Prenatal Thoughts: Blue or Pink? Boy or Girl? Tickled Pink? Tickled Blue?

Boy or Girl
Boy or Girl?

 

Prenatal Thoughts – The New Series

Before I get down to the whole ‘gender’ business and reveal, I just wanted to touch on the fact that this is my new series, ‘Prenatal Thoughts,’ – thoughts, moments, ideas, whatever, as I count down these last four months of pregnancy. In essence, it is a chance for me to share my feelings, fears, joys, etc. ‘existing or occurring before childbirth.’ It is a way for me to document whatever I am thinking and also, a way to remember those thoughts in the years to come. And it could very well be a way for all of you to get to know me a little better.

Going Against Tradition

My husband’s family have never been the kind of people to adhere to tradition. Yes, they ‘bai-bai’ [worship and have food offerings] when necessary. Yes, they have family get-togethers on holidays. However, when it comes to having a ‘traditional mind-set,’ they are not really those kind of people.

See, most traditional Taiwanese families prefer boys. Boys have the ability to carry on the family name. They will be ‘there’ for their parents when they get older. Sons are usually the family’s pride and joy.

My husband’s mom, who is Taiwanese, is not like this at all. She prefers girls. Why? Because ‘girls are cute’ and she can buy dresses for them. They can have long beautiful hair. It could also be because she has four sons and only one daughter.  Oh, she has also stated over and over how our kid would be ‘the cutest kid ever.’ Her exact words!!

So, that is why is she hopes our baby is a girl.

But, did she get her wish?

Blue or Pink? Boy or Girl?

My mother-in-law did NOT get her wish.

Because we are not tickled pink, we are tickled blue with joy.

Yes, we are having a precious little baby boy. times infinity!

Boy or girl – it didn’t/doesn’t matter to us, as long as our baby is healthy.

And he is. We had a level two ultrasound last week and everything is normal and perfect so far. [Fun fact – I swear he has my nose and my husband’s lips. And my husband’s sleeping habits. Because as I was nervous and stressing, he was sound asleep inside. The technician had to get me to turn over to my side in order to wake him up and get a peek at his cute face!]

My Taiwanese Mother-in-law’s Reaction

My husband called his mom when we found out to let her know it was a boy.

Her reaction? ‘That’s great. Next time it will be a girl.’

I guess she missed the memo that this is a one time deal.

But, she did call the next day to ‘re-confirm.’ The gender didn’t change overnight. It is still a boy.

But, in all honesty, she is happy no matter what. Because it is her grandchild. She told me that and that makes me happy.

Random Thoughts – The New Font and Color

P.S.

I have been experimenting with different fonts a lot lately to use for posts on my blog. Some are sorta cool, some sorta drab, but my new favorite font is awesome not only because of the way it looks, but also for its name – ‘Constantia’ – which just happens to be a variation for Constance and what my uncle actually calls me. I take this as a sign… [however, I am not entirely sure if wordpress is actually picking it up or is replacing it with another font…]

And if you haven’t guessed, the new font color for headers has been changed to blue in honor of our little baby boy on the way….♥ ♥ ♥…….

Baby Names

Now, we are faced with the dilemma of picking the perfect English name. Are there any boy’s names that you really like? Please let me know in the comment box below!!

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34 thoughts on “Prenatal Thoughts: Blue or Pink? Boy or Girl? Tickled Pink? Tickled Blue?

  1. YAAAY! 😀 Congratulations 😀 As long as he is healthy and happy, that’s what counts! 🙂 I can’t wait to read more updates! 🙂 I bet your MIL will insist that you have a girl.

    As for baby names… I have realized that quite a lot of AMWF couples are naming their boys Liam, which is a beautiful name, but becoming quite common.

    Do you guys have any names that you like? 🙂

    And curious, will he have a Chinese name too? My one friend had a baby less than a week ago, he has an English first name and Chinese second name :).

    As for other names I like… well, my favorites would have to be Alexander, Micah, Zac, Caiden, Liam and Chris. 🙂

    Are you guys thinking of giving him a more traditional name or more of a modern one? 🙂 I can help you look if you want… Quite a few of my friends are expecting so I can always get their opinions too lol.

    1. My MIL can insist all she wants, but we have decided that one is the magic number for us!!

      As for baby names, there are a few that we like. However, we are finding it hard to make the decision. And thanks for throwing some names out there. One of them I actually love, but we can’t use it [I will tell you privately if you want to know why]. As for modern or more traditional, we are opened to considering all.

      Yes, he will have a Chinese name. We have one picked out already. And his Taiwanese name will be just his Chinese name translated into Taiwanese.

  2. The good news keeps rolling on! Healthy kid is the most important thing, and from the sounds of it, he will be showered with lots of love and attention when he arrives. The blue header is certainly a nice touch, and it is such a cheery shade as well. I am bad with names and am not good at remembering them, but I am sure the name that you will choose when the time comes, it will sound and feel right 🙂

    1. Thanks, Mabel! Yes, the health of the child at this stage is the most important. And I think you are right – he will be one loved-little guy!!

      Oh, I hear you about remembering names, – and in my case, Chinese names. We actually use some code names for me to remember my husband’s friends and a way to let me know which one he is talking about. There are ‘The mechanic,’ ‘The Jello Guy,’ etc.. haha

  3. Awww congratulations! You should have waited with the gender until delivery. But that would have probably driven some crazy. My friend didn’t want to know until her baby was actually born, and her decision made some family members angry. :/

    Anyway, I hope you three are all healthy.

  4. Congratulations!! A boy!!
    I think my MIL is also secretly hoping that, as a foreigner, I will have more than one kid and she is rewarded for her long wait. Who knows…
    I don’t have any favourite names for boys!! For girls I have many, haha. The Spanish department of statistics publishes every year the most popular baby names in Spain, and also the list of all the names (with at least 20 people in the country with that name) and the average ages of the people bearing that name. I am so addicted to both documents. When I get pregnant I will choose the name from those lists. I want a name that is traditional but not so common nowadays.
    This website is also good: http://www.babynamewizard.com/ (I spent one full day discussing it with my co workers through instant messaging haha). Check the most common names on top (and don’t choose them haha). If you search for a name you can check its popularity through time. Aaaah, I am so addicted to these things haha. They are actually very useful when I am translating games and I have to name a ton of characters 😀

    1. Thanks!! And I think every MIL would love to have as many grandchildren as possible!

      I am the same as you. I have a lot of girl names that I love, but I am drawing a blank when it comes to boy names that I like. And thank you for the link – I will have a look at the website and maybe one of the names will jump out at me.

    1. Yes, names are very special and that is why it is so difficult to choose the perfect one. We plan to give our son a Chinese name [which will be translated into Taiwanese for his Taiwanese name] and an English name. Choosing an English name is hard because we have to think about if people can properly pronounce it here and that it doesn’t sound like something negative/bad in Chinese.

  5. That’s so exciting and such good news. I’m sure your MiL will enjoy buying cute outfits for her sweet grandson. Hope you find the perfect name which pleases everyone in the family, including your son. 🙂

  6. Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! So glad the baby is healthy. I have to admit, I’m partial to girls now because of my lovely nieces. (My nephew is a handful.) But when I was raising my baby siblings, Baby Brother was my favorite and my 3 Baby Sisters were all high maintenance.

    I will say that every son with a good mother has a special bond with her. Children tend to get competitive and be more difficult with the parent of the opposite sex. Unless you go all baby-crazy and have a dozen kids like my stupid parents in which case all bets are off and all your children will be psychologically messed up. (Sounds like you’re smart and sticking with just one, though.)

    1. Thanks, Autumn! You are so right – the health of the child is the most important. However, I think it depends on the personality of the child as I know both boys and girls can be a handful.

      Yes, we have decided that one is the magic number for us. I don’t think I could suffer morning sickness again and my husband is also happy with one.

  7. Wow congratulations 🙂 I didn’t realize that you were that far already. I guessed correctly to myself that you were having a boy. (I recalled that the flower in the middle in the cake happened to be tall and blue which I thought might have represented the baby :D) Baby’s father doesn’t really care if we were having a boy or a girl as long as the baby is healthy 🙂 my dad strongly preferred a granddaughter because its fun to dress girls up and buy things for them. I have strong preference for boys simply because I’m not a girly-girl person and can’t really stand to wear makeup or do girly things. (Sorry no future fashion trips to the mall or a clothing store for fun.) Baby’s paternal grandma, slightly preferred having a male grandchild, although I was told that to her it doesn’t matter as long as the baby’s healthy.

    1. Thanks! I never noticed that the tallest flower on the cake was blue. The cake decorator must have had an intuition because we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl at that point. 🙂 😉

      You are absolutely right – the health of the child is the most important. My husband and I didn’t have a preference. I know most people think that they can dress girls up but I am really impressed by the cute clothes out there for boys as well.

      I hope you are doing well. Did you have your baby yet?

  8. @”Boy or girl – it didn’t/doesn’t matter to us, as long as our baby is healthy.” – yes, of course… I’m a mama of 2 “old babies”(LOL), both born in Paris, France and we had NO preference – as long as they were healthy… our son’s name is Edouard-Thierry(born at the British Hospital in Paris!) and our daughter’s name is Leslie-Mélanie… 🙂
    * * *
    Constance, I wish you from the bottom of my heart to have a serene pregnancy and a normal(easy) delivery – like I had both… oh, I used to walk daily for almost one hour and to drink about 2 liters of water.

  9. Congratulations! Excellent news. Boy or girl doesn’t matter to us, as long as he/she is healthy. We just had our little girl a week ago. So exciting! Do they do the one month thing after pregnancy in Taiwan? Are you going to follow? 😀

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