Listen in on part of a random phone conversation I had this past week:
Lady: "Congratulations! I heard you had a baby."
Me: "Yep, I sure did. Thank you."
Lady: "Did you have a boy or a girl?"
Me: "I had a boy. He's a little over a month old now."
Lady: "Oh, wonderful. Is that what you wanted? A boy?"
Me: (thinking of a million sarcastic responses, like, "No, I really wanted a girl, but I guess I'm stuck with this kid." or "No, boys are awful. I think I'll put him up for adoption.") Instead, I nicely say, "Yes, I'm glad to have him."
Lady: "Is this your first?"
Me: "No, he's our third."
Lady: "Oh, really? What else do you have? Not two more boys, I hope."
Me: (thinking, "Are you for real? Yes, because having three boys would just be the worst punishment God could ever throw upon me, right? Surely, if I had three boys, it must mean that I've done something terribly wrong!") Instead, I say, "Yes, I have three boys. They keep me busy, but they're lots of fun."
Lady: "Oh. So are you going to try for a girl next?"
Me: (*sigh* "Which answer should I use this time? I'll try a light-hearted one.") "No, that would be a pretty big gamble." (hardy har har har)
The remaining 30 seconds of the conversation was awkward jibber-jabber. She sure put herself in a precarious position after learning I was the mother to three boys. Although this was the most awkward conversation I've had so far (I'm so glad it was on the phone so she couldn't see my face), when most people learn I've just given birth to a third male, they look at me with sympathy and almost apologize while asking, "Are you going to try for a girl now?" I realize it's just an automatic question, but it is such an outlandish idea to me. I can't imagine ever getting pregnant with the intention of giving birth to a certain sex. It just wouldn't be fair to the child or to myself. Obviously, the odds are 50/50, and no wishful thinking is going to change that. If we do decide to add to our family again, it will be for the joy of raising another child together, regardless of what private parts it has. I know there are people who do "try for" one sex or the other, but I guess I just don't get it. I love being a mom to three boys. I don't feel that there's a gaping hole in my life that only a daughter could fill. If there was, I would give it up to God and not try to take things into my own hands by repeatedly bearing children until one of them pops out a girl, because guess what? He ultimately decides what it's going to be anyways.
So, what we're going to do is just enjoy these wonderful children (yes, even if they're all boys) that God has given us as gifts, not penalties. We're going to love them and raise them the best that we can so they can grow up to be strong men, which we know this world is lacking. Then, if somewhere down the road, we are blessed with another addition, we'll love it the same as we do these boys, no matter what it turns out to be.
I guess you know what question not to ask me now, right? :)