g + me: why i love having a girl
Here’s an interesting fact about me – I’ve always pictured myself having an army of boys. When I got pregnant, I knew immediately that it was a girl, and it took me a little bit to adjust to the thought of it! Looking back, it sounds so ridiculous. Of course, first and foremost I hoped for a healthy baby, but thinking I “wanted” to see a certain gender on the ultrasound machine? Pretty crazy. I know I would have loved that baby just as much either way BUT when I look at Greylen, I know with 100% certainty that having a little girl, specifically her, was meant to be.
In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of the many, many things I love about having a girl:
She pushes me to be a stronger and more independent person. Little girls grow up wanting to be like their mama, right? I didn’t realize how true that was until I saw that Greylen literally mimics everything I do on a daily basis. I want to be the very best role model I can be for her and that way of thinking has adjusted a lot of my actions, word choices and the way I treat others (and myself!). All I want is for her to be happy, respectful and confident and it’s up to me to show her what that looks like!
She’s so fun to dress. Ooooh the clothes. Dressing Greylen is one of my most favorite things. I am not necessarily a girly-girl and when we found out we were having a girl, I was nervous that the only options would be bright pink. Totally not the case. There are so different and fun baby clothes out there these days. A lot of times, I will even shop in the boys section for her, throw on a headband and call it a day. Every morning, we pick out her outfit together and she loves it. I feel like she already has her own little style! And I will say, I’ve definitely come around to the color pink – it just looks so cute on her!
She was super fun to name. I had no girl names picked out. None. The thought of even picking out a name for a girl overwhelmed me. But the process was so fun and still to this day, I could not be more in love with her name. It’s a perfect fit! Read a little more about it here.
She has such a special bond with her dad. She’s obsessed with him and vice versa. There’s just something about little girls and their dad/grandpas/uncles. SO special!
She’s one of the girls. I love my friends for totally accepting Greylen as our new brunch or happy hour attendee. She pretty much goes everywhere with me and is a perfect fit into our group! I’m so thankful that Greylen has many, many ‘aunts’ that will always be there for her and will act as positive female role models for her throughout her life!
She has my favorite room in the house. I’ve mentioned many times how much fun I had decorating Greylen’s room (see a whole post on that here). It was one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done and I love spending time with her in that little room!
She likes a lot of the same things that I do. Greylen loses her mind when I let her carry around one of my purses. Her favorite Easter gift was a fake makeup set. She’s pretty into shoes and clothes. She LOVES having her nails painted. I mean, how fun is it to have a babe who is into all of the same stuff as you?!
She’s made me appreciate my mom (and all moms) more. I didn’t think it was possible to appreciate my mom (hey mom!) more than I already did but after having a baby of my own, I realize just how much she did for my siblings and I growing up. My mom was in the delivery room when I had G and since that day, she has done more than I thought imaginable to help me transition into becoming a mom. All moms are so amazing and I naively didn’t realize just how true that is until I was one myself!
She has the best hair. Greylen’s hair is FINALLY starting to grow. I can’t wait until I can braid it or put it in a messy bun. Until then, she wears lots and lots of headbands (I did a post about some of my favorites here) and I love them!
She’s my mini me. Never thought I’d want to match my kid but in certain cases, I do…especially if it involves a couple cool new pairs of kicks.
She will be my BFF for life. If Grey and I are even half as close as my mom and I are, I’ll be happy! The bond that Greylen and I have is so strong already and I am so excited for it to grow.
Basically, what I’m saying is that there’s NOTHING I don’t love about having a girl. Obviously I know that boys can (and do) possess some of these same traits but there’s just something about this little girl. I had no idea what was ahead of me when I found out I was pregnant and can honestly say, I would not change a thing. She is the greatest joy and I will forever be grateful that she made me a mama.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. This weekend and every single day, remember that you are awesome!
May 12, 2017 @ 11:42 am
Rachel – thank you thank you thank you for sharing this!! You have such a special bond with Grey and it makes me even more excited for my little one to come. You truly are an amazing mother and I’m so proud of what you’ve become and will continue to grow into. Happy Mother’s day to you! Hope Grey gets you something special! xoxo
May 12, 2017 @ 1:16 pm
Thanks so much, Alexa! So excited for you to experience this… you are going to be the perfect mom to your perfect girl!