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July 17, 2013

Team Green: Keeping baby's gender a surprise

While parents-to-be always hope for a healthy baby, finding out the gender of a little bundle ahead of time makes it so much more personal and fun. Or does it?

Prince William and his wife, Kate, have some non-royal company in choosing not to learn whether their first child is boy or girl.

Heather Crothall finds herself happily in that camp, too, and there’s even a name for it at the mom site BabyCenter.com: Team Green.

“We would rather be surprised,” Crothall said. Due Oct. 1 with her first child, she said her husband’s into the mystery, too, though his resolve is cracking just a bit.

“For my part, I think it’s a fantastic motivation for getting through delivery,” she said by telephone from Windsor, Ontario, just across the border from Detroit.

While mega fanfare awaits the gender reveal of the latest British royal, Crothall is looking forward to her obstetrician’s traditional poem when he delivers her good news at birth.

Meanwhile, she and her husband are dealing with some serious pushback from some loved ones.

“I wasn’t expecting nearly as many people to be polarized as much as they are by it,” Crothall said. “Why are you being selfish is really the biggest question. It’s seen as a decision that somehow we’re withholding critical information. They’ve made it that we’re being difficult.”

Not everybody, mind you, but even strangers haven’t been shy about expressing their puzzlement.

Christine Ward in Sacramento, Calif., landed in an unusual pickle when she wanted to know the gender of her first but her husband preferred to remain in the dark.

“He wanted the traditional experience of finding out what the sex was at the birth,” she said. “I’m good at keeping secrets.”

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