My son asked me to scan our old family photos because photos tend to deteriorate in Hawaii. This is going to take quite a while since we've taken a lot of photos in the last 30 years. However, I have to laugh because we took more digital photos of KC in the first month of her life than we did for the 6 years of our kids' young lives.
I came across this photo of Tif and had to chuckle. I hope she doesn't get mad at me for posting this. If she does, this post will disappear immediately.
My first born, the delivery was pretty rough and she came out looking rather banged up. The hospital offered photos taken of newborns. We didn't buy one. As the days passed, she didn't improve a whole lot.
Everybody kept asking us what our son's name was.
We dressed her in LOTS of PINK and LACE. It didn't help, but we only loved her more.
And then suddenly one day, people stopped asking us. In fact, people would stop us in restaurants to tell us what a cute little daughter we had.
And then, like a butterfly she emerged into a beautiful woman. More than beautiful, she is kind, loving, caring and responsible.
This brings to mind the song, "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby." It's not necessarily so. I don't think you can tell for sure how a baby will turn out. I do think life shapes you and that people will consider you beautiful for the character you show.
This also brings to mind something I read in a book. I wish I could remember which one it was. It said that every woman has one time in her life when she is stunningly beautiful; it could be when she's a baby, or a young woman or an older woman with silvered hair. I never forgot that thought. Every so often I'll look at a woman, young or old and think, Ahhhh... she's in her prime. I'm sure this holds true for men, too.
However, again... I do think a person's character shapes their faces, too. I've seen so many woman over 80 look serenely beautiful. I've seen some rather haughty 20 somethings who look shallow and unattractive no matter how regular and unlined their features are.
I'll be looking forward to seeing how KC will grow, inside and out.