My Little Extrovert

>> Friday, July 17, 2015

Ada loves people.

And I mean LOVES, like, everyone. Anyone. Even this mannequin. Being on vacation has brought out her extroverted side more than ever. Like, WOW. In fact, it’s like she doesn’t have a shy bone in her body. Not only that, but she gets so revved up and excited from being around new places and faces. It gets her out-of-this-world happy.

And this mama is exhausted. Each time we go to the beach, the minute we get there, I see her dart off. It isn’t toward the ocean. It isn’t to dig in the sand. Nope. She’s headed toward kids. The boys over there. The girls over here. That unsuspecting baby. I am actually in awe of her social fearlessness. She’s the one in the group that’s always like “C’mon, guys, let’s PLAY!” Then she’ll lead her friends onto the playground or on some other adventure.

This is so totally not my personality, so I’m working hard to give her what her little soul craves. A lot of people are surprised when they learn I’m an introvert because I can hide it quite well. I actually do enjoy talking with and being around people . . . to an extent. When I schedule it. But when they’re not my close friends, I usually feel like I need to take a nap after all that smalltalk. OK. It even happens when it’s my friends. You introverts get it. Being around people can zap energy.

Ada’s quest to meet #allthepeople makes me feel like I’ve gone a week without sleep. But I’m also so proud of her. And I love watching the little girl she’s turning into.

I guess it doesn’t help that virtually all the families down here seem to have three or four kids. Of course that’s an exaggeration, but surprisingly not a large one. Maybe we’re just surrounded by unusually fertile women. Ada has asked me so many times on this trip when a baby will be joining our family, and I’m sad to say that this first cycle back at TTC seems to have been a bust.

Do you have a little extrovert?

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