The Adventure of Parenthood: One of Each

Thursday, 18 April 2013

One of Each

When I was pregnant with Archie, people often asked me whether I wanted a little girl, so that I had 'one of each' and I answered them quite honestly, that I didn't mind as long as my baby was healthy.  I was secretly hoping for another little boy as I imagined Dylan with a brother to share and play with, and having only eighteen months between them, I hoped there would be less fighting over which TV programs they want to watch!

Turns out that I did end up with 'one of each', but not in the traditional sense.  I have one Dylan and one Archie, and although they are both little boys, they are both completely different and unique children.

Looking at photos of the boys at the same age, you can definitely tell they are brothers.  There are a lot of similarities in the way they look although I can really see the differences too.  Archie is only 8 weeks old though and I can already see that their personalities are miles apart.

brothers at 6 weeks, looks like big brother, brothers look alike
Archie and Dylan at 6 weeks

Dylan hated being on his tummy from day one and I think this is part of the reason why he never really crawled.  As soon as he learnt to roll, he would point blank refuse to lie on his front, and would start rolling over before you even put him down.  He used to sleep like a starfish and often woke himself up with the startle reflex as he bashed his arms on the side of the crib.  This was a big factor in moving him to a big cot at 12 weeks as he was waking himself up as he bashed his hands!

Archie will not sleep on his back.  I have taken to lying him on his tummy even in the pram, as it is the only way he will settle and he loves to feel snug, tucking his arms and legs underneath him.  If he stays this curled up then I see him staying in the crib for quite some time as he takes up very little space.

Dylan would fall asleep as soon as you started pushing the buggy and loved lying in there, studying the label on the inside of his pram.  Archie is not a fan of the pushchair and will cry out to be picked up and put in the sling close to me
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Dylan screamed and screamed in his first few baths, although luckily he is a huge fan now, whereas Archie hated getting undressed but calmed down the moment his toes touched the water and is at his most relaxed when in the tub.

I may have two gorgeous boys, but I definitely have one of each.  One little Dylan, and one little Archie.

13 comments:

  1. I love this post. When I was pregnant with Millie all anyone wanted to know was if I was having one of each. It used to drive me mad! I would of been happy either way!
    Its amazing how quickly their personalities start coming through isn't it?! X

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    1. It really is! Only 8 weeks and he is already his own little person x

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  2. As i said on twitter i LOVE this post. People have been saying the exact same thing to me since finding out we're having another boy. I can't get over how alike Dylan and Archie look already though but like you said their personalities are completely different and they're individuals in their own right so you've definitely got 'one of each' so to speak. xxx

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    1. My two are already so different although they do look pretty similar! I bet your new baby will be nothing like Riley too!
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  3. At the moment both my girls are seeming to be quite similar- they are both quite chilled out, but that could all change! LL sleeps a little better than Mads did during the day and at night. x

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    1. Archie is defiitely better at night but Dylan used to sleep all day as well so even that is different here!

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  4. I would have had all boys if I had a choice. I remember when I had Addy everyone said to me so you are all done. What, why make that assumption.
    I agree every child is so individual. I may have a girl but Addison is more boyish than Grayson has ever been and I still think the new baby won't even be as boyish x

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    1. Exactly! To say that just because they have two different sets of genitalia means no more seems silly to me!

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  5. I love this post, so nice to see them as one of each, both gorgeous little boys!

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    1. Thank you, I think they are gorgeous! They are also individuals and not just 'boys' and they are such different individuals! x

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  6. Lovely post Bex, they look so similar but from what you write they both have completely different personalities x

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  7. Lovely post! They are their own little selves. They do look alike. I thought the first two photos were both Archie. x

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  8. I had this when I was pregnant with my 2nd 'oh you'll be hoping for a boy then' when as you said I only wanted them to be healthy. If anything I would have preferred a girl as I only had a 20 month gap and thought they would get on better! Anyway, I had a boy and I couldn't be more happy - because of who he is and not his gender! Now people assume my family is complete.....

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