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Sunday, October 25, 2009

To Find Out, or Not To Find Out...

With our "big ultrasound" fast approaching, in about 4 more weeks, our boys have been really putting on the pressure to learn the baby's gender rather than waiting it out until the birth. For those who don't know, we have traditionally always found out, except for our last pregnancy, Kambree, when we waited to be surprised. Personally, I loved the surprise. Of course, I also love to shop whilst pregnant, so I could probably be swayed either way.
Having experienced both, I must say that I enjoyed the surprise. But not for the reasons that many would think. It was tremendously exciting to learn that Bree was a girl at the moment of her delivery. It was also tremendously exciting learning that Sydney was a girl at our 19 week ultrasound. And honestly, neither of those experiences compared to the moment when I learned I was having my very first girl, which was also at an ultrasound. That still to this day stands alone in my memory as the most awesome moment of pregnancy/birth. I have to say that I like being able to shop for blue or pink before baby is born. I struggled with that during my last pregnancy(okay "struggled" is a harsh word for this situation, but you get it) because I was only able to buy gender neutral things and that was well...boring and plain. I know, I know, before we had this technology everyone was surprised and thats just how it was, and perhaps still should be but before technology we also used to take our laundry down to the local stream and beat it clean. Technology has afforded us a different way, and I don't see anyone complaining or NOT utelizing that washer and dryer (at least in our society). No one is wistful of the days' of old and seeking a return to the times when we washed all our clothes by hand each day. Thus I see little merit in the "before techology" arugment regarding fetal gender. What I LOVED about the surprise, was getting to call my family and close friends with the news. That was what made it totally and absolutely worth the wait for me. As far as MY actual moment of finding out- really its a surprise at 20 weeks or a surprise at 40 weeks, so either way its an incredible moment. But being able to share the news after the birth and having it be a surprise rather than just "such and such was born" was really special.
For the children, however, learning Kambree's gender was a bit of a let down. They'd waited the whole pregnancy as well, and received the news from the babysitter. Not quite the moment they were hoping for. I can understand this. They want to be included and feel special too.
So, they probably could sway my vote fairly easily. Albert, however, really loved the surprise and has no interest in knowing before the birth. He says its ultimately my decision, as I'm the one carrying the baby and that he'll be fine with whatever I say, but he really does want the surprise again. I think he's just afraid of hearing "It's a girl" and wants to delay that moment as long as possible!
So, as of now, we're sticking with the surprise and trying to think of a way to make it a better experience for the boys. Any suggestions would be welcome!


BoufMom9 said...

I say wait it out.... and maybe don't let anyone find out until the kids all come to the hospital and see for themselves (?)

Anonymous said...

Could you just wait until they can all come to the hospital and then tell them which "flavor" it is?
Praying for you right now!
Romans 5:1-4 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
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The Collins Family said...

ANG!! How did I miss this announcement?! I guess this is what I get for reading posts backwards! Congratulations! I'll be praying that this baby will match for sure!
I am not one for waiting...I'm way too impatient - the 20 week wait is just about enough to do me in! Good luck with deciding what to do :)

Anonymous said...

Know that I'm here praying!
Romans 5:6-9 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
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Anonymous said...

Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers!
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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The Rhoderick Family said...

I say find at as soon as possible!!! I am no help am I??? You know me I just HAVE to know. :)

16 blessings'mom said...

Having a baby is totally exciting whether you know what it is or not ahead of time. I liked to know so I could get ready, but I never told anyone my name choices, so at least that part could be a surprise. But with my last baby, the dr. couldn't tell at the sonograms, her legs were crossed just so at each of them! So although I was wanting to know, I never did find I just bought boy things and girl things, and used the boy things as gifts for friends and family when she turned out to be a she. I guess it WAS a bit more exciting finding out after the wishes and prayers for you and your family!

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