Those who went team green…worth it?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What was it like being team green?

    AMAZING! Totally worth it, 10/10 recommend it!

    It was fine.

    Totally overrated, didn't live up to the hype.

    I've never been team green but love voting in polls.

  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

    I found out LO was a girl when I was 10 weeks, so I’m super not team green 😁

    But I will say this! This is our first baby so I wanted to go neutral too. It’s really hard to find neutral baby stuff! Most things either come with a pink tone or a blue tone. Or if it’s not the color, then it’s neutral flowers and neutral bears. I shop all resale, and nothing was neutral. Maybe if you buy everything from etsy. That was my experience 🤷‍♀️

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    We were team green and I’m so glad we were. I can totally understand that it’s not for everybody, and a lot of people didn’t understand why we wanted to do it that way. Some people went as far as being irritated because they wanted to know whether to shop for a boy or a girl. It’s funny though because I opted not to have a baby shower. 

    I would totally do it again. At my ultrasound appointments, I kindly asked the ultrasound techs to not spoil the surprise as most people tend to find out (I know they are super professional and wasn’t trying to insult them but if they knew upfront I figured they were less likely to let it slip). 

    Agree with the neutral theme. If you have a couple pieces of clothing in the newborn and 0-3M size you should be all set. We also did a neutral nursery as well. Congratulations! 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I was team green with both my pregnancies. I LOVED it! 

    I always felt finding out was a bit like knowing what you’re getting for Christmas. It’s still nice and all but it’s not as exciting to open the gift. its also more exciting for others around you. With so many of my friends kids I’ve known sex, name and sometimes date of birth in advance. The only surprise was the weight and that’s not that interesting lol.

    i found it very easy to find neutrals and the not knowing made it easier to not be swayed by cute boy/girl things.

    i had a strong preference for boys, so I needed to see, hold and love my baby before I found out she was a girl.

     

    my husband wanted to find out with baby 2, but I refused. I didn’t see how it would help me ‘prepare’ for baby. Before she was born I went through all the saved clothes and divided by neutral and super boy. When she was born, I donated the super boy stuff. I’d have had to do the same if I knew.

     

    finally, one of my favourite moments of both births was when my husband told me what we had. It was the only thing in my birth plan, that he had to be the one to tell me. It was the only thing I could control in the birth. 

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

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    @mkbee:  I was the same. First thing I said at every scan was ‘we don’t know and we don’t want to’ 

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee

    I wish I had the willpower to be Team Green!  Unfortunately I was one of those types that just HAD to know.  We found out with the results of our NIPT.  Now I feel like I can really plan and know what to expect. 🙂 

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee

    Not me, but my best friend went Team Green with her pregnancy. 

    She thought that (1) It would give her the motivation during labor to push the baby out (2) It would be a great, exciting surprise.

    Well… things didn’t really go as planned. 

    She ended up with a c-section, so there was no pushing of the baby. She said that she had so much anxiety/they gave her so much medication that she didn’t even really care when she ended up having him.

    I felt really bad for her. 

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee

    we didn’t feel strongly either way but decided to find out the sex at our 20 week ultrasound.  my husband was so convinced it was a girl (and basically had me convinced as well) that i’m glad we ended up finding out… because we are expecting a boy!  

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

    Team green here. I’ve actually found it super easy to not find out what we’re having. Maybe because I don’t have a gender preference and I am only getting gender neutral stuff anyway so knowing really doesn’t make a difference in my planning. We have a girl name and a boy name picked out as well so we’re set with that 

    Gender just doesn’t factor into our planning and not knowing also prevents us from getting a bunch of blue/pink things which I really want to avoid.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2019

    We planned on being team green but messed that up by scrolling too fast through our NIPT results. Honestly, I am glad we know because I am not sure I would’ve made it 40 weeks not knowing. It was also a sweet moment between DH and I. My BIL/SIL were able to wait but they have the personality for it. I like to think I am chill and sometimes appear that way to others but I am not always 🙂 

    But even though we know, we aren’t telling people IRL or at least not yet! It’s been fun to have people guess the sex and hear their explaination why. 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2019

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    @diana148:  we have a similar situation! We only had a girl name picked and because of that we kept thinking about a little girl but we’re having a little boy! So it’s helped adjust our mindset. 

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee

    I’ve not had a baby so can’t comment either way, but if you go ‘team green’ make sure you actually WANT the neutral stuff. 

    I had a colleague who bought (and was gifted) all white clothes/accessories etc and as soon as baby boy was born that stuff was not used at all and replaced with blue everything. I get the excitement and all but the wasteage was extreme!

    Post # 14
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    Newbee

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    @lisaeversman:  I have found stuff at the gap etc. It’s there! I’ve bought a lot of gifts over the years.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

    I was forced into team Green because my kid wouldn’t show her parts lol. We had to do repeat growth scans because of her refusing to let them see her spine easily too. She was terribly uncooperative. So I tried to look for neutral white, grey, and teal items where I could. People who wanted to buy me clothes pretty much waited until after she was born and we knew her sex. I think i primarily bought her clothes from Target. Being team green was meh. I am hoping that if I do have to have a second  I would be eligible for a test that tells sex as one if its results so I could know for sure. But I am not a super patient person and I wouldve preferred to know 100 percent what her name was going to be instead of having to call her It the whole time because we didn’t know.

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