I don't think of myself as a glass half-empty kind of person, but when it came to learning whether we were having a boy or a girl this time around, all I could focus on was the negative. To wit:
"It's a girl!" - Jason would feel left out as the only male in the house; middle school and high school years would be horror movie drama fests; there might be more competition between siblings of the same gender; how could I stop calling Lorelei "my best girl"?
"It's a boy!" - circumcision. I know this is a no-brainer for a lot of people - either for it or against it - but for us, it's an agonizing decision. Both Jason and I are opposed to circumcision as a general rule, but since our children will struggle with Jewish identity already with a shiksa for a mother, it's hard to put yet another barrier in place for a son when it comes to acceptance as a fully-fledged Jewish male.
At this point, we actually know what we're having - we had our ultrasound Wednesday afternoon - but we're waiting to share the news because I'm having a little "boy or girl brunch bash" on Friday morning with some friends from my moms' group. So, in advance of our big reveal on Friday, here are the results of a bunch of sex prediction superstitions so you can place your bets:
Chinese Gender Predictor: girl
Carrying high vs low: boy (this is hard to tell without a baseline for comparison!)
Heart rate: girl
Sweet vs sour/salty: indeterminate - I've wanted lots of fruit and salty potato chips!
Mayan even/odd predictor: boy
"Glow" vs. "stealing beauty" breakouts: girl
Ring on a string: swings back and forth; according to some, that means girl, and to others it means boy!
Morning sickness: girl
Drano test: sooooo not happening, because I'm not shelling out for a bottle for something this goofy.
Get your guesses in - I'll tell you the big news on Friday!