Pictured is my daughter Indiana at her primary school graduation night.
Indiana was born in April of 2000. My wobbly and exciting launch into motherhood began with her.
She was and remains both my student and teacher as the saying goes. My first born. My baby who grew and grows too fast!
Raising a daughter is such a gorgeous experience. The mother / daughter relationship is a very special one indeed.
Daughters are the keepers of memories and traditions.
Daughters are great friends and helpers.
Daughters are fantastic to share shopping experiences,
have girlie giggles with,
We share sneaky-girlie chocolate treats too!
(I know about your many secret trips to the pantry to eat the chocolate spread straight from the jar. Or the chocolate chips for baking! Or any other sugar filled thing that may contain taste potential)!
I had no way of knowing when Indiana arrived, that she would be followed by four brothers!
Since I had set out to have two children only, she was to be indulged.
Indiana took the arrival of each brother in her stride. She adored them as babies and liked them to varying degrees further down the track.
As siblings do!
In the meantime I snarled at my man for not encouraging me to dress her in pink perfection!
Instead I opted for sensible options like blues and neutrals which could be passed onto a boy (someday)? I still have those red Hello Kitty Mary Janes purchased in Shanghai when she was just 6 months old. I carefully stored them in the belief that another 'girl' child of ours might wear them.
Through it all, Indiana continued to hope for a sister.
Another girl in the house to play with.
To share her stuff with.
You can imagine her excitement when on the 29th of November 2012, the news was given to her of Celeste's arrival!
I love the photo above of their first cuddle and a wish come true.
For me, memories long forgotten of raising a daughter have returned.
What a joy they are!
Having another girl in my life has been a slow dawning. Even as I write, the gravity of her presence is becoming known to me. It continues to grow.
Another keeper of memories.
Another to share with and pass on, the family traditions we create together.
Another bonus for me has been the dress up doll I can play with all over again! I am indulging my every girlie desire, along with Indiana, to make this little princess look gorgeous!
Some recent acquisitions:
|The retro yellow pea coat|
|The butter yellow vest|
|The velour indigo overalls with owl and birdie trims|
Outfits purchased at
Pumpkin Patch Australia