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Friday, November 30, 2007

Little Miss Personality

When I was six months pregnant with Cakes, we went to Mexico for a “last hurrah”. Here’s me, hurrahing:

(The next time I go to Mexico, I will definitely not be with child, and that will most definitely not be a virgin daiquiri in my hand. I seethed with envy every time McHotty enjoyed a frosty pint on the beach during that trip. But I digress).

One night we were strolling through a market, and one of the vendors had these adorable ponchos for babies. Of course, we couldn’t resist buying one for our unborn child. My only disappointment was the smallest size he had in the colour I wanted was a 2. It seemed like it would be an interminable amount of time before Sherwood (that’s what we called Cakes then) would be big enough to wear the thing. We bought it anyway, and upon returning home I tucked it away.

Fast forward almost three years later. I dug out the poncho, which had seemed so huge, and it fits Cakes perfectly. But what is so interesting to me is how three years ago the vision of the child wearing this garment was so abstract: I pictured an angelic, cheerful little babe, but really had no idea who this person was.

I tried to take a picture of Cakes wearing her poncho, and it struck me just how much she is her own person, and she’s not even three. She’s a far cry from the child I pictured while I lolled on a beach in Mexico:

Out of about thirty shots, not one is cooperative. My babe is a force to be reckoned with: she will not be bullied, or cajoled. She knows what she wants. She’s strong and determined; she’s a handful; she’s defiant. She's exhausting; she’s a delight.

I’m so proud of her.



Anonymous winslow1204 said...

Going to Mexico must have been fun!!:) Great pics!

6:57 PM  
Blogger em v said...

And she's a sex pistols fan I see!
(E is more of a Frank Zappa guy himself: maybe one day they will make each other mixed tapes I mean playlists I mean (? in 14 years).

I've been having an inch or two of Steve's beer whenever he has one... it doesn't quite hit the spot, but it's something...

8:30 PM  
Blogger cinnamon gurl said...

Those are great!!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

And she's adorable.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

What a great story.
I know what you mean about them not being what you expected but perfectly perfect all at the same time.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Mac and Cheese said...

We also went to Mexico when I was pregnant. What a waste of all-inclusiveness!

Love the poncho.

10:22 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

and later you can tell her that her cool mama has seen the sex pistols in concert!

11:05 PM  
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11:05 PM  
Blogger Denguy said...

I had that same t-shirt 25 years ago. I also had a poncho like that, but I got it in Kensington market.

11:36 PM  
Blogger FENICLE said...

She a cutie pie too!!!

It would be so hard to be in Mexico & not drink!! You deserve a trip back (not-pregnant).

11:51 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

I love how she kinda looks like she's rocking out there. heh.

And tell me kgirl is wrong and you didn't see the Pistols. Because Syd died when we were seven... Nobody's parents were THAT hip back then! (Although I did apprently go to some outdoor folksy jazz festival for a couple of days when I was a year and a half, but still. That's not the Sex Pistols, you know?)

11:12 AM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

Ah yes, the pregnant last hurrah. We did the same in Jamaica while I was on a restricted diet also. No all-inclusive drinks for me, and I couldn't even enjoy the food. Wahh..

I love the photos. What a little hipster. I almost expect her to have a moleskin notebook in which she scribbles her ideas for lyrics.

3:01 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

rock it Cakes! Great poncho and t momma ;) Is the t from that place up the street?

6:22 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

Kids always end up so different and so much MORE than whatever it was we imagined, don't they?

10:06 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

They sell mini electric guitars now.

just you know...sayin'.

11:59 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

We just tried to do Christmas photos, and the Boy did not want to smile OR stay in the shot. Fun.

Cakes is too cool for words.

2:10 AM  
Blogger highwaisted said...

oh and the coolest friggin kid on the damn block. seriously. keep growing her hair out!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Family Adventure said...

So true.....things never turn out the way you expect, but that's mostly a good thing.

Your daughter is *adorable*!!


3:22 AM  
Anonymous thingsfallapart said...

Hey Metro Mama! It's Lauren. I don't actually have a blog anymore, but I enjoy reading about your experiences with motherhood. You've almost convinced me that I want to have a child... a good ten years from now, that is. :) I hope your break's going well... I just got home yesterday and I'm trying to catch up on sleep before attempting work. Your daughter is adorable, as usual.

P.S. I wonder if you've read this woman's blog... she's getting pretty famous now. She wrote a hilarious ebay entry one time and suddenly everyone wanted to know her blog... now she's getting all kind of offers as a spokesperson for motherhood!

8:34 PM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

I remember getting a few outfits as gifts from friends when Lulu was first born that were size 2T and thought they looked gigantic.
now they are almost too small.

cute poncho!
cute cakes!

7:24 AM  
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