Dear Crissy

What makes baby girls so special?

kara baby photo

Everything.

After two years of total immersion in everything boy, the prospect of walking the path of motherhood with a daughter as well, is really amazing to me. I feel so lucky to be able to experience all the sweetness of raising a boy, and a girl, and wow — is this girl sweet.

7 week old baby

At 7-weeks-old now, Kara has really started to blossom in significant ways.

I forgot how fast the explosion of personality comes with a newborn. Within a matter of a few short weeks, your baby goes from tiny, wrinkly, and sleepy to chubby, bright-eyed and vocal.

It is really just like looking at Evan at times when I watch Kara’s facial expressions, and listen to her little baby noises. If she continues to progress as her brother did, she’ll be successfully mimicking words in no time, and speaking clearly soon after.

One thing about Kara’s development that seems different than Evan’s, is the control she has over her body. She is a strong little thing, and I am predicting that she’ll be rolling over any day now. Evan was never the first baby on the block to hit physical milestones — just average.

Of course, I have to say it. I just can’t believe how fast my sweet, special little girl is growing up.

Want to see some more photos of Kara? I posted a series of adorable, and funny outtakes from this photo session on Babble today.

Tell me what makes your little girl special!

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14 Comments

  1. Jadzia @ Toddlerisms — February 6, 2012 @ 8:18 am (#)

    Oh! So SWEET! She is stunning.

    I have pretty strong feelings on this subject, as I had three boys before my first girl (now 18 months old) came along. (And Girl #2 is now 2 months old!)

    Despite what manymanymany people told me about how “hard” girls are (huh?) and how she would never love me the way that a son loves a mother (huh? huh?), the biggest difference between my first daughter and my sons is that my daughter is a lot “loveyer” than the boys were. She also really tends to wear her heart on her sleeve, much more than the boys did. Physically she is just as rough and tumble as her older brothers–possibly a matter of survival for a 4th child!

    I also find myself worrying about her more than the others. (Thank you, societal conditioning.) About that big heart on her sleeve being broken. About her dreams not coming true. Hoping she has a better life than I did. These thoughts come unbidden, and there’s some shame in admitting having them. But better that than they go unexamined, right?

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    • Crissy — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      I hear the “hard” comment a lot too. Kinda scares you, so, I’m glad you posted this!

    • Mami2jcn — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      What is it about the “girls are hard” comment? I have heard that so many times, and I don’t get it. My boys were a lot harder. When I tell people my daughter is easy by comparison, they say “just wait until the teen years”.

      I’ve decided to stop listening to those people.

  2. Amber - Binkertation — February 6, 2012 @ 8:21 am (#)

    Wow, Kara is absolutely beautiful – love those bright eyes! I have a 7 month old boy, but seeing photos of your 7 week old makes me miss the baby baby baby stage… funny how that happens!

    My special gal is almost 4 years old and every single day, I find something new and amazing to love and admire about her. Her wit and caring nature are my favorite. She’s inspiring!

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    • Crissy — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      Thank you Amber! Your little girl sounds perfect!

  3. Mami2jcn — February 6, 2012 @ 9:08 am (#)

    What a cutie!

    As a mom of two boys who are 7 and 8, and a 2 year old little girl, I have to agree with you. My daughter is everything I ever dreamed of and more! I feel very lucky to have the chance to raise children of both genders.

    I get a kick out of watching my daughter play with her dollhouse. She also doesn’t go anywhere without her baby doll. It’s so cute!

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    • Crissy — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      Thank you! They are really wonderful, you are right! :)

  4. Adelina Priddis — February 6, 2012 @ 9:47 am (#)

    oh she is so adorable! After 5 1/2 years and 3 girls, we’re about to embark on boyhood. I’m nervous, but terribly excited as well.

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    • Crissy — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      Thanks Adelina! Well, let me tell you, little boys are exceptional. Nothing to fear! Good luck!

  5. Jenny Sulpizio, Author of "Mommy Whispers" — February 6, 2012 @ 11:18 am (#)

    The difference in raising boys and girls is quite significant (and I have adored doing both for sure). Raising a daughter brings its own set of challenges but is such a blessing. Whether it be shopping for cute girly outfits, or enrolling them in their first ballet class, raising a girl tends to bring a mother back to her own childhood and creates a definite sense of nostalgia.

    Every daughter is special but mine has such an amazing quality: she truly has a heart of gold and is the most caring girl I know. I’m so proud of this wonderful attribute she possesses and can’t wait to see it blossom and grow even further.

    Great post!

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  6. Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) — February 6, 2012 @ 11:45 am (#)

    I have two little girls and I cannot stop gushing about how I LOVE having girls. They are so sweet and cuddly. They love to snuggle and I can’t get enough.

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  7. Jen@Creative and Curious Kids! — February 6, 2012 @ 8:43 pm (#)

    So sweet! My baby girls are 9 and 7- boy they grow too fast. I also have a little man who is 2. :) All three are different and special and challenging in their own way.

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  8. grace — February 6, 2012 @ 9:00 pm (#)

    she’s really cute!!!!! =)

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  9. Anna — June 17, 2012 @ 1:20 am (#)

    I come from a family of all girls. So we think little girls are pretty special too! :)

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