When it comes to gender reveals — most of the time, either parent is excited at whatever they are having.
But the news that he was having another little girl was so upsetting that one dad decided how he needed to actually leave the party.
The dad revealed how he and his wife are expecting baby No. 2 and they already have a 5-year-old little girl.
“She’s been grouchy her whole pregnancy so her sister offered to plan her a gender reveal party,” he claimed of his wife.
“The plan was that all the food and decorations would be blue or pink and in the end we’d get one of those special sparklers that would light up in either blue or pink to reveal the gender. We went to the doctor and got her to write the result in a folded piece of paper that we passed over to her sister without looking. So flash forward to the day of the party and the moment of truth comes and the sparkler turns out to be pink for a girl.”
As the dad saw the pink sparkler, it seemed to set him off and he felt extremely disappointed.
“To be honest, all I was hoping for baby #2 is to be able to toss a ball around with him and coach little league,” he wrote.
“Or watch him go on Boy Scouts camping trips. I know my daughter is only five, but I’ve already started to deal with the dramas of being a father of a girl and the thought of having to double up now on the neuroticism was harrowing. I grew up in a house with three older boys and one younger sister and I can’t imagine seeing myself be outnumbered.”
When his wife noticed his reaction, she grabbed hold of him and told him to pull it together as people were coming up to to congratulate them.
“At that moment I just snapped,” he admitted. “I shook my head and walked out to my car (we came separately) and drove to my sister’s house. I start getting texts from my sister in law and my wife saying ‘way to reenact’ their dad leaving their mom when they were 10 and 12. I felt like that accusation was unfair and that I just needed some time alone. I didn’t ask to be flabbergasted- it just happened. And I don’t think it’s fair that they would have demanded I smile and nod for the next couple of hours.”
Redditors decided to tell the dad what they were really thinking.
“No one is stopping you from tossing a ball with your daughter, or from camping with them, or encouraging them to participate in sports,” one reader commented. “You are the one stopping them from this.”
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With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.