Some parents-to-be don't have a preference for the sex of their baby, but others may be secretly (or not so secretly) be hoping for a little girl or little boy.
If you've just found out that you're expecting a baby girl (or if you're strongly hoping that you will be handed a little girl by your midwife or partner!), here are some great things about having a baby girl.
Please note that this is a fun, light article, which has not been written to delve into the deeper awesome things about having a girl (that's a topic for another article!). This article is about the short term view of having a baby girl. Many parents get excited about these things too.
Great Things About Having A Baby Girl #1: The Clothes
Definitely, the clothes. Those endless rows of frilly dresses, floral rompers and gorgeous little skirts are yours for the taking. The clothes available for little girls are undeniably cuter than those for little boys. As the mother of a daughter, you belong in those aisles, so go and pick out some adorable vests immediately.
Great Things About Having A Girl #2: Especially The Stripy Tights
There is nothing cuter than a pair of newborn tights. Well, ok, maybe the newborn baby wearing them is a bit cuter. The stripy tights with frills on the bottom are, quite frankly, the cutest items of clothing in existence. They may very well have been invented as a sneaky way of ensuring the human race continues breeding, simply walking past a window display of these tights can cause tingly ovaries.
Great Things About Having A Girl #3: … And The Tiny Hair Accessories
The headbands, and the glittery clips, and the floral crowns (especially the floral crowns) are yet more great reasons to have a little girl.
Great Things About Having A Girl #4: It's Easier To Find A Name You Love
This is a generalisation, of course, but there seems to more choice for girls' names. Pregnant women can often be heard cursing the difficulties of finding boys' names both parents-to-be can agree on.
Great Things About Having A Girl #5: She'll Be Your Mini-Me
There's a reason men often seem to want sons, whereas women long for daughters – it's simply because the idea of having a mini-me is so appealing. You grew up as a girl, so may find the idea of having a girl more appealing – especially if you didn't have brothers or many male friends growing up.
Great Things About Having A Girl #6: You'll Know What She Is Going Through
You have been a little girl, and you have experienced puberty, love and friendship as a little girl. This may make you feel like you are better equipped to relate to a little girl, simply because you have experienced life as a little girl.
Great Things About Having A Girl #7: It's Much Harder For Her To Wee Into Your Wine
Any nappy free time is much less risky if you're dealing with a little girl. Any stray wees will probably end up soaking into your jeans or making a mess on your sofa, it's not ideal, but it's undeniably better than watching the stream fly straight the air and land in your glass of red.
Great Things About Having A Girl #8: She Probably Won't Pee In Your Face
If you have a son, you are likely to end up with pee in your face during at least one nappy change – and he'll certainly end up with it on his. One of the great things about having a little girl, is that she doesn't have the equipment to accidentally pee in your face.
Great Things About Having A Girl #9: She Will Dress Up As You
Your baby girl will see you get dressed every day, and one day, when she's old enough to toddler, she will play ‘mummy'. She will force her tiny feet into your high heeled shoes, slip some bangles on her wrist, and cart a handbag around the house with her. The first time she does this, she will look to proud that your heart will break a tiny bit, as you realise that your little baby girl wants to be just like you.
Great Things About Having A Girl #10: You Will See Her Transform Into A Daddy's Girl
As a newborn, your baby will long to be in your arms. Daddy will be a close second, but you will probably always be first choice. As she grows, however, she may blossom into a daddy's girl. She will want him to read her bedtime stories, play make believe with her and tell him secrets. Far from being jealous, you will love watching two of your favourite people in the world developing such a strong bond, and it will make you love both of them even more (if such a thing is possible).