Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I Have a Girly Daughter

I remember wearing a dress to school in 8th grade and receiving about 30 or 40 comments throughout the day regarding how surprised people were at how I looked. Tracey Allen in something other than a t-shirt and blue jeans? I stopped traffic! Not because I looked so good, but just because I looked so different. It was one of the most shocking moves I ever made, and all it took was a little change of wardrobe. I've written before about what a tomboy I was growing up. Story of my life. And it appears I'm still shocking people.

A couple of weeks ago we had a family birthday party for Brooklyn, and one of the presents from Mommy and Daddy was a purple sweater, pink striped shirt, pink ruffled skirt, purple ruffled skirt and sparkly colorful tennis shoes. I was so excited when I opened it, even though I had picked it all out. My friend Susan yelled, "Tracey! You picked all that stuff out??" Shocking, isn't it? I love shopping for little girl things. I didn't even think I was suited to have a baby girl- I didn't think I'd know what to do with one. Nevermind that I had worked at a place called "My Party Palace" as a princess party leader and occasionally as Cinderella- that was a job. In real life could I have fun with a girl?

The answer is an obvious yes. And a girly girl I have, at that.

When I go shopping with Brooklyn, I hold up clothes to see if she likes them. She gets ecstatic, jumps up and down as best as she can while being strapped in the shopping cart and reaches out to hug them. When she wakes up I nearly always let her choose between 2 or 3 outfits and pick her shoes, and this kid treats it like she's never been happier in her life, like its an honor to get to wear such lovely clothes. She loves dancing more than just about anything and she's in love with a pink and purple Disney princess car that she pushes all around the house.

She's recently become obsessed with baby dolls. She has four of them and takes turns picking each of them up, hugging them and kissing them.

Her favorite non-playtime activities are making herself beautiful: brushing her teeth and brushing her hair. And she is beautiful. Those eyes- those bright blue eyes. They were what made me so fascinated with Brandon, and hers may be even bluer. She loves food and yes is still a fairly skinny kid (she's just a mini-Brandon!)

What this all adds up to is that if things stay the same is that I'm going to have a tall, skinny, dirty-blonde haired, bright blue-eyed dancing, smiling, sweet, fashionable princess. Wow. Doesn't every guy want a girl like that? Which also means I've got my work cut out for me the rest of my life keeping her humble!

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