Well, it’s official! No boys allowed. Except Dad of course! We’re so excited to announce that we’re adding another little girl to our tribe! Before you feel too sorry for David for being so outnumbered, read what he wrote about raising all girls. I fell in love with him all over again after reading it. See below!
“I feel sorry for you when they become teenagers.” “Dude, you’re surrounded by women.” “What did you do to deserve that?”
That’s the number of times I’ve heard lines like these.
Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but it sure as heck feels like it.
Believe it or not, I have 2 little girls, a 3rd on her way and I couldn’t be happier.
Before I dive into my girls, I think it’s worth noting that I’m a regular dad (whatever that means).
I love sports, trucks, fast cars, pumping iron and a good beard. I’ve been in more fights than I can count and heck, I’ve even owned a pit bull.
Despite my wife’s best efforts, I will always prefer beer to wine.
Since the day people found out that we were expecting our first child, I’ve felt external pressure to have a son.
I’ve even been told that my life would seem “incomplete” without a boy of my own to raise.
My desire to write this stems from the people who have no idea what I feel as a father to girls and what the dynamic of my family truly is.
I have a smoking hot wife who is the best mother I’ve ever known, 2 healthy, beautiful, smart little girls AND… another one on the way. – I’ve never felt so blessed in my entire life.
Delainey (my oldest) is my little princess.
She knows every word to every Disney princess song and owns each dress in different sizes and colors (it’s true, they make multiple dresses for certain princesses now, it’s unbelievable).
Mention painting nails and she’ll light up like a firework on the Fourth of July.
One of my favorite things about Delainey is how she gets super shy when I’m pretending to be the Beast and she’s Belle. She’ll stay in character and play hard to get but each time we dance and it’s just her and I…. Man, that little girl melts my heart.
She is quite the performer, too. One time after watching a Taylor Swift video, Delainey told us that she wanted to be just like Taylor when she grows up.
Doesn’t really get much “girlier” than that, right?
That being said…
Take her to the beach and run stairs with her, I dare you.
Delainey’s intensity and determination are out of this world.
Her effort at the beach reminds me of my toughest training days; the days in which I was training my ass off for football – but she’s 4 and doing it for fun!
She does picture perfect squats and pushups with a full range of motion and ENJOYS IT.
We recently got her back in gymnastics and within the first week they asked to bump our little 4-year-old up with the older kids because she is what my wife likes to refer to as, “so advanced.”
She does front flips, back flips, upside down hangs and jumps off furniture like a freaking ninja!
Her idea of “playing in the front yard” is sprinting down the street to the stop sign and back while I time her and pretend she’s competing in front of thousands of screaming fans.
She is my princess and she is a bad ass.
Leighton, only 2, has also recently taken a liking to running just like her big sister.
Most nights she’ll throw on her “vrunning shoes” (by herself, meaning it’s a 50/50 shot that the right shoe meets the right foot) and does sprints around the dining room table.
I’m not kidding you.
She’ll bang out 50 laps like it’s just another day at the office, grab her sister and encourage her to try to catch her.
The kid literally has every doll and toy a girl could ever ask for and this is what she does for fun.
How cool is that!?
I never realized how much I could learn from a 2-year-old.
Leighton reminds us daily that LOVE is the most important thing we have to offer each other.
Just this morning, I got after Delainey for picking on her little sister and when I told her to apologize, it was Leighton who hugged Delainey and said “I sorry Nainey, it’s okay.”
Leighton isn’t as into the princesses like her sister, either.
In fact, her favorite movies are “The Jungle Book” (not the cartoon, the real one) and Pete’s Dragon. She’d rather watch Shere Khan the tiger and Elliot the Dragon than Anna and Elsa.
I have a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old who both enjoy playing in the dirt, they ride bikes, scooters and love helping me in the garage any chance they get.
Both love to play catch, shoot hoops and are learning to become football fans despite the crap performance of our Rams this season.
I don’t say any of this stuff to impress you.
My objective here is to demonstrate that a girl can do or be anything that a boy can.
For us parents, it’s not the gender of our children that makes us proud, it’s their character.
My girls are more than enough for me and they are exactly what “complete” me as a man.
My world would not be incomplete without them, it would be broken.
The love I have for these 2 is beyond words.
It’s more than anything that I could’ve ever imagined.
They are the best thing that has ever happened to their mother and I… and guess what?
We get another one. =)