Christmas of 2002 I worked our local mall. I was 23 years old, Unmarried, had not yet met my husband, and was not thinking about having babies any time soon (though I knew I probably wanted them someday).
I also loved, and still do, all things Beauty and the Beast. In those days it was much easier to find merchandise with JUST Beauty and the Beast on it. I'm not a fan of the stuff with ALL the Disney Princesses on it that they have now.
Anyway, that was the year I bought my Belle sweater and wrapped it up for Christmas because no one would buy it for me. I also was very much in love with this baby Belle Dress. I visited it every few days and despaired as the number on the shelf dwindled. I really wanted it but at 40 dollars I just couldn't see why I needed it. Then one day it went on sale. There were three left and it was 50% off!
I bought it.
I carefully packed it away in my hope chest. I took it out a couple times to pine over. Once when I got married, right before we moved to China, and again right after we got pregnant. My mom still teases me about how nervous I was that I might not have a little girl I could dress up in it and then how I was nervous that my little girl wouldn't want to play dress up and wear it.
Well, there was no need for me to be so worried on either count. The other night I opened up my hope chest and showed the dress to my little girl. She was so excited about it that she insisted I take it out of the box right away. She LOVES dressing up and she loves being Mama's Pretty Baby Girl.
She also loves being Daddy's Pretty Princess. William is such an amazing Daddy. It makes my heart melt when I see him adjust Baby Girl's tiara and play dress up with her.
Now to plan for Halloween.