It is impossible for me to put into words how completely cool it is to see Cady with her girlfriends. She LOVES her friends! It's not as though they are just other toddlers that she is in a room with, they are clearly her friends. If she knows that we are going to spend time with her friends that is ALL that she talks about that day. She gets so excited and repeats over and over that we are going to Emma's house or Makenzie's house. And when we get there she absolutely lights up!
At this age, the baby books talk about how toddlers do not interact. Developmentally they are in the parallel play stage which means playing side by side but not WITH each other. Cady and her friends are an absolute 100% exception to that rule. There is no parallel play with them. It is running and chasing, giving spontaneous hugs, jumping on furniture together, doing Ring around the Rosie and playing hide and seek. The only parallel play that I have seen was recently when we went to Makenzie's for dinner. All of us adults were talking and the girls went upstairs to play. It was too quiet (we all know what that means) so I went upstairs in time to hear Cady on one side of the hall calling (in her loud Cady voice) for Makenzie. I found Cady first who had a bucket of "products" that were supposed to be on the bathroom sink but were all over the floor. Makenzie had taken one of the products, the lotion, into the room across the hall and was sitting on the floor squeezing it into her hand while Cady was left holding the evidence in the bathroom. I guess you could call that parallel play.
Anywhoooo. The pictures below are of Cady and her two BFF's, Makenzie and Emma. The pics of Cady and Makenzie holding hands. Awwww. They held hands all the way up the sidewalk and as you can see all the way up to the door. They had each other and I'm not sure either one of them were aware we were around anymore.
The second group of pics is with Emma. Emma came over the other night. We decided to make a little bed on the floor and the two cuddled up together with those big honking pacifiers (someone tell me that she won't be going to Kindergarten with that thing!)The only thing more beautiful than that was when Cady asked me to lay down with her and then the girls vied for the spot next to me. Emma nestled in and Cady pretty much rolled on top of her so I guess they both won in the sense that they were equally close to me. You know what is really sappy though? Neither one of them realized as they were fighting to lay next to me that I was the one that was winning. I can't tell you how perfect it feels to have two little toddlers to cuddle!