When you imagine two baby girls born seconds apart, you expect that they would be similar in many ways. However, in the case of my youngest daughters, this could not be further from the truth. They are as different as night and day, yet they get along brilliantly.
Rachel is older by 30 seconds. She loves pink. She is very sloppy, and seems to find amusement in making a mess. Poor girl, her dresses are always ripped at the hem. She leaves a pile of crumbs wherever she eats, and she dislikes hair bows with a passion. She is a tomboy by every definition. She prefers to play with the boys at recess. Her sense of humor is very developed. She was voted the funniest in her 1st grade class. She tells a mean knock knock joke. Animals are her passion…whether stuffed or alive. She barely fits in the bed with her menagerie. She has a big heart that both loves and feels very deeply.
Lily is the baby of the family by 30 seconds. She loves purple. She is incredibly neat and a perfectionist in every area of her life. She dresses with the utmost attention to detail, and wears a different coordinating hair bow or headband each day. She is a princess by every definition. She has a group of girlfriends who play house, cheerleader, and jump rope at recess. She is driven to perfection in her school work. She was voted the “tiny teacher” in her 1st grade class. She loves to practice writing her name in various fancy styles. Crafts are her passion. Not a day goes by, that I do not receive a love note from my Lily. She is super affectionate and a complete sweetheart.
I think what has surprised me the most, as a mother of multiples, is how unique each child is. Sometimes I wonder how much is inborn personality traits, and how much is each child trying to carve out their own niche, and be their own interesting person. I guess the answer to that question, I will never know. However, I do know that I love the uniqueness of each of my children, and would not have it any other way!