A&C these days

January 5, 2016

Thank you so much for the fresh post ideas on yesterday’s post.  I’m feeling a lot of blogging mojo this year.  On day 4, anyway.

A few months ago, one of my oldest friends (hi F!) wrote to me that she would love a post on what A&C are like now — what they are doing, their personalities, and how they are alike and different.  Jenny mentioned this as well, so here goes . . .

ANNABEL @ 3 3/4

Personality:  Dramatic, enthusiastic, quite stubborn (at times) but starting to really get into paying attention to rules.  She sometimes tends towards the dreamy, especially when engaging in pretend play.  She is very verbal (usually sounding quite grown up for her age) and is fairly intense.  She has active moments (loves water play! but at the playground is 40% running around and 60% sitting down in a field pretending to be a beached mermaid.  For better or for worse — I have a feeling she takes after me in many ways.

Likes:  Disney, princesses, Disney princesses, talking about going to Disney world, Disney movies, mermaids, being read to, fairy tales, drawing (she has become quite intense and prolific about this recently), jumping in puddles, milk, birthday cake, chocolate.

Not really into:  Super-structured play (she will have her own idea about what SHE wants to do!), transitioning from one thing to another, cleaning up, cheese.

Discipline:  The only thing that works with her (and it works fairly well!) is when you definitively declare a consequence (“Okay, then we’re leaving.” “Okay, then I’m donating that toy.”  etc) and actually act on it.  Still a challenge at times. Getting better.

Sleep:  Wakes up ~6:30-7:00 am most days; bed at 7:45-8:15 pm.  Naps only once in a blue moon after falling asleep in the car.

Life/Activities:  Attends school 5 days per week from 9a – 12:30p, does ballet one day per week, about to restart swimming (she had gotten pretty good/nearly pool safe over the summer but we took a break), and she will be doing soccer with C (she says she wants to) BUT I have my doubts about how well that will go.

CAMERON @ 22 months

Personality:  Crazy, active, exuberant.  He won the “awesome energy award” in his Young Explorers (Mommy/Nanny and me class) which basically means he does not like to sit still.  He is happy and lovable and oh so SO cute.

Development:  C is not super verbal.  He has a lot of single words but is only just starting to put some words together (“BIG TRUCK!”).  Often he gets by with a lot of grunting and gesture.  His motor skills however are off the chain on fleek excellent.

Likes:  Trucks, playing basketball, singing (and he is really great at it!), Elmo, Mickey (“Gee-KEEY!”), his doll (“baby”), bananas, yogurt, pizza, running around, being tickled, climbing on everything and everything, doing anything dangerous, banging things, throwing things

Dislikes:  Pancakes, green beans, water play/sprinklers, being forced to sit still, getting in his carseat, when we do not understand something he is trying to communicate

Sleep:  Wakes up ~6:15-6:45 am most days, though is more variable than A.  Bed at 7:15-7:30 pm.  Naps very well (and almost always transfers beautifully from the car) from about 1 – 4.

Life/Activities:  Starting at A’s school tomorrow, going two days per week from 9a – 12:30p.  Gymnastics and soccer on Wednesdays (a non-school day).  Restarting swimming next week on Sundays.

That’s the capsule version, anyway.  I am well aware that A&C fit many gender stereotypes.  This was not something that we encouraged or pushed for . . . it just is what it is.


  • Reply Irene March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    This was fun to read! I’ve never commented before but have read and enjoyed many of your kid related updates. I have a 13 month old so I am always fascinated to see what the future might hold as my daughter gets older! I am trying hard not to impose gender roles but kids like what they like. I do put her in pink and purple because she doesn’t care yet and that is what seems to be available! I am constantly amazed by how little gender neutral clothing there is for very young kids. Like just a plain yellow or green onesies or shirt – would that be so crazy?

  • Reply Lee Becknell March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    My A and your C have a lot in common. Including a hate of green beans and sitting still.

  • Reply beth March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm


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