now that you're two months old there's something I want to chat with you about.
it's about being a girl.
I want you to know that even though I keep a collection of vogue magazines in the house and even though I love dressing you in florals, and even though I call you a lady, I want you to know that if one day you feel that being a lady or wearing florals, or shaving your armpits isn't for you, then that's okay with me. (I'm not sure if shaving one's armpits is for anyone when you really think about it, it's just one of those weird things... you'll see.)
I want you to know that being a girl is awesome. I want you to know that sometimes people have labels for things because life can be confusing and labels are a quick way to make things seem simpler but it doesn't make them true. I want you to know that sometimes people have ideas about some things being just for boys or just for girls. I want you to know they're wrong. anything is for you.
as your dad would say, the world is your lobster. I want you to know that your dad will say funny things like that but he's awesome. we got lucky with him.
little belle, I want you to know that you can go forth and be whoever you'd like.
and for as long as you need me, and probably a bit longer, I'll be here to help you and to cheer you on.
you're only two months old, so who you will grow to be is still a wonderful mystery, but I do know you will be wonderful. you are wonderful. with you and your brothers in my life I feel like the luckiest mama in the world.
I hope you will feel like the luckiest girl.