The first time I used "It's a Girl" as the title of a blog post, I was not announcing the gender of our unborn child. This time around, however, I am. Our new sailor is a girl!
Although I would have been happy to have a boy, having grown up with 3 sisters and no brothers, I have to admit that I was a bit relieved when we found out the gender. I feel like with a girl, I have some sort of understanding of what I'm getting into.
Eric was a bit worried we'd have a girl. This is not to suggest that Eric didn't want a girl--that couldn't be farther from the truth. He was concerned that if we had a girl, I'd end up spending more money on her simply because there is more girl stuff available to buy. I suppose that just as in the adult world, baby girls just have more shopping options than their male counterparts.
The good news for Eric (and our bank account) is that we live on a boat, which means space is limited, and since I absolutely abhor clutter, I won't be buying much of anything--girl or not. Of course, this doesn't mean our little one will be neglected. Just like any sailor, our baby is going to need appropriate attire, and one of the most important things that ever sailor needs is a good pair of boat shoes.
Originally, I planned to purchase our daughter a miniature version of the kind of boat shoe that Eric wears (although Eric's aren't pink):
However, as Eric so graciously pointed out--the baby version was just as expensive as a pair of adult shoes, and since babies can't walk, there is really no point in them wearing shoes. My rebuttal of "So?" wasn't a strong enough argument to sway my attorney husband from his position, so I reluctantly declined to buy them.
Although the baby may not be getting a pair of tiny Keens, she certainly won't be going barefoot. Luckily, I found some socks that look just like sailing shoes, Skippy's by Trumpette:
Upon seeing these ridiculously cute little socks, I immediately ordered the set (as well as a set of cowgirl "boots" for when the baby ventures onto land). While I'm not sure these qualify as a "good pair of boat shoes," they are non-marking, which is good enough for me.