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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chloe - #3

I've got to go with Chloe next. She's my firstborn and my only daughter. I've always thought she looked just like Brian's mom, but when I re-found this picture just now, I can't believe how much she looks like me!

Chloe's birth was the usual first baby trauma. She was 8lbs 1oz and 19in long. I was in no way prepared for the gigantic personality enclosed in that (relatively) small package!

We tease Chloe that she came out blue as a Smurf with her eyes wide open. She WAS actually blue as a Smurf and unbelievably observant. Right from the start she wanted nothing to do with being held (except at 3 in the morning when we were trying to sleep :). I think she was afraid she'd miss something!

Brian worked at a computer lab on campus when she was born and he used to take her to work where he kept her under his desk in her carseat. She was perfectly content!

I feel so blessed to have a daughter, especially this particular daughter. I often wish she wasn't my oldest, though. It seems like I'm constantly trying to protect her from the danger lurking all around but she'll have none of that! She's smart and fearless and passionate and volatile and determined to make her own way in this world. The tighter I cling to her, the farther away from me she goes. I really have no idea how I'm going to survive her childhood and I'm actively blocking the idea that she's going to be a teenager soon.

Tomorrow she's off to 6th grade, which around here means middle school. A school that's 20 minutes away from my house. Full of strange adults and kids who are big and mean. She's super excited but I feel like I'm going to throw up! This is way harder than kindergarten!


Dutson House Happenings said...

Sixth grade! I can't believe it, seems like she was just a little second grader to me, but we've been gone awhile I guess. And you're right, she does look like you!

sues2u2 said...

Your little girl is becoming so grown up. When the kids were baptized I remember thinking what a pretty young lady she is becoming.

Pat said...

I still can't believe she is so grown up. and yet when I talk with him I do think she is ready. I'm sure you are afraid of letting her go because she seems so fragile but to tell the truth you guys have prepared her well. It's oft times hard to see but she'll do really great. Yes, there will be times but that's how they grow up more. And yes, you do get to shed a few tears but that's o.k. too. That's what makes you grow up more! Love ya,