Okay, so I was pretty much set on not finding out the baby’s sex this pregnancy (we found out with both the girls ahead of time) and letting it be a big surprise on D-day. Now I’m having second thoughts. Remember, I’m an anal planner. Also, Madeline’s pining for a boy. She knows God decides. She recently said she wanted a girl dog, “but God decides. Oh well.” I had to explain that we had more choices when it comes to pets and that we could decide on the sex of our future dog.
Then there’s this idea. We’d be finding out the baby’s sex in December, and I thought I could ask the ultrasound technician to write the baby’s gender on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. Then we could open it together as a family on Christmas Eve (Daddy has to work Christmas Day). What a memorable and meaningful Christmas gift! Or, we could find out ahead of time but keep it a secret and wrap up either “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” on a sheet of paper for the grandparents. Wouldn’t that be fun?
But it would be fun to not know as well, to make that final push during labor and to then hear the big announcement, “It’s a…” just before my baby boy or girl placed in my arms.
Some have told me I should find out ahead just in case it’s another girl, but I can honestly say that I have no real preference. Sure, it would be nice to raise girls and boys, but we certainly weren’t trying for that baby boy. (We weren’t trying at all. Rae’s five-day nursing strike resulted in this surprise pregnancy.) Likewise, Dave has said having a house full of girls would be wonderful…until dating season comes around. He admits that might be a tad stressful. And he has jokingly mentioned that we should start saving for the weddings now.
So perhaps this is a good reason to not find out: To really “prove” we’d be happy with two more X chromosomes in the house.
The reason I’m rambling on about all of this is because I’d love to hear from all of you on what you think. I’ve even included a poll on whether we should find out or not (look to the right and scroll down a bit). Not that I’ll necessarily abide by the results, but it would be fun to see others’ opinion on the matter.
So, go on. Cast your vote. Should we find out Baby Wicker’s (or Sparky as one of my friends has nicknamed him or her) sex ahead of time, or should we wait and be surprised in April?