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When I found out that I was having a boy during my first pregnancy, I was shocked and scared. I never imagined myself as the mother of a boy. I only ever had a sister and I just wasn’t very used to boys. I knew nothing about boys. I was always a girls’ girl. I never even had many male friends. How am I going to raise a boy?, I would wonder.

But then Roman was born and it all just fell into place. It seemed like the most natural thing in the world and I ended up loving it. I fell so in love with my little guy and I was grateful for his perfect boyness. Even dressing & accessorizing him was a world of fun that I hadn’t anticipated.

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Bare Babies // livelovesimple.com

The truth was, though, that I had always wanted a girl. But then when I actually had a boy, I wasn’t at all disappointed. When I found out that I was pregnant again, I was completely open to whatever nature had in store for us. There was still some small part of me that really hoped for a little girl — “one of each” — as they say, but I was convinced that I would have another boy and I was completely okay with that. I imagined my little “brothers” with love & excitement.

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Bare Babies // livelovesimple.com

I will never forget the feeling that I got when the ultrasound tech told me that I was having a girl. My stomach dropped, roller coaster style. I felt like I was falling. I got dizzy and my jaw literally dropped. I covered my mouth. Of course it was always a possibility… but for some reason I was just so convinced that I was having another boy. I kept questioning her and to be honest, I didn’t fully believe it even after all of her reassuring.

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Bare Babies // livelovesimple.com

Then, on March 20th, 2015, I held my little girl in my arms for the first time and whatever doubt was left in my heart melted away. There she was, all girl from the start.

After Roman was born, and we outgrew the trials of his early newborn days, I fell head-over-heels madly in love with motherhood. I was so happy with my baby boy, that I forgot all about my longtime dream of a baby girl. But then, when I held her in my arms, it all came rushing back to me. The realization of a dream that I had held in my heart forever. She was truly the piece of my life that I had always been missing, always been wishing for.

Over the past four and a half months, my little Marina Grace has been amazing me every single day because somehow she gets sweeter and more beautiful with each passing day. Every morning she wakes up and looks up at me from where she rests in my arms with the biggest, brightest smile. And somehow, that smile gets bigger and brighter every day. There is a light, a joy, and a wildness in her eyes — something unnameable that I have never seen before in my life. She is truly something special, I know this for certain.

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Bare Babies // livelovesimple.com

There are so many wonderful things about having a daughter, least of which is dressing her. I’m not ashamed to admit how purely obsessed I am with baby girl clothing & accessories. (I mean, how could you not be really?) One day, she will develop a style all her own and I will embrace & support whatever that may be. I will always encourage my children to be themselves in any and every way that their hearts direct them. But until then, I do the choosing and it’s just everything!

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I recently stumbled upon the Bare Babies Etsy shop and I’m just in love with all of the gorgeous, handmade, organic clothing that the shopkeeper, Karen, has on offer. So far Marina has two of her gorgeous sets — the outfits featured in this post — and I just can’t get enough of them. (Here is the lilac, deer legging set.)

Karen’s work is perfection — well-made, adorable, stylish, and organic. Everything that you could want for your little one. I’m truly excited to be partnered with Bare Babies to share these little outfits with you. Be sure to follow along with Bare Babies on Facebook & Instagram to keep up with all of the sweetness.

2 thoughts on “thoughts on having a baby girl // featuring Bare Babies”

  1. Aw this post made me miss having a little baby to hold and squeeze! When the tech told me I was having a girl I almost cried I was so happy… I had no idea what I would do with a boy haha… especially being a single mom. But although it would have been more difficult for me, I would have 100% loved and cherished a little momma’s boy. I am glad for you that you got one of each!!!!! These clothes are so so pretty and look at her little chubby arms!!

  2. I’m so happy that you got your girl. I feel the same about boys, not really sure what I would do with one if I had one. My husband wanted one, but I’m secretly glad to have two girls. And…if I were to try for a 3rd (which I doubt we will), I’d hope for another girl!!! My husband would be pissed if he heard me say this! Haha. Anyways, I love all of Marina’s leggings/pants, especially the purple pair. And I also love how she’s topless in every photo 😉 Dressing girls is definitely fun, but it gets me in trouble sometimes, financially. Oops! -Misty

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