People say that once you have your second child, you will inevitably start to compare them. It is true. People also say that the second-born is usually quieter and more patient. In this case, not true.
When Z was the same age as V is now, he was a lot calmer and not as fully-developed in his gross and fine motor skills. He was signing more but V understands way more than he did. Z used to be a terrible sleeper and in fact, he had poorer sleep habits than V does. At least V will let you know, if you ask her, if she is ready for bed. And she usually is accurate. At 15 months of age, she drinks liquids from a cup without spilling, feeds herself with a fork and spoon, and tries to dress herself.
It is truly amazing what having an older sibling does to a younger one. They observe and learn so much from them – even the not so good things, unfortunately.
In the sleep department, V is a much better sleeper than Z was. It may have to do with the fact that we sleep-trained her earlier (before 12 months) and it is sticking better. Naps and bedtimes are never a struggle because she is almost always ready to go to sleep. We stick to the same schedule as much as possible – 9am nap, 1pm nap, 7pm bedtime. Works like magic!
Here is the funniest thing about V and her mimicking her older brother – she will stand in front of a potty, stick her belly and groin out as if to pee. The best part is she lifts her shirt up just like she does. I wish I had a picture to show you.