A while ago I posted about our surprise fourth baby on the way. With three boys already running around the house I certainly wouldn’t mind having another one, but I can’t say I wasn’t incredibly thrilled to find out I will be adding a little girl to our family.

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 Having a girl in our family is a pretty huge deal. There has been only one girl born into my husband’s side of the family in the last 80 years. There are plenty of girls on my side of the family, but this will be my parents’ first grand daughter, so it’s still a special thing for them to celebrate as well. For me, it’s a small step in evening out the testosterone/estrogen levels in my house.

Most of all, I know this little one is going to change our world in a very wonderful way. She has already made her dad more nervous than she’ll ever know, she has three big brothers who are all ready to begin their jobs as her protectors, and she has me preparing for an overload of ruffles and pink. Things I haven’t had to even think about for the past 8 years.

I can’t wait to have Mom and Daughter time. Playing with dolls, painting nails, tea parties, etc. It’s something I thought I would never get to experience. But I also hope that she’ll love doing the things her brothers and dad love as well. Fishing, camping, sporting events, and just being covered in dirt.

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I’m also really excited for the baby shower. I’ve never had a big traditional shower, but we did do small gatherings for each of the three boys. Since it’s my last go and a girl, a few friends of mine are planning an awesome party. With lots of pink, of course! Instead of having guests give advice for a new mom, we’ll be asking for advice on raising a girl, since I know it’s going to be a whole different ball game.

What advice do you have for raising a girl?

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7 Responses to It’s a girl!

  1. Evin says:

    My girls are 3 and 4 so I’m not an expert but here’s my advice: teach her to punch as soon as you can. Getting your ass kicked by your baby sister is a great lesson for big brothers.

  2. Lydia says:

    My gal is 8. The first few years were so sweet. Suck up that time. When she hits the older, sassier age — just teach her how to be polite and nice in public. She can save the sassy for you at home. Otherwise, definitely let her know she can do anything a boy can do while still being a lady. :)

  3. Raising girls isn’t so different than boys. :) All kinds, regardless of gender, have surprising/unique interests,= and favorites. Maybe just be prepared for a little extra drama! (Although, my oldest son brings plenty of it, too)

  4. I am sooo happy for you!! You are going to love love love having a girl!!

  5. EEEEEE!!!!!! Can you feel my excitement for you! How fun! As a mom of two boys (who secretly wants a third) I have no advice for raising girls. I will say that I can’t wait to see pics of that super pink shower though!

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