I love how my kids are so different! Sometimes I just sit and think of all the ways…
Having a girl for almost 7 years before I got my son, I was not prepared for what having a boy would be like. From pregnancy, to labor, to this day, they are SO different, besides the obvious. We didn’t find out what we were having, so a girl was a surprise. I was sure it was going to be a boy. Chloe’s pregnancy was cake, labor sucked but not too long, 8 hours. But from day one, she was a fussy, difficult baby! She wouldn’t nurse, she cried all the time, she go sick from 5 months on, never slept through the night! It was exhausting. She didn’t nap very long at a time. Besides not knowing who I was after having a baby, I was dealing with sleep deprivation and not knowing if I was doing the thing right. She had ear tubes at 11 months, tonsils out at 3 years. She took a binky until she was 3. She slept horrible. It sounds all negative…but it really was hard.
Pregnancy with Brody was rough. He was on my sciatic nerve so from 5 months on I was in complete misery daily. Nights were horrible, days were horrible. We knew we were having a boy which I was not so happy about. I wanted another girl, so I had to get over it! I got really sick when I was 8 months and had to go to the hospital, I couldn’t stop throwing up and they were afraid I would go into labor. Labor and deliver were cake! I went home the next day. He nursed like a champ! He didn’t sleep through the night till about 3-4 months, but he napped so well. When he finally did start sleeping through the night he didn’t cry out like she did. He went from taking 3 naps a day, to 2 naps a day. He just started taking 1 nap a day in January! He wasn’t sick much his whole first year. He sleeps when he’s sick, which was a shock to me.
I love how God placed in Chloe the heart of a girly girl, but also she is rough and tumble and can play with worms and fish! She loves jewelry and play makeup , she loves to dress up, high heels and nail polish. She loves to pretend, to help me cook, and boss people around.
Brody just knew how to be a boy. One day he found a car and started pushing it around, like a car should go. He loves to be rough and tackle and growl. He climbs and gets into everything. (Chloe never did that). He’ll tell me off in baby language. I love discovering new things about him.
I can’t imagine not having them in my life. Are there things I’d do differently if I could go back, sure. But I’m so grateful that God’s ways are not our ways.