We can’t custom-order the personality a child will have. And it isn’t like a baby can say, “Hello. Nice world you guys have here. I’m Charlie. I’m responsible and dependable. I have dry humor and an irrational fear of zoos. Intellectually I know zoos are safe. But emotionally they freak me out. I don’t like to be cold, so keep those blankets handy. And I have a low threshold for pain, so the teething months are going to be rocky for both of us.”
No, we have to spend time with a baby, waiting for glimpses of their personality to emerge. Even as babies grow into children, they are a bit of a case study. We watch as they are introduced to new situations and assess their reactions. Are they shy? Outgoing? Do they freely babble? Are they quiet? As the child ages, we witness their tendencies, responses and behavior: we get to know them.
I knew when Peyton was ten months old that she is affectionate. I believe this is something I will be saying about her as she grows up, “Peyton is loving and affectionate.” As soon as she had the necessary motor skills, she began to initiate hugs. She initiates the hug. Now that she’s a year old, she freely doles out kisses. She is quick with a wave hello and a smile- she does not have to be prompted. She notices others, wants to be close to them, and wants to connect with them.
Yes, I believe Peyton is a lovebug. Her older sister. Karter, has many other strengths, and we love her completely. But I will likely always have to ask Karter for a hug. That’s just fine, she shows me she loves me by wanting to play or be chased, or tickled. I suspect she and I will always be playful with one another. But I bet Peyton will reach for my hand or climb in my lap. Personality traits, they arrive differently with each child.
Enjoy this, your second year of life, Peyton. Its been a great ride to your first birthday! Those of us in your world can’t wait to get to know you more!
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