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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A real "American Girl", and she's no doll

(Warning: BabyCakes overload!  Many of these are droid pics so forgive their quality.  Some pics are better than no pics, am I right?)

BabyCakes, my sweet second --  I mean YOUNGEST AND ALWAYS WILL BE YOUNGEST -- child is at a great age. (Whew, writing "second" scared me there for a bit.  Grandparents, don't get any funny ideas.)
Eighteen months seems to be the amount of time she needed to really take that personality of hers and run!

Now, as my friend Rachel and I like to reassure each other say, "It's not all butterfly kisses and rainbows" (or some variation of that phrase -- whatever we can remember in our sleep-deprived states), and I have the hopefully-gray-covering box of hair dye sitting on my counter to prove it. (I'm a little scared to take the plunge and try it.)
But as I said, my little curl girl is growing up quite nicely.

Even if she does eat cro.tch cheerios.
(Why do they taste better after being marinated in mystery carseat nastiness?)

AND proudly dumps entire cups of chocolate protein shake she stole from her brother all over herself.

AND if she does have a strange first-word-inducing fascination with shoes.
(I know. I'm the only woman in America who doesn't get into shoes. Can you blame with with my hobbit feet? At least I ventured into the world of wedges this summer.  They're like heels with training wheels and it turns out I like them.  For short periods, anyway.)

But she's always just done her own thing.
Held her own in bouncy houses and playing with the big boys.
Busted through whatever obstacles she encountered.  That is, if she even saw them as obstacles.

In the 18 months I have had the privilege of knowing her, I've fallen deeply in love with the independent, beautiful, strong, funny, boisterous, loving little person she is.

I'm so glad she was born an American.  So glad that I am an American.
There are many places in this world where being born a female means a very certain unenviable fate.
Millions and millions of girls and women who never hear the phrase "you can do anything you put your mind to."  Heck, who never even have enough food to eat.

BabyCakes, our ever-shrinking world may try to assign a low value to your worth.

You might love shoes and pink and all things sparkling and flowery.

But you will never, ever, EVER be "just a curl girl" to me.


A Bunch of Hicks said...

There are a lot of things I love about this post!

I love that she loves shoes and that you do not- that is Audrey and myself! If it is not flip flops, I don't get excited about it. Audrey can wear 3 inch heels and walk in them well!

I love that you have multiple pictures of crotch cheerios!

And I Love her curly hair!! Hopefully she will embrace it and not spend hours with a flat iron only to walk outside and the humidity undo what you just did!

The kids ask me all the time- can I do this when I get big or can I be this or that. There is nothing like knowing the whole world is right in front of them and they can be *anything* they want to be!

(Glad your back)

Daddy said...

Too Cute! She just looks so full of herself. Can't wait to see all of you! I know you tried to smooth it over, but is there a secret message in calling her the 2nd child?! I can love as many grandchildren as you girls want to have:) Give both of the kids hugs and kisses from Gramps and Granny.
Love you guys!

Melissa said...

So cute! BC is so photogenic :)