I've always had this thing in my head that you should want daughters because daughters stay close to their mothers, and sons leave home to be with their wives. We are three sisters and a brother and we are actually all very close to our parents. I see my parents just about every day. Marko's parents we see once every two weeks. I suppose it works out that way because my parents stay up the road and his parents live a 30 min drive away. (As soon as I got pregnant with the kids, I moved to be close to my mom) But still, I've always had this 'thing' that girls will stay close to their mother.
And so, when I got pregnant with LN7 (Leo/Max/Mack/James/Finn/Alex/Jack), my head said I want another girl. I would have been happy with either of course, but I felt like I should want a girl. Because girls stay close to their moms. But in my heart, I wanted another boy. We are not a girly family and I am certainly not a girly girl. However, Kate is even less of a girl than I am.
I told her a few days that we were going to a little friend from school's party. A girls only party. "Oh cool," says Kate, "will there be dinosaurs there?" No, actually it is a fairy and princess party because that is what most girls like. Oh, she says.
Today I went shopping for Christmas presents for the kids. I bought them quite a few presents that I know they will like, and while I worked my way to the pay point, I realized that not once had I ventured into the girls section. I didn't even bother because she doesn't like anything there. Instead she is getting a giant remote control dinosaur, a skeleton set and a few other monster and dinosaur things.
Then, on the way home from my mom today, Adam said he is going to buy all the kids in his class a present. All the boys are getting a car and all the girls are getting a princess. Kate informs him that she doesn't want a princess. What would you like, he asks. A skullasaurus she says. Oh ok, Kate can have a skullasaurus.
Yes, just as well LN7 is a boy because heaven knows what I would do with a girly girl. Although, one of each would have been nice, a girl, a boy and a Kate.
PS Re the names thing, don't hold your breath. We are making slow progress here. Rather annoying that I have to consult my husband on this issue, slows up the decision making process considerably.