Daddy’s Girl Mummy’s World

I think Rosalie has always been a Daddy’s girl. Jim pretty much exclusively held her for the first six hours of her life; he did her first nappy, he put her in her first sleepsuit and he spent much time during the nights and small hours of those first few weeks with her sleeping in his arms. He loved her from the moment he set eyes on her and, maybe this sounds silly, but I know that she could feel that love.

Being at home all day with a tiny baby meant I inevitably spent a good portion of my day talking about daddy – where he was, what he was up to and when he would be coming home – as I am sure most new mummy’s do. So it wasn’t really a surprise when ‘da’ followed by ‘dada’ were some of Rosalie’s first sounds and words.

I have loved watching the bond between the two of them grow and strengthen with every week that passes. There is no sweeter site for me than to see my two favourite people having fun together, or sharing a cuddle and a story.

Some of the most special moments between them have been during dinner time, and it’s magical for me to see Rosalie’s kindness towards Daddy when she offers to share her food with him, or proffers her beaker for clinking.

And then there’s bathtime, which has always been special daddy-daughter time, and they get up to such antics together with ducks and squirty animals. But the best moment for me is witnessing her giving Daddy post-bath naked cuddles which, although a little risky, makes a beautiful moment to remember. Those cheeky cheeks and that cheeky grin, and the raw innocence in that moment.

I love that now, whenever we hear the front door rattle during the day, Rosalie looks at me hopefully and says “Dada” with such a sparkle of excitement in her eyes I feel sad at having to disappoint her with my response of “not yet darling, daddy will be home later”. But when Daddy does finally walk through the door, and she hears his keys jangling and the rip of Velcro as he undoes his armour, she has the biggest smiles for him. and she does her signature stamp and flap excited move. The horror of being trapped in her highchair whilst mummy makes dinner is over as Daddy frees her, picks her up, twirls her around, throws her in the air and finishes with a big squeeze and lots of kisses on her rosy cheeks.

There is no doubt about it, Rosalie is Daddy’s girl, but she’s my world, they both are, and it only makes me happier knowing that they have such a special relationship.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will
look back and realise they were the big things.

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    Jenna Richards
    March 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Jess, this is such a lovely post.

    I can sense Jasmine is going to be a daddy's girl which sometimes I, personally, find quite a bitter pill to swallow. I do 99 % of the nappies, I do all the bath and bed times (apart from the rare occasions I'm not home) and yet I get this feeling she would prefer it was daddy doing it all. I do love to see them together though, it's heart melting stuff. πŸ™‚

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    March 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Oh that's so lovely! My girls are daddy's girls too and as soon as they hear his key in the lock is a stampede down the hall to be the 1st to give him a hug!

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    Jess Eliot
    March 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks Carie! I reckon Jim's greetings at the door will only get better once she can walk and run!! I can imagine your two fighting for the first hug, so cute!

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    March 30, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    What a lovely post. You can really see the love and bond they have in your photos. Oliver always asks if its 'Daddy' and then looks at me with a disappointed expression and says 'Daddy work'. Steve also does the bedtime routine and I love listening to them giggling away (although the bathroom is always soaked after!). Arn't we lucky!?

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    March 30, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Oh this is adorable πŸ™‚ Lottie is such a Mummy's girl with me. Been so clingy and attached to me from day 1 and Harry is a real Daddy's boy. However she is slowly working out that Daddy is an easy target and is definitely the one to have round her little finger!!!!! Lovely photo's and a great post. Jess x

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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    March 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Oh Jess this is gorgeous- that first photo of their hands is absolutely beautiful. I feel very much the same way watching my girls and my husband together. They are both serious Daddy's girls. xx

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    Jess Eliot
    March 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you Jenna πŸ™‚ I know what you mean, we do most of the hard work, then daddy gets to swoop in for the fun stuff! I bet Jasmine really misses you when you're not around though xx

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    Jess Eliot
    March 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you so much Becky πŸ™‚ I know exactly what you mean about the bathroom!!! It's lovely that our little ones have such a bond with their daddies xx

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    Jess Eliot
    March 31, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks Jess! That's so cute that Lottie is figuring out daddy is the easy target! We have to be the strict ones don't we πŸ™ xx

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    Jess Eliot
    March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you so much Katie, that means a lot coming from you as you take such beautiful photographs yourself. It's really special seeing Daddies with their daughters xx

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    Katy F
    March 31, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    This is gorgeous Jess! Your photos are always beautiful but these are some of my favourites xx

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    Jess Eliot
    March 31, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks Katy, that's so kind of you to say xx

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