Jun 3, 2011  •  In Aerin, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy

It’s a…


…but we’re not certain.

BebeDeux was moving around so much that the doc had a hard time getting a good look at the goods. He thinks it’s a girl, but he says he wouldn’t bet on it.

We’ll just have to wait until the 14th to find out for sure. (Sigh.)

I know that the gender is still not definite, but I wouldn’t be lying if I said I was initially upset. (I have always wanted two boys.) J was a teeny bit disappointed too, but only because he says I had built up the expectation.

Now that we’ve had some time to let the news sink in, we’re feeling a lot better about it. We already have a great girl name picked out but were still undecided on a boy name. My mother tells me that having a little sister would be easier for Claire and that they will become very close.

There’s also the theory that attractive people are more likely to have girls than boys, which J — ever the humble one — likes to boast about and exclaim with a woeful sigh, “It’s inevitable that I will only have girls!”  :roll:  We all know that the real reason he’s more likely to give me XX sperm is due to the fact that he’s a software engineer and works with computers all day long (apparently, XY sperm tend to die off in such environments).

As I have discussed previously, if BebeDeux does turn out to be a girl, we will be trying for a third baby within the next few years.

Now, please excuse me while I go feed the beast (aka my pregnant self).

20 Responses to “It’s a…”

  1. Congrats! Honestly, I think I’d be initially disappointed, too, if my baby #2 whenever that happens was another girl. I’ve always wanted one boy and one girl. But, as my husband is also a software engineer, we’ll probably end up with two girls, haha!

  2. Two girls so close in age just sounds so sweet – I can just see them playing together and becoming best friends. Can’t wait to hear the confirmation! :)

  3. Jan:

    Two little girls sounds sweet! :) Congrats

  4. Congrats, Jenny! I’m sure if you’re meant to have to two girls (and a third down the line) that they’ll be loved and spoiled just the same. :)

    Love the new blog layout too, by the way.

  5. Wow, it’s really interesting how being a software engineer can affect gender – guess we’re in for all girls too.

    For your part I hope that they are wrong though :)

  6. Jen:

    I’m curious, how does being a software engineer adversely affect the longevity of XY sperm? I was not able to find an explanation for it. Thanks.

    • Longer exposure to computers (laptops, in particular) leads to lower sperm count, and since XY sperm are “weaker” in general, they’re more likely to die out before XX sperm.

      • T:

        Most of the “well known” differences between XX and XY sperm are from studies done 40 years ago and a lot more has been learned, showing that while the ideas are not necessarily wrong, there is a lack of proof for them. Below is a link I read when I was doing research, most of the actual scientific articles you probably wont have access too, but the poster does a pretty good job of describing the results. While I havent looked through all of their links, the ones i have looked at were pretty interesting


        just thought you might be interested…for the majority of the results are actually scientists have no clue :)

  7. chrissy:

    I knew it! people say that if your older child looks like a girl, your next baby is a girl and vise versa. and claire makes a beautiful little girl. at the ripe age of 22 months, my son still gets mistaken as a girl. while people always ask why am i dressing my younger child in pink when “he” is a boy… HELLO!!!! SHE’S a GIRL!

    congrats! you’re going to have a beautiful family whether this baby is a boy or a girl. enjoy as much as you can cause once this little pops out….. all hell will break lose! hehe

  8. Congrats! How exciting to finally know! And as someone with a sister and no brothers I can wholeheartedly say that your two girls will loving being sisters!

  9. Jennifer Y:

    I’m happy that you might be having a girl. I’m pregnant myself with an 8month old daughter, I’m hoping that my second BB will be a girl. Off course, my husband is hoping that this BB will be a boy, but we won’t find out anytime soon. Congrats!

  10. Josie:

    Congrats!!! Claire is absolutely adorable so I know your next will be too! :)

  11. I LOVE having a sister, so just know that. If I had a boy and a girl, I’d probably be sad that my girl doesn’t have a sister. So, I think it’s a good thing. :)

  12. Congrats!!! I guessed GIRL in your poll :)

    My 1st is a girl, and I would LOVE for my 2nd to be a girl too. Of course I’m slightly biased since I grew up in a family of 2 girls and my sister and I are sooo close. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have her to confide in all the time. I have a great relationship with my mom too, and I guess I’m hoping I’ll have a good mother-daughter relationship with my children in the future. :)

    As much as my husband loves our lil’ girl, he is rooting for our next one to be a boy! I guess he wants his chance to have “father-son” bonding too.

  13. Congratulations! I have this vision of you with two girls! Don’t ask me why? Either way, what a blessing!

    On an unrelated note, thank you so much for your kind words on my post the other day. I was really touched. xo

  14. Suzy:

    The bio tutor in me needs to correct you – the sperm is only X or Y (not XX or XY). Your egg supplies the other X. :P

  15. Congrats :) Hopefully your next appointment makes it clear!

  16. Ariella:

    Well, gender isn’t determined by sex organs. Your child will tell you who they are as they get older. :)

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