Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Baby Girl

It took me approximately 2 hours to adjust to the idea of having a girl. And that's really what it was- an adjustment. It's not that I was unhappy with the idea, I just had this picture in my head for the past 4 months (or really, 4 years) of two little boys running around my house and I had to shake it out. Doing a little online window shopping helped dramatically. By the time I left work yesterday I had billed 0.6 hours, but my baby girl had a full registry of items at Land of Nod.

It all started because I perused a few baby bedding items at Landon's nursery was trucks and trains, and while I fully believe that my little girl will love playing with her brother's wheeled vehicles, I wanted something a little more feminine for her nursery. Plus, we've already bought all the big ticket baby items, so I can have a little fun with redecorating this time around. But I quickly rejected nearly all of the "girl" decor- it was too cutesy, had too much pastel pink and purple, or involved some sort of licensed character. Or, barring all that, it was too white. We're not painting the walls of the nursery (which are currently white), so I want some color in the bedding to brighten it up. In desperation I turned to Land of Nod and immediately found the perfect set.

It is called "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" and reminds me of the songs my mom and grandma used to sing me and the way I sing "You Are My Sunshine" to Landon every night. I love the vibrant colors, the non-girliness, the sentimental value, and the fact that it allows for fun girly touches to be added without suffocating the room. By the time I'd added all the pieces to my registry (a registry created mainly for me), I was giddy with excitement for our little girl.

Then I found these butterflies to hang from the ceiling above her bed and changing table and got so excited I called JP immediately and made him look at them. So big! So delightfully whimsical! I love them. I decided to call it a day and go home- I'd been so productive, even if I had only done 40 minutes of real legal work.

And even though sonogram images are a little creepy (JP has dubbed the first one "alien face"), here are some pictures of my baby girl.

I have the one proudly exclaiming "girl!" but it felt a little invasive to splash it up on the internet. Poor thing should have some privacy.

This one with her stretching her leg is my favorite- I think she looks like a dancer. Or maybe that's just because I have no dancing talent whatsoever and think it would be awesome if my daughter got all that I didn't.

Here she's swimming around upside down. It was so fun to watch her flipping around up on the ultrasound screen.

Also fun? Saying "her" and "she" rather than "it" or "the baby". For me the 20-week ultrasound is when I make the mental switch from "I'm pregnant" to "I'm having a baby." My daughter. Now we just need to come up with a name...


  1. Love the bedding! I may have to steal that... ;) I've never done a frilly nursery either. Both of my girl nurseries were gender neutral from PBK.

    I love the sonogram pics. That first one (while admittedly alien-like) is very clear!

  2. I love the bedding and the butterflies! I might have to get those to add to Morgan's big girl room!

    Also wanted to add, the more you dislike the frilly pink stuff, the more she will want it! I am not a fan of character stuff or pink girly stuff at all. Morgan's room was ABC's and Animals and the colors were red, tan and yellow. Now she has a room of pink, pink and more pink. She wants every princess thing she ever sees! I have given in a bit, but its tough! = )

  3. Haha, I was just talking to a friend about that. And if my daughter decides she needs an explosion of pink and tulle in her room, so be it. One of the things I really appreciate about my mom is she let us choose how to decorate our rooms, regardless of her personal taste. The only caveat was that we had to live with whatever we picked out for 3-4 years or pay to change it ourselves. My sister was stuck with hot pink walls and zebra striped bedding for far longer than she really wanted it :)

  4. anya has those butterflies -- they are so, super cute. Congrats on your little girl! It has been a joy to have one of each...a lot of fun both ways.

  5. Oh, you are getting ME all excited now! That bedding is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. So excited for you and your family!

  6. Congratulations! And totally with you on the non-frilly girl stuff. I love the bedding that you picked!

  7. Everyone I know that is having a baby is having a boy!! I am so thankful to hear that someone is actually having a baby girl!!! It gives me comfort that we're going going extinct!! :-) hehe!

  8. Love the bedding! Congratulations on the baby girl!

  9. I LOVE the bedding- I want some for MY bed!! Your little girl is so lucky!

  10. Congrats! I don't know what I'm having yet but I am hoping for a girl. Doesn't The Land of Nod have such cute stuff?

    BTW, you should consider consolidating your land of nod and target registries on just found out you can just import them so you don't have to start over and then you can just have one registry with everything on it.

    I started registering planning on sticking to 2 places and it quickly grew to 5, so I switched to myregistry and found out about this feature.

    Congrats again on your little girl!

  11. I love the butterflies. I have seen these in the Dollar Store for a dollar each, so keep an eye out.

  12. So I just found out that my second is going to be a little girl and I remembered these few blog you wrote when you first found out that Claire was a girl. I am having some of the same feelings. Having 2 little boys was going to be so easy. A week has past since, we found out and I am finally starting to embrace all things girl. It might be almost 3 years since you wrote this post, but it is still so relevant. Seeing Landon and Claire's relationship blossom gives me hope that my children will be just as close.