One of the things I have really grown to love and appreciate is watching my daughter in social settings. I am really able to take in her personality. Taylor was invited to a three-year-old’s birthday party this past Saturday. We made a family outing of it and traveled the 60 miles to Baton Rouge to hang out with friends and their little chaps. Though Taylor was one of the youngest kids there, it was interesting seeing her react to strangers greeting her. She really enjoyed the attention she received from adults and children alike.
We had a really great time at the circus-themed birthday party. This tot’s mother is the queen of event planning! She had activities for every guest, from an inflatable jumper to carnival style games that children were able to access using tickets. There was even a face-painting station and concession stand with snow cones, popcorn and other treats. Taylor’s eyes darted from activity to activity.
After the birthday party, we visited with friends who have two kids: a nurturing four-year-old daughter, who instantly adopted Taylor as her kid sister, and a two-year-old son, who had a hard time sharing his toys with his guest. I watched as my daughter instantly tried to befriend the two by playing ball with them and joining in on the fun they were having with their toys. It was great to see her take turns rolling the ball to her new friends. She played with the toy cars and did not fuss about having to give them back. She even followed the big kids around and tried her hardest to keep up with them as they played. This is a side of Taylor I usually miss because I’m at work and she’s at daycare.
What I gather from my observation is that Taylor is patient, a tad bit reserved, willing to share, and able to play alone when necessary. At one point Saturday, she sat alone and entertained herself with a small ball while the other older kids ran around. She was content doing so and was satisfied all the while. It’s always great getting a glimpse into your little one’s budding personality.