The lovely Nanette asked a question that has been a very common question: are you going to find out the sex of the baby?
I'm on the fence. Well, not so much on the fence. I actually want to wait until the baby is born. Ian - cannot stand the idea of waiting. Ultimately, we've decided we're likely going to find out the sex of the baby for one main reason.
The baby is due July 20th, and I start back to school at the end of August. That means I only have 4 weeks at home with the baby before I go back to school. And that's IF the baby is on time - which, for a first time pregnancy, the likelihood of being on time or early are pretty slim. For me, those first few weeks are going to be filled - I'll be learning to be a new mom, I'll be breastfeeding and not sleeping as much, and I'll want to soak in as much time with the baby as possible. I've heard that those first few weeks leave you in a fog. Also, I'll be preparing to go back to school - getting my books, doing my reading, etc. That doesn't leave a whole lot of time for me to be running to different baby stores to exchange outfits, or to buy more outfits for the correct gender.
Because of all of that, it really just makes sense for us to find out. It will take away some of the stress at a time that will be all new to me. But as much as it makes sense logically, there is a part of me that is disappointed we'll be finding out early. There's something about going through labor and having that anticipation of not knowing whether you will have a daughter or son that thrills me, and that anticipation makes me think that labor might be a little easier (not less painful) if you still have a surprise.
At the end of the day, I have to think of what's best for us at this point in our lives. The timing just seems too tight to leave that kind of a surprise. As of right now, we'll be finding out the gender in about 5-7 weeks. Wow, after typing that, I got a little butterfly - it makes me excited. Maybe finding out isn't such a bad idea :)