I’m sort of surprised that we’ve been able to hold out for so long, but 7 weeks ago when asked if we wanted to know the gender, during our ultrasound appointment, we did the very abnormal thing and said “NO.”
Unfortunately it’s THE most-asked question I get being pregnant: boy or girl? I just always thought it would be nice and traditional, fun to buck the trend, buck technology and laugh in its face … “Hahaha, I don’t need to know! I don’t need your fancy high tech imaging!” You know, like holding out and not feeling you had to get that iPhone the second it came out. Granted I did get one about a year later, but it was worth the wait and I paid way less (okay, off topic.)
But I get many, many more shocked reactions than I expected: Ohmygosh how can you not want to know! I HAD to know! Apparently everyone is now a control freak or such a planner that they can’t keep themselves from painting the nursery in EITHER blue or pink. Or having a name picked out, and referring to the baby as such in everyday conversations. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to know the gender of your baby. I just didn’t think my choice would be such an anomaly!
It does mean that I will most likely have to paint the nursery yellow, I can’t buy many baby clothes yet (my wallet thanks me) and I have to come up with TWICE as many baby names to chew on. But hey, that’s all part of the fun!
I sort of suspect there’s another bit of truth to be told: I’m kind of nervous about how much my life is going to change after this baby. So not knowing the gender could be my way of chickening out from facing that reality. My doctor has the envelope though…I could always give him a call…