Splenda/Aspartame is out of the question because I hate that wierd aftertaste and I don't think those things are all that great for me. I'm an all-natural girl and we really don't have any junk food/artificial flavorings in the house. So my swaying would be decent, but not as gung-ho as a lot of people I've read about.
Amen! I really can't stand the aftertaste of fake sugar, it makes me gag...so I might try Crystal Light, but it's going to be a hard sell. I also love experimenting and tasting different foods, rich flavors...the diet is going to be awfully tough....
For me, it is not so much that I don't want a 3rd boy. I love my two boys dearly, as you do, BooksnCoffee. I think for me, the idea of NOT having a daughter is hard because it will close down a fork in the road, you know? 3 kids is my max (I say that now...) but finicially, it's going to be tight. My husband is on board with some of the sway factors, he'll wear the tighty whities, he'll try to drink more milk, and do the hot shower thing. He's not happy about abstaining, and as I talk to him about the sway factors, he seems supportive but concerned. He is going with me on this, but reluctantly...he's afraid of a girl child, actually. Afraid of someone hurting his little girl, if we ever have one, or just afraid of a mean girl, or a girl who would get bullied....girl children can be so brutally hard on themselves....
I have this creepy feeling like, "be careful what you wish for." I have longed and dreamed of having a daughter for so many years (I'm 33) and I always thought I'd have a bunch of little girls when I was young. My reality is that I have two beautiful sweethearts boys...and what if I have the girl and it's nothing like I dreamed? I guess I am really afraid either way!
Having a girl child would be a long time dream coming true. However, I know this is going to sound strange, but sometimes i wonder if I do have the girl child, I'd be losing out on that precious third son who will complete my trio, lol. I guess because I am open to the boy idea too that I have convinced myself that I must try for a 3RD CHILD, lol.
Anyway, that's my rant, and I share many of your feelings...and esp. the fact that my mom and I are super close, even if we drive each other crazy!!! My mom had 3 girls and 1 boy, and she said if she knew how good a son was going to be to her (My brother is a 41 year old momma's boy, tho he is married with 2 kids of his own), she would have tried for a 5th child and had another boy, because she thinks boys are awesome, and wished she had more. My older two sisters frustrate her, lol.