I remember becoming a parent for the first time. It changes you. Nothing can prepare you for it. On top of that, my first was a boy. I was so happy, proud, and scared all at the same time! And as big of a moment in my life as that was when my girls came into the world, everything changed...again.

I don't know how to explain how having girls makes me feel. I just remember holding Carly for the first time and it was just different than it was when I first held my son. I think it was because it was new, all over again. I felt protective when Chase was born, but when my daughters came? Back away world...these are my girls! I was also completely freaked out too. I never grew up with sisters. I had no idea what it was going to be like living in a home where I was officially outnumbered.

Ryan Brainard

I think the scariest part of having girls is I don't know what to expect. I don't know what comes next. With Chase, I can look back at my own childhood and draw from my own experiences. With the girls, I have to ask Holly all the time for advice. And they haven't even hit puberty yet! Then what the heck am I going to do? I also feel more protective of my daughters. Maybe it's because they've already seen a side of this world I was hoping they'd never see. Both of my girls have been involved in altercations with boys at school. Just childish fooling around? Perhaps. But regardless, they shouldn't have to worry about that.

So while I won't be THAT dad with his shotgun on his lap, sitting on the porch when boys come by to date my daughters, you better believe I'll be watching. These are MY girls. I'll do whatever it takes to keep them safe. You've been warned.