September 16th, 2012

planet

extroverts

This weekend was my sister's annual pirate party and I missed it! I mean, not the whole thing... I was there for two hours. But then I got sleepy and passed out at like 10:30 because I have lost all my ability to stay up late. The night before I lost sleep because my allergies are kicking my sinuses around, I couldn't find a way to lay down without my nose running out of my face, so I was going on Not Much Sleep and kinda blame that.

My darling child, on the other hand, was up until 12:45. Dancing, spinning, yelling... this happens every year. She is that baby at the party who people look at and say "Whoh how is she still up?!"

I told my parents that I'd noticed this about her: as long as there is a crowd of people to perform for, and a table of party food to maintain some minimum blood sugar level, Josie can stay up indefinitely. They said "She probably gets that from one of her parents." and I laughed and said it's true I do like parties and they said "Uhm, no dear, not you."

I wonder if you can detect livelong personality traits at age two. All two year olds sort of have a generic "I'm crazy" that overwhelms most of what they do, they all break stuff and throw tantrums and love new toys... but I'm wondering if there are introverted and extroverted two year olds. Josie has taken after Marc in every other way, maybe she'll be an extrovert like him. I thought for a while that I was a little extroverted... but since I met marc, I realized that I was just an extrovert compared to other engineers. That's a really low bar. No, marc is a genuine people person. If I take the baby to the park and give him "time to himself", odds are when I get back he'll either be gone or there will be people at the house. We've had some random guy on our couch more times than I can count. When we've had parties, he's stayed up until 6 in the morning... at which point I wake up, realize the party is going on, and go offer people coffee and toast and have a lovely breakfast conversation with whoever drifted in.

Josie picks random people to flirt with. She also strikes me as highly perceptive to social cues... always wanting to do what bigger people are doing, but that might just be a baby thing. In her group of two year old friends, she's clearly an instigator, showing them how to jump off stuff and leading everyone around, laying low when a fight breaks out because there are some really dramatic kids, and getting back into the group when it suits her. They are different, at this age. I'm just curious about what sticks.