When you have your first kid, you want everything to be perfect. You want him or her to be the first one lifting their head, eating, crawling, walking, talking, anything and everything, you want that kid to be first. It’s understandable, and normal. Then comes number two and you let him or her have a little slack, maybe to see how they develop compared to their sibling. You note the differences, shrug them off, and continue on your way. Then you have number three and watch to see which sibling he or she most closely related to in development. Noted. And then there is #4. With Charli, I swear, we didn’t do a damn thing. Here are some interesting facts about lucky #4.
1| The first time Charli picked up a writing utensil, she held correctly and even wrote with it correctly. I spent what felt like six months trying to teach Afton how to hold a pencil, and sometimes I still have to correct her hold. Same for Delaney; they’re determined to write incorrectly as if their lives depend upon it.
2| Her favorite phrases include: I didn’t do it, I did it, Hi Dad, and Uh oh. Sounds like she knows how to deal with being blamed by her sisters, yes?
3| At 15 months old, we are already prepping Charli for the transition into potty training. If there is one thing I am determined to power through, it’s getting her out of diapers. I’ve been dealing with diapers for nearly six years now, and enough is enough! Afton potty-trained herself at 2.5 years old, just randomly one day. Delaney took about a month, also around 2.5 years old, and Vivienne was evil, torturing us with 6 months of wet beds, soiled clothing, and lots and lots of laundry. I enrolled Charli in the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy, so hopefully our potty training journey with Charli will be short and sweet. Besides, doesn’t she look just adorable in those Doc McStuffins Pull-Ups?!
4| Charli hates clothing. She’d rather be naked, but with several layers of shirts acting as a trendy scarf. She usually prefers dirty shirts pulled straight from the laundry basket, but she’ll take whatever she can get her hands on. This can include sheets, blankets, Daddy’s hats, and shoes. She is one stylish kid, fo sho.
5| Getting a shower is Charli’s obsession. I think she gets dirty on purpose, knowing that I’ll throw her into the shower instead of trying to clean her up with a wipe. She’ll just stand there in the tub waiting for me to turn on the shower and then she does this crazy fast-footed dance number that looks reminiscent of a gotta pee dance, and then she’ll giggle wildly and try to drink all the water. And seriously, she used to be deathly afraid of the bath. Like screaming bloody murder kind of deathly afraid. So glad THAT’S over. Ha!
I can’t wait to learn more about this crazy kid as she grows; she has quite the personality and I have a feeling she will dominate over her sisters in time…we shall see!