A Little Bit of Girl

About four years ago one of my very great friends found out she was not having just one girl, but two! I got so excited that I just started buying baby girl things.

I got the girls pillow case dressed from Etsy, blankets and burp clothes from a friend, and just sort of sighed deeply at all the cute assuming I would probably not get to do this for myself.

Of course, I was wrong as is evidenced by the fact that a little Alice is growing (and moving!) inside of me as I type.

Last night our families got together for our monthly night of delicious food–her husband is the best cook I have ever met–kid fun, adult time for cards, and so many laughs.

As we were standing around chatting while dinner cooked, she came out with some things for Alice.
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Those dresses, blankets, and burp cloths are the ones I bought four years ago for her dear twin girls. She saved them in case I ever had a girl. I didn’t want to get all emotional on her, but I had completely forgotten about these gifts and I hugged them close to me. I’m pretty sure no one noticed that my breath was taken away and my eyes momentarily filled with tears.

I held the shoes in the palm of my hand while I thought of the seemingly hundreds of boy shoes I have in a tub under Eddie’s bed. I looked at this single pair of girl shoes and almost lost it.

It’s real.

I’m having a little girl.

We will bring her home and she will live here beside the two boys who are already bigger than the space we have.

She will carve out her own special place in this family.



About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I was the same way when I found out that one of the twins is a girl. A GIRL. I love my boys. But a girl. So happy for you!

  2. So sweet. And what a nice friend, saving those things especially for you!

  3. She, yes. Lovely.

  4. I teared up reading this. Your going to love having a girl. And how lucky she is going to be to have two big brothers.

  5. Michelle Lubbers says

    I have two boys, 6 & 4. I have a daughter who is 19 months. She lights up my life. She wants to wear pretty things. She.

  6. I really had a hard time getting into the girl clothes. I mean, yes, it was fun buying all the stuff I couldn’t buy for five years because I had boys. But I somewhat felt like I was going to be a huge failure at all the cutesy stuff! I am much better at it now but I can still get pretty overwhelmed in the girls aisle! 😉

  7. My girl is 15 and still my baby.