Four years ago I learned that I was going to have a baby girl. After life with two loud, rambunctious boys, I rather looked forward to a peaceful existence with my daughter.
How naive of me.
The day before my birthday, this new creature entered the world with a mohawk. After a bit of debate, we settled on the name Mackenzie for this seemed to mirror the spunk of her hairdo. This name still suits her.
Let me try to explain the phenomenon of Mackenzie. She has never had much use for baby dolls and barbies, but loves a dress, a pair of tights and “fancy shoes”. She can wield a light saber as well as any boy and will go on and on about Darth Maul, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. (Please note that these are all villains.) In fact, when playing with her brothers, she names herself “Princess Darth Leia." That about sums it up.
|My sassy girl - as sassy as they get.|
We keep soap in the car and a syringe of vinegar in the kitchen. Her bedroom door sticks, which makes for complete confinement in time-out. We have spanked, slapped, screamed, threatened and ignored. There is no reeling her in.
Of course, I could not live without this little tornado in my life. When she is not demanding and screaming, she is singing dreamily, laughing heartily and talking a mile a minute. She is forever telling me she loves me and gushes over how we are both girls. She is confident, smart, full of life and forever entertaining. I would not wish away any of these qualities which will make her a strong woman, but I just hope I can survive it.
If you have any similar stories, advice or an escape plan, please share!
Allison Wood Greiner is a high school French teacher, a founding member of Inspired Wining, and mother to three children, including Matthew, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.