The old saying goes that girls are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice, whereas boys are made of snips, snails, and puppy dog tails. There's also the joke that women are from Venus and Men are from Mars. Yes, there seems to be something inherently different about the genders. Whether these differences sprout from genetics, socialization, or a combination of the two is a topic of endless debate. We have tried to keep an eye out for evidence of either since the birth of our boy. Having conducted 4 years of intense research on female development, we have a keen awareness of any deviations in behavior.
In Carver's first few months of life, we've noticed relatively subtle and, perhaps, negligible differences between his and Avey's behavior in the same developmental periods. However, we made a groundbreaking discovery this week; when Avey first learned to babble, she made gentle cooing sounds, simply testing the waters of her vocal cords. Carver, on the other hand is doing this:
Luckily, this force of nature passes out pretty easily with a little warm milk.
Maybe boys and girls are inherently different from one another, but one thing's for sure; both need lots of room to explore who they are and what they can do, even if it's at the tops of their respective lungs.