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Old 04-12-2008, 12:46 PM   #271
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if they're girls i'll tell them it's a horrible side effect of pregnancy and hopefully that'll keep them from playing with boys until they're in their late 30s.
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Old 04-12-2008, 12:56 PM   #272
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auntie you are having a boy and a girl
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:07 PM   #273
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^ there are a number of people in my life who are convinced we'll have a mixed pair. and although that would be awesome, i'm kind of hoping in a very small way that they're the same gender. why? because apparently girls fall into a regular sleeping schedule faster than boys, and if they're sharing a crib then the boy's irregularities can disturb the girl. it's a small thing but when you start thinking of the logistics of feeding and changing and sleeping and feeding and changing and sleeping, i can see how that would make a difference.

it would be weird if it worked out to be a boy and a girl, though. because the house we're closing on this week was home to twins, a boy and a girl. the parallels would be spooky.
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:14 PM   #274
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^Aw, you just never know what they're going to be like. My son slept like a rock from the day he was born. Before, even. Once I got to see him, I could recognize movements and habits that I'd been aware of as he was growing, but couldn't visualize without any frame of reference. That'll be interesting for you, actually...when the babies are bigger, you'll probably notice a difference between them if you can keep track of who's where. One may be more active, or stronger, or more wakeful, than the other, or one might move his or her hands a certain way. And then once they're born, you'll recognize which was which in retrospect.

You should also get the hub to start talking to your belly around month 7. They'll recognize his voice at birth, and that's one of the things that's most rewarding for dads since they don't get to feel them moving as much.
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:28 PM   #275
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You should also get the hub to start talking to your belly around month 7.
I would like to announce that I'm such a nerd I initially thought you were talking about an ethernet hub of some kind.

you know, plug your unborn child into teh interwebs.

it's the wave of the future, I swear...
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:37 PM   #276
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sure auntie, just stick the network cable into your belly button and off you go!
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:29 PM   #277
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i immediately thought of a router, too. i thought, "there aren't THAT MANY in there, i don't need a network!"

also, the spouse has been talking to them all along. mostly he sits down next to me, puts his mouth up against my belly and goes, "YOU TWO ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE PSYCHIC POWERS."
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:02 PM   #278
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^hahaha...well, that's probably the first of many things they won't listen to him about.
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Old 04-13-2008, 03:26 AM   #279
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met someone yesterday who was convinced, as a child, that girls peed out of their bellybuttons

this information has very little relevance to the current topic of discussion but I just thought I'd throw it out there
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:51 AM   #280
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The mind boggles.
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:19 PM   #281
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Reminds me of an old emergency room story where a married pair both with trisomy 21 abnormalities came in with the wife complaining of severe abdominal discomfort. Significant excoriation around the umbilicus and suffice it to say some kind soul finally explained about coitus and the vagina and all was well.
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:37 PM   #282
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I'd have to put that one squarely in the Urban Legends category, as I remember hearing a blond joke with the same backstory. Also, the joke about the fundamentalist Christian couple who went to their fertility specialist not realizing that they actually had to have sex in order to conceive.
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Old 04-13-2008, 03:39 PM   #283
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met someone yesterday who was convinced, as a child, that girls peed out of their bellybuttons

this information has very little relevance to the current topic of discussion but I just thought I'd throw it out there
is this a man or a woman??
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:05 PM   #284
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I'd have to put that one squarely in the Urban Legends category, as I remember hearing a blond joke with the same backstory. Also, the joke about the fundamentalist Christian couple who went to their fertility specialist not realizing that they actually had to have sex in order to conceive.
Ah, but the best one is this:

A young and unsophisticated American girl is swept off her feet by an older (but not too much older) French sophisticate. Her family disapproves, and the mother warns her in the bourgeois way in vague euphemisms about the corrupting influence of the French and their perverted sexual ways. When she worries to her French lover, he laughs, and says there are no perversions in sex, that whatever feels good is right, and, heedless of her mother's advice, off she goes to Paris, where the couple lives together in happy sexual congress for many months, and then, at length, they marry.

During the honeymoon, the Frenchman suggests a way to have sex that they have never done before. Horrified, the young woman weeps "Oh, why didn't I listen to my mother!?"

Perplexed, the Frenchman says, "But darling, don't you want to have children?"
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:30 PM   #285
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I'd have to put that one squarely in the Urban Legends category, as I remember hearing a blond joke with the same backstory. Also, the joke about the fundamentalist Christian couple who went to their fertility specialist not realizing that they actually had to have sex in order to conceive.
I've always thought so too, simply because of the number of people who've sworn to me that "it happened to my friend."
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