Photo Credit: Kirsten_a
Living with my feet in a few different cultures I’m always interested to see different traditions and how they change. On Monday we go for our next baby scan – 18 weeks and are hoping to find out if it is a boy or a girl. When we had our first I was faced with a cultural dilemma. In Malawi few people find out in advance the sex of the baby – mostly due to lack of scans, although that is changing. At home in Northern Ireland it seems that most people don’t find out by choice and if the do happen to find out few will share the results until the baby is born. In South African it seems like everyone finds out – you get asked so many times that it seems weird not to – and many are even sharing the babies name in advance.
I can see why some people keep it secret – they say it is the best surprise of your life, but knowing also has it benefits too. With no.2 we have so many very girly girl clothes stock piles – it will be nice to know if we need them or need to stock up on some macho stuff.
So I’m excited for Monday – mostly because of the wonder of all. I’m mindful as we get a peak of this growing new life that nothing of its (his or hers) is a secret from God:
Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Did you or will you find out or not?
Update 10th Nov 2014 – avert you eyes if you are against knowing but we are expecting a little boy 🙂