I take care of two kids who for the purpose of discretion I will refer to on this blog as Penelope, Penny for short, and Jude. I have known them their whole lives and love taking care of them. They are incredibly close to each other, only being 360 days apart, and could happily play some imaginary game with each other for hours. However close they are they are incredibly different and so I will break them down for you a little bit.
Penny is the older of the two. She is 4 1/2 and has just started going to preschool for a couple hours a day, which is an adventure in and of itself. She is tall for her age, and athletic! I honestly have never been able to say about any other child that she has had visible abs since birth. She loves all things girly, if it is covered in pink, purple, sparkles, flowers, disney princesses, or is for some other reason defined as being specifically girly she loves it. Her room oozes girl, pink comforter, tinkerbell pillow, a pink castle in the corner, a closet full of dresses and little sparkly shoes, hair accessories and dolls cover the top of her dresser, and the clothes in the dresser are all in hues of pink, purple, bright green, a little navy blue (thanks to mom), and yellow. She is an extremely loud child, I am not only referring to her voice which can be heard throughout the house but even when she walks you can hear her coming because of the booming noise that she makes as she confidently slaps each foot onto the floor. She sings her favorite songs, I can’t tell you how many time I have heard “Let it go,” and plays out all her favorite characters from her books, shows, and movies with fervor. She loves being my helper in the kitchen whether it’s setting the table for lunch, or baking with me after nap. And though for the most part she is very loud and at times bossy with her brother she is also a very tender child. She loves cuddling before and after nap, takes care of her brother, and I love watching her quietly play by herself making different voices for all her toys.
Jude is 3 1/2 and is a little charmer, already every little girl loves him. He loves wearing what he calls “handsome clothes.” Like his sister, he is tall but only within the past year or so did he lose his baby roundness. He is an animal lover, he has a large fish tank in his room full of fish with names like, beautiful, kissy, silly, and colorful. While his sister’s room is full of dolls and pink, Jude prefers stuffed animals, his fish tank, and a blue book shelf filled with books like “Where the Wild Things are” “How to talk like a Wookey” and “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” His floor is also covered with a rug that looks like a little city on which he regularly drives his cars and has his dinosaurs attack. He loves clothes in hues of blue, but not because it is a boy color but because they make his blue eyes look handsome. Jude is the quieter of the two, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t yell as loud as his sister when provoked. He sings as well taking on all the male roles in every game they play, he is my little prince charming. However do not underestimate him because of his more subdued nature, he is mischievous! He will get a little smile and a twinkle in his eye and then watch out cause something is coming! Like Penny he loves cuddling, he snuggles in, puts his thumb in his mouth, and with his other hand slowly curls a piece of his hair around his finger.