This particular Christmas was an exciting one. Our family lives in Indiana; we live in Arizona, and in June, my sister and I gave birth to beautiful little girls within 3 days of each other. This Christmas vacation was the first time we were able to introduce the babies.
It is so incredibly interesting how 2 babies who are only 3 days apart can be so different. My gorgeous niece has beautiful, brown skin, dark hair (parts of it very long), dark eyes, and long legs. Our little girl has porcelain skin (a.k.a super pale), big blue eyes, blond fuzz for hair (if anything), short, stubby legs, and rolls upon rolls of chubbiness. My niece has an old soul and knowing eyes. She's calm, reserved, and rather independent. Our little one is a ball of energy, gets bored easily, and remains busy all day. Everything she touches goes straight to her mouth. Already a bully, she pulled the niece's hair and made her cry. The difference in cries is interesting as well. My daughter's cry could shatter glass. Well, maybe not, but it is loud and clear. The niece? Soft and muffled.
The niece is a little sturdier on her feet (probably because of the longer legs) and sits by herself with no problem. Emma still topples over (probably because of her chubbier torso) but is constantly on the move. She is figuring out how to crawl and the niece is perfectly content remaining still. The niece is quiet and introspective. Emma is a chatterbox and tells everyone how she's feeling. :-)
It was fun having the girls together. I'm excited to see how they grow and become best friends. :-) My point for this post, however, is to reiterate how different babies are. Every baby develops at his or her own pace. If you're a new mom and constantly comparing your little one to others or even to the milestone charts found all over the internet, don't obsess over it. We're individuals from birth. We all learn and grow in various ways and at various times.