Baby Spit-up. Michelle is bathed by her grandaddy. My X-husband, POPS, gave each of our children their first bath at home and I photographed it. Here he is giving Michelle a bath. Maybe this will become a tradition with our grandchildren.
I've always told Emma that I hoped that someday she would have a daughter just like she was..... So far, she is blessed with one that is not like Emma as a baby. Emma was a very fussy baby--I nursed her and I couldn't eat chocolate or broccoli or onions (etc...) or she'd get a tummy ache. She was prone to skin irritation--and I had to wash her clothes separately from our clothes in special detergent. She never slept for long and would wake screaming. The house needed to be quiet. From day one she tried to establish her independence--she did everything early and never really crawled, walking and talking at 9-months. From there she was at a run, climbing, getting into things...talking back. I couldn't turn my back on her for a minute. Moments after she born and I heard her first cry--before they announced I'd had a girl--I knew I had a daughter, because her cry was different from her brothers, even her movements were more feminine. It was very hard to get her to smile as a baby and even into toddler-hood. Emma marches to her own drum and I love her for that.
Michelle is very quiet. They say babies don't smile, but even when she is awake and not being held her little face breaks into these huge smiles. I think she will have a tendency to smile and not frown. She is cuddly, where her mother was not. She is a lot like my oldest son was as a baby. Perhaps, she will be more studious, like him. An introvert? Where Emma is an extrovert. It will be amazing to get to know this little girl and see who she really is.