*direct quote. credit: cousin Emily circa 1985.
Akka spends hours diapering her “guys” and putting them to bed. Always face-down, always completely covered with a blanket. Our living room often looks like a plush toy graveyard. Still, she is meticulous with the diapering and takes care to ensure that the blankets are all lying flat and smooth. Then she lovingly taps them on their backs until they fall asleep.
I never thought of this as particularly feminine behaviour. Then Malli came along. And when my sister (mother of two boys) visits, she practically stares gaping while Akka says “tap tap tap, shhh, shh, shhh”.
Malli is a climber. For a while, we had to leave all the dining room chairs on their side or we’d find him on top of the table. I never had to remove the knobs from the gas stove or baby-proof the cupboards when Akka was a baby. But he also copies his big sister and can sometimes be found tapping Eeyore on the back or breastfeeding Chicken. Actually, I guess that means he’s copying me too.