When expecting parents are asked what they're hoping for with their baby, the answers are usually pretty predictable.
Sure, everyone wants a healthy baby first and foremost. But beyond that, most guys are hoping for a boy, and most women hoping for a little girl. Things may change up with the second and third go-rounds, but in general, that seems to be the standard.
Does that mean I'm not happy with my two boys? You've got to be off your rocker if you think that. I couldn't be happier with my little guys and wouldn't wish anything different at all. Heck, I've even written about the reasons boys rock.
But... well, I have a secret. No, I'm not pregnant. See, sometimes, well, sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to have a daughter. Yeah, yeah, I know there are tons of big life moments no dad wants to deal with (bra shopping, tampons, dating her first guy), but there are some pretty cute moments that only a daughter can offer.
So for all you expecting dads out there who may be hoping for a son over a daughter, this post may just help you out. Here's 10 Reasons I Secretly Wish I had a Daughter:
1. Disney Mania - Maybe it's because my boys couldn't care less about most things Disney, but personally, I love the Disney movies. I'm a big fan of Winnie the Pooh (and yes, Tigger too). It just seems to me that with all the Disney Princesses around, a daughter would easily fall into the Disney trap.
2. Tea, Hot. Earl Grey. - Nothing says civility like a good tea party. While we easily have over 100 stuffed animals in our house, the only time they get used is for a massive Super Smash Bros. type battle. It'd be nice to slow things down a bit and sip on some Earl Grey with Mr. Snuggles now and again.
3. Girl Scout Cookies! - Since the only way to get your grubby little paws on those Thin Mint cookies is through a girl scout, well, you need a daughter first for that one!
4. Daddy's Little Girl - Come on, what dad doesn't want to be wrapped around his daughter's little finger? Let mommy be the "bad cop." I have no problem being called a wuss for caving in every time my daughter'd bat her eyelashes at me.
5. Sweet Stuff - I can't draw and I'm not that crafty. But I do love me some sweets. Cupcakes with loads of frosting, sprinkles, you name it. Sure my boys would love joining me in eating them, but helping to bake and decorate? Not a chance. So yes, I'm getting my sugar fix from a cupcake-decorating daughter.
6. Not Talking the Talk - As puberty sets in (or hopefully a bit before then), it'd definitely be time to have "The Talk" with the daughter. Seeing as how my body went through some very different changes, I'm guessing good ol' mom would have to handle this talk. One less talk for this dad!
7. Finger Painting - Little girls love makeup, right? That includes painting fingernails. And I'm sure my daughter'd be asking her dad to get a makeover at some point. Not that I'm looking for one, but I love being goofy with my kids, so I'd totally let her polish my nails... as long as we had plenty of nail polish remover around!
8. Barbie's Dream House - Believe me, nothing is cooler than playing with superheroes in a Fisher-Price Batcave. But even so, you gotta admit, Barbie's Dream House is pretty rocking. Working lights, interactive sounds and three floors of awesomeness! I don't think I could get away with buying this for my kids, but if I had a daughter, well then there's the perfect excuse...
9. Hello Kitty - I'm a collector. It's in my blood, I just can't escape it. Seeing as there are umpteen million different Hello Kitty items for sale, I'd have a blast finding some rare, obscure items on eBay to surprise my little gal.
10. Blogtastic - Okay, this one's completely selfish. Seeing as I have two boys, there are a ton of blogging opportunities (sponsored posts, reviews, giveaways) that are geared right at girls. For the most part I turn them down since I can't really cover them properly. If I had a daughter, however...
What do you love about your daughter?
Andrew Kardon is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mommy's Busy, Go Ask Daddy where he writes lovingly about his two awesome sons and one amazing wife. He's also a regular contributor to Singlemommie.com where he writes about all sorts of parenting issues.