I guess all moms know that no two children are the same, but it takes raising two of exactly the same age and sex to realise just how different two kids being raised in the same home can be.
The Lil Miss was quite a demanding child around the 2 year mark. She could not play on her own and we had to teach her how to do it by instigating play with a toy and leaving her when play was well established. Today she can spend hours playing independently but loves to do or make something with an adult. Of course she also plays a lot with her brothers. But as any normal child she continuously craves attention.
Nothing prepared us for the package of Little man C though! He is such a high maintenance child. He hates to play on his own and often a sibling is not enough. He wants mommy, or daddy or granny or all of the above. Once on my lap he will fiddle with everything, pester you until you give up whatever you were busy with and give him your full attention. Although it is incredibly sweet, it is really tiring. And it really getting to me.
Little man L on the other hand is Mr Independent himself. He can entertain himself for hours - especially if there are some cars involved. He also loves to play with his siblings and gives a lot of love and attention to the dogs, but now and again comes to mommy for a quick cuddle before embarking on a new adventure.
Just goes to show what the gene pool can dig out at the same time.