My little princessWhen I was pregnant, I didn't know if I'd be giving birth to a daughter or a son. My husband and I just assumed we'd be happy with whomever we got. And then my little girl arrived in the delivery room, and all of a sudden our family was complete. We fell head over heels for this whole having a daughter thing, and we couldn't imagine having a son.
Fast forward seven years, and up pops an article by a dad who is over the moon that he has never had a daughter. The way he sees it, having male spawn is pretty much the bee's knees.
And to that, I've just gotta say it: thank goodness I never had a son!
Yup. I went there.
I don't hate boys. My friends have very lovely sons whom I adore. I even know I would have loved a son if I'd gotten one.
But the fact is, I didn't. So, I can happily report that I'm absolutely content with where we stand on the following:
1. That Penis Thing. Needless to say, I do not have a penis. More to the point, I wouldn't know what the heck to DO with a penis! I mean, yeah, I get it, you point the thing down when you change the diaper so you don't get sprayed. But beyond that, I'm kind of lost, and fortunately I am under no pressure to learn.
2. Circumcision. My husband and I never had to go round and round about this one. Even better? Not a single sanctimommy can judge me for snipping or not snipping. We are home free, suckers!
3. Clothes Shopping Is So Much More Fun. No, this is not me being sexist. I know some guys love clothes shopping and are really quite fashionable. My husband is one of them. But have you looked at the standard kiddie clothing selections? They just don't MAKE a whole lot of cute stuff for the little guys. For the little girls, on the other hand, the sky is the limit!
4. Pee All Over My Bathroom. I have heard this lament from every single mother of a little boy that I know. Their guys pee on the floor. They pee on the front of the potty. Some of them even pee on the wall. Sorry ladies, but not in my house! My daughter is, well, a sits-and-pees girl, and my husband grew out of that one decades ago (God bless my mother-in-law for that part!).
5. We're Pink AND Blue. I am hoping that one day society grows up, and we can accept that pink and blue are just colors. Sadly, we're not there yet, and I really feel for the moms of pink-loving little boys who have to deal with society's judgment. That said, I'm relieved that in 2013, it's finally accepted that my daughter can like to play with trucks and LEGOs and do science experiments without being labeled a freak.
6. Girl Power. I have been a feminist for about as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until I brought a daughter into this world that I really felt myself empowered to make changes in this world for womankind. We read books about powerful women. We buy her girl power shirts. We talk about how much girls rule. Sons are wonderful, but it's a daughter who has made me want to be a better woman.
Are you son-free too? Why do you love it?
Image by Jeanne Sager