Happy Birthday, Baby Girl. Thanks For Reminding Us We Should All Be Treated Like Princesses

I have a daughter in the best sense of the word. She is sassy, silly, gentle, funny, smart, kind, generous, thoughtful, and ever-present. My daughter calls me to be the best I can be. To not let her down. To not make her someone else. To cherish the very girl that she is and the woman she will be. To demand that others do the same.

A baby girl is born.
My baby girl at 1.
My baby girl at 2. She made that pin for me and then insisted on wearing it.
This is my baby girl just before turning 3. She's already a better dresser than me.

I am as proud of her for loving princesses and purple as I would be if she loved baseball and blue. I have no agenda for my daughter except a desperate desire to protect her from all the ways the world is hard on women. But I can’t. I tell her stories of triumph and courage. I tell her stories of sadness and hope. I knew that she would hurt, but it still breaks my heart every time. I hope that she will always find safe haven in my home and my hugs.

Rocking our princess dresses.

I love my baby girl. She makes me better than I am. She makes me a princess, too.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

24 thoughts to “Happy Birthday, Baby Girl. Thanks For Reminding Us We Should All Be Treated Like Princesses”

  1. Happy birthday to you both! My princess is about to be three too. She teaches me so much. Every day. May all our princesses have safe havens and great launches.

  2. Happy birthday to N(edited)!

    Oh, and that was totally my girl name for C. But then he was my Charlie instead. And now I think my brother is going to go and steal the name if they have a girl in November.

  3. Tears.

    Love this post. And you’re right…so often it seems there’s pressure to push our daughters away from princesses and pink (or purple) and towards baseball and blue. And while it’s great that girls like baseball, I happen to have a full-blown princess who loves babies, lipstick, and purses. And that’s fine too.

    I so wish our girly girls lived closer together so they could exchange fashion advice. 🙂

    Happy birthday to your little N.

  4. This line right here tells you all you need to know about love and generosity and self confidence:

    “She made that pin for me and then insisted on wearing it.”

    Oh Alex, your sweet baby girl has already got it all. And it’s no wonder.
    Just look at her mama.

    This post is a great gift unto itself.

  5. What an adorable kid. I think I just fell in love with your daughter too. I hope she has a happy birthday! She is a great dresser. I hope one day she starts a fashion blog. I could seriously use some help.

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