Thinking Pink

If you missed the announcement on my Facebook page, we are so very excited to announce that we are having a baby girl!!!

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Phillip had me convinced it would be another boy, which I was perfectly okay with because I LOVE being a mom to boys. But as it got closer to the time for us to find out, I really started wanting a girl and I knew Jack and Aidan really wanted a sister.

I have been collecting and making little girly things for a few years now in hopes of someday having a daughter, adding them to the little dresses my mom had saved from when I was a baby. And if you follow me on Pinterest, you know I regularly pin things to my “If I ever have a little girl” board.

Needless to say, we are thrilled!

I’ll have to admit, having a daughter terrifies me a bit. The responsibility of raising a daughter seems quite overwhelming. There are so many things I am still learning, insecurities I still struggle with, and areas of my life I am continually working on, that I’m not sure if I am ready (or will ever feel ready) to raise up a strong and godly young woman. But I know that His strength is made perfect in my weakness, and that my daughter is His daughter and that He will equip me to raise her for His glory.

I am so thankful for bloggers like Sarah Bessey and Lisa-Jo Baker who have written so many beautiful and challenging posts on raising daughters.

For those of you who have daughters, what words of  advice or encouragement can you share with me as I prepare for this new path of motherhood?

Hope you are having a great summer!

Always,

Amanda



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  1. Girls are incredibly different than boys, in so many ways, besides the obvious ones. There is seemingly so much more thought and fear in parenting girls…trying to do everything, say everything, think everything right…and we can’t. God can.

    Poop-spolosions are soo, sooo much easier to clean up on boys.

  2. Hurrah for a girl! Our #3 child was a girl also … we’d resigned ourselves to having another boy since that’s what runs in the family. My husband had a moment of tunnel vision when the doctor said, “ah! It’s a girl!” in the delivery room. I’d always said I wanted all boys until God gave me my daughter :o) You will equip her in all the right ways, and she will stretch you – not to mention sweeten your life – because God handpicked the two of you for each other. Jess is right, girls are very different, and after two boys, those differences will be delightful to you … try not to swoon whilst shopping in the pink baby clothes section!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      “You will equip her in all the right ways, and she will stretch you – not to mention sweeten your life – because God handpicked the two of you for each other.” Beautiful words! Thank you!

  3. I have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters and I love her all. Just enjoy them and capture her heart for Jesus at an early age. Attitude is everything and that can become a challenge in the teen years but my daughter has done a much better job than I did at insisting on respect. I tried to much to be a friend. They want boundaries with lots of love. My granddaughters were homeschooled and they are wonderful girls, very creative and sweet. I’m excited for you. It’s the most important thing you will ever do.

  4. Words of wisdom…let’s see…as the momma of 2 girls, I suppose I should have some. But the reality is that every family, every child is different. I guess my only advice right now is to embrace this new adventure. Sometimes I feel that people want my husband and I to dread time with our girls, “just wait until they are teenagers…” etc, but don’t listen to those naysayers. There are hard times being a parent with every child. Sounds like you have already experienced some of this with your son’s health issues. Raising girls (and boys) is important work!

    It also sounds like you have already started looking at how to address those challenging times. It will come together when those times come. For now, enjoy the right now. 🙂

    Wishing you many blessings!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I agree that every family and every child is different. The more I think about raising a girl, I think that I just need to do much of the same thing I have done with my boys…forget about all of the gender/cultural stereotypes and simply encourage them to be who God uniquely created them to be.

  5. No words of wisdom from this boy-mom-who-is-terrified-to-ever-have-a-girl, but I know God is so gracious, so much bigger than your insecurities! I’m sooooo happy for you!

  6. Congrats, Amanda! How exciting!

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