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“Look at all that hair!”

“She’s such a doll baby!”

“She is the cutest baby I’ve ever seen.”

I’m really not kidding when I say that those three phrases in that order are what most people say to me upon seeing the Pea.  I smile and try to get off a “thank you” as demurely as possible, but secretly go into the back room of my heart and do a little jig as I find more evidence that this kid is, in fact, uncommonly gorgeous.  Having been cautioned that most parents think their child is the most amazing thing to grace the planet, I’ve tried to temper my enthusiasm at the Pea’s giant brown eyes and dark curly locks when talking to people outside my immediate family.  But slowly, with each interaction with random strangers on the street and in the grocery store, I am slowly losing my inhibition and will soon shout from the rooftops that yes! indeed!  it has been confirmed through an unscientific survey of random strangers that my! child! is the Cutest Baby Ever.

And then, cautious mother that I am, I whisper to the Pea that I love her because she is my daughter and that she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.


Since this is my very own personal corner of the internet, may I just say, in very small type, so as not to seem a braggart, that I now weigh 4 pounds less than I did before I got pregnant?  I fit into all my pants and am even one hole back in my belt.  This wheat-free/breastfeeding combo is certainly working for my waistline! (Though not necessarily for my tastebuds.)


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