The last few days we’ve had a visit from Tim’s brother from interstate and NKOTB really turned on the charm for her uncle.
We were worried that she was still in Stranger Danger mode but she warmed to Uncle David from the start, giving him a shy but bright smile from afar and then behaving impeccably the rest of the time.
Probably because both he and Tim gave her more attention and playtime than she’s used to from me. Or maybe because in David’s features she recognised her own.
Yes, despite being half Asian, NKOTB is beginning to look more and more like her (Anglo) Dad’s side of the family. Her skin has always been pinkish white rather than yellowish white. Her eyes still haven’t changed to brown but have darkened slightly to a steely grey. Sometimes in dull light her eyes look just like her Dad’s blue eyes.
I frequently catch glimpses of Tim’s expressions in her little face, especially when she half-smiles, and the resemblance between her, Tim and her Auntie Sarah’s baby photos is uncanny. I cannot see any part of her that looks like me at this stage, except maybe her cheekbones and the shape of her eyes (though when she’s really surprised or serious her eyes go really really round). I sometimes wonder whether people think I’m the hired help when I’m carrying her around :–)
Seeing the family resemblance makes me wonder what other traits she’ll acquire from Tim, myself or her extended family. I hope that she obtains my fine motor skills and Tim’s hand-eye co-ordination (and not the other way round). I hope she can sit still for long periods like me and not be a tearaway like her Dad, who notoriously ran into the moat of Tokyo Palace aged 2. Will she have an ear for music or an eye for sport?
Whatever happens, we’re pretty sure she’s going to be strong-willed (and her behaviour when being fed solids, being strapped into a car seat or doing anything else she doesn’t like seems to indicate that). With parents like us, it’s inevitable.