Apr 25, 2017

Tornado vs. Hurricane

In case you were wondering - or hoping - this blog isn't about the weather. Actually it's about my kids. I always joke with Rob that Addison is my tornado and Connor is my hurricane.

Addison's destruction comes suddenly and out of nowhere. It's just suddenly chaos and often you can follow her line of destruction. On the other hand Connor is my hurricane. His destruction is constant and all over. It's everywhere and all over.

A lot of the differences between them that I see is actually that Addie at the same age was on the brink of her regression and less active than he is now. I won't lie and say that I don't think about that Connor is just about the same age as Addie when she went regressed. I know the chance of what happened to Addie will happen again is non-existent but it's hard not to think about it as we approach 18 months.

But overall there are so many differences I see between them. Beyond one being a boy and one being a girl - I still know nothing about little boys - they are so different.


Addie has always been curious but she is cautiously curious. She never just jumped in. She would watch and observe before she would even consider getting involved, and usually even then I had to coax her into it. Connor just jumps in. He is definitely curious and impulsively so. He heads right into it - even faster if you tell him no - and you can see the determination on his face to figure it out.


Addie was always very independent. Her behavior was very repetitive (still is sometimes) and she was always very content to sit and look at books or play by herself. She wasn't one to really cuddle. Connor on the other hand loves to sit on my lap. Addie loved movies but would sit by herself to watch them; Connor likes to sit on me to watch. He wants me right there all the time.


Addie was always a good eater. Connor is for that matter. But Addison would eat just about anything and everything, however she had trouble knowing when it stop. We always talked about the fact that it was because we struggled early on with breastfeeding before we switched to formula. Connor is a little pickier. He likes what he likes. He will try new things but he rarely tries anything new without me having to force him to try it. He won't ever pick up something new to try.


It goes along with the curiosity thing, but Connor is a lot more daring. He wants to climb and explore. he wants to figure out stairs. He literally tries to check things out head-first. Because of Addie's regression and delayed gross motor skills, this was something we never dealt with with Addison.


There are so many things that make them different. I don't see it as a little boy thing or a little girl thing. I see it as their personalities. I could have had a little girl just like Connor. Of course compared to my very laid back Addison who went through a regression, any kid is active. Despite how different they are, I couldn't love them. I will admit that sometimes Connor completely wears me out. At 4 1/2 years ago, sometimes Addison drains me too. They are as different as night and day sometimes but yet they sit there and belly laugh together. They giggle and chase each other. They interact and can't wait to see each other.

I love my hurricane and I love my tornado. And despite their destruction I can't get enough of them.

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