i named this blog "be careful what you wish for" in reference to the fact that i really wished for a daughter and wound up with two, a mere 12 months and 3 weeks after my youngest son was born. as we progress into the girls "terrible twos" i realize how insane i was to wish for this. i am continually amazed at how different my girls are from one another, not only in appearance, but in personality, too. and even further, how very different my girls are from my boys. they are so bad!
the girls were out of cribs well before their second birthday. the room that the girls sleep in is a 7' x 8' square room. three of the walls hold a piece of furniture and the fourth is the doorway. there is no door on this room, because it is so small. instead there is just a gate to keep the girls inside. it reminds me of caged animals in a zoo, which is sadly, a very apt comparison. we had to take the girls out of their cribs because they began to climb, trying to get from one crib to the other, or on occasion, climbing up on to the bureau next to the crib. needles to say, we quickly did away with the cribs and went with toddler beds. the first night in the new beds resulted in the emptying of every article of clothing from the bottom two drawers of the bureau. an occurrence that has been repeated quite frequently. i noticed this week that one of the girls has apparently figured out how to climb on top of the bureau to get the basket containing hair accessories to dump on the floor along with their clothes. if they are really annoyed with being put in their room, they throw the clothes out of the room in to the hallway, which is always a joy for me.
their latest trick, which is really caroline's trick (sometimes she drags katie down with her, though) is to write on herself. everyday for a week now, i have found marker or pen on caroline's body. last night, she added some artwork to the living room floor, as well. tonight, when i walked in the house, not only did she write ALL OVER herself (even her face), she wrote on the dining room table and katie. lucky for us, katie kept her artwork to her arm unlike her sister who covered her arms, face and parts of her leg.
the thing that i find most amazing is that they are not even a little afraid of us. obviously we try to discipline them when they do things like this, but the girls just don't care. when my husband yells at them, they are not in the least bit fazed. my boys would be hysterical crying if they got in that much trouble. caroline pretty much tells us to "go scratch." the attitude that she displays is outrageous...putting her hands on her hips while saying "no daddy, lialine (her pronunciation for her own name; she speaks of herself in the third person at all times) not go to bed!" she also tells us when she is not going to be nice to people, as in "cara, give pop a hug and kiss," "no, lialine mean to pop." oh, alright then, at least we know what were up against.
katie displays much less attitude and is in general, better behaved than cara (listens and follows directions better, is nicer to other children, doesn't bite), however, she has a little more "eddie haskel" in her than cara does. cara puts it right out there. if she doesn't feel like talking to you, she lets you know, loud and clear. when katie sees this, she turns on the charm full blast. when cara decides not to speak to someone, katie immediately runs over with huge hugs and kisses , shouting their name like this person just rescued her from gilligan's island or something. i don't understand how she already knows how to work people. she's two! shouldn't deviousness not set in until like 5, or something?
i am amazed at how smart they are, and not necessarily in a good way. it makes me nervous for the future. if they display this much sneakiness and attitude now, what do i have in store for say, 14 years from now? and is it really fair that i have two at the exact same time that are bad in different ways, so that i have all of the bad behavior covered between both of them. lucky me. my only hope is that once we get passed the "terrible twos," i'll have a couple of good years in there before adolescence. yeah right...
(ps - i've added some pictures of the girls in action for better visuals. enjoy!)