Tuesday, March 14

we're having a what!?!

Well, this Thursday we will be having what will probably be the final ultrasound. I will be 22 weeks pregnant, and the big question from all our friends and family is..."When will you find out what you are having?" I've SO often been tempted to reply with a deadpan "well, we're pretty sure it's going to be a kangaroo" or some other random jungle animal.

What's wrong with being surprised? I bet it's the knowledge that you can know the gender of your child that spurs you on in the quest, but I for one am (at this point, anyway) excited about the anticipation. Maybe I'll change my mind later, as women, especially pregnant ones, are entitled to do. It's not that I have a conviction against finding out, but this is one surprise that I think will be worth the wait...at least, I think that for now. Who knows what will happen when I'm lying on the ultrasound table...

We are in a quandry, however, with what to call the baby. It's difficult for us to refer to our child as "it," and the newly created compound pronoun of "he/she" gets old. So far, we have been intentionally switching it up, referring to Baby as "he" in one sentence or conversation, and "she" in another. But 19 more weeks of that? hmm. Any great suggestions?

8 comments:

suzanne said...

Just give the babe a nickname like peanut, or something more original. That is an easy way to stay away from calling a baby "it". Sometimes that sounds so aweful! But I think a nick name is good. I am sure you can come up with a better one than peanut!

Katie said...

I always tell people how much I LOVED not knowing what we were having. But the truth of the matter is that I was DYING to know, but the dr. just couldn't tell; and we only had 1 ultrasound. I cried I was so disappointed, but I was so glad that I had to wait and be surprised. It is SO much fun not knowing and going through labor and gasping (pant, pant) "What is it!!!?!!!?"

To avoid calling our baby "it" for 9 months, we called our baby "Martin" (as in Luther) - good thing he was a boy.

andrea said...

Go with "Andrea." Masculine or feminine, the name still works!

jeileenbaylor said...

we're so excitd for you all! Praise the Lord for his mercies! We can't wait to see all of the family pics that I'm sure will be following asap :o)

Alicia said...

We found out our baby's gender - I was just way too curious to not find out. Most people predicted we were having a boy so when our ultrasound showed that chloe was lacking the necessary boy components we had to do a 180 in our thinking. Let us know how it goes!

Anonymous said...

You have to be kind of careful with the nickname, though, because once you start out with something it can take on a life of its own. For instance, Mikaela nicknamed Maia in utero "Froo-froo". It stuck and that's what we all called the baby. But she was heart-broken when the day came and we didn't name her sister Froo-froo. The only consolation was to buy her a stuffed poodle and name him Froo-froo. It's taken 2 years, for Maia to be just Maia and even now the nickname pops back up! (we're so happy for you guys!) - Sarah Layer

Sarah Gwin said...

We called Megan, Chris, since that could be either a boy or girl name and we didn't know who she would turn out to be. Anything beats he/she/it. (You already know that.) Congratulations, btw. Being a mom is fun stuff!

Sarah V. said...

Well, I know this is far from the time of actual commenting, but I had to . . . it's such an interesting topic as I sit here on bed rest in week 13 of pregnancy.

We have already had 3 ultrasounds, unusual I am guessing, but I am very grateful to know everything is okay with the baby. Right now, we do not know what we have (other than a baby...), but many guesses have been made so far. The nurse doing the ultrasound (only guessing - she said) and comments on the heartbeat.

On a name for the baby till we know whether he/she fits, one lady has called him (we refer to the baby as he/him for generalities sake), TJ for Tim Jr. or for...she couldn't think of a girl's name. I have to admit it is cute and may eventually stick as our nickname for this little one.

Love you, Michael, Jenny, and Aaron! So glad to hear you are doing well and though taking time to heal, you are rejoicing. I'm praying for a continued joyful spirit as I head into another week of bedrest.