Update - The Third Child is the Charm

Back in April I wrote about my youngest daughter, Andrea,  and how she was more “active” and defiant than my other two daughters.  I also mentioned she wouldn’t listen to us and would do her own thing.  Many of you responded and told me to be patient, that she was only 19 months old.  Well, she’s now 24 months and she is still very active.  I would like to share with you some examples of her activity.  But, what surprises me from this activity is that my other 2 daughters never did this, so who does she learn this from?

About 2 weeks ago I put her down for a nap in her crib.  I heard her babbling for a while and then I didn’t hear anything.  I thought she was sleeping.  Then about 15 minutes later I heard babbling again.  I didn’t like the sound of the this babbling so I went to check on her.  As I opened the door I hit something.  I thought it was a blanket because it was soft.  Well, it wasn’t a blanket.  It was Andrea.  She had climbed out her crib!!  I thought, “OH MY GOD!”  Is she okay?  Did she hurt herself?  I checked her out and she was fine.  She was a bit shaken but that was it.  When I told my husband about this he chuckled and asked for a demonstration from her and she obliged.

Just last week we were sitting in a booth at the ice cream parlor, when she took my comb out of my purse.  She began combing the hair of the lady in the next booth.  I apologized to the lady and then turned to Andrea to take the comb away from her.  As I was turning I saw her put the comb into her jacket.  I asked her for the comb and she said in Spanish, “Where is it?” as she shrugged her shoulders and held her hands up in surprise.  The lady didn’t understand what she said but understood her body language and found her actions very amusing.  Needless to say I was left speechless by a 2 year old.

She’s also very good at imitating other as many children are.  She loves to pretend to do homeowrk as her sisiters do but she takes it too far.  She’s taken sidewalk chalf and done her homework on our porch stairs and on our coffee table.  Thank goodness chalk is easy to remove, but I’m dreading when she does this with crayons.  Other things she does, acting mad.  When she is mad she will cross her arms, lower her head and show a mean face.

Well we’ve figured she’s going to need more patience from us than the others did and we need to keep her more occupied on productive things such as coloring or placing pieces of a puzzle.  We are sure looking forward to her growing out of this.  Ay Mamá!

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  • I have two children, not three, but I have heard from others with three, about the fierce independence the third usually exhibits. It's so funny!

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