March 30, 2010


When I started the journey to become a mother, I was pining for a little girl.  Hair-bows and pink and flowers and shoes...oh my.

And then it went haywire, that process (you all know the story...) and so we found ourselves in Africa holding the most precious of little baby boys I have ever set eyes on.  

All things "girl" were set aside.  All things "boy" were brought to the forefront.  Pink for green and blues and (gulp) camouflage...I know, I know. Hair-bows for baseball hats and flowers for toy cars and dinosaurs and robots.  And I don't want to stereotype what boys and girls play with or colors or any of that.  I just want to make a clear distinction between the two.  Quint is ALL BOY.  There is no middle of the road.  He loves all things boy and if he had spider-man hands, he would climb the walls of my living room.

I had so much fun learning all about him and loving him, that I forgot what I ever saw in all that pink stuff anyway.  And when the time came to actually get back on track with ribbons and lace, I had no idea where to start.  

Don't get me wrong, I had quite a collection going in that nursery of hers.  Ahem.  Cough.

But I was intimidated by the idea of a little girl coming to live amongst our new way of life.  Boy, boy, boy was written everywhere.  In every nuance of our home.  A little boy lives here.  You couldn't miss it.

I actually thought "I don't even know what to do with a girl".  And we all know that's just silly, because I am a girl - hello.  

But she fixed it.

Oh yes, she did.

I forgot what I was pining for, and buddy she is worth every single second of it.  

Pink.  Oh, the pink...the lavender, the haiiiiirrrrbboooooowwwwsss.  I die.

I forgot how much I loved her clothes.  Until she was wearing them.  

Until I could see how much better they look on her than on the hanger.  

How much her smile and her personality brings every single thing I was saving for her to life.

How much she brings us to all her girly, sweet smelling, soft baby, silly smiling, chubby leg , pink wearing goodness.


Neeson Family said...

I miss the pretty pink clothes. Now it is the kiss of death if old Mom buys anything and one of my girlies is verging on goth at 12 1/2...........loves her black.

Emy said...

Man oh Man! I am feelin' ya on this! Ha ha ha! We are one of the "boys club" houses. We are starting to gather some pink, and those HAIR BOWS! AH! So fun! I can't wait to have Eva home, running around in all that pink, instead of it filling her closet! YEA!

Kim said...

you know me and hairbows,clippies and hats.. I soo hope I get to use some..
Love ya sister..

JonesEthiopia said...

Love that last photo. I mean, really. Too cute for words.

I love girl stuff. I think the reason we have two girls is so I can dress them alike! Ok, not really, but it sure is fun.

Christy said...

love hair bows, love clothes-- way too much-- love all things girly--- way too much!! It is bad- totally bad- but the girl clothes with this perfect little girl in them-- precious and perfect :)

Colleen said...

I LOVE those beautiful photos!!! And my house is covered in everything pink. I don't know what I would do if I had a baby boy. :)

redmaryjanes said...

She is absolutely darling! Truly. Her hair has me over the moon. My daughter is four and doesn't have hair like that. Heaven!

Kayce said...

The hair bow thing is best!!!! As for pink...I'm all over pink it's EVERYWHERE!! Love it!

Wendy said...

Yummy...that's the word that comes to mind...just plain yummy.

Jodi Sue said...

I'm so ready for the baseball caps and hiking boots and dinosaurs again!!! But I love the balance when the pink little girls are playing in the mud with the dino's! Enjoy these silly days - they go by way to fast!

Eloise said...

So sweet! I'm so happy for you. Enjoy that pink!

PS Are you up for scheduling a get-together yet?

Hugs ~ E

Ani said...

Been there, done that... We knew how to parent a BOY (we had been doing that for 4 years!) and then the Pink Princess came home forever, and there was a steep learning curve on dresses, bows, matching socks and bibs... but how fun it all is :-)

Renea Lynch said...

She's so beautiful! I never grow tired of looking at that pudgy little face! :) I only wish I would have had a girl that liked pink and bows and girly stuff. Out of two boys and a girl, our house is ALL boy! She's the biggest tomboy I know. :)

meme said...

LOVE IT !!! Pictures are precious.

thefinishingtouch said...

so cute, Love to you all.....Uncle John