Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Baby Bee -12 Weeks
People are asking if I have any feelings about the sex of this baby. From the get go Sean and I have both said it is a girl. We both acknowledge that a boy would be a lot easier since 1) we have absolutely everything we need for a boy, particularly since their birthdays will be so close (July and August) that the seasons will match up completely and 2) we are both terrified of parenting a girl during her teenage years. I think raising an emotionally healthy daughter in this society is a much bigger challenge than raising and emotionally healthy son. Therefore it has been noted that our initial hunch that this baby is a girl could be in someway an attempt to prepare ourselves mentally for a girl. I'm not sure I believe that that is the case but it is a possibility I can't ignore. I had a strong feeling that Colin was a boy, and I have a strong feeling that this child is a girl.I will admit that I faltered a little when I saw the ultrasound and instantly thought 'boy' but at this point I'm writing that off as a old connection to Colin's ultrasound images. I could be wrong, but a boy will surprise me, a girl will not. That said, we don't find out for sure for a while so there is plenty of time to speculate. Regardless of the sex, this baby will use the same bedding Colin did and will share a room with Colin (that is blueish gray) for as long as we live in this apartment. The only difference is we will have to buy a lot more clothes for a little girl.
The next question people ask is have we picked out a name. Sean doesn't even want to have this discussion until we find out the sex so no we haven't. Once again I won't make any final name decisions until baby bee is born, but I'll be happy to share my favorites as the come and go throughout the pregnancy. Right now my favorite boy names are: Seth, and Aaron but Sean has previously said no to both of those. For a girl I like Tess and Meg (possibly as diminutives for Theresa and Margaret respectively but they could stand on their own too). Sean and I haven't discussed girl names as much so I'm not really sure what he is thinking. I know he prefers traditionally Irish names, where as I feel like the whole 'Irish heritage' thing has been done ad nauseum by anyone who is remotely, or has ever wanted to be, Irish. (I should say that Sean does have a more significant claim to Irish heritage than most but still...)
(The origin of Colin differs depending on where you look, some sources say Gaelic/Irish some say English and some say it is a short for of Nicolas which is Greek, therefore it was a good sell for both of us because Sean likes to think of it as Irish and I like to say it is English)