Sacrifices

I have found that part of being a Dad is learning to accept the fact that you will sacrifice some things…

Just a few examples…

  • walking around the house naked
  • having dirty magazines/movies in the house
  • sleeping in to nurse your hang over
  • drinking enough to get a hang over
  • steaming up the car windows in the back seat of the car (unless you are extremely flexible…and/or short…and can maneuver around the car seats, which I am neither)

… you know… all the things that most young, child-less guys do.  😀

Today, however I had to sacrifice something that I won’t be able to do again.  I missed out on something that I will never be able to see again.  The first glimpse of this…

Ultrasound Picture At 21 Weeks

Ultrasound Picture At 21 Weeks

I had to go out of town for work and couldn’t make the appointment.  🙁

We are planning on doing another 3D Ultrasound, and I will not miss that one.  I will take off the whole week if that’s what it takes to guarantee me being there.  😀

The doctor said there is a 95% chance we are having a girl.  Time to start thinking of names, desensitizing myself to pink and purple, buying a shotgun, and memorizing the chorus to this song…. 🙂

To Sex Or Not To Sex?

Do you want to know if you are having a boy or a girl? That is the question!

Finding out or not finding out the sex of your baby can change your experience as an expecting parent. Here are some things to consider…

To Sex

  • You can concentrate on only boys names, or only girls names when picking your baby’s name.
  • You can buy gender specific clothes. Blue for a boy, and pink for a girl.
  • You can decorate the nursery based on gender.
  • Friends and families love to find out the sex of your baby so they can start shopping!
  • Some people say they feel a closer bond when they know the sex of the baby.
  • There is no surprise when your baby is born, unless of course the doctor was wrong in determining the sex!

Not To Sex

  • There is a huge surprise factor. Some people say that this is the only true surprise in life!
  • You have to pick a boys name and a girls name.
  • You would buy mostly yellow and green clothing, unless you don’t mind dressing your son in pink. 😉
  • You can’t decorate the nursery gender specific.

If you decide to find out the sex of your baby just remember that the doctor is not always right! Sometimes it is hard for the doctor to see if the baby keeps their legs closed tightly for example.My friend was told that he was having a boy at about the 20 week mark. They went for another ultrasound closer to the end of their pregnancy and was told that their son really was a girl! By this time they had already picked a name, bought all of the blue clothes, and been dreaming about their new baby boy.

I myself, along with my wife, decided to find out the sex of our baby. I just liked the idea of being able to dream about all of the things to look forward to. It helped me get through the rough times. Since I was told I was having a boy I dreamed about camping, fishing, riding go-carts…you know all the fun guy stuff!

So what is your opinion on finding out the sex of baby during pregnancy?

“That’s Different…” – Responses To Our Sons Name

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Picking a baby’s name is a tough decision!  When we finally picked a name for our son, Ace, we loved it!   We worked hard trying to figure out the perfect name that we both liked…only to be pummelled with rude responses.

Where do people get the right to criticize the name you pick for your baby?  I couldn’t believe how many looks of disgust we would get when we told what we were going to be naming our baby.

Here are a few examples of responses that we received…

  • “That’s Different…”  followed by a confused look.
  • “Oooooohhhhh…” followed by a look that says “You are going to be crazy parents!”
  • “Ace?  Like A……C…..E…….?” as if they were thinking… “It couldn’t be Ace…that is ridiculous! I better spell it to be sure.”
  • “Are you a pilot in the air-force?”
  • “Do you play a lot of poker?”
  • “What will you name your next son…King?”

I was so tired of hearing responses like this that I was second guessing our decision.  I even discussed with my wife about picking a new name.  Luckily she talked me out of it.

You know what…I don’t care if anyone else likes it.  I like it!  My wife likes it!  That’s all that is important!  Period!

So to everyone out there…don’t let other people influence your decision on a baby’s name.  If they don’t like the name you picked tell them to go have their own baby and give it a name that they approve of because you love the name you picked!

Baby Names… A Permanent Decision!

Picking my sons name was probably the toughest decision I have ever had to make. By choosing your kids name you are defining their identity for the rest of their life.

My wife and I talked about this before we started throwing out ideas. We wanted a name that was unique (but not too outrageous), cool, and a name that would suit him no matter what his age, no matter what his personality was like, and one that would make a good first impression.

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