So, what were you like as a baby and toddler? I will try to reach into the far corners of my aging brain and see if I can remember. When your kids are little you think that you will always remember the different milestones in their lives and how they acted and all, but as they get older you find that you don't remember as much detail as you thought you would. That is one reason I've enjoyed working on transferring the family videos to DVD. I'm watching you kids grow up all over again. Ah, sweet memories. You also find that you remember the good things and tend to forget the frustrations and tiredness that went along with it all.
You were kind of a high needs baby, though we didn't realize it at the time because we didn't have anything to compare you to. You cried a lot and as new parents we usually satisfied you by feeding you even though, looking back, some of the times that probably isn't what you needed. You spit a lot, but that resolved itself at around one year of age. You liked to be held and played with and didn't like to be neglected. You loved your baby swing however and would be nice and content in your baby swing while I made dinner or other things that stopped me from holding you. And you loved having other children around. I did some child care in our apartment when you were from 6 to 12 months and you loved it. When I say you cried a lot, I wouldn't really classify it as temper tantrums, just crying. And you grew out of that also.
As a toddler you had a nice pleasant personality. You were pretty happy for the most part. You were a little mother to the boys, definitely a leader with your siblings. You were more shy though when it came to outside of the family. You liked to make up songs and sing and dance. I don't remember that you made up stories so much. I really don't remember when you started dressing yourself, sometime before kindergarten. You asked a lot of questions as a normal toddler, but not nearly as many as one of your brothers. When you turned 18 months old, you went into the nursery at church without a backward glance. You loved nursery and especially loved when they blew bubbles.
I think that becoming a big sister at such a young age may have caused you to grow up faster than you would have otherwise. Probably because we didn't treat you as "the baby" for as long as the other kids. We would chuckle when you would talk about "me and the kids" as if you weren't a kid yourself. It made you feel grown up to do things that they were too young to do. As you grew up you liked playing with siblings and friends and you always were good about getting along with others, a peacemaker in the family.
I don't remember that you needed a lot of structure to be happy. We kind of had our routine that we followed, but things weren't super structured. You enjoyed making messes just as much as the next kid. You kids especially enjoyed playing in the dirt and mud and then washing up in the tub. You made messes with your toys and we'd clean it all up at the end together. You played with other kids for long hours around here because you had your siblings and then I had day care kids a lot of the time also. You really didn't seem to tire of playing with other kids. You loved having them come over and play. But now I'm thinking about when you were a little older, not just a toddler.