(Closed) Team green. Why or why not?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Team green?
    Team green all the way! : (51 votes)
    45 %
    Not team green. : (63 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 17
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    869 posts
    Busy bee

    I wasn’t sure at first, but not long after I discovered I was pregnant, we decided that we’d find out.  I am WAY too Type A to wait for a surprise, and to be honest, by the time we had the option of finding out (halfway), it felt like I’d been pregnant for an eternity, and I just HAD to know. ๐Ÿ™‚  I’d do it all over again.

    Post # 18
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    Busy Beekeeper

    i had no desire whatsoever to be team green. First, i really wanted a girl, so if i found out i was having a boy, i wanted time to adjust and get used to the idea (which is what happened and now i am thrilled to be having a  boy!). 

    And second, i am also not a fan of gender specific colors, as in pink and blue, but more so, i did not want yellow for everything…and my mom had already started buying yellow baby blankets and clothes because she couldn’t wait until i found out the gender, lol.  And i am not against gender specific stuff, because i also wanted to know so i could buy “boy” or “girl” stuff. I just make a point to get a variety of colors other than pink or blue!

    Finally, i wanted to know just to know, regardless of colors or gender specific stuff. I wanted to choose one name, not one for each. I wanted to start imagining my baby boy or girl. After i found out the gender, i was able to visualize my baby more and the whole thing felt more real because i could now say i was going to have a son!

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’ve just always known that I was going to be team green.  I will admit that I did start to waver the closer we got to the anatomy scan, but as other people have said, there are so few surprises in life left, why take this one away?  A few months wait won’t make a difference in the long run, either!

    Post # 20
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    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @MalbecMe:  i think i am also a little Type A, so that also played into it, there was just never a question for me at all as to whether i was going to be team green or not! definitely not!

    Post # 21
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    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I want to be Team Green, Darling Husband wants to find out. We aren’t pregnant yet, but we have already talked about it. At this point I’m still pulling the ‘while it’s in me, I get to say’ card, but I just think it is such a wonderful surprise. The idea of him announcing it to the world makes me tear up too. We were just watching the end of Knocked Up and with Seth Rogan yells it out to his friends, I was like, SEE? YOU get to do that! 

    I also prefer more gender neutral things for little babies and don’t want a ton girly girl things (though, I don’t mind super boyish things). There is plenty of time for them to dress very gender specific. And, we probably won’t even move to a bigger place until after have a baby, so there will be no nursery to paint, and I want gender neutral big ticket items. The only thing that I see being harder is names for both genders, but we have been talking about that for years already ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 22
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    4801 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I am not Team Green…and to be honest, I’m already getting SO SICK of people grilling me about why I want to know and how I need to let it be a surprise and blah blah blah. I just tell them that it will be a surprise, I’m just going to be surprised earlier rather than later! But seriously, we were having furniture delivered today and the delivery guy saw the ultrasound pic and immediately asked if I was going to find out the gender, and when I said yes spent the next ten minutes telling me why I shouldn’t. Um, who asked you, complete stranger? It’s my child and I want to know!

    I feel like I’ll be able to bond better with the baby once I know what it is and can better visualize it and mentally prepare. And it will be easier to decorate and buy clothes – yeah, unisex stuff is fine, but most of the stuff I really love is either definitely boy or girl. We’re most likely stopping after one, so I’m not concerned about having stuff for our second child.

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    i am not at that point in my life yet, but i’d like to think i’ll go team green. everyone i know who has opted not to knowsays they loved that moment when they found out at the birth. as one friend put it “there are so few actual surprises left in life. we wanted this one”

    on the other side, everyone i have ever known who did find out has said it was worth it to cut down on all the pre-baby nesting stress.

    Post # 24
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    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Wonderstruck:  Interesting– most people I know seem to complain more when the parents are team green. They get annoyed about not being able to buy the cutest clothes and think it is silly to wait, so I’m preparing myself to defend my own decision for team green.

    Post # 26
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    869 posts
    Busy bee

    @Wonderstruck:  I totally get this!  My hairdresser:  It’s the ONE surprise you have left in life, why ruin it by finding out?  Me:  Because I hate surprises. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 28
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    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We just found out yesterday we’re having a girl!  Being pregnant and waiting for the 20-week scan, I truly cannot understand how someone could wait.  I was dying to find out.  As for the surprise aspect, I was still a big surprise yesterday.  Also, I’ve been to one gender-neutral shower and the gifts were the worst I’ve ever seen.  Green, yellow, brown, and the baby ended up being a girl.  

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’m sitting here at 38.5 weeks on team green and it’s been both a great and a frustrating experience.

    I really didn’t want to find out because, as PPs have said, it’s one of the last big surprises and I thought it would be fun.  I also know someone where they made a mistake and told them they were having a girl until their last ultrasound where they found out it was difinitively a boy…which was tricky because he had 2 older sisters and my friends had to buy many MANY new things last minute.  Elements of it are fun, but I will probably find out for my second child.

    PROS: the surprise, being able to pick lots of names (we have 2 or 3 for each gender) so we can choose something that “suits” the baby, making sure a lot of big purchases are gender-neutral, and not being tied to blue or pink (YOU might stay away from those colours, but many MANY people will not when buying/making you gifts- if you’re having a second child, this can be a problem).

    CONS: everything out there is gender-specific (it’s really annoying), people will actually tell you what they hope you’re having (I’ve had a couple of friends announce that they have already bought cute girl clothes because they hope it’s a girl…kind, but…yeah), and playing the pronoun game has been difficult.

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

    I also never understand the “it ruins the surprise!” argument here since we were extremely surprised when we found out at our anatomy scan! Plus, we are still going to be surprised at who our baby is, what the baby looks like, etc at the birth. ๐Ÿ™‚

    To each her own, here!

    Post # 31
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @foodnerd81:  Yeah, I guess its just one of those things where no matter which side you fall on there will be people who want to pick apart and criticize your decision!

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