Having daughters is definitely different. Noa is all girl - not counting her strong dislike for the color pink - loving all things frilly and lace. Luckily for me she is less fond of flip flops than I thought based on the pics we got from her foster parents from Armenia. She fell in love with the super comfy leather sandals we got for her at the market in Yafo and the three-tier skirt my SIL Maya made for Noa. She is all excited about the proximity of Disneyland -- so much for cocooning for the time being -- because she wants to see the Disney Princesses and try the rides and then go to the beach and wear her new swimsuit and learn to ride a bike and and and... We watch Disney movies and play with paper dolls, and all that. She is all girl, without the princess-y attitude, thanks to the wonderful couple who raised her for almost four years. I will eternally grateful for their love and care and I do hope they will choose to continue to keep in touch with our family like they always kept in touch with Noa's mom.
Shiri, too, is discovering the joys of being a girl. Her hair, which is slightly more difficult to manage than the average, has been kept rather short in the orphanage, and while we intend to keep it like that, she loves the hair gadgets Kevin's mom can still apply to it. She also instinctively chooses the girly hats when we go outside, and she loves wearing the girly clothes she has. Noa and she keep throwing tea parties at least 3 times a day - Shiri loves imitating her big sister - and Ezra plays along.
Shiri, on the other hand, has absolutely no interest in dolls. Both Ezra and she love playing with stuffed animals, but not dolls. She also likes all things on wheels, so she and Ezra often have their plushies ride around on Ezra's cars.
Now gotta run and feed the kids some breakfast...