A couple of weeks ago, J’s relatives in China found this old photograph and sent it over:
Can you guess who the little girl is? It’s J’s mother when she was about 3 years old!
Everyone immediately noticed how remarkably Claire resembles her grandmother in this picture. Here’s a recent picture of Claire for comparison:
Even my mother did a double-take when I showed her the old picture. “Claire’s going to look just like that in a couple of years,” she predicted. And we couldn’t agree more.
As stated in a previous post, Claire currently resembles her uncle (J’s brother) the most of everyone in our family. Sometimes, you could even swear that she’s a carbon copy of him! And because J and his brother look NOTHING alike (seriously — for all their lives, people have been surprised to learn that they’re even related), we always assumed that the only physical traits that Claire got from her dad were her hands and feet, which are exact miniature replicas.
The reason we were all so surprised to see the resemblance between Claire and J’s mother as a young child is because J looks so much like his mother. So perhaps she has inherited more physical traits from him, but they are not yet apparent?
My mother always says that most babies and children change drastically in appearance as they grow up, so you can never guess what the adult version of them will look like. Take me, for example. I looked like my dad’s Mini-Me throughout my childhood and teenage years, but once I hit my twenties I started to look a lot more like my mom than my dad.
Taking all this into consideration, I can’t wait to see how my children turn out!
One thing is for sure: J’s mother is a beautiful woman — even J says that she was “hot” in her twenties — so we, as parents, may have a lot to worry about when Claire grows up!
As for Aerin, I am starting to see more and more of J in her as the days go by, but there are moments here and there when I am overcome with extreme déjà vu and I could swear that I have gone back in time because she is looking so much like her sister did at her age! However, just as Claire changed so much in just her first year, Aerin could change too, so who knows?
Who do you resemble the most in your family? If you have children, who do they take after?