Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nature vs Nurture


I really do look at her sometimes and wonder where she came from.

Her love of makeup, lotions and all things sparkly.

A preference for shoes....at age 1....she'll change them several times a day.

Who taught her these things? I spend all of 10 minutes after getting out of the shower prepping for the day. But, she studies me. She watches and learns and mimics the few cosmetic things I do.

"Try Yainey, Mom", hand stretched out, big eyes open, politely asking for a dab of lotion.

But, the baby dolls? We are not around newborns often and she's been raised around trains and dinosaurs and dirt. I have never sat her down to show her how to care for an infant, yet she knows what to do.

It is inherent.

I'm convinced.

Look at these boys....it doesn't add up.

I didn't know I wanted a daughter until I had one. And, here she is....day by day....ever so quickly....teaching me a whole new part of the parenting equation. How to love differently, how to protect more fiercely, how to prepare for a broken heart unlike one I've known before.

16 comments:

Jodee Leader said...

What a sweet post! That first picture is a hoot!

I often wonder where our kids came from too! Parenting is sooo much fun!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Heather said...

oh melt my heart. you are such a sweet momma and she is just too adorable for words.

Deelsu said...

she is a cutie!

The Jones' said...

LOVE her!

Clare said...

So sweet! I can totally relate, we wanted a boy and I still feel guilty for wanting something that isn't Fiona. Even now I think, I could have another girl. And I had a fierce love of baby dolls when I was little but had no idea that Fiona would know what to do with one at 11 months-I think you've seen the video on our blog.
I love having a daughter and never had any idea how much fun it would be. Thanks for sharing!

Sassafrass Jane said...

Oh this is too much. This post has me teary! And I agree when it comes to nature vs. nurture. She is just too sweet. Let me know if you ever need a break! I'll take her any day!

I wonder if your babies know how lucky they are to have you as their momma.

Donatelli98 said...

Such a sweet post Casey .. I love her little expressions!

Shannon said...

For some reason this post is more moving here than on Facebook. I don't know why.

I thought I'd add that having a daughter who is much older is also pretty awesome (even though she's a moody teen, it's more good than bad). There's that famous essay about raising children who are your favorite people in the world. Yeah, my daughter is that. I assume my son will be as well but he's still little so it's a different relationship for now.

Jenna Pucella said...

Just love reading your blog after being away for awhile. And I love the thought of you being the mama of a girly-girl! You have such a way with words. I have never wanted children more than after reading this. You are so connected with your children, it's wonderful! Love,love,love you!

Coco said...

Sweet post! She is such a doll face and you're right, such a girl!!

She and Tess are going to be quite a pair!

The Lenzers said...

oh sweet beautiful girl!!! I guess mothering instincts are truely natural!

merrilee said...

Love this. She is too cute for words and I have a feeling Blake will be stressed when this one starts dating!!!

The Rand's said...

she is too cute for words! she'll be breaking many hearts!!

The Soladay Family said...

I cannot even imagine what that would be like...=) You"re very blessed with that baby girl!

Cate O'Malley said...

Too cute!

If the shoe FITZ said...

Great post. LC is a doll!