Big C is an inquisitive yet cautious 6-year-old boy, and Little C is a rambunctious, impulsive 3-year-old girl. As I watch them grow, I love seeing their personalities develop and their quirks become more pronounced. Some are cute. Some are funny. Some are downright mind-boggling. But they're all small parts of what make them who they are.
Here are my...
Top 10 List of My Children's Quirks
10) Big C can't sleep without the blue blankie from his infancy that he dubbed "Long Tag." We tried to put a second identical blankie into the laundry rotation, but even at 2 years old, he knew better. He only snuggles with the original, the blanket with the longer tag. "Short Tag" still sits in his dresser drawer for emergencies.
9) Little C refuses to wear anything in her hair. She has long, beautiful blonde hair that hits halfway down her back. Grown women pay hundreds of dollars to have hair like hers. Yet she refuses to let me put any barrettes, bows, or clips in it. (And I refuse to cut it...one of my own quirks!)
8) Big C uses the word "actually" incessantly. He was telling me a story the other day, and I think he used actually in every sentence, sometimes twice. (But to his credit, have you ever noticed how overused that word is? If you listen to grown-ups talk, you'll hear it constantly.)
7) Little C will only allow Mommy to put her to bed, and she has a strict routine. Brush teeth, bedtime story, potty, 3 kisses, 3 hugs, 3 high fives, 3 knuckle bumps. If anything is out of order, she freaks out, and she either ends up crying herself to sleep or we have to start the routine all over again.
6) Big C has not 1, but 2 cowlicks on the back of his head. By the time he was 4, I was already using styling gel in his hair.
5) Little C refuses to sleep under the covers. She is the reason I'm sweating at night because we have to bump up the thermostat so she won't freeze.
4) Big C will only try new foods on "New Food Monday." He is the world's pickiest eater so last year I told him he had to try a new food every day. But when he learned how to spontaneously vomit at the dinner table, I needed a new plan. Hence New Food Monday. He knows every Monday he has to try a new food. But if it's not Monday, forget it. That's why that boy ate PB and J on Thanksgiving.
3) Little C adamantly refuses to wear anything that constricts her belly. This quirk began as a baby when she threw a fit whenever I strapped her into her carseat. Now, she won't wear pants with buttons (bye bye adorable jeans and pink butterfly camouflage pants!). And I can't dress her in cute dresses and skirts because she won't wear tights. I realized just how rebellious she can be when she came home from school one day with holes ripped in her tights.
2) Big C is obsessed with "Waffle Time." A couple of years ago, back when I was a full-time Domestic Engineer and my kids weren't in school, I allowed them to eat waffles with a tv show. It started as a bribe because Big C refused to eat breakfast and by mid-morning he was starving and I couldn't convince him to eat. Now that I work and he's in school, "Waffle Time" is now a special treat on the weekends. And he doesn't let me forget it!
1) Little C loves being naked and will find any excuse to take all her clothes off. A drop of milk spills on her shirt? She strips. A dot of yogurt on her leggings? Off go the clothes. She has to poop? That's right, she's pooping naked.
What quirks do your kids have? What quirks do YOU have?