Livi has some funny quirks. Most of them make me smile, some of them can get a little tiring over time. And others make me wonder and worry a little. But every time I bring them up with our pediatrician, she tells me that they are normal for a toddler who is figuring out the world around her. I just don’t know.
Livi loves shoes. Which is ironic because when she was a baby, we could not put any shoes on her, she would just rip them off a second later. But now, she loves all of her shoes dearly and gets excited every time she catches a glimpse of them. She even wants to wear her slippers to bed and fights tooth and nail every evening when we take them off.
Unfortunately, she seems to love our shoes just as much. During the summer, my husband and I like to take off our slippers at home and walk around barefoot. But not this year. This year, we had a toddler constantly demanding that we put them on, no matter how hot it got.
Holding (My) Hair:
Whenever Livi gets tired or seeks comfort, she wants to “hold” my hair. Now, my hair is not very long; most of the time, it’s just about chin-length. So “holding” it is not really that easy or comfortable for either one of us and it usually involves me bending my neck in unnatural ways. I try to avoid it as much as possible but some meltdowns still require hair holding. According to my husband, Livi has requested to hold is hair in very dire situations as well, apparently with mixed results.
Touching A Nose:
Livi loves to touch her nose. Or mine. Or my husband’s. For some inexplicable reason, she gets a kick out of touching our noses. No matter where we are or what we are doing.
Lately, she’s added pinching to her repertory, so my husband and I haven’t been that accommodating anymore.
This mostly involves wearing various objects on her arms as if they were bracelets. This can be anything from teething rings to letter links to small picture frames. Often, it is actually quite imaginative and it does keep her busy for a while.
Since she was a baby, Livi has loved playing with all kinds of tags. Give her a toy in the store and her eyes light up as soon as she discovers the price tag or washing instructions.
Once we realized what got her so excited, we even got her a Taggies Ball. I thought I was so smart and that I had found the perfect toy for her. And it was a hit for a while but not as long as I had hoped. Eventually, we told everyone to please leave all the tags on presents because this way she would actually play with them.
Livi’s latest “obsession” are light switches. As soon as she sees one she wants to “on” and “off” it. If it were up to her, she would do it all day long. However, holding her so she can do it is something I am not prepared to do all day long. I never thought I would wish for light switches at floor level.
I wonder what other quirks she’ll develop. I hope they are more of the cute and funny kind than the ones that make me want to run and hide.
Do your kids have any funny or adorable quirks? Or ones that make you go hmmm or keep you up at night?