I was once listening to a radio show (something on NPR, not like one of those crappy morning DJ shows) about the psychology of what we perceive as luck. Most people consider themselves unlucky because we remember the bad things that happen to us more readily than the good things. Take for instance you choose the wrong line at the bank and you look at the other line moving quickly. You say to yourself, “I ALWAYS choose the wrong line!” The fact is, you probably choose the wrong line close to 50% of the time but you forget about all the times you choose the right line. I guess it’s a pessimistic way of looking at things but I find myself doing this a lot.
So what does this have to do with being pregnant? Well, when I found out we were having a boy (I wasn’t disappointed, promise) I tried to think of the people I know who are pregnant and all I could think of were people having girls. I counted and it was eight women I know who are having girls in 2012. Not that I think this is bad luck or that I’m worried about it at all but it made me wonder – is this perception I have accurate? Do baby genders come in waves? Or am I just focusing on the one half and forgetting that things are usually close to 50/50? At least I won’t have to compete for names with these women.
image: Catherine Giroux