From the time I could carry something around with me in my arms, a baby doll was my toy of choice. I remember a couple months before Christmas, we would get a big Christmas edition of the JCPenney catalog in the mail and my mom would offer it up to my brother and I to peruse through for a couple ideas to give Santa. :) Well, the joke would always be on her because every year, she would come back to find every last baby doll circled with a pen. Hello, I wanted all of them! She would have to make me go back through and put a star next to my top two or three so she had some semblance of a clue as to which one she should pick, but truth be told, I probably would have been happy with any of them because I was a little mom at heart who loved every baby!
When we were kids, I would also coerse my brother into playing "house" with me where I inherently became the "mom" and had a cheaper by the dozen family size because only having one or two babies was totally outrageous to me. ;) Fast forward about 18 years later and 12 babies now sounds like the outrageous choice but c'est la vie! Maybe I'd change my mind if I were still paying for everything using Monopoly money and driving my tricycle around for a car. ;)
Now that I am preparing to become a real mom, I can't even tell you how much I feel like this is my dream coming true! A dream I had loooong ago, that one day I would hold a real baby in my arms, one that looked a little like me and call me momma. Becoming a mom is a special gift and I am so thankful this baby chose me.