Call my daughter "Princess"
I remember it like it was yesterday. I overheard a woman referring to her daughter as "princess." I wanted to gag right then and there. I never even felt the need to say that I would never do this, because I couldn't even imagine it as a temptation. BUT, for whatever reason I call Emily....wait for it....PRINCESS! And it's not just once in awhile, it's nearly every day! Even when it comes out of my mouth it sounds foreign, like when you are expecting to take a sip of diet Coke and it turns out to be orange juice. I honestly don't know where it came from, but I guess maybe she is a sweet little princess to me. I can only imagine how many sets of eyes have been rolled and how many people are probably thinking "pageant mom," when they hear me call her this term of endearment.
Give my child junk food
I like to consider myself a bit of a healthy eater, minus the occasional weekend day where my husband and I declare a "treat day" and we eat whatever we want. I always said, "my child will not eat that sugary crap," and she doesn't eighty percent of the time. But there is that twenty percent when I just want to see the expression on her face when she bites into a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the new bakery in town. And, I'll admit-I've been known to toss her a piece of chocolate when I've exhausted all other healthy options and she just won't stop crying.
Allow her to run around wild in stores
Okay, so this one was just recently added to my list-ever since Emily discovered that being mobile is far more exciting than sitting in a boring shopping cart. So, it was either let her wiggle her way out of the cart, risking her falling onto the floor or let her run free. While letting her run free has it's own challenges, I find that the more I try to stop her from pulling those cereal boxes off of the shelf, the more she will want to do it.
Let her grandparents spoil her
I can't say that I have a lot of control over this one, especially when she spends time with her grandparents while I'm not around. And the girl has three sets of grandparents, so there is no shortage of her getting what she wants.
Spoil her with a toy while out shopping
Okay, so picture this-you are out shopping with the cutest baby/toddler in the world and she reaches for something off of a shelf. She pulls it to her chest with her chubby pink fingers and the sweetest toothless grin lights up her face. ENOUGH SAID. She really must've had a need for that stuffed dog keychain with the ridiculously big eyes.
Dress her in pink all the time
When my husband and I were registering for the baby shower, we specifically put gender neutral items on the list even though we knew we were having a girl. My husband probably had visions of her wearing Marquette Basketball clothing at all times, while I envisioned her wardrobe consisting of shirts and pants with cute animals on them. Unfortunately for both of us...the girl looks STUNNING in pink. So, yes, every day there is a splash of pink somewhere on her attire.
Let her watch television
Don't get your panties in a bunch-I don't plop her down in front of the TV for hours at a time. But, she has her special programs that she likes-Elmo, Sid the Science Kid, and Dinosaur Train. And man, it's amazing what I can accomplish during one of those 24 minute shows. Thank you Netflix, thank you Sesame Street.
Let our child ride the dogs
It's a common misconception that big dogs are bred to give children rides like they are ponies in a petting zoo. And, yes the funny passerby will joke "I bet your baby can ride those dogs." Well, yeah...she can. But she's not supposed to because of the potential harm it could cause their backs. But, rules are made to be broken, especially when they involve this level of cuteness.