Tomorrow we find out the answer to an epic question... are we having a boy or a girl? I have this very strange fear that I will be sad or disappointed when I hear the news. I'm not consciously worried about having a girl or having a boy, so I'm not sure where these feelings are coming from. But in an effort to alleviate my concerns, I have decided to make two lists:
Great things about having a BOY:
- I get to have a "son." That would be fun to say.
- We can raise one of each gender. This would be helpful for science experiments, proving and disproving stereotypes, and finally answering the question "nature or nurture?" What makes boys and girls different? (It will be such a relief when we finally figure this out.)
- BLUE CLOTHES. So many blue items of clothing we have been missing out on. Starting with boy pajamas (the best!).
- Boys seem less costly over time. They don't seem too obsessed with fancy clothes or jewelery or princess dresses. Or prom dresses! But wait then they are supposed to pay for dinner and all that...hmmm.
- It's really hard to picture what our boy would look like. Blonde maybe? It's fun to imagine.
- Jake and I only have sisters. So raising a boy would be like a wild new frontier for us. (But just so we're clear...it wouldn't be THAT different. See #5 to the right)
Great things about having a GIRL:
- Olivia gets to have a sister. How special is that?
- Olivia's dream of becoming ever more like the characters from Frozen comes true. (But which sister will be Elsa, the one with the power to freeze your heart and make you dead??)
- HAND-ME-DOWNS GALORE! We have boxes and boxes of adorable things that Olivia only got to wear a few times.
- Girl seems like the more cost-effective option. Did I mention that hand-me-downs are FREE?
- Girl is marginally more familiar than boy. I hesitate to even say this though. O is a girl, but it's not as though she is exhibiting uniquely female characteristics right now. She likes painting and playgrounds and singing and fruit. She dislikes bathtime and food she hasn't tried yet. We can navigate these things pretty well, but it has done nothing to prepare us for "raising a girl" necessarily.
- We already know what one daughter looks like. The other one will inevitably look different. But how??!
Well, in a strange way this makes me feel a little more reassured. Whichever variety we are blessed with, it will be a blessing. And learning the gender of this baby is just one tiny step in the journey toward learning who this little human is. A tiny one. But one of the only things we get to learn at this stage, so I plan to just run with it. I'm excited. (!!!)