I’m the oldest of seven children and I’m the oldest by a lot. The next child after me is six years younger than me and the age gaps get larger and larger. My youngest sister was born when I was 21 years old. Just two years prior to me giving birth to my first child. This puts me in a fairly unique situation where my mom was the closest person to me that had just had a baby. Crazy right? The cool thing about being so much older than my siblings is that I can really remember the days that they were born or at least more of their lives than I would remember if we were only two years apart.
I remember the days that each of my siblings were born. I remember sitting in the waiting room waiting for my new sibling to be born. Waiting to find out if I was getting a little brother or a little sister. For many of them I had the honor of announcing who was joining our family. Another little girl or another little boy. I knew from a young age that when it came time for me to have my own little one that I wouldn’t find out the sex. What I forgot was that there would be two people making that decision. So with Mason we found out, with Elena I was planning to wait and while we didn’t know what we were having it didn’t happen quite the way we expected. With Kyla we decided to find out and with Emilia I decided it was finally my moment to wait. To see which way is “better”, to see which I prefer.
Having done it both ways I would say there is a clear winner in my book. Waiting to find out the sex of your baby at delivery is the way to go. Here’s 5 reasons to NOT find out the sex of your baby.
1. You can still be “prepared”. Hey all you Type A but I need to know because I have to prepare people. I have a little secret to tell you. You’re having a baby. Not a cat, not a dog, not a bunny. A baby. And babies, regardless of being a boy or a girl need the same exact things. Love. A place to sleep. Diapers. Food and clothing. That’s it!
2. It saves you a ton of money. I love baby clothes. Even when I’m not pregnant or not thinking about being pregnant I’m still swooning over baby clothes. Confession. I bought an adorable elephant dress when I wasn’t even close to being pregnant because it was on sale and it was cute. While I was pregnant with Mason and Kyla I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to buy all the clothes I saw. With Emilia while I was certainly tempted for certain outfits because I wasn’t sure what I was having I waited.
3. It’s different and exciting. Everyone is finding out the sex of their baby these days. In fact people are finding out earlier and earlier. Be different. Be unique. Wait. Be able to say you experienced something that not many people get to experience. People will love you for it. Or hate you. That just depends on who you’re talking too 😉
4. You can still get cute things. It may seem like this directly contradicts reason number two being Team Green is awesome but it doesn’t at all. While being Team Green is still in the minority people are catching on and you have more options than you think. When it comes to car seats, strollers and high chairs the color choices are contemporary and gorgeous. Gone are the days of only having pink and blue as options. What a relief. Looking for a going home outfit? You don’t have to stick to just yellow or green. Just ask Kristin from Gigi and Max. She created this set with us Team Green Mamas in mind!
5. You’re going to have a moment like this in the delivery room. You can argue that it’s still surprise when you find out at 10 weeks or 20 weeks and that it’s just as special but the build up just isn’t the same. Remember all that money you saved with reason number two? Put it towards a birth photographer and capture this moment. The moment you find out WHO you’ve been waiting for these last 9 months. The moment you look down and announce that it’s a…
Photo credit to the amazing Nikki Trent
Trust me when I say, it’s well worth the wait.