Yay! A finished project!! It took me only 4 weeks to go from this to this:
Love it! And as you can see here, my 9yo dd loves it, too!
I really enjoyed crocheting this pattern so plan to use it again for my 5yo dd's afghan. I'm going to use the same yarn in these colors, and do the stripes a bit differently ... the dark pink and the black are very dark, so I'm going to mix up the sizes of the stripes this time ... very excited! And my 5yo is, too!