Do you want a girl or a boy?
The “correct” answer here, I’ve learned, is “It doesn’t matter as long as he or she is healthy!” (add #blessed for bonus points). I suppose that’s true, but if we’re being honest, I have some personal feelings on the matter… and there are some obvious pros and cons I think we can all agree on. (see: 4, 6, 8)
1. I’ve always thought it would be fun to grow up with an older brother, so if I were to create that ideal scenario we would need to have a boy first, and then a girl. POINT: BOY
2. We have a couple of girl names we really like and I’m worried they’re all going to become popular before we get the chance to be the trendsetters. POINT: GIRL
3. If we have a boy, and he ends up being anything like that OTHER boy I live with, my house will forever be filled with the sounds of gunshots, explosions, and other loud noises. POINT: GIRL
4. SPARKLY HEADBANDS. POINT: GIRL
5. We have a boy name that we really like. POINT: BOY.
6. Teenage boys are gross. Teenage girls are beautiful princesses. Exhibit A:
7. I hear moms of girls complaining about their little girls giving them attitude as early as two years old. POINT: BOY
8. My daughter and I could totally have a Rory and Lorelai Gilmore relationship. POINT: GIRL
9. Everyone seems to think we’ll be having a boy, and the rebellious part of me wants to prove them wrong. POINT: GIRL
10. I have saved all kinds of stuff — journals, love notes, dresses — “for my future children” and if I can make a sweeping generalization, girls tend to appreciate that kind of stuff more than boys. At least, none of the boys I know care about that stuff. Plus, the odds are more likely that my girl baby would grow up to treasure my wedding dress than my boy baby. POINT: GIRL
11. If we had a boy, I could call him, Ike, and Y “my boys.” That’s just cute. POINT: BOY
WINNER (by a hair): GIRL.