Friday, April 23, 2010

Little Lady or a Gentleboy?

Before we got pregnant I just HAD to have a girl. But now that the time is here, I am torn. I guess that is a good thing. As Michael Scott would say, it's "a win, win, win". I can't lose either way. I really want one of each eventually. But truth be told if I could put in my order for the gender and I knew I could pick a girl next time, I honestly think I would order a boy this time around. Maybe that is God's way of preparing me for a little man? I'm not sure. All I know is that as much of a cliche as it is...I just care that it is healthy. And really that is just a preference for the sake of the baby - we will love this child no matter what obstacles are thrown its way. Ben and I both agree that we will be tickled pink (or blue) with whatever we are blessed with.

In the meantime, I stare at baby pics of us and try to imagine what Peanut is going to look like. This particular pic of Ben steals my heart. I would love to have a son that looks like this. Check out them dimples and the little curls on the back of his head.

Or a little girl that looks like the little brown haired baby on my mom's lap. Isn't she precious?
Signs that it is a girl:
  • Dreams. Whenever I dream about the baby, it is a girl. This has been happening since the very early days of pregnancy. 
  • Sickness. I have read and heard from moms with one of each, that girl pregnancies are the worst. I am aware that my body does not like extra estrogen. Birth control would even make me sick. So it makes sense that having enough hormones for another female would mess me up.
  • The ring test says it is a girl.
  • The Chinese calendar predicts a girl.

Signs that is a boy:
  • Perspiration. I have to wear deodorant now. I know this is TMI. But I have never been a "sweater". Maybe I am extra sweaty because of all the puking, but I am wondering if it is the extra testosterone I may be producing?
  • Boy stuff. I am drawn to all things "boy". I was looking at birth announcements online yesterday. You could add your favorites to a folder and compare them when you were done. I looked at hundreds, randomly clicking on anything that caught my eye. When I got done I opened my favorite's folder. They were ALL boy announcements. This kind of thing happens all the time. I think it is partially due to the fact that my favorite color is blue so I kept liking the blue options. But still.
So far, I really can't rely on any of the old wives' tales. I am not showing so I can't do the carrying high/low  test. I am not having cravings - not consistently anyway. So the sweet/salty test is undetectable. I want more than anything to be able to lean in a certain direction but everything keeps teetering back and forth just enough to keep me on my toes. I think God is having fun watching the planner in me scramble.


Whitney said...

Hey Jamie, catching up on a few blogs today! ;-) Just thought I should add that I threw up for a good 6-7 months with Hayes, didn't sweat, didn't have cravings or unusual hair growth, nor was I particularly drawn to boy or girl things! In the end, it is what it is, and just as you already know, you won't be able to imagine your life any other way! :-) Being a mommy is the best thing ever! I'm so happy that you are able to experience this joy!

{Amanda} said...

The Chinese gender predictor was wrong with Mace...just sayin' AND you know you love the color blue for a little girl too! ;)

I can't wait to find out either- whether it's sugar & spice or snips & snails...that's when the madness begins of all things BABY G!!!

Shannon and Andrew said...

Let it go for now, I know it's hard for you, but enjoy. You're feeling better and now you can start to enjoy being preggo. You'll know soon enough what Peanut is. Gather your ideas and have fun!!!! You could always decide to NOT find out :) and accept the design/personal challenge. I know you won't do that but I still have to throw it out! I'm enjoying watching you go through this journey.

McKinney Madness said...

Don't worry girl... in a few short weeks you'll have your answer, and it will be so much fun from there on out! I can't wait!