She knows what she likes. She's known it since I gave birth to her. She'd cry and cry and cry after I fed her, after I changed her, after I sang to her (maybe that was the problem. I'm not the best singer.)
Having a daughter can be an adventure. And here are the reasons why:
--Natalie will suddenly tell me that she will no longer respond to her name. "Call me Princess." "Call me Elsa." "My name is not Natalie anymore. It's Greta."
--"My waffles are touching the syrup. My WAFFLES ARE TOUCHING THE SYRUP." All will be going well--seconds before, Natalie (or Greta. Or Princess) will have been laughing. Suddenly, drama. Over something incredibly mundane. She started crying the other day because she remembered "that her teacher was strict." I mean??
--She'll beg you to play Barbies with her--and then dictate HOW you need to play them. "No! That's Stacy. She doesn't like Ken. Stop! She DOESN'T LIKE KEN! They can't be NEAR each other. Ken is MEAN to Stacy ALL THE TIME!" Yes, she'll actually speak in caps. Girls are loud, yo.
--Girls might like expressing themselves in CAPS, but they also can be sweet. You'll receive nice drawings and letters. Most of the time "just because" but sometimes because they do want something. ("There's a new American Girl doll out! Can I get it?" "No. Unless you give up eating for a month, because that's the only way we can afford one right now.") (Don't be surprised if you're met with, "I just won't eat then," followed by a flippant shrug.)
--She'll have to look in the toy aisle of every store you go into, even if you just need to get a lightbulb. "I have to see my toys! They miss me!" she'll insist, even though you explain that you only wanted to spend 5 minutes in the store, because all you need is a lightbulb. "But my toys MISS me! I promised that I'd stop by the next time I was here! I promised them, Mommy!"
--Let It Go will be sung many times a day. Off key, most likely, unless you gave birth to the next Mariah Carey. (I did not.) Sometimes you'll be on a call, trying to make a doctor appointment, and she'll be screaming, "The cold never bothered me anyway." Followed by a door slam "because that's what Elsa does!" Or you'll be trying to pee, and suddenly there will be a knock on the door, and then, "Do you wanna build a snowman?" I don't, actually, so please stop asking.
--She'll refuse to leave the house unless she's in costume. "I can't possibly wear pants..." I'll agree, because I have things to do, and I don't feel like arguing. It's okay though, many people are amused to see a princess clomping through the grocery store or twirling around Target.
Having a girl will keep you alert.
But it's okay, because you can dress them up in things like this when they are tiny:
And they won't complain. (Much.)