Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's Official: My Baby is Smart

Oh, yes, I know your baby is smart. Every day I read how cute and smart your little babies are, and I totally believe you and rejoice with you, even though I think some of you use the E*Trade baby video techniques to "sharpen up" your kids, shall we say, a bit for your blogs. So yeah, your baby is smart, but I'd like to submit to you that your baby is so smart because he/she has had the Baby Einstein advantage.

What did my baby have?

Well, an older brother and sister, mainly. And sometimes their lessons were, shall we say, offbeat. Perhaps that is why in this pic, when everyone is looking one way at the National Honor Society induction, my baby is looking off the beaten path.



And sometimes, she gets a little distracted.



But that doesn't mean she's not smart. Every day she gets letters from colleges who want us to throw our money at them her to grace their campus with her presence and aptitudes. Even the US Army and Marines want her, but then, I still get recruiting mail from them, too. Perhaps there is some great deal for a high school girl graduate and her middle aged mom to join together. I'll let you know in a couple of years.

Can you imagine?

So anyway, her daddy was traveling and had to miss the induction. But here I am pinning her and hugging her, two of my favorite past times. That is, sometimes, if I let her mercilessly stick me with a pin, she will relent and let me give her a one-second hug. It's a pretty good trade-off, I think.






Oh my Baby. You are so sweet and cute. I could not love you one bit more. You will always have a very special place in my heart. Some time, like in the year 2040, you may actually like to read those words. Until then, I know you hate it.

Oh well.

I'll probably have to pay for these pics and that mush at the end, but it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

Just wait until she sees that I wrote about her texting in my newspaper column this week: 6,000 messages.

No. Lie.

She can't help it. Smart girls have lots of words they need to use.

Love you, Kristin!

36 comments:

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Congrats to your baby girl!

I think you would have made an awesome Private Benjamin.

And I hated Baby Einstein. ;>)

Shawna said...

My husband made the mistake of saying "I'd rather ask forgiveness than permission." ONCE. I'd have to knock his block off if he pulled that again.

Congrats; what an exciting day!

Becky said...

You can't help but be proud of all that. And that E-trade baby doesn't hold a match to my FMMA*.






*Future Mensa Members of America.

Pamela said...

Congrats to Kristin for being inducting into the National Honor Society.

Shelby said...

I just love these kinds of posts. there's so much negative about teens and the family unit out there; it's refreshing to hear the good stories!

But SIX THOUSAND text messages? Her fingers must be FLYING!

Chatty Kelly said...

"Smart girls have lots of words they need to use."

So she's just like her smart mama, huh?

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

In the wise words of Michelle Tanner of Full House: "You got it, Dude."

Cathy Davis said...

Bless her smart heart! Congrats :-)!

Rachel said...

Congrats, Kristin!

sara said...

looks to me that in the first picture she is actually looking at a GUY!

Oh, the inundation (is that a word) of all the college junk mail....my box is full too!

love the picture of the two of you!!

david mcmahon said...

G'day from Australia,

As a father of three, I understand the deep pride in this post.

Lynn said...

Congrats Kristin! She got her smarts from her mama, right Linda? lol

RissaRoo said...

Congrats to your baby! She's smart and beautiful, too. And lucky to have a mom who's so proud and supportive! Thanks for sharing, I love reading your posts about your kids because it reminds me that despite what everyone says about teens, they *can* be wonderful and sweet and fun to be with.

And btw, I think that the e*Trade baby is creepy. And I failed to give my kids the Baby Einstein advantage...Bad mommy!

Susanne said...

You must be soooo proud, Mom. Congratulations, Kristen!

Smart girls must be able to text faster. Wow, 6000! That must be some kind of record. ;v)

Mocha with Linda said...

She's a chip-ette off the not-so-old block-ette! Your girl is precious. Just like her mama.

Wow - 6,000?! So when's the carpal tunnel therapy starting?

We've gotten a kick out of the onslaught of mail that has started at our house from colleges. And that was just on the "practice" PSAT. He's just collecting it all in a pile. Some of these places I've never heard of.

Merrie said...

She really is special! She didn't have a choice... look what she comes from! I know you are so proud!

fransmomma said...

i have to agree with sara--shes definitely looking at the guy making the 'kissy face'.
6,000 text messages is so beyond me i start to hyperventilate just thinking about it. does she have calloused thumbs?

Sheryl said...

I love hearing about the tender moments. My daughter hits about 6000 texts also, I swear when they get older their thumb joints will be shot. You gotta love 'em.

Have a great day.

Dena said...

Congratulations! That's awesome!

Oh, and I totally believe on how much she hates it right now, and I also believe you on how much she can text. We have gone through the same - squared.

RamblingMother said...

Wow! 6,000 words? that's a lot.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Apparently, "Kissy Face" boy is pretty popular.

Angie Ledbetter said...

At least your smart baby TOLD you about her induction. My senior son forgot or didn't know himself till someone snagged him in the school hall and told him to go to the ceremony! argh.

PS Smart baby isn't distracted from the photog...she's checking out the hot guy next to her! :)

Tammy said...

Congratulations to her and I love the photos.

And, HOLY MOLY, 6,000 text messages?! I am impressed.

Greg C said...

But I love the E-trade baby. He is so smart and so are my little, I mean big ones since they are taller than me.

Lois Lane II said...

Okay, I couldn't help but notice the kid in the first pic who's doing the fish face! That's who she was watching!!

Laurie Ann said...

I know you are one proud Momma! Congratulations to her.

Debbie said...

Congrats to her (and you). Great, great photos!

skoots1mom said...

they didn't let our parents pin us when we were inducted...that would have been nice.

congrats to her on this achievement, bravo!! They don't fall far from the tree, you know?!! I'm eager to hear all our kids are going to be majoring in when they make their college decisions. My bags of "shredded" mail are getting larger and larger from all the college pamphlets...I won't have to buy packing peanuts for next year's christmas gifts shipment to Grammy.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yay. Don't get on her for not paying attention, it seems many of them in that picture are looking up or to the side...maybe two people taking picturs at the same time. I hate that.

I recognize one of the colleges. It's in my neighborhood...seriously 10 minutes from me, same county (Hanover College). I lived in Hanover, worked at HC, grew up in Hanover, graduated high school...all those at different times.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

So sweet. Wonder where she gets all them smarts?

annie's eyes said...

Oh this is a sweet post! Beautiful daughter is smart, too. Something about that third one. Each child brings something new and special with them. You did a good job, mom. Wished I could tell you you were through with the hard parts, but...Aw, just kidding. They just throw you a curve every now and then to make sure you're paying attention--like 6,000 texts! Love, Annette
By the way, that averages to 200 per day. That's some fancy dancing thumbs.

mtnest423 said...

Your daughter is beautiful - and congrats to her on NHS!

The part about the college letters reminded me of a hilarious incident with my own daughter that I had to go and post on my blog.

Thanks for the blog fodder! :)

40winkzzz said...

Hark! Would that be my alma mater I see on that top envelope?

(And btw, Lidna, did you know that you entitled your picture "Krsitin's Mail"? Kinda like the way I always type "Chrsitmas".)

Roxanne said...

Congrats on having a smart girl!!! She's like her momma.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Linda, she's gorgeous! Brains and beauty...she's got it all.

Hmmm...I haven't used the E*trade baby video techniques yet on my little one, but now that you mention it....excellent idea. I'll have her flex her golden pipes and then do a little editing...

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

Such a sweet post. And your daughter is beautiful. I love that she's distracted and sticks her tongue out at the camera. I say, color outside the lines, Sweetie! I wish I would have done more of that growing up. I was too busy trying to follow all the rules.

Blessings!
Sandy