Wita: The Great Mystery

Wita is 9 months old, y’all. 9 months! According to my highly scientific calculations (counting on my fingers), this means she will be one year old in less than three months. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.

Wita, Wita, Wita. This girl is a mystery, I tell ya. Such the opposite of Wito, in so many ways.

Since day one, Wito has worn his heart on his sleeve. (Very animatedly, I might add.) He’s Just! So! Excited! About! LIFE! Jumping around, flapping his arms with wild abandon, introducing himself to every stranger we pass on the street. He tells me everything he’s thinking and feeling, he craves appreciation and acceptance, and can put on one hell of a show.

He was that baby who basked in the coos and “oohs and ahhs” from strangers at the grocery store. When people would smile and engage with him, he would totally light up. He would tilt his head to the side, give them a precious baby smile and it was showtime. Every time. “Give ’em what they want!,” must have been his personal mantra.

Wita, on the other hand, could not be more different. She’s my little poker face. Also a content baby, but not nearly the open book that her brother is. Dear random strangers in public places, don’t waste your goofy faces. Last week, while we were in line at Costco, several people behind us starting doing the whole goo goo gaa gaa, silly smile thing at her. Her response? A stone-faced stare with a raised eyebrow to boot. After about 5 minutes, we were all laughing hysterically (except for her, of course) because NO ONE could break her! How it’s possible that a 9-month-old can make an adult feel like a total asshole, I will never understand. But this girl can do it.

Wita: The Great Mystery.

However, three major things have started to happen around the 9-month marker. Sitting up (finally), pseudo crawling and ah, screaming.

As of this week, Wita could not sit up unassisted. Period. We’re talking maybe 5 seconds on a good day. I wasn’t too concerned at her 6-month well check, since it was an emerging skill for most babies, but then the 7-month mark passed. And the 8-month mark passed, AND at 9 months, we still weren’t any closer to sitting. We couldn’t even place her in a highchair at restaurants because she would just slither to the side like a rag doll. So, I wasn’t too surprised when our pediatrician recommended that we start physical therapy with her earlier this week, since things weren’t progressing at all.

I drove Wita home, put her down on the loft rug, called the physical therapist to set up and appointment, walked out and saw this.

Yep. Sitting up on her own. And has been sitting up unassisted all week for 30+ minutes at a time since. This girl, I swear!

Wita: The Great Mystery.

Otherwise, there’s been a lot of scooting, screaming, and gumming every object known to man over here.

It’s so interesting watching both of these kids’ personalities develop over time. What about your kids? Do they have totally different personalities or are they totally cut from the same cloth?

  • HoboBaby

    April 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Both my babies were/are fat and were/are Momm’s babies, so far thats all they have in common :) Noah is only 7 weeks old but I keep telling my husband, he’s just such SWEET and GENTLE baby. Only time will tell I guess. Avelyn is almost three now and is the most independent, strong willed, talkative kid I know. She was a pretty shy,needy baby so it’s interesting to see her change. I just love watching them change and I can’t wait to see both their similarities and differences as they grow together. (PS your children are gowgeous!)

  • elle

    April 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

    What a sweet baby!

  • Melissa

    April 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I have two boys: Oliver will be 5 in July, and Andrew is almost 18 months. TOTAL OPPOSITES, in both looks and personality. When Andrew was born, it was like having a first child all over again. I had to figure out different sleeping patterns, different eating patterns, different EVERYTHING. But we love that they’re so different–it’s awesome. (Especially because it’s usually only one driving us crazy at a time… lol.)

  • Melissa

    April 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Also: Both of your kids are so beautiful!

  • Brooke

    April 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I personally love babies like Wita! You have to work hard to impress them! She is so adorable.

  • CarrieO

    April 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I only have one kid (9 month 2 weeks old now) but I had to laugh at your Costco experience. He’s got a poker face in public too. Kind of funny because he’s so smiley/silly at home.

  • kakaty

    April 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    My kids are about the same age as yours(4.5 and a year next week (!!)) and they are night and day. My girl was walking before 10 months but was also to content to just sit and play. My boy, not yet walking at almost a year, does not sit still – ever. He’s on the go even in a highchair. And while my daughter always engaged with people my son is more shy.

    I always swore I’d never compare and contrast my kids but it’s so hard not to!

  • pdxhadey

    April 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I have two girls, ages 3 1/2 and 1 1/2, and they are SO different from each other. My older girl is SUPER outgoing, very chatty, extremely funny, but also very affectionate, and needs lots of cuddle time with me when she wakes up or when she’s tired, sad, etc. She’s also very much a rule follower (although she’s testing that lately), and pretty much does anything to stay out of the way of danger.

    My baby (yes, she’s STILL my baby at 1 1/2!), oh, my baby. She tricked us into thinking she was going to be the shy, sweet, quiet one. Oh, hahahaha! How she had us fooled! She’s also extremely outgoing, CHATTY, funny, etc., like her sister, but she does not want to be held (unless it’s bedtime and I’m feeding her a bottle), cuddled, loved on. Holding her would mean she’s not MOVING! And this girl doesn’t stop moving unless she’s sleeping! She is the busiest kid I’ve ever met, and she has no life preservation skills. Climbing bookshelves? Awesome! Unplugging electrical cords and plugging them back in? You bet! Opening dresser drawers so she can climb in and reach what’s on top of the dresser? Good times! Scaling the back of the couch? What an adventure! I am so curious to see how her personality develops over the coming years. She is awesome, but holy shit, she wears me out.

  • Angella

    April 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Well, you’ve hung out with my kids, so you know they are all so different. Similar, yet opposites.

    Isn’t it great, though? I love how each one of their personalities is like a new gift that you get to unravel.

  • Kathleen

    April 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Loved the music to your video. Perfect in every way!. Especially the booty rock at the end.

    I feel you have the next Tina Fey on your hands. Smart Savvy Bossy and Beautiful.

    For reference:

    10.5yr girl Wita’s twin.
    6yr boy Scientist, Arcitect, Serious, Neat,
    5yr girl Comedian, Dancer, Cheerleader, Messy


  • sizzle

    April 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Look at that! I love that she’s all- don’t you take me to a physical therapist- watch this! Ha. Way to go, little cutie.

  • Vanessa

    April 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    She is precious! My kiddos are very similar in age to yours – my little boy is 4 1/2 and my sweet chick will be one next month! They are completely different! Matthan is easy going and very content entertaining himself and playing on his own – he is low maintenance. Not the girl! She was high maintenance since conception. : ) Loves people, wants to be around people and never alone. She’s super sweet but definitely more demanding. Wonder how much is a boy vs girl thing and how much of it is just personality?

  • Amy Harmon

    April 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    you are too funny sarah. that music to the video is AWESOME. gosh kids are so different. i compare my niece to my friends baby that talks, walks, feeds herself, wants to wear hats to my niece that basically could careless abt anything and everything but putting objects in her mouth….and JUST decided to walk at 16 months!!!!! kids are just different. so funny! she really looks like a mix of you both.

  • Carla

    April 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Wito sounds like such a textbook Leo!! And Wita is a cancer, yes? We are a hard sign to figure out!!

    Beautiful, the both of ’em!

  • Jen

    April 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    This makes me feel better! Audrey isn’t quite 7 months yet, so I’m not TOO worried, but she isn’t sitting up yet either! We’re working on it, but she is so wobbly and floppy… she’s too busy rolling all over the living room, she doesn’t want to SIT. And I want to put her in the high chair at restaurants, dang it! LOL Good to know there’s still time before I need to panic ;)

    Second Children: Making Moms Feel Clueless All Over Again.

  • Sarah

    April 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Wita totally looks like she’s doing the worm! The Worm: it’s the new crawling!

  • Sherri

    April 9, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I have a son who is 23 and a daughter who is 20. They are opposite. My son is quiet and shy and very science and math minded. He just got accepted to graduate school to get his PhD in Neuroscience. My daughter is outgoing and friendly to everyone and is very artistic (painting, drawing and photography). She is getting a degree in Deaf Interpretive Services (she was a fine arts major, but thought she’d end up a “starving artist lol. It’s funny in that my son cannot draw, or do artwork at all and my daughter has a difficult time with math and science. One is shy and one is outgoing and at this age they still remain close. Very opposite and I love it :)

  • Newmom

    April 9, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Omg she is soooo cute!! You’d better watch out. It looks like she is totally going to take off one of these days!
    My 3.5 yr old son was very much like Wita. He was very serious and it was pretty much impossible to get him to crack a smile. Now he’s the happiest, most social kid I know (of course as the mum I’m slightly biased!). His personality changed at about the one year mark. My six month old daughter seems to be quite different. She is very chill and eats up the smiles from strangers around. Hopefully this lasts!
    Your kids are beautiful.

  • Torrie @ a place to share...

    April 9, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Happy 9 month birthday to Wita!!

    I am fascinated with the differences of each child’s personality. I have 2 children, and they share certain similarities, but are incredibly different. It’s like the each took 1/2 of my personality (my poor husband… has to deal with “3” of me).

  • Michelle Baxter

    April 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    She is so cute…and I love how the music went along with her scoots at the end of the video! It seems like we worry about our kids so much, when really they’ve got it all worked out, and will do it when they’re ready (I know where you’re coming from though!). You’re a great mom, and they are such lucky kiddos!

    Michelle : )

  • JoAnn

    April 11, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Man does that girl have the power to ratchet up some serious baby fever!

    My son reminds me a ton of your description of Wito. And I know that this might sound terrible, but I find myself hoping slightly that should I be blessed enough to have another child, that he/she be way more reserved. Not because I don’t highly enjoy and love William’s jubilant personality, because I adore it with every ounce of my being! I just dont’ know that I can handle the exhaustion of having TWO like him!

  • Ninabi

    April 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    With child number one, her behavior was so good my husband and I should have written parenting manuals.

    With child number two, we were encouraged to read parenting manuals.

    From studious/serious to birthing a stand up comic the second time around- if you take my kids and divide by two, my parenting grade would be “C”.

  • Courtney

    April 12, 2011 at 6:40 am

    My youngest will be 9 months on the 17th. He is so chill compared to big brother! I’m not sure if it’s the age difference or what, but sit Arthur in front of his big brother instead of a cartoon and he’ll be content sucking the entertainment out of the 2.5 year old’s tantrums, shrieks, laughing, running, and naked-potty-training activities!

    Your kids are cuties!

  • Sarah Buttenwieser

    April 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    They do come out so differently from each other (i have four). I’m curious whether you’ll follow up with the PT. Even if she’s sitting, it might be a good & reassuring thing.

  • am'ti b

    April 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    love seeing her in the dress!

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  • Mary

    April 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I h ave two boys who are now 17 and almost 20 (yes i was young when I had my kids). My older son, Sam wanted me around when it was time to do homework, and was a little bit of an attention seeker and drama queen (sorry son). My younger one, however was more independent, more mellow but a big lover, very touchy and lovey. He would come home from school and do his homework, put it back neatly in his backpack and have it ready by the door for the next day. His older brother wanted me to sit with him to give him “company” while he did his. Now one’s a junior in high school and the other a sophomore in college – both do their homework now on their own thank goodness =) I’m a proud mom.

  • Mel

    May 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Yep, Silvie is our lil’ miss serious girl too. But when she smiles and laughs, oh how sweet it is. :)