Elspeth Iris Wallace (or, Elsie, Els, Elbie, “that baby”, little E, girl, and “noodgie”, my own weird nickname for her) at 18 months is an eater, a helper, a person who lets you know her opinions l o u d l y, a girl who’d follow her big sis anywhere, a sweet love who looks me straight in the eye, says “mama”, and leans in for a kiss. I look at my girls and wonder at how they came from me for they are so wholly, utterly themselves, unique in their personalities. Mine, but it’s a gentle holding on to.

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