Why I’m excited for a little man

Thank you so much for all of the kind comments, tweets and emails about finding out the sex of our now-avocado ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s been a blasty to share this experience with all of you- Iโ€™m loving every second <3

So, whenever we tell people weโ€™re having a boy, the first thing they ask is:

โ€œIs Tom SO excited?!โ€

โ€œYeah, weโ€™re both thrilled!โ€

The thing is, most people automatically figure that the dad would want a boy more and the mom would want a girl more. Not usually the case. We would have been just as thrilled โ€“and I would have cried out of happiness after the ultrasound in the car either way- but were just so stoked to find out. The number one concern was happy and healthy, boy or girl didnโ€™t really matter.

I knew that if we were going to have a girl, she would have Tom wrapped around her little finger and I would know exactly what to do with a girl. With a little boy, even though I have no idea how to play pirates, cars or dragons, there are a lot of things to look forward to.

Here are a handful of the things I canโ€™t wait for, now that we know little nugget is a โ€œheโ€:

1) Dressing him in cute little outfits. There are so many fun little boy outfits and it seems like thereโ€™s more color and pattern variety.

Iโ€™m scary excited for beanies with the ears on them. You know what Iโ€™m talking about.

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2) Saturday morning sports. I love going to my brosโ€™ athletic events (soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, etc) and it will be so much fun to take Bella with us to our little guyโ€™s sports events, if he chooses to play sports.

3) Watching the Pilot teach him about โ€œguy things.โ€ Heโ€™s especially excited for playing in the yard, getting dirty, making model airplanes and making breakfast together.

4) I canโ€™t wait to see his facial expressions and sense of humor. I know if he looks like Tom, it wonโ€™t be a bad thing, either ๐Ÿ˜‰

5) Little boys always love their mamas ๐Ÿ™‚

6) Enjoying him as a baby, without regard to โ€œboy or girlโ€- a baby is a baby ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the guests at work gave me amazing advice. She said โ€œlet your child be young as long as possible. Let him keep his youth because kids are exposed to so many things and grow up so fast.โ€ It really made me think because right now, parents have worries that our parents never had, especially with the internet, types of song lyrics, movies and video games that are out there. Iโ€™ll definitely keep her advice close at heart.

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  1. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh on July 20, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Congrats again! I have a girl right now, and I love her to pieces, but I cannot wait to have boy! All that matters is that the baby is healthy and happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sara K on July 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Awwww so sweet! It’s so true about kids growing up too fast nowadays! I see some of my little cousins and they already are using Facebook and listening to Lady Gaga at age five and six! I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was 14 and most kids have one in kindergarten! Childhood is so precious and should be preserved ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Carrie on July 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

      This is hilarious because I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was 20, lol. Everyone was still rockin’ the Zach Morris in-case-of-emergency cell phones when I was 14.

      • jen on July 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

        haha we had pagers and had to use a pay phone cell phones were too expensive, I also had my 1st at 19 it was prepaid and very expensive so only used if needed! Its scary kids want the things at 8 now a days and its just to young.

        • Kelly on July 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

          I had a bag phone in high school!

  3. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on July 20, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I have to agree that boy clothes are super cute!!

    Definitely so excited for you guys!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Krista on July 20, 2011 at 1:17 am

    #4, you have no idea… oh my gosh! Of course, I always heard about the special bond between little boys and their moms, but it was not until I had one of my own that I truly understood it. And it is, by far, the most unique, amazing, heart achingly (in a good way) beautiful relationship!

    • Krista on July 20, 2011 at 1:18 am

      oops, I mean the second number #4 up there ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 1:20 am

        i have 2? oops haha

  5. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on July 20, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I’d be so excited about that cute beanie, too. You’re going to have the best years of your life, boy or girl, but it’s nice knowing what to expect a little bit. Of course, baby avocado might shatter every stereotype right out of the wonb, which might be even more fun, lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 1:25 am

      hahah very true!

  6. Ellie@fitforthesoul on July 20, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Awwww!! haha~isn’t that one of the joys of babies/children?!! dressing ’em up all cute?! (without embarrassing them…) ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Beth on July 20, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Gina!!! I haven’t commented yet to say congratulations on your little man!!! So excited for you!! I LITERALLY had a dream theeeeee night before that it was a baby boy. Sooooo fabulous!!!! I also have to say I love love loveeeeeee that you and Tom are being so obviously open-minded to whoever your little one is. I personally believe that kids show us who they are and I just love that you guys seem so excited
    to meet this little Persian (hahhaa I meant PERSON-hilarious typo) that you made! Sweetness defined, you two. <3

  8. Nicole (Mrs. Muffins) on July 20, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Congratulations on finding out! I know a healthy baby is most important but isn’t it exciting to just KNOW finally!? I definitely agree we have different things to worry about than our parents. I make it a point to draw the line with technology in our house. We enjoy tv, movies and our computers as much as the next family but we don’t necessarily need a dvd player in the car or a kindle instead of real books, ya know? Of course the insane advertising everywhere you look for junk food and junk toys is annoying too. Ugh, I could go on. Anyways, congratulations!!! That hat is adorable!

  9. Amanda on July 20, 2011 at 1:52 am

    : D so excited for you!

  10. geetha on July 20, 2011 at 2:24 am

    i can already see the ‘mummy’ness coming through in you!!!…awwww!!!!

  11. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on July 20, 2011 at 3:30 am

    That is so true what you said about boys loving their mamas! They really really do, and your little man will love you soooo much ๐Ÿ™‚ And also, I agree with all my heart about letting kids be as young as possible for as long as possible…my boyfriend and I always talk about how much more there is to contend with as a parent now, that makes your kid too old too fast – like the inappropriate song lyrics, ridiculous sexual music videos, sccaaaaary video games etc etc…but being a child and not knowing about any of that is sooo lovely and free and precious! That’s what I cherish most about my childhood…the hours and hours spent laughing and playing in the riding stables and outside ๐Ÿ™‚ xyx

  12. Lisa O on July 20, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Such a good perspective to have! I will read back over your post if it turns out I’m having a boy, which I know I’ll love but I feel like I’m having a girl and I’ve always dreamt of having a little girl! I love all of your outdoor ideas, I find it really sad seeing all the little kids attached permanently to portable video games…
    We had our 12-week scan and you were right, completely mindblowing. So different from seeing the little peanut in the 7-week scan to a real baby swimming around, finding the cosiest spot to snuggle into.

  13. Mandy on July 20, 2011 at 4:06 am

    You know, when I found out I’m having a boy I had a bit of gender disappointment, but now I’m so excited for my little guy. When I first dealt with my issues, I read that exact sentence, “a baby is a baby first and foremost, the gender is secondary” and that really made me think.

    Now, many cute outfits and ultrasound footage later, I’m completely in love with the little bear. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hope you decide to share more ultrasound pictures when you get them! They grow up so fast, even in-utero! Hahah.

  14. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 20, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Oh Gina, I am sooo happy for you guys! I assumed you wanted a girl but now that you’re having a boy and you’re so pumped…that’s awesome! Tom is going to be IN HEAVEN with his lil man, I am so sure. And yes, little boys always love their mama ๐Ÿ™‚

    That is such great advice, too. Wonderful!

  15. Elisabeth on July 20, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Awww, so happy for you! When I had my third baby I had a boy (after two girls) and so many people assumed that we had a third because we were trying for a boy. Not true. We always planned on three and were happy with whatever God gave us.

    It’s fun to follow along with someone who is enjoying pregnancy so much and experiencing every moment so fully, so thank you!

  16. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 20, 2011 at 6:45 am
  17. Roselyn on July 20, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I’m telling you, boys are the BEST!!! So much energy, monster truck shows, love for the mama. I have 2 boys and absolutely love it! You will too, just you wait and see. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. CAROL on July 20, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Congrats!! You are going to be a great mother and the your baby will be surrounded by love ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, the advice that woman told you is so true!! So many parents and adults expect children to act like adults by the time they are six!! Enjoy and have fun!!

  19. OntarioGirl on July 20, 2011 at 7:09 am

    So many good things to look forward to with a little boy! I used to be the girl who wanted a girl so bad (and I still do want a girl with one of our children hopefully!) BUT that was when I was younger and now that we are actually trying to conceive *fingers crossed* I find myself thinking about it being a little boy and being equally as excited about that as I am about having a little girl ๐Ÿ™‚ A child is a blessing no matter what the sex! You are going to have such a handsome, smart little man if he’s anything like his parents ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Congrats again — how exciting!

  21. Carrie on July 20, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Congratulations on a boy! I have twin boys, and they are all boy…all the time!!! I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them when I first had them. Now I find myself digging for worms, catching bugs of all sorts, hiking, climbing, running, building, and playing in lots of water. But most of all I find myself in LOVE with them all over again, especially when they give me a huge hug and tell me they love me. You are about to have an amazing experience!

  22. Megan on July 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I have two boys and at first, I was so scared, because I grew up around girls pretty much only. But having boys has been so much fun and amazing and I learn from them sometimes. We play and wrestle and do sports and play cars and action figures, not that you can’t do any of that with little girls. But it’s just been a blast.

    • Rachel on July 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Girls totally like cars and action figures! I liked them far moe than Barbies (barf) when I was a kid.

  23. Jaime on July 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

    “The thing is, most people automatically figure that the dad would want a boy more and the mom would want a girl more”.

    I have ALWAYS let it be known that I’m hoping for all boys. Of course the most important thing to me is having healthy babies, but it’s not secret that I want boys. Have always felt that way. And yes, I totally realize this means I will be having girls. lol.

    “Little boys always love their mamas” – so true! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Keri on July 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Okay I’m sorry if this is crass, but I have to share ๐Ÿ™‚ My fiance and I have been talking about having kids in the future and he is one of those guys that “needs” to have a boy and would be completely freaked out to have a girl. When I tease/question him about it he tells me-
    When you have a boy you have to worry about 1 penis. When you have a girl, you have to worry about everybody’s penis…
    Ridiculous : )

    • jenna on July 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

      LOL keri!! thanks for sharing this made my day! I have a 6 yr old daughter and that is so true! lol

  25. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 20, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Love this post and its so true about people thinking women want a girl more and men want a boy more. Once we get pregnant I know we’ll be happy either way, just as long as its healthy. And I love that advice, I worry too about all the influences nowadays on our children…we just have to do what’s best for them and trust in that everything will be ok ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. jenna on July 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

    A little boy will be so fun. But like you said it doesn’t matter if it was a girl or boy as long as it was healthy. All children are so sweet and innocent. ๐Ÿ™‚ they are such a gift!

  27. Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) on July 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Excited for your healthy baby- no matter the sex! Though it will be nice not to have the scary 14-year old girl, since you’re having a baby boy, and those little hats with ears… oh, my heart melts!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. mcpinks on July 20, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Little Boys are wicked awesome! – My hubby and my son have “pankcake saturdays” while mummy goes to yoga and then we both go to swimming lessons with him after.

    Saturday morning are my hubbys special time with him after a crazy week. <3

  29. Rachel on July 20, 2011 at 8:30 am

    The only piece of advice is something I wished I had when I was a kid. No. TV. Nada. The occasional movie, no problem, but my parents plopped me in front of that awful box at a young age and honestly I wish I had never watched it once. I don’t anymore, but I really really wish I could get all the time back I spent watching tv as a kid and in my 20s. I wish I had spent that time learning how to do stuff outside, or indoors. Or anything else. Be sparse with the tv watching, it’s a waste of precious time.

  30. Maria on July 20, 2011 at 8:33 am

    So exciting for both of you guys! What matters most is that the baby is healthy ๐Ÿ™‚ My cousin was a girly girl and she has so much fun with her two little guys! You’ll learn all about cars and pirates etc ๐Ÿ™‚ She said the same thing about if she would’ve had girls, they would’ve been wrapped around her husband’s finger and very spoiled.

  31. Krystina (Organically Me) on July 20, 2011 at 8:34 am

    This is so cute. I would love to have a baby boy someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on July 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Congratulations! I love those little beanies, especially the ones that look like little lions. So cute!

  33. Nicole on July 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I love your list of reasons! Perfect! I’m a woman who has always wanted to have a boy over a girl. A lot of my girlfriends can’t seem to understand why…I’m showing them your list ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congratulations!!!

  34. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

    The beanies with ears are so adorable, I can’t wait to see what you get for the little guy!
    I think that woman’s advice is great too. I’m always so disturbed with kids and all the attachments they have as far as technology (cell phones, PSPs, ipods, facebook, internet, etc.) <–God I sound like I'm 60, I'm not. But, I have a neighbor who is 7 or 8 now and it's so refreshing to see him outside with his friends just playing all the time and being a kid, enjoying his youth. Hard to do these days I think.

  35. tasha on July 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Boys are so fun! (I can speak from experience, what with having 3 of them and all, ha!) They’re very busy and energetic, and at times I think they make me a lil’ crazy, but one this is for sure: they love, LOVE their momma! (and they don’t yet mind my random hugs & kisses) Congratulations!!

  36. Anngela on July 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I agree….all that matters is that they are healthy and happy. We are having a little girl in less than 4 weeks!! My husband and I are thrilled but he would get so annoyed when other people (*men) would ask him if he was dissapointed we were not having a boy. He would have been super excited with a boy but he is just as super excited for a girl as well. Some people just don’t have a clue. CONGRATS!!! It is such a joyful time!

  37. Suzanne on July 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I just wanted to say CONGRATS! I have been reading all your posts, but I just realized that I read them on google reader and didn’t leave a comment to wish you congrats. So exciting that you’re having a little boy!

  38. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on July 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    omg that hat is so adorable!

    I agree about the worries parents have nowadays. It’s so hard and definitely gives me anxiety and kids are still a few years away for me! I hope to be a good parent that teaches my child the difference between right and wrong.

    Congrats again. So excited for you!

  39. mary on July 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

    You probably read this in your books, but statistically most babies look like their fathers! It’s a natural selection thing.

  40. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on July 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

    That little hat is too adorable. And yes…boys love their mommas! That special bond is something.

  41. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on July 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Awww, I love that hat!
    I’d have to say…even though my mom and I are close, I really do think there’s something special about the relationship between a mom and her son. I can see it not only with my brother and my mom, but also my husband and his mom. It makes me excited for my someday avocado to be a boy, too! However, since my hubby keeps saying that he does NOT want a girl, I have a feeling that’s probably what we’ll end up having. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. MMiller on July 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    LOL…I had to laugh when you said you want to dress him in hats with the ear covers…in Arizona! You are going to be a great mom! And Tom will be a great dad!

  43. Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete on July 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

    You know I love my little man! They are so fun and snuggly. No ear beanies yet here in Florida, but I’m definitely looking forward to a few when winter rolls around!

  44. Lauren on July 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

    So sweet! I am hoping my next is a boy, of course, healthy is first and foremost important. But I would love to see my hubby interacting with a little boy. My little girl is already a daddy’s girl at 8 months.. Her first word was da-da! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. April on July 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Ah, sweet post girl! I love the advice your client gave you, i am writing this one down and keeping it close to my heart as well. Again, SO excited for you!!!!!!

  46. Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs on July 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Boys ARE amazing and fun. There ARE differences (more so after the first year), but a baby is a joy and a blessing regardless of the sex.

    It crazy how close minded people can get when talking about the sex and babies. As if you would love a baby boy and less than a girl. I really don’t know what it is about pregnancy that makes people think the most stereotypical things!!

  47. AJ on July 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I have such a soft spot for boys. I was a nanny for a long time, for a variety of familys, and of course loved the girls I cared for, but there is just something so sweet about a little boy. Maybe because being a woman, I understand what qualities make a man honorable and kind to women. I loved when the little boys I cared for would be all “typical boy” one minute, running around playing sports and getting dirty, and the next minute, they would be sitting with me, discussing their thoughts and emotions about their day, or even expressing genuine concern about MY thoughts and feelings. So incredible to see tiny people grow and mature into unique human beings, before your very eyes! And you are right, it will be amazing to see your hubbies qualities intersect with your own attributes in the little nugget. You are living the dream, Gina! Very excited for you!

  48. britt on July 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

    LOVE your client’s advice. and i 100% agree!

  49. Sam on July 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

    oooh congrats! Hes going to be so cute ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the stuff with little ears on them! When my best friend had her kid i bought a big fluffy “onesie” sweater? That was all fuzzy with the ears on it. I have always wanted one for my kid too!

  50. Beth@naturallyyoursbeth on July 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Boys really do always love their mommas! They have a really special bond with one another so enjoy it! And congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

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