When you´re living in Spain, the moment you find out whether you´re having a boy or a girl, you will be bombarded with either light blue or light pink clothes / blankets etc. There is not much in between and although more neutral colors are coming up, a lot of baby stores still provide just the very classic boy or girl items.
Now we are not the ones for classic and formal outfits for babies and toddlers anyway, but the whole light blue or light pink overload makes it even less wearable for me. Seriously, you won´t be able to imagine how many classic outfits / blankets that were gifted to us by (Spanish) family and friends we returned and exchanged for white, grey or neutral options or have donated to people in need. Not to sound ungrateful, but it´s just not for us. Now since it´s a tradition in Spain to tell the baby´s name during your pregnancy already, I guess with Lucas it was lucky we followed Dutch tradition of not telling the name until he was born because otherwise most probably all of these light blue blankets would have had his name already embroidered on it and there would be no way of returning it. So yep, no stroller completely covered with only light blue or light pink accessories (cover, blankets, diaper bag, sheets etc.) and a matching baby in the same color for us.
However, when you have a girl in Spain, the dilemma on how to get rid of all the super classic, light pink items with her name embroidered on it, is probably the easy part. Because with a girl another decision comes up: to pierce her ears or to not pierce her ears. Say what??? Yes, here almost every baby girl has earrings. For me, this “decision” is obviously not a decision, but a clear no and luckily C is completely on the same page so definitely no earrings for our baby girl until she´s 18. (Yeah maybe not 18 but definitely not as a baby). A few years back, girls already got their earrings in the hospital just days after being born but nowadays the hospitals don´t do it anymore so at least we won´t have the risk to get our baby back after a bath and find out she has earrings. But even though hospitals don´t do it standard anymore, I honestly don´t know anybody around me with daughters without earrings. All girls of friends, neighbors and people from hockey have had their ears pierced from their first week in this world. So yeah, for Spanish standards I guess that without the light pink outfits and accessories and without the earrings we will have to figure out another way to make clear she´s a girl. Any suggestions for cute headbands :)?