Layla Kayleigh's Blog: Pretty in Pink!
America’s Best Dance Crew co-host Layla Kayleigh is letting CBB readers follow along as she tackles first-time motherhood — daughter Melody Rain is now 3 months old.
Pretty in Pink
Growing up I was a tomboy — not by choice. My mom would shave my head (she said it would make my hair thicker), put me in overalls and would tell me that big strong girls didn’t wear frills, pink bows and things of that nature.
I didn’t turn out so bad I guess, although I think I love to play dress up myself now for all the years I spent being mistaken as a boy!
When I had Melody, I made a promise to myself that as she gets old enough to understand, I will let her form her own identity. I’ll just be there to encourage and support her without exerting my opinion on her one way or the other.
Whether she wants to dress as a cowboy or a ballerina! Or if she chooses to take dance classes or to play baseball, I’ll be there cheering her on no matter what.
I feel it’s important for children to be themselves, to find their own likes and dislikes without being pushed into anything. But what do I know? I’ve only been a mom for a couple of months! Maybe down the road my feelings will change and I’ll turn into a dictator of a mother! (Let’s hope not.)
More from Layla (and the story behind that dress!) below.
Anyhoo, a few days ago I was going through her closet sorting through all the lovely clothes we had been sent as gifts and I came across this pretty pink dress that was for 3-month-olds. It looked like she had already outgrown it (she’s barely 3 months and most of her 3-6 month clothes are too small for her!) I decided to try it on her anyway.
She looked so adorable I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics for her baby book. I thought to myself, ‘The moment she starts to fuss I’m going to take it right off,’ but she actually seemed to like it. She was in a bad mood that day and when I got her dressed up she was all smiles for the camera. Maybe she’s practicing for a career in showbiz!
I can’t imagine dressing her like this every day as a baby because it just doesn’t look like it would be comfortable. Steven really liked it though — I feel he thinks that he and Melody are so much alike he sometimes forgets that she’s a girl! So seeing his little princess all dressed up was a treat for him.
How do you guys feel about how you or other parents dress their babies/children? Is there something that you really like or something that you feel is inappropriate?
I’d love to hear your feedback. In the meantime, here’s a picture of Melody in pink, frills and all!