Friday, February 11, 2011

Control of the House

I've been snowed in for the past two days. On top of that everyone in the house has been sick. Unfortunately no one had a vividly insane fever dream that warranted a post. Instead you are all left to what little coherent thought my meager brain could muster.

The mid term elections last year were much talked about because of the possible change in control of Congress. The results would determine who ruled the House and Senate and thus the government. Essentially it was a question of whether Obama would continue to get free rein or if he would face some opposition. Well I hate politics, so lets end this little analogy here.

Control of the Life of a New Dad house is up for grabs this year in much the same way. We aren't having elections. In fact the outcome has already been determined. We just don't yet have the results. If you want to keep the political analogy going you could say that the results have yet to be verified by the proper authorities. When we find out the sex of our twins in about two weeks it will reveal much more than the type of clothes we should buy or what names are appropriate. The verdict will set the power balance of our house for the next 18 years or so.

Normally a couple on their second pregnancy can still possibly come out with a divided house where the estrogen and testosterone are balanced. It is far from certain, but indeed a possibility.

When that pregnancy is discovered to be a twin pregnancy then you skip the possibility of nice even numbers. You go from three to five. The house balance of power can lean towards either girl or boy. The stakes are very high. For us the possible outcomes are as follows.
  1. Four boys, 1 Girl - SportsCenter House
  2. Three boys, 2 Girls - Even Steven House
  3. Three girls, 2 Boys - Reality TV House
I know I am making broad gender specific generalizations here. I am assuming the boys will tend to be like me and the girls will tend to be like their mother. I think this is the safest assumption to use, although I am fully aware that reality could possibly be 180 degrees from this. I still feel like there is a very small chance of that.

I made a judgement call on the three to two house. I call that even steven because let's face it, Arica rules the house and she is on that team. I need three other boys on my side to assert male dominance. Any guys out there who are laughing at me obviously aren't married, or they won't be for long.

So that's what is on my mind. How will this shake out? If you read the last post you know I'll be happy with any verdict, but the reality of what life will be like changes dramatically from one alignment to another.


Katherine said...

Interesting take. I'm excited to see how it all shakes out.

Hope you all are feeling better.

Eric said...

Two boys.. Three girls..

They all want to be like me.. Well the teenager would disagree.. But My wife can claim my middle daughter..

For the time..

We're more of a Comicbook Based Movie house..

Que said...

That sounds about right. My house is 1 boy (me) and 4 girls (them). I have zero control over ANYTHING there! :)

seashore subjects said...

In any case, however it shakes out, you and Arica will be outnumbered. Take from an outnumbered parent, that is the only balance that matters! Good thing they start out so small :)

Diplo_Daddy said...

What an incredible dilemma. You know, some girls like Sports Center. Honestly, they do. My watches a German TV show, with clips for that day’s German soccer games. It’s all about soccer over here in Europe, especially here in England. I can’t stand it to watch that show, and always wonder off and do other things while she’s watching it for two-and-a-half-hours! Our five year old boy is slowly but surely becoming a huge fan of that show as well.

Melisa with one S said...

I can tell you how it needs to shake out, because you forgot this one:

2 Parents, 3 Kids - Cosby House

"Us against Them".

That's all you need to know. :)

Brandy@YDK said...

I think any way you shake it - you are in trouble. Because kids outnumber parents.

Tom said...

I'm willing to bet you'll get two more boys. But one or both could turn out to be mommy magnets like mine did.

Anyway... I'm praying you have healthy babies and a happy home no matter how it shakes out.

SurprisedMom said...

I have a feeling no matter what the sex of the babies are, and no matter if there is more testosterone than estrogen, Arica will still rule the house and your equations won't matter. Just sayin' . . . :D

Tim Riley said...

I am slowly but surely molding my girls into the sports fans they need to be. The Packers really helped me out by winning the Super Bowl-that really got their attention.

PJ Mullen said...

Before we found out we were having a daughter my wife was secretly worried about being outnumbered 3 to 1 in our house. The reality is, it didn't matter, as they saying goes, if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy :)

I'm sure no matter how the equation works out it will be just fine.