When people find out we're expecting a baby in April, the first question they ask is always some variation of "Is it a boy or a girl?". And, for the most part, they're usually excited for us when we tell them that we've decided to wait until the baby is born to find out.
The "big surprise" is important to me, for a few reasons.
On a practical level, Jesse and I know that we would like to have more than one kid. Not knowing in advance whether baby #1 is a son or a daughter helps curb the temptation to go out and buy Baby Gap out of tiny, frilly dresses or cute little man outfits. It also ensures that all of the big stuff we buy, from carseats to baby swings to cribs, can be used for future bebes.
On a romantic level, I love the idea of Jesse running out to the waiting room and exclaiming "It's a ...! " to our families (our families who have, it should be noted, not pestered us at all to find out if this is a grandson or granddaughter, a niece or a nephew). I know there could be a middle of the night delivery or a long labor that could prevent all family from being present right after the birth, but I can dream.
I have been busying myself with old wives' tales since July. I had terrible morning sickness and, later, cravings for sweets. A girl, for sure. But I'm carrying low... maybe a boy? I've analyzed the baby's heartbeat rates after doctor's appointments (supposedly girls have higher heart rates) but fluctuating heart rates mean no conclusive evidence. I LOVE guessing and speculating but always preface each appointment with "Just so you know, we don't want to find out!" and can't even bear to look onscreen during an ultrasound just in case the secret is revealed.
In short, I am beyond excited for April. Jesse and I are simply hoping and praying for a healthy baby, whether it's a son or daughter. For now, I am stocking up on simple white onesies, with some blue and green outfits that could work both ways. I'm quizzing my mom friends on what baby items worked for them. I'm scouring Pinterest for ideas and eagerly awaiting the daily Zulily sales. So, pink or blue, I will be staying busy until April. Stay tuned for (many) more baby posts to come.