I have a bad habit of referring to Apple and Orange as a unit, or even as “the twins.” For their birthday posts, I am going to try to give them each their due. They will be two tomorrow. Hold me.
Orange likes: coloring – especially with markers, ducks, puppies, grandmas, and grandpas. Mostly grandmas. And Mama. Orange has a decided preference for Mama right now, and she is a girl who speaks her mind about such things.
Orange dislikes: being asked to put away her markers (or her Nuk!), being left in her crib to sleep when she has made it clear that SHE DOES NOT WANT TO, and ice cream that is too cold.
She is a motherly little thing; she has a doll who sleeps with her every night. “Baby,” as she is appropriately named, is lavished with kisses for her owies, milk when she is thirsty, and even occasional brief chances to suck on Orange’s own precious Nuk.
Orange uses signs with words. The signs seem to be helping her remember the word itself — she just learned to say “milk” in this way after signing it for months. She seeks out familiar pictures in all her books, looking for words she knows, even though she doesn’t say them all.
She likes to observe, especially in bigger groups or unfamiliar places. Although I’ve seen her lately get a little bolder in those situations, she’ll often be content to sit on my lap or hover close to me. She gradually moves away as she gets more comfortable. Sometimes I think she even surprises herself, when she finds she’s having fun independently. Her caution does pay off. She is welcome on laps throughout the family — a toddler who will sit still and cuddle, even for a minute, is a rare thing. And she scopes out where all the good toys are while she watches the other kids play with them, so when she’s ready to play she doesn’t waste any time on sub-prime fun.
Orange, you are a thoughtul, happy, sweet girl. You are growing up so fast! I love you, and happy birthday!