A healthy dose of sibling rivalry

At just five weeks old, Mary Virginia is holding her head up practically as well as David did at three months.

Five-week old Mary Virginia:



Three-month old David:



But David smiled at five weeks, and when she was five weeks old, Mary Virginia was still mostly scowling.

This has to mean something, right? Like that David will be more social and Mary Virginia will be more physical? He’ll be class president and she’s be captain of the soccer team.

It’s part of a parents’ duty to attach unreasonable stock in milestones. She plays with blocks! She’ll be an architect! He crawled late! Just like Einstein! If Mary Virginia holds up her head early she’ll probably crawl early and walk early which means she’ll probably be a U.S. senator. It also must mean good things for her aptitude in math, and her ability to quickly learn the steps to line dances. Just check the childhood development books.

In all honesty, it probably doesn’t mean anything for her future, but it does mean one thing for David and his sister: we’ve already started comparing them.

Let the competition begin! Game on, kids!


  1. Meredith July 15, 2013

    hahaha so funny!! I recently did a newborn photo session and it was CRAAAZY how much that girl could hold up her head! I was scared!!! I should show you a pic. Mary Virginia is definitely on her way to athletic greatness. Her bro can supply all the bouncy balls her little legs can kick.

    • amandakrieger July 15, 2013

      I would love to see the pics! We think Mary VA looks a little crazy lifting her head — she’s too little!

  2. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast July 15, 2013

    L was the same way with the early head lifting! And she is still a strong and determined little girl. 🙂

  3. Jenny Ramey July 15, 2013

    You are hilarious. HILARIOUS.

    I always talk about how we should never compare any children to any other child, blah blah blah. But did you know that I had the biggest baby in Mike’s family so far? Yep. I did.

  4. Grammy July 16, 2013

    and don’t forget that Mary Virginia has more hair!


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