I am the oldest of three, and I have a large photo album of the pictures taken during my first year of life. Then, when I was 15 months old, my sister was born, and the photos of that time period reduced significantly. Then, 13 months after that, my brother was born, and I think there might be half a dozen surviving photos from the time Roy was born until we were school-aged. It's a pretty common experience, but I was hoping (naively) to break that trend. Of course, then I realized that I have far fewer photos and far fewer updates about my little girl than I ever did for Wesley. So here's a tribute post to my co-female in the family.
|Gretchen sporting a yogurt goatee|
|The kids going for a *short* ride around the house with Stephen|
She loves her brothers, and she's a big favorite with them as well. Of course she and Wesley have occasional spats when sharing doesn't come naturally, but kisses and hugs are just as common as squawking and snatching. When Inno came home from school a few days ago, Gretchen was so excited to see him! She's sitting on my lap making motorcycle noises as she looks at this photo. She has the best appetite of any of the kids right now.
|Fred and Gretchen playing in the waves of Lake Victoria|
|Can't forget her favorite word: cheeeeese!|