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.