I hate seeing pictures of Suri Cruise.
I know, that's totally crazy, right?
I have always "followed" celebrity babies born around the same time as my children. For example, my son D was born in the spring of 2004. I remember that around the same time Gwyneth Paltrow gave birth to Apple, Courtney Cox had Coco, Kate Hudson had Ryder, and Debra Messing had Roman. Whenever I see pictures of these kids (which I often do, as long-time People Magazine subscriber) I think to myself, "Oh, Kid X is the same age as D! They are at the same stage in life.". Weird, I know, but I love thinking that the age-appropriate challenges I have with D are shared by these celebrities, whether it is teething, potty training, or testing limits.
When A was born in the summer of 2006, there were also lots of celebrities having babies at the same time. Gwytheth Paltrow again gave birth, this time to Moses (hey, our kids are spaced apart the same!), Gwen Stefani had Kingston, and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had Shiloh.
And, of course, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had Suri.
For some reason, seeing Suri has always made me sad...even more so than the other babies born around the same time as A. While A was struggling to survive in the NICU, Suri was wearing designer onesies. While A was learning how to sit up at one year old, Suri was sightseeing in Italy. While A was learning to crawl at two years old, Suri was walking down the street wearing designer high heels. While A was learning how to drink at three years old, Suri was seeing plays on Broadway. And in this week's People Magazine, a week before she turns four, there is a picture of Suri choosing a nail polish color at Sephora.
I don't know why it bugs me, but it does. Suri is like the opposite of A. Whereas A has had an extended toddlerhood, due to her delays, Suri is precocious. I would never want that for either of my kids---I want them to have an actual childhood---but it always bums me out that A is so behind. Actually, a few weeks ago I walked into Sephora with A, and she enjoyed walking around, but she has no clue what nail polish even is, let alone what shade of red looks good with her skin tone.
Suri is a beautiful child, and I have nothing against her. But know you know why I don't like looking at two-page layouts celebrating her. I think that there should be a two-page layout done celebrating MY beautiful, smart, brave, and miraculous little girl.
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