There is another reason we have decided to find out and it has to do with our personal past experiences. I remember after Sunshine was born and we had our "perfect family" according to the worldly definition of perfect... one boy and one girl, we decided that needing to know the gender of our third baby wasn't that important. We had plenty of blue stuff and plenty of pink stuff that had only recently been used. We didn't take a peek as we had with the first two and we kept telling everyone we wanted to be surprised. Be very careful when you tell God you want to be surprised! He has quite a sense of humor!
Having carried a boy and a girl already, early on I started feeling like #3 was a boy. From my morning sickness to the way I carried, everything about the way I felt made me think I was having a boy. I even made a very simple baptismal gown with a pilgrim collar and bow tie and decorated it with silver ribbon. Not overtly boyish, but certainly not frilly.
So, it was then that I realized that some women can handle the surprise and some can't.
And I'm OK with that. : )
What about you... do you enjoy the surprise or not?
P.S. My mother maintains that she knew all along that Shortcake was a girl and that I should have just listened to her!