Are you team pink or team blue?

“Do you know what it is?” The standard response when you’re pregnant is that you don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl, as long as it’s healthy. But the truth is, some of us have a sneaky preference…

 

If you’re pregnant with your first baby, there are long evenings of eating chocolate buttons when all you’ve got to worry about is stretch marks. Or why your feet are so puffy. Or what to do when you run out of chocolate buttons. It’s important stuff, but sometimes it just isn’t enough to keep you amused. So the other thing you might obsess about is whether your baby is going to be a boy or a girl.

 

The name thing can make you favour pink or blue. You might have ten ideas for a boy, most of which you’re quite happy with. Except Frodo, which you only agreed on so that your husband would go and get you a Solero from the all-night garage. But for girls, you have nothing. Not one idea. Except maybe Solero…

 

Then there’s the colour issue. You might be a ‘girlie girl’ and like all things pink, or you might worry that all the pink ‘New Baby’ cards will clash with your red couch. Or, the reverse – you might be concerned that your White Company style nursery would soon be piled high with diggers and dinosaurs, when all you want is a fairy mobile and a princess castle.

 

Then there’s the gut feeling. Sometimes, you can just imagine yourself with a baby boy, or a baby girl. But hormones are funny things, and we don’t always get it right – nature can spring a surprise on you.

 

But you know what? None of it matters. The minute you hold that baby to your chest, you will marvel in the perfectness of a tiny human, and the chances are, you won’t even ask – or ‘look’ – for a few minutes. Frodo or Solero – the love that comes out of your every pore will be absolute. And next time around, you’ll be able to say, “I don’t mind, as long as it’s healthy” – and really, really mean it.

 

 

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