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Saturday, June 25, 2005

When Kylie arrives in September, she will find a lot of people here who already love her. And there will be many who are prepared to treat her like a princess. After all, she’ll be the first baby girl born into the family (this side, anyway) in many decades. She’ll have three big brothers and two parents who have become very good at running a houseful of boys but who might be ready for a little variety.

She has grandparents waiting for her, and a great grandmother, and a couple of doting uncles. We don’t spoil our children, of course. We just make sure they have everything they need and most of what they want. In Kylie’s case, there’s a lot of built-up long-term wish fulfillment to deal with. I’ve never bought a sundress or a pair of Strawberry Shortcake sneakers (although I used to sell them).

On the other hand, I don’t expect Kylie to be passive or meek or docile. She won’t be that kind of a princess, not with her bloodlines. She’ll be both feminine and tough — two very appealing qualities when they come together in one person. In case there’s any doubt, I gave David the DVDs for Disney’s Mulan and Pocahontas as Father’s Day presents. Just in case the boys in that house have any doubts about what a girl is capable of.

Aiden knows where Kylie is now, although he might not grasp the concept completely. He certainly doesn’t know what he’s in for, but the rest of us got a little preview yesterday, in the form of a 3D ultrasound. We know that Kylie is a real person, but it’s kind of awe-inspiring to see her face, three months before she’s even born.

25 June 2005


We’re ready, I think. You should see the pink princess crib set Mom and I are giving to Kylie. And you should also see the Giants baseball gear that’s available in pink in little girls’ sizes. I can already picture her wearing it.

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You can’t play as badly as the Giants did today and expect to beat anybody, much less a streaking team like the A’s. When you make errors, you give away bases, and when you give away bases you give away runs. I should have known from the start, when it was announced that the newest Giant, Alex Sanchez, would be starting in right field. He came to the team with a reputation as a poor fielder, and he lived up to that reputation today. Not that he was alone, of course. The Giants committed a total of five errors on their way to a 6-3 loss.

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