As most of you know, I am expecting my first little girl this August. As the mother of two boys, this will be quite a change in our household! Especially for someone who was never the frilly-girly type to begin with! I have never liked pink or purple, and so my family (and friends) have been taking advantage of this opportunity to bombard me with any pink, ruffled, princess-looking item they can find! Last week my mom and aunts threw me a baby shower at my house, and from now on I will refer to that day as “The Pink Invasion”. They arrived early in the morning, toting bag after bag of pink items—toys, clothes, blankets, decorations…even the food; the entire dessert table was pink and purple! They were all dressed in pink, as well, and had informed me that I had to wear pink for my shower (which involved a trip to the mall, considering I don’t own a single item of pink clothing!). We even had my cousin and her daughter come over and give all of us pink manicures and pedicures. Yes, they went all out!
Now, before you make any assumptions, I am not writing this post to complain about the pink invasion! I am writing about it because I am grateful, very grateful. I’m grateful for a family and a group of friends who love me, who can’t wait to see my little girl, and who love to tease me! So many people don’t have this in their lives, and I try to remember that when I’m having a bad day. I am so lucky to have all of these wonderful women in my life to support me and love me, no matter what. As I sat in the aftermath of the Pink Invasion, with my living room covered in pink and purple gift bags and my sons’ faces covered in pink and purple frosting, all I could do was smile. As I carried the stacks (yes, stacks!) of presents up to my little girl’s room, my smile got even bigger. Her room started out with a lot of orange and green (planned by mommy) and has slowly become more and more pink. And yet, every time I walk in there I am happy—excited to meet her, to hold her, to have a daughter.
I hope that all of you mommies who read this blog are lucky enough to have so many special people in your lives. Whether it’s throwing you a baby shower, or just taking you out to lunch on a Tuesday afternoon, I really do believe that we couldn’t make it through this life without our fellow mommies, and the women in our families. I know I couldn’t! Another thing I’ve been thinking about is how to pass that along…in other words, am I as good of a friend, daughter, niece, etc. as they are to me? I will continue to try my hardest to return those feelings of love and happiness that they all give me, because they deserve it just as much as I do.
How about you? Do you have a network of women that you just can’t live without, whether it’s friends or family or both? Why do you think this is so important for us as mommies? Or just as women in general?
And one last thing…for all of you mommies with daughters, any advice? Any warnings? Any stories I need to hear? Please share!