People have been asking what I was hoping for. The answer was “a baby.” Honestly, I didn’t really care what gender the kid was- I just wanted it to be healthy. Now that I know, though, all sorts of odd thoughts have beeng going through my head. For example- I suspect there will now come a time in my life where I will be an expert at braiding hair. I don’t believe I ever considered that possible future for myself.
I was mostly expecting to have a boy, because that’s what my family does. I’m only the second or third Levy to successfully bond two X chromosomes. It’s like a really tricky jigsaw puzzle we can’t genetically get the hang of. Or something. But I cracked it, and so The Wife and I will be having a girl. I’m certainly not prepared to raise one. But then I wasn’t particularly prepared to raise a boy either. For example, I suck at most sports. So in this case, having a girl is beneficial. Because when I accidentally teach her to throw like one, it sort of works out.
On a related note, I’ve had this bit of a Louis CK interview stuck in my head on repeat for the last 6 months or so (yes, even before we found out). So I’m posting it here:
Slate: Your identity—both as a character, a stand-up, and a person—seems to revolve around your being a father. What was the core of your identity before you were a dad? How did you define yourself then?
Louis C.K.: That’s a good question. I don’t really remember what it was like before. Whatever I had going on, it was bullshit. It wasn’t important. It’s kind of a nice thing about being a dad. My identity is really about them now, and what I can do for them, so it sort of takes the pressure off of your own life. What am I going to do, who am I? Who cares, you’ve got to get your kids to school.