When I was pregnant with Ashley, the doctors never could tell if she was a boy or a girl,
even though I had lots of chances to find out with ultrasounds, due to low amniotic fluid levels.
But I knew she was a girl.
I knew it before I even got pregnant.
It was just a feeling I had.
Still, when the doctor held up my baby and announced, "It's a girl!"
I was overwhelmed with happiness.
I always thought I wanted all boys,
to avoid the hormonal roller coasters girls go through once they reach the ripe old age of 13.
But Ashley was exactly what I never knew I needed in my life.
Doing her "lady pose" and rocking those chunky baby thighs.
Beautiful eyes. Beautiful baby.
Her super feminine "teething face"
Nobody believes me that she had blue eyes when she was born.
But here's the proof. Now they're greenish brown.
She's always had nice hair. It's sort of a gift she has.
And you can always find her snuggled up somewhere with a good book.
She's the best kind of princess. She'll put on her tiara, then go dig in the dirt.
I guess that's what you get when you're born between two boys.
Again, with the good books.
She loves the Swamp. She loves the desert. She loves the mountains. She loves the beach.
She's a pleasure to be around wherever she goes.
She's a great sister and tries to take care of everyone in the family.
Ashley was born with a distinct personality.
She seemed to know exactly what she wanted, when she wanted it, and how she wanted it.
I knew one of the Mom Rules was to get her on a napping and feeding schedule,
but Ashley had her own ideas about all of that.
Her distinct personality surprised me, and even scared me sometimes,
but I was also glad about it.
Nobody was going to push my little girl around.
It has been fun watching her grow up.
Her distinct personality has only been a good thing in her life.
She's one of the most determined people I know.
She's super smart, hard working, and a good example, too.
I can't wait to see where the next 9 years will take us!