A Little Something Extra

If I were to describe my children as chile peppers, I would describe them as such:

Alison: mild
Henry: spicy
Kate: picante (!)

When Alison was an infant, friends and family would comment on how lucky we were to have such a mellow baby. Our friends, most of them fellow parents, would wonder how we managed to continue with our daily lives even with the extra variable added to our equation. The occasional dinner out would find us dining with our babe cooing softly in her stroller beside us.

Friends would inquire. “What do you mean you went out? To a restaurant? With the baby?”

Eye rolls would usually follow.

Then came Henry with his super sensitive gag reflex and projectile vomiting. Touring around town with a baby who could blow at any given moment kind of put a damper on things. Overall, though, his disposition was much like it is today: happy and easy going. Our second child proved that we were 2 for 2 in the game of easy babes. We managed to escape colic and teething, and perhaps the most toilsome problem was nothing more than a mild case of cradle cap.

Somehow I imagined my children to have similar traits, but enter Kate, our little Gemini babe. Sweet and gentle one moment, and fiery and sassy the next. It’s almost as if when her recipe was being concocted, the chef threw in a little something extra. You know, like cayenne pepper or habanero sauce. Something that would rouse up her inner diva.

On days when she’s feeling particularly feisty, her mantra is, “You’re NOT the boss of me!” Yep! Bona fide Kate. We need to save that one for the archives. Perhaps one day it will be funny.

But for now, AMAZING KATE: The Movie. Kate as portrayed by herself in one of her milder moments (though around 1:20, you can see her get sassy with her brother).

in my life, kids

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10 Responses to “A Little Something Extra”
  • oooh – this makes me miss all of you guys so much. They all have grown so much – it has been a year since I have seen them right? I cannot believe how much they have grown! Miss you all!

  • Clement says:


  • Lilie says:

    Very cute! Briana does a lot of spinning and then falling down too.

  • Hank says:

    Yeah, cayenne pepper sounds about right. I feel sorry the boys who will be chasing her in years to come. They have no idea what they’ll be getting themselves into.

  • claudia says:

    She makes me smile. . .big!
    Picante for sure!
    (your other “babies” are great too!)

  • Mum says:

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    Love the short video about Kate.  That was so cute.  Trevor
    and I watched it about 5 times and enjoyed it a lot.  Jon and Susan and Grandma Billie enjoyed it too.
    Kate, that was very good.  I can’t wait for the dance recital when I get back.
    Take care.  Love, Mum

  • laura says:

    I’ve updated the link in bloglines already!

  • anne says:

    yay you’re back! kids are gorgeous as always.

  • Cheryl says:

    Hello stranger! :) Found your blog on Aeolidia’s site. Love the stories about your children and look forward to reading more.

    I think my little Hannah is like your Kate. And Hannah is my first (and only at the moment) child. Oi. Picante is a mild way of describing her personality! Hehehe…

    I’m hoping with the next one (not sure when that will happen) I’ll get a mild pepper. Picante has sucked all the energy out of me in just 16 months. Not sure what it’s going to be like when she’s 16. Hubby may have to become shotgun daddy like yours. :)

  • Demara says:

    Kate is adorable!! And I could see the ‘matter-of-fact’ confident side come out too, when she snapped at her brother. :) )

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