My husband not only fits right in to the roll of "girl dad" but he totally rocks it! There was a time when I thought to myself that I just had to have at least 1 boy AND 1 girl for our family to be complete. Then, when we found out that baby 2 would be a girl, I was excited (because girls are awesome...duh), but not nearly as excited as my husband. That's when I knew it, I am married to a "girl dad" and we were totally meant to raise girls. Here is my list of what makes a man not just a dad but a "girl dad" : -He knows how to give a girl a fun night out on the town.
This doesn't have to be anything extravagant, but it does have to be something fun! Movie and some ice cream, a scenic drive, a moonlight cruise, etc. where he shows you nothing but respect and makes you feel like a nothing short of a princess. When his little lady is old enough, this will be what she looks forward to the most, date nights with her daddy.
-He knows how to throw a damn good tea party.
Okay, so this isn't really that important until the first little princess arrives; but still necessary knowledge for fathering a girl; it really comes in handy on a rainy or snowy day when the little lady can't go outside.
-He is willing to snuggle, even if it's not his favorite thing.
I mean, I like to snuggle. But I will say this is probably not my husband's favorite thing in the world. Enter 2 little princesses who LOVE to snuggle in to the mix and guess who becomes the snuggliest one in the house? The hubs!
-He is willing to sleep on the floor.
When we introduced our toddler to her new toddler bed (I still am mourning her transition from the crib), she did phenomenal. However, as the nights when on she has had few nights where she has gotten a little scared. Guess who a girl wants when she is scared? Her daddy; and he, willingly and with minimal complaint, would lay on her floor or sit in the chair in her room until she felt safe again which, at times, might mean falling asleep on the floor sometimes.
-He reads up on things that he is not familiar with.
Specifically, potty-training. I am a woman and when we started our adventure in potty-training with our newly 2-year-old daughter I was clueless; so I can not even imagine how my husband was feeling! However, I told him that I thought it light be time and he jumped on board, did some research and even spouted off tips that I would not have even thought of. And now, out toddler who is just 2 years, 4 months old, is 100% potty-trained and needs zero reminders to handle her business.
-He can put someone else's hair in to a ponytail.
Also necessary when the princess is here AND has hair. So there is lots of time for practice with this one, but it truly comes in handy if he is going to ever be solely in charge of getting a tiny female ready. It way easier to give a screaming toddler ponytail when they ask for it than to respond that you don't know how.
-He can name all of the Disney Princesses and sing most of their songs.
I want to say this won't be necessary; but if there is any chance of a man being able to be any sort of cool dad to their future little lady, this is a must. However, when a man is dating, he doesn't have to make this information known until totally necessary...say, when his first girl is about 18 months of age.
-He likes the color pink.
My husband might not admit it, but he loves the color pink. Recently, we were picking out a doll high-chair for our toddler for Christmas and, even though there were tons of options, he immediately chose the most flowery, pink high-chair I have ever seen. We love gender neutral colors and try to keep those colors in mind when shopping for our girls, but that doesn't mean that our house doesn't look like pink threw-up everywhere.
-He doesn't have a problem with girls who play sports.
This may seem a little silly, but there truly are still people out there who think sports are for boys and cooking, cleaning, etc. is best left to the female-kind. Not in our house! As soon as our toddler could walk her dad started practicing tee-ball and golf with her; and man can she hit the sh*t out of a tee-ball. If there is a talent that can be tapped in to, that's important. Sure, we do things considered to be "girly" too, but there is no discussion about something being for boys or something being for girls; if you want to do something then you can. Period. There is just simply nothing wrong with raising a well-rounded, decent human being.
To my husband, all that I have to say is that I see you. I see your patience and appreciation for all of your girls (including me) and I love you for it.