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Dear Readers (aka my immediate family),

On Thursday (two sleeps), David and I will be finding out if the baby is a boy or a girl. Or they might not be able to tell us. Here at Miss Stan dot com, we believe in polls. And this is the perfect time for one. I will reveal the information on Friday – so stay tuned! Note: this isn’t a gender reveal – you will have to wait until the baby is out and maybe 10 or 11 years old to guess that. This is strictly nuts and bolts, so to speak.

Here are the details to keep in mind while voting in the SUPER IMPORTANT poll:

1. David has made one boy and one girl already – so looks like both are entirely possible.

2. This pregnancy I have been WAY WAY more sick than my first.

3. People tell me I look rested and glowing. The same people also tell me I look big, so I can’t imagine they are trying to spare my feelings.

4. When we went in for the first ultrasound the Russian technician told me, “It looks like a package.” When she showed me the baby’s bum, it did, indeed, look like a package.

5. My parents have told me that I can have another baby as long as it is a girl.

6. Holden says he has a baby in his belly too. He tells me the baby is really growing and wants to play with toys. His baby’s name is Paprika. Mostly, she is a baby sister, but today it was a baby brother. No word yet on the due date.

7. I have extraordinarily bad intuition about this stuff. I was pretty shocked both times to find out I was pregnant. I was also fairly convinced that Holden was a girl. That said, I am leaning the way of the Russian sonographer.

Choose wisely:


The ultrasound went like this:

Technician: Oh, it is a girl!

Stanny: A girl!?

Technician: Oh, no. Wait a minute. Don’t cry. I think it might be a boy.

I wasn’t about to cry, fyi. But then, we had a 5 minute discussion about whether the shadow was a penis or the umbilical cord. Her best guess was boy. I think she is right. I am super excited.

On a side note, at the end of the ultrasound, I did ask if anyone had ever cried when she told them the sex. She said once a woman cried and cried. The technician seemed dumbfounded, “What does it matter?” And she is right.

I am really excited/scared shitless for August. Thanks for voting.

And I will let you know when Paprika is due. Holdie told me she is coming soon.


Linda Williamson

April 1st, 2014

you are very funny, I enjoy your blogs so much. I am wishing you, David and Holden all my best


April 2nd, 2014

Technicians are wise and know what they are looking at. No guarantees of course and being sicker this time makes me waiver in my decision. I was sicker when pregnant with Tracie. So…?

Time will tell. {wink}

Best wishes.


April 2nd, 2014

I voted boy, but I am SO excited to meet Paprika.


April 2nd, 2014

A couple weeks ago in conference, Sharath referred to one child as seventh series and two children as eighth! So… Congratulations.


April 3rd, 2014

when my sister in law delivered her second child, my brother in law exclaimed “it’s another one”. It was a way to cryptic way of telling her they had another boy…she was pretty certain that she had just had another baby:)

miss you!

April 4th, 2014

I need to see your face! Has anyone said it’s changed at all? People’s faces tend to change when they’re having girls – and then they go back. My mom knew I was preggers with Joey before I told her – because my eyes looked different, like more “Asian,” she said! She knew Ryan was a boy right away…because my eyes didn’t change. She also knew Kate Middleton was having a boy (no change!). Keep us posted! xoxo


April 5th, 2014

Thank you Linda! And thanks for reading!


April 5th, 2014

Angela – You are right – In August we will know for sure, obviously!! Thanks for your predictions!! xo


April 5th, 2014

Essie – Paprika is really the mystery girl in all this. Holden says she is coming soon. He is taking her to his home care when she comes. Hope he pays.


April 5th, 2014

John – Ugh – and seventh seemed so impossible. i know people with 6 children. That must be Samadhi. Thanks for your kind words Mr. Authorized.


April 5th, 2014

Ana – I miss you too! that is so funny! Hope your little boy is doing awesome! xoxo


April 5th, 2014

Haley – Hmm – I will have to look in the mirror more closely! Or maybe I need your mom to look at me and not the sonographer.

April 5th, 2014

Yes, brave woman, yes. It’s all yes, what else but yes? Lots of hugs to you and yours.


April 7th, 2014

My mom needs to see you – or take a selfie for her…or better yet, get Holden to take it… or not, because he can’t get the cam high enough. 😉 So excited for you boy OR girl!


June 6th, 2014

Technician says to me during my ultrasound: Do you see the hamburger?
Me: Hamburger? What hamburger?
Technician: you know the girl parts!
Me: Uh…oh!…did you just call girl parts a hamburger?!?!

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