Tuesday, March 02, 2010

place your bets

This picture was taken on Saturday at a baby shower that my sweet and beautiful neighbor threw for me. (I did NOT intend to have a baby shower this time around, but my neighbor insisted, "Every baby needs a celebration!" Between that and the surprise shower that my friends at the school had for me, I feel completely spoiled and have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people around me.) Anyway, I am putting it here so you get an idea of how large this baby belly has gotten in these final days-- I don't quite have it in me to pose sideways in front of a mirror :).

As the "due date" rapidly approaches I find myself thinking about this baby's birth and subsequent life in our family more and more. As part of my hypnobabies practice I have been visualizing and creating the birth that I want in my head. The other day I was imagining the moment that the baby comes out and is placed on my chest. I was picturing how overwhelmingly joyful that moment will be and then quickly remembered that I would need to check and see if the baby is a boy or girl. Can you even imagine how exciting that moment is going to be?! It makes my heart pound just thinking about it. I am SO happy we have that thrilling time ahead of us. People think that I should have some sort of intuition about the gender, but I truly don't. At first I thought girl. Then I pulled out some little boy clothes and thought boy. I've gone back and forth a couple of times, and the truth is really that I will be so surprised either way. I know that seems strange, but picturing either gender honestly seems shocking and exciting in different ways. So, you tell me. 

What do you think this baby is, boy or girl?

Place your bets, and, if you'd like, guess the date the baby will come, too. If I am feeling generous I will send a little prize to the person who guesses the gender correctly and is closest on the date.

In case this information helps:

My husband has thought it was a boy all along.

Little G has thought it was a girl. Which is totally surprising considering his dislike for all things "girlish." 

The actual due date is March 11th. I was 5 days over my due date last time around. I have definitely been having more contractions and showing signs that my body is progressing towards labor more than I did at this point last time, but I still have absolutely zero plans of this baby coming before the due date. We are patiently waiting and feverishly cleaning and cooking freezer meals in the meantime :).

20 comments:

Katie said...

I think BOY-Little G and him would be so stinking cute running around together. And then I'll say March 9th at 12:17pm. GOOD LUCK!

Ani said...

I forgot you didn't know the gender! So exciting!
I think girl! And I think March 10th.
You look so cute with your belly! I remember when I was that big, and you said, you almost missed that basketball stage. Well, you have it now!
I just ordered the 50mm 1.8. I have a canon, so I got a canon. Can't wait!!!!

Anonymous said...

I say March 13, 6:02p.m., and it will be a girl! I think I know this for sure! While I am at it, she will weigh 8lbs. 6oz.. Love, Aunt Kim

wessara said...

AHH! I cant believe its almost here!! I Wish so much that I could have waited to know what we were having! How exciting!! I am going to say girl and that she will be coming on the 9th! Good luck!!

Marissa said...

I love your blog! Your pictures are adorable. How exciting to be having another one. I say it is going to be another BOY born on March 10th! Good luck!

Heather said...

We both have June boys.(George is June right?)I have a March girl. So, I'll guess that it's a girl & you'll have her on March 7th @ 1:53 p.m.

Heather said...

P.S. I just realized that Hannah was due March 11th too. Crazy!

Anonymous said...

Hi Daughter,

I guess boy for me, but girl for George. I will have to go with girl because I thought you would be a boy, you were my second child, and I was shocked you were a girl. I guess boy because we have mostly only boy clothes, probably 90%. All this means I just have no idea. I sort of want boy, but would love a girl. Hmm. I will guess March 13 at 5 pm. Do I get a prize if I win?

Mom
PS. I will just say boy, I mean girl. My final answer is...hmm...I guess boy. I will be just as shocked if it's a girl as I was with you. I just cannot say girl.

The Frogley's said...

The Frogley Family votes girl! And we think she will be born on March 12. Good luck with everything!

Noelle said...

My vote is a girl. Good luck with everything!

Teacher Mama said...

Wait, I thought I cast my vote a week ago when I read this blog, but as I revisited to see what the running total was, I don't see my girl vote. I will be so shocked if it's a boy, because I've been thinking girl, girl, girl. I think it (he/she)will be born this week by Friday. 8 lbs 3 oz. Either way I get a prize right? I'm getting so excited!

Mama Janet said...

Wait, how did I become Teacher Mama, that last comment was Mama Janet!

Rachael said...

Well my guess is that it will be a little girl born on march 14th I hope I can share the same birth day as this little sweet spirt. She will be born at 8:11 and weight 7 14. Good luck with the delivery! I love you tonz Shell

Teacher Mama said...

I'm voting girl on March 16. I can't wait!

ash b said...
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ash b said...

I hope I'm not too late to vote! (If I am, then my guess is WAY off!)

I think it's a baby girl. :) I'm guessing March 12, very late in the evening. Good luck, girlie!

Ash

Anonymous said...

I can't help it. I think it is Baby C, not Baby P.

Mom

mandy said...

Boy. March 15. 2:33 pm. 7 lbs 10 oz.

Anonymous said...

I am certain my great granddaughter will come on March 11, 2010. I have a feeling it will be around noon. Love this family!!! gma

Anonymous said...

I think it will be a girl, born on March 11,7 lbs 2oz, at 11:45 a.m.