Outnumbered Again

Some of you may remember my posts about getting a dog.

Or, I can just refresh your memory…

For the past few months we have been looking for a

Golden Retriever breeder.

Then a couple months ago,

we found one that was highly recommended

and we gave them a deposit.

When I filled out the questionnaire,

I said I prefer a girl but will take a boy.

Although over the past couple of months

we started leaning towards a girl.

The female goldens that I know

are calm, smaller than the males

and they don’t do that annoying humping that the males do!

I know some that are fixed and still do it!

And after all,

I live in a house with 2 boys

(3 if you count my husband!).

There is no pink in my house.

Sports are very important here.

Things get broken from too much horsing around.

Not to mention I assumed
one of my children would be a girl!

It reminds me

of the first time we saw the ultrasound for my second son.

They said it was too early to tell but it looks like a girl.

That’s all I needed to hear.

I started picking names,




I decided to use the room with the big closet for the baby.

Since after all, the “girl” would need a huge closet

for all of her cute little pink outfits.

And the next time we had an ultrasound

the technician says,

“It looks like your son will have a little brother!”

I was in shock for a minute

but suddenly I was overwhelmed with happiness.

I grew up with one sister

and we were very close.

The idea of having a sibling of the same sex seemed right.

They would be best friends,

they would protect each other,

they would play with each other,

I could pass down clothes…

And someday

when the boys and Dad are spending the day

wrapped up in sports of some sort…

I could shop.

Or get my nails done.


Suddenly this house full of boys was sounding better and better!

But seriously,

I wouldn’t change a thing about our family!

I couldn’t be happier with these 3 loves of my life!

But back to the dog situation…

Today the puppies were born!

I got the email from the breeder and she has 6 boys and 3 girls.

She told me on my questionnaire I stated I would take either

and is asking if I would take a boy

I haven’t emailed her back yet.

But I got tears in my eyes when I read the email.

I am happy that the puppies were born.

But I am sad that I might not be able to buy pink…again.

We only thought of girl names…
in fact, all signs kept pointing to the dog being named
That name wasn’t my choice though.
I thought “Calypso” would be cute.
(Not surprising)
We could call her “Callie” for short.
Or even “Holly” because her birthday is close to Christmas.
Or one of my favorite girl names – “Sydney”.

I thought the dog and I would have this female bond,

as we looked at each other and rolled our eyes

at the crazy boy antics around here.

Well, maybe she wouldn’t be rolling her eyes…

But she would get it.


we don’t want to wait for another litter.
We promised the kids we would get a puppy in February.
And we are.

It’s just may be a boy.

It’s not definite,
but it looks like I will have to
satisfy my pink cravings by
shopping at Janie and Jack for
one of my best friends who
has 3 little girls!
Take A Dip

I will keep you posted.
The puppy will come home in about 8 weeks.
I am sure we will love a boy or a girl.

I guess for now I will just enjoy
my clean house for awhile…
until the tumbleweeds of fur arrive!

Are you outnumbered in your home?

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  1. I have two little boys also!I totally here ya on the over powering masculinity that I'm surrounded by in my home 🙂 I also thought my second son was a girl and I too was in shock when the ultrasound tech said, "oh MAN this little baby is definitely a boy". lol I love using the excuse that I'm constantly surrounded by masculinity so I get to decorate my home however I want. If I want the bathroom pink (which I never would) I will paint the dang bathroom pink 😉 I'm sure the cute little boy pup will be a blast in your home 🙂

  2. I just LOVE your little story, Shelley!!! It's so cute… and makes me smile. Thanks for sharing!About the puppy… I'm sure you'll make it right 😉

  3. We have a male dog even though I wanted a female, but you know how it is when you have children? You can't imagine them being the other sex once you have them? Once I saw our pup (in an emailed photo) I was smitten – it wasn't a choice! That face had me the moment I saw him! CAn't wait to see your new pup – whoever he or she is!! 🙂 How fun to look forward to!!!

  4. Oh Shelley, that baby is darling! I did want a girl, because they are smaller and our neighbor's boy is huge! The second you pick one you'll be in love and it will be perfect!

  5. I'm really excited for your family, Shelley! We're fairly balanced. I have a son and two daughters and our dog is a boy – not that he knows it! He is the most loving, snuggly dog you could ever meet (he looks like Lady from Lady and the Tramp). He doesn't have any nasty habits, and he loves to wear cute bandanas! You'll love whoever you get.BTW, I totally think you could call a boy dog Calypso. Cal is a guy's name. It would be great!

  6. You're destined to be the Queen Bee at your house! I remember when they told me my second child was a boy. I was just devastated, because I wanted another girl. Now I am so thankful I have a boy! He is so much easier and more loving than those darn girls of mine! lol!

  7. You and your family will be so happy when you get either puppy. I have had many dogs in my lifetime and the boy dogs are just as cute and lovable as the girl dogs. Just because you have a girl dog does not assure there won't be that "situation" you mentioned. Every female I've had has done that with their stuffed toys but not to people. The vet said that is just a natural instinct in animals and not a"bad" action. It is extremely funny when my four pound Holly does that. The puppy you showed is beautiful. Good luck making your choice! ——–Shannon

  8. I have 3 sons and 1 daughter and my daughter is a definite tomboy who works on cars and hangs with the guys. I always feel outnumbered by the masculine influence but I love my family and wouldn't change a thing.

  9. I totally get it! I have 3 boys and 1 girl! I always had female dogs until my last two. You will make it work no matter what! And the name Calypso rocks!even for a male you know.. Merry Christmas to you too Shelley! xoxo

  10. I wish you the best with the new to be puppy! You never know, maybe if you said you'd like a girl…Your story telling is so sweet!Thanks for popping in to see me.Be a sweetie,shelia 😉

  11. What a beautiful puppy I have one of each all even here. So nice to meet you just found your lovely blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, if you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime and follow back if you like. Sending you special wishes for a very Merry Christmas Day and look forward to keeping in touch in 2012Always Wendy

  12. Shelley what a sweet story. I love it! It seems I call every pet I've ever owned "he" because they were and or are. I don't think I would get used to saying "she" even if we had a girl pet. Your new puppy will be perfect and precious.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! ~Melissa 🙂

  13. Hi Shelley! I really enjoyed reading your story! I can imagine how excited you and your family are to have a new puppy. We have 2 dogs and I want a Doberman puppy so bad. I doubt my dogs would like the new addition, so I'll have to wait for now! I have a son and daughter. My son is such a sweetheart and my daughter is teenager…need I say more! LOL!!!

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