to be left to be. He took to his milk like a duck to water – he would down an 8oz bottle in under 45 seconds – yes it was so ridiculous that we used to time him. He was ALL for the milk and still is even now. Tayo on the other hand is barely interested in milk. Don’t get me wrong he has it and luckily we manage to at least give him the required amount for his age but he could very easily take it or leave it – unless its 3am and he’s screaming and demanding it.
You might know if you follow me on Instagram that Tayo is also not a great sleeper but even then it’s a different kind of rubbish sleep to Leo. Leo would fight to go down but he’d eventually cave/be so exhausted he’d fall asleep (I’m sure he had FOMO – in fact I think he still has it now) but then he would maybe sleep for 5 hours – maybe 6 sometimes – until he was about 16 months he only ever had one 7 hour stretch and that was the longest period of time he’d ever slept for. But it would get to three or four o’clock and that was it. He was awake. It was play time. No matter what we did, what we tried – he was up. Whereas Tayo is pretty easy to go down, he has his nice little 5 or 6 hours sleep and then he’s up between every hour and two.
Then there’s teeth – When Leo turned one he still just had those uber cute bottom two teeth whereas Tayo currently has four and boy do we know about it! I remember Leo being a big dribbler but not really that he was in too much discomfort whereas as Tayo, wowzer. He has suffered so badly – dribbling, not eating, ‘those’ nappies and refusing milk altogether. Poor baby.
And then there comes the developmental milestones. Leo was so hyper as a baby – so quick off the mark – so eager to try new things, to learn new tricks. And Tayo is so laid back he is almost horizontal. Leo crawled by seven months and the day he turned ten months he took his first unassisted steps and then there was no stopping him. Tayo turns ten months next week and we have a very confident roller, there is some hints of commando crawl and also a massive effort being put into figuring out how to bring his knees in to get to crawling position but he’s not there yet. He loves to stand and has a good push along in his walker but there are no signs of any steps being taken.
Two things they do seem to share; their smiles and their want to be sociable. Leo was a happy little baby – lots of smiles, so happy to go to nursery and explore and be with new people and so far it seems Tayo is following suit. His smile and his laugh take me right back four years and sometimes it’s like having baby Leo back in the room.
So that’s them. My boys. My two very different boys. I wasn’t prepared for one so laid back. I guess they all move at their own paces and Leo’s personality is perhaps just much more fast paced that Tayo’s.
Were your babies the same? Do they have similar personalities? Did they reach milestones at the same ages or were they different to each other? Or are you different to your siblings?
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