I like how b/w makes shadows looks less..."shadowy", if you will, and more..."blendy" (to use another technical term). This one is nice, although I forgot one minor thing that I did on the second and third edits...can you guess what it is? :)
Now, because of the shadows, I had a really hard time brightening up the photo without washing out this little cutie. Not sure I accomplished what I really wanted to...but, it's definitely less shadowy.
This one is a teeny-tiny bit different...more contrast in color...
And here's a little BW action AFTER I "brightened" the photo a bit. I'm liking this "whimsical" feel!