First the Aviary:
Yeah, it was mating season and the peacocks were giving quite the show.
Then we ate and shopped and shopped and ate.
Her daddy spoiled her at Build-a-Bear:
And then the rest of her extended family spoiled her some more.
Princesses & frogs, shoes, horses, instruments, Legos, and too much candy.
After 5 years I can still remember how shocked I was when they announced "it's a GIRL!" My life has never been the same since.
Right before I delivered I was really hoping for a boy because I was comfortable with boys and was in total boy mode. I knew what I was getting into. I knew a girl would be too scary. Me, the example? I liked Daddy being the one to turn the kids heads toward. My weaknesses, passed down another generation? Yikes! I didn't want to face the possibility.
As I have grown into a "girl mom" I am relishing the sweetness of these womanly qualities in bud form. A nurturing preschooler who thankfully picks up some of my strengths.
I love her - everything about her.
She no longer scares me. She is an anchor to me who keeps me grounded and in check. Thankfully a wise heavenly father had faith in me and my abilities when I didn't have it for myself. I am grateful every day for the little girl who is this very minute upstairs fast asleep in her nightgown and new sparkly pink shoes.