In the grand, unpredictable theater of life—where spoilers lurk around every digital corner—there’s a rare, un-Google-able mystery: the sex of an unborn baby. It’s like a secret recipe that nature refuses to spill, not even a hint, not even to the nosiest of grandmothers armed with old wives’ tales and a knowing look.

Choosing not to find out your baby’s sex before birth is like opting to read a mystery novel without sneaking a peek at the last page. It’s a commitment to suspense in an age where suspense is as rare as a quiet moment in a house with a toddler. It’s a delightful rebellion against the era of instant gratification, where patience is as quaint as handwritten letters and milkmen.

Imagine the scene: the delivery room, a place where drama unfolds with more unpredictability than a season finale of your favorite show. The air is thick with anticipation, everyone holding their breath as if they’re about to witness a magician’s final trick. And then, voila! The grand reveal! It’s a… well, you get the idea. This moment, my friends, is reality TV at its finest, unscripted, unfiltered, and absolutely unrepeatable.

And let’s talk about the announcement. In a world where social media announcements are often as staged as a Broadway production, this one is refreshingly genuine. Picture the phone calls, the texts, the flurry of emojis. “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” you say, and on the other end of the line, genuine surprise.

This choice, to embrace the unknown, is a gentle reminder that not all of life’s mysteries need solving. It’s a nod to the days when surprises were not just expected but welcomed. It’s a throwback to a time when we didn’t have all the answers at our fingertips, and guess what? We survived. More than that, we reveled in the not-knowing, the guessing games, the maybes and what-ifs.

Or… don’t.

This isn’t a moral compass pointing north to ‘right’ or south to ‘wrong.’ It’s not a litmus test for good parenting or a badge of honor for the patient. It’s simply an opportunity, a door to a room filled with mystery and surprise, waiting to be opened. But if that’s not your cup of tea, if you prefer your tea with a clear label and a known flavor, that’s perfectly fine.

The beauty of life’s journey is in its diverse paths. I’m merely nudging you to peek through this particular keyhole, to consider the allure of the unknown. It’s about savoring the possibility, wrestling with the anticipation, and finding joy in the maybe.

Whether you choose to walk through this door or not, the path you choose is yours, and it’s valid. This is just a gentle reminder that sometimes, not knowing can be its own adventure, a story yet to be told, a mystery yet to be unraveled.

In the end, not finding out your baby’s sex is a celebration of life’s genuine surprises and a story you’ll tell for years to come—probably with a touch of exaggeration each time because, let’s face it, that’s what makes a good story great.

So here’s to not knowing, to surprises, and to life’s little mysteries that remind us we’re not as in control as we think, and that’s perfectly okay.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Product + Content Marketing at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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