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    1. Daughters are wonderful people. Well, I know my sister prefers boys. But I’m happy the one child I had was a girl. Nicole is my best friend. I’m proud of her, and of myself. She’s my greatest accomplishment. And she already far surpasses the hopes I ever had for her. She is the kind of human being I want to be when I grow up.

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        1. Awesome sauce!!! I have a step-son (I hate saying step because I love him like crazy, as if he were my own) and we’re such terrific friends. There are things he is interested in–things he and I share–that my daughter couldn’t care less about. Funny story: My son is 18 now, but when he was like, thirteen, his class went on a field trip to Mackinaw Island (Michigan), and I was the only one he brought back a gift for. His mom was so mad, lol. LOL! LOL! LOL! His mom is a bitch, so LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL!

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          1. For realz. And I’m not someone who thrives on conflict, or ill feelings. BUT! some people deserve to slapped down a notch, and in those occasions, I’m happy to do it–or least participate, if only indirectly. I believe that some people are just mean, and they deserve what’s coming to them.

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          2. YAAAASSSS! I eat little meat. My goal is go full vegetarian. Vegan….I don’t know, that would be huge for me. But anyway, I’m weaning myself off of meat. It’s tough because I was raised on meat, and more than anything, it’s the learned behavior, or learned…what am I trying to say? I have a feeling you get me, even if the explanation fails me.

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      1. I’ve had issues with all of mine, as you know, but I could never use the word ‘prefer’ when talking about them. In my experience it is not gender that determines how one IS, but many other factors. All three of mine look similar but that’s where it stops. All three have such different personalities that at times it’s hard to see that they were brought up together. I’m proud of them all, in different ways. I’m proud of you and Nicole too. X

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        1. I often wonder what kind of mother I would have been to Nicole’s younger siblings, had I birthed more children. I seriously, 100% believe I wouldn’t have loved as much, given the unique, meaningful circumstance of Nicole’s coming to being as my daughter. I nearly gave her up for adoption. She saved my life. I don’t think I could have fairly raised other children. They would have paled in comparison to the bond I have with Nicole.

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          1. I think that’s a common misconception – is that the right word? Haha – and a REAL fear for many women of subsequent children. One of my friends was freaking out so much about the arrival of the second that she made herself unwell. Personally I never thought about it. 1. I was already a postnatally depressed basket case who didn’t know her arse from her elbow and 2. I already realised that all children are different in character. It is THOSE differences that make the journey more fun, more challenging. A hasn’t spoken to me in days. We had a horrible row and that happens increasingly. She’s 22, but she was the least problematic teen. H has turned into a calm, kind, wonderful soul but her early teens were hideous. S. Well, you know about him. At this moment he’s in another country and hasn’t spoken to me, deliberately in a week. I am past feeling crap about them. I know deep down that they’ll come back to me eventually. Being a parent is hard sometimes but it’s so worth the crap at others. X

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    1. I can’t wait to get the disc with all of the pictures. I love this one, best, too. I love the shadow from the hat, and the white spots from the holes in the hat. This photo makes me think of Lana Del Rey, High by the Beach. It blows me away Nicole is an adult. I don’t know that I will ever be used it.

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