The I'm glad that Caroline will have a sister, and a little sad because Jonah seemed to want a brother so much. I wouldn't have minded having another boy. I thought I was done after this one, but we have already started talking about, "if we have another one..." and whether it might be a boy. I did remind Josh that it is the male DNA that determines the sex of the baby.
So Caroline will have a sister and I will have another girl. I'm already looking for the perfect fabric to make her bedding and her blankets. I've been thinking of Russian Nesting Dolls. I like this one, but $10.00 a yard seems steep. I also love the fabric used for this, but she's not selling the fabric, just a blanket. I also had a friend suggest this, which I like as well. I need to look on spoonflower a bit more. Since Caroline and Baby X will share a room, eventually, I would like them to have somewhat coordinated fabrics... or at least fabrics that won't clash too badly.
Fabric suggestions are also welcome. :)
Having girls has been a source of some anxiety for me. It seems that there are so many things that girls are subjected to in life, that boys don't have to worry about. A friend of mine moved to India recently. She is a little younger than me, but married with a child, and she recently posted on her blog about an incident that was truly frightening. It's also all the "princess" stuff and the prospect of being the role model she will look to... It's all just a lot.
My sister recently asked me about a pot I had about raising girls, and if there is one on my blog, I can't find it. So here is what I think:
Raising children is hard, right now. I've heard a lot about banning children from public places, and it seems like there is a cultural hostility toward childhood. While it seems pointed toward both sexes, it seems to be especially pointed toward girls. We push them toward puberty earlier and earlier. We push them to wear more mature clothing and push themselves out in front of other people for approval. It frightens me for them. Will my girls really get the chance to just be little girls, or will they be need to transition to "tween" at age six???
There is a book I heard of and have been wanting to read, but I can't remember the name... Maybe something like, "The Princess Factor" but I can't seem to find it. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
Anyway, it all seems like a lot to worry about when really my daughter seems most interested in baby dolls and putting things in her mouth, and her sister isn't even born yet.
My sister was looking for stories about strong princesses to read or tell to her girls and I like that idea. I'm compiling a list, starting with the book "Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World" by Kathleen Regan. I have had this book for a long time and have really enjoyed reading the commentary after each story. It's sometimes hard to figure out why the heroine might be considered a heroine in come of them, but she finds strength in women that is often very hidden.
The Paper Bag Princess By Robert Munsch (I used to tell this story)
The Penderwicks, By Jeanne Birdsall (which I haven't read yet, but have wanted to read for a while, so it may come off the list)
The Princess Academy By Shannon Hale (especially this one)
Other title suggestions would also be welcome.