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Boy or girl? We'll see...

August 13, 2009 - Ron Deuter
Maybe it’s just me, but these days it seems like most people I know who are expecting a child choose to find out the gender ahead of time.

Where’s the excitement in that?

My wife and I decided to be surprised with our first child, and it was such an incredible and unforgettable thrill in that delivery room when our doctor exclaimed, “It’s a boy!”

I think doctor got a kick out of it too. Perhaps all too used to parents entering labor already aware of the gender, our doctor actually joked for my wife to stop pushing for a second near the end as she took a quick poll of all in the room as to the baby’s sex.

I don’t think my wife, at that point nearing 16 hours of labor, found it all that amusing.

My wife is now in her third trimester of pregnancy with our second kid. When we had our first child, we said at the time that we would be surprised with the first one and find out the next one and kind of left it at that.

Then, about a week before a scheduled ultrasound for No. 2, I told my wife I wanted to be surprised again. She quickly agreed.

We’ve since talked with friends and family who either can’t believe we’re not finding out or suspect we know but are not telling.

I think not knowing adds a whole other level of excitement to the final weeks of pregnancy. It makes an already joyous time even more fun. And I can’t wait for that special moment in the delivery room. For my wife’s sake, I’m hoping the doctor doesn’t decide to play bookie again.

But boy or girl, it doesn’t really matter. The word we’re most looking forward to hearing in the delivery room is healthy.


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