My two-and-a-half year old daughter, Hope, has always been a bit of an achiever when it comes to baby milestones. She walked at nine months and could sing the alphabet song in it's entirety, including the end part before her second birthday. Right from the beginning, her personality gave her a sort of drive to reach certain goals. This spring and summer she managed to hit a few more milestones, launching her further into full-fledged kid-dom. No more diapers... no more sippy cups.. no more high chair.
On the other hand, her baby sister Maddie seems to have quite a different style. Even in these first months she is clearly less interested in achieving things for herself and more interested in the people around her. She is less independent and more cuddly. At 7 months, she has just recently managed to master rolling over in both directions. She is tackling things at a much more laid back pace. I always knew that my two children would be different from eachother and that there was not much use in making comparisons.
It is fun and interesting to see their differences played out even at such young ages... and although some of the things which make them unique are more subtle, some truly are not. I am glad for this because it serves as a reminder to me that although I am "mom" to both of them and many things must remain consistent within our home, still there are some times when equality is less important than addressing and caring for each child as an individual.