A version of this post was originally published on Her View From Home.
I'm not talking picking her own name or deciding her gender, but I limited pink and frills and included trucks and Lego in the toy box. HA. Joke's on me. She is active and rough and tumble, but Emily can spot a My-Little-Pony at 20 yards and wants to be outfitted in princess attire every single day.
I'm hardly an expert on being a girl mom since my
1. Your daughter owns more clothes than you.
How does this happen? Who can say. All I know is when your baby has a better shoe collection than you do, you might be a girl mom.
2. Negotiating Level: Expert
Whether you're coaxing your toddler to finish her dinner or saying 'NO' to another stuffy at the mall, you might be a girl mom if you've said things like "Elsa would disapprove of your attitude right now" or "Finish your dinner or I will take your pony away."
Am I proud of these moments? Let's just say desperate times call for desperate measures.
|Peas. Not happening.|
3. Ponytails everywhere.
So many hair accessories. You may be rocking the mom bun or the trucker hat, but even if your daughter doesn't have hair yet, the ribbons, bows and clips will invade your home. You will step on them, curse them and yet frantically search for the matching set when it's time for family pictures. I don't want to think about how many "ouchless" elastics my baby may have eaten this month as she cruises along after her big sister.
|Accessories on point. Back off, puppy.|
4. All the feels.
|Sad because it's bath time. Her favorite time. No, that doesn't make sense.|
Nothing has helped me better understand the look of confusion and distress as my husband tried to navigate living with my pregnancy hormones better than a toddler girl. She changes her mind and mood every three minutes. Tears and laughter may be part of the same sentence and there is no keeping up.
5. Princesses and Ponies
As aforementioned, my toddler truly believes she is a princess and channels this spirit every day, through elaborate song, dress and general royal tantrums. Keeping a girl child from four legged mane-tossing animals? Impossible.
|Gee thanks, Uncle for the GIANT UNICORN.|
6. Second Fiddle
Remember that special spot your dad and your husband had for YOU? Move over, lady. Your little girl will absolutely wrap these gents around her finger faster than you can say "Tangled."
|Dear Dad, I OWN YOU.|
The first time you see hands on hips and a huge sigh (belonging to you) emanate from your toddler, you realize that it's not just the scarves and heels she's picking up. So put your best foot (and self talk) forward since these little ladies are learning how to act from us... and hide the lipstick (trust me and my carpet on this one).
|READY. How do I look?|
Why? (see princesses) I don't know but Elsa and Anna are next to cupcakes in the toddler reverence. Get on board and let it gooooooo.
|NOT pleased that my Elsa robe is in the wash. Sigh.|
9.The Way They Play.
Emily loves playing with her friends and has a lot of boy FRIENDS (not boyfriends... She is allowed to date when she's 37) but it is hilarious to watch her interacting with a boy the same age. They might be playing "trucks" but while the boy is zooming the truck around the room, Emily is acting out a conversation between two vehicles. She is relational to the core and while this might be a stereotypical reality, it's the truth in our house.
|Excuse me, Puppy. You wait your turn, THEN I throw this. OKAY?|
10. Your child's bed looks like a scene from Hoarders
|Great story, Dad but where are my other 200 toys?|
To sleep comfortably, one apparently needs every stuffie, book, princess and pony to be collected under one's person in case of... robbery? Sister sharing? Who knows. Just picture Smaug on his gold in the Lord of the Rings and you'll have an accurate idea of my toddler's bed situation.
At the end of the day, as girl moms we are doing the best we can to navigate these bubble-filled waters and the gushing compliments from strangers. Whether your little lady loves Rapunzel or race tracks, I think it's a pretty exciting time to see what these girls will become in this big old world. I raise my coffee to you as we try to keep up.