No one else saw it, though. So I would just smile and nod when everyone referred to him as a "little Paul" - assuming I must be just seeing him with my "mama goggles" on.
Then I had my girl - darling little Fin.
This time around I have enjoyed plenty of "she looks just like you!" exclamations from everyone - particularly from my own mother. "It is like I am holding you all over again!" she told me when she came to help me when Finola was only three weeks old.
I was skeptical. I thought, Perhaps people just always think the baby looks like whichever child is their same gender?
Then, when visiting my parents recently my mom broke out her treasured box of photos of all her children - one taken each year of our life.
When she showed me my three month photograph I had to do a double-take. I honestly thought for a millisecond that it was Finola:
|me - three months! what a mean mug!|
Sure, our ears are definitely different - hers are more round and stick out just a bit. No idea where that comes from. We have different hairlines, and she actually has more hair on the top of her head - but same color.
My point is - I never thought I would have a daughter that looks SO much like me. But here she is. My mini-me.
This makes it kind of fun to imagine if she will continue to look like her mama...
Will she look like this at age two? (and, um, if you don't see Cormac in this picture then one of us is crazy.)
Or maybe like this at age three (or is it four?)
|again -- clearly I am Cormac's mama|
One last look at the proof that at least some of my genetics will be passed along to my children...
I love you dearly, Mama, for making sure we got yearly photographs taken...and for your OCD-ness.