She is clothed with strength and dignity

This is a picture of an obstetrical ultrasound with a baby in it

Mark and I wanted to know from the beginning whether we were having a boy or a girl, not that this would change anything, we just wanted to know. We’re planners and knowing anything that could ease the planning is always welcomed.

Something we have a hard time explaining (to some people) is why we feel keeping things fairly gender neutral is important. We don’t want to subscribe our children to a gender role from the moment they leave the womb. We want to be open to what their interests might be right from the beginning, we want them to know that we don’t believe in gender roles. After all, it is 2017!  Give the kids exposure to everything and let them choose what they like, what they want to do.

Yesterday we found out that we’re having a baby GIRL! I had a feeling it was a girl right from the beginning and Mark and I are so excited. We have her name picked out already (sorry, that stays in the vault until she arrives) and I can’t stop imagining what she’ll be like. I see so many possibilities for her and I’m so excited to see what kind of person she will be.

There are so many unknowns ahead, which is scary but also thrilling. What we do know, is that we won’t be dressing our daughter from head-to-toe in pink, or creating a princess nursery, or filling her wardrobe with dresses and sequins. We’re all for the occasional feminine item of clothing, a headband here, a dress there, but most of all we want our girl to be comfortable, and not look like a contestant from Toddlers and Tiaras

This is an animated image of three toddler girls dressed in pageant attire

We want to keep things pretty neutral. If our baby girl grows up to love frilly dresses and sparkles and baking and dolls, we will embrace and encourage that. If those things make her happy, we won’t stand in the way of that. We just want her to know she’s free to be whoever she wants without feeling pressured to be a certain type of girl/person. Hopefully she’ll enjoy Disney as much as I do, but if she doesn’t, I’ll accept that too :p

Look out Hillary, there’s a nasty-woman-in-training headed this way!