Friday, October 19, 2007

She's a tough one

It's funny, the differences between the kids. I can't remember if I've talked about this before, but it's so interesting, watching the different personalities emerge.

Dante is very sensitive when it comes to injury. The slightest brush will cause him to howl in agony. He played soccer like he was on the Italian World Cup team. He is able to turn on the tears in an instant over virtually nothing. It's quite annoying, actually. Perhaps it's an eldest child thing? I noticed yesterday when I was babysitting my nieces that the eldest one was similar (and at other times).

Atticus, on the other hand, is as tough as nails. He will climb and jump off things, fall and hit his head hard on the wooden floor, sit up and shake his head and then continue with his game. I've noticed countless bruises on his legs (and at one point he had constant bruises on his forehead) but hardly any complaints. It's quite astonishing and amazing to watch, especially compared to poor old Dante.

Now Elora seems to be up there with Atticus in the toughness department. She hasn't had many occasions for injury yet and on the few times she's fallen over (and off the couch twice), the shock of it has been more distressing than anything else. Lately she's suffering a little more brutality from her brother (got a ball kicked right in the face at the paediatrican's surgery on Wednesday and an elbow in the forehead this morning, both accidental) but has taken it all in her stride. I guess she's got to get used to it - many more years of this to come!

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