The difference between males and females can be summed up thusly:
The girls hold Seven, she fusses, they offer soothing words of comfort, shushes, and more active rocking and bouncing. They aim to settle a soul in unrest.
The boys hold Seven, she fusses, and one says: “If you’re going to be emotional I’m giving you back to your mother.”
Another says: “Oh, you want to fuss? I can fuss too! WAAAAAAH!” And they waaaaaah together for a short while.
One of the children needed olive oil in the ear to loosen up some wax. When an irrigation kit showed up to further help the process, Squeaky immediately managed to convince the victim that water gets squirted in one ear and comes out the other, bringing the wax with it. There was much horror, then much relief when I explained that wasn’t actually how it happened.
Indy and Saucepot got into a spat, at the end of which Indy sidled up to the Dearliest, wrapped his arms around him and with sickly sweet tones said, “Oh I love my Daddy” (all the while looking at Saucepot).
“Alright you little manipulator,” the Dearliest said. “Stop arguing and eat your soup.”
“Yes Daddy,” he replied. “Umm, but I’m not a manipulator. I’m a manip-you-now.”
I overheard the kids discussing math, specifically what types of problems they liked or disliked. “I love division,” Squeaky said. “I don’t know how to do it, I just love how the word sounds.”
This from the child who as a crawling baby started in room A (where child A was playing quietly), making herself annoying until child A carried her to room B (where child B was playing quietly). There she made herself annoying until child B carried her back to child A. And round they went, until child A and B both stood in the hallway arguing over who was going to deal with Squeaky, all the while Squeaky sat between them looking back and forth with a big grin on her face.
Pokado finally caught a Seven smile on camera! She started smiling responsively at 5 weeks…hard to believe, really. I’ve never had that early a smiler before. Cooing started at 4 weeks, and now at 2 months she’s already rolling from her back to her side. Crazy girl is going to keep me on my toes!