Stephany Aulenback

I live in Nova Scotia with my husband David, our little boy Luke, who is now six years old, and our little girl Sylvie, who is almost two. David and I are considerably older than that.

I like to read and to write. I also enjoy sleeping and walking, but not at the same time. I am an exciting person but I am not that exciting. On a good day, I am an agnostic. On a bad day, I’m an atheist. On a really bad day, I’m a total believer.

Crooked House is my main blog, on which I am bound to ramble and post just about anything. The topic changes but I often post about my kids, our day-to-day life, the books we're reading, and links to whatever catches my fancy online.

Keeping Gender a Secret Based on a Book? How Long Will It Last?

I can imagine that'd be exhausting to try to hide the gender of your baby, yes, because it is almost the first question anyone asks. I sympathize with the couple to some extent -- it's true, as a culture we do expect very different things from boys and girls, some of us more than others. And even when you're aware of this and try not to impose silly and arbitrary expectations on your kids, you're still a product of your own social conditioning. You're also, however, a product of your biology....more

I love the dandelion spores comparison. And I do agree the parents are both well-meaning and ...more

Keeping Gender a Secret Based on a Book? How Long Will It Last?

I can imagine that'd be exhausting to try to hide the gender of your baby, yes, because it is almost the first question anyone asks. I sympathize with the couple to some extent -- it's true, as a culture we do expect very different things from boys and girls, some of us more than others. And even when you're aware of this and try not to impose silly and arbitrary expectations on your kids, you're still a product of your own social conditioning. You're also, however, a product of your biology....more

Someone really should do a follow-up story on that family in Sweden. I wonder how they are ...more

Keeping Gender a Secret Based on a Book? How Long Will It Last?

I can imagine that'd be exhausting to try to hide the gender of your baby, yes, because it is almost the first question anyone asks. I sympathize with the couple to some extent -- it's true, as a culture we do expect very different things from boys and girls, some of us more than others. And even when you're aware of this and try not to impose silly and arbitrary expectations on your kids, you're still a product of your own social conditioning. You're also, however, a product of your biology....more

Yes, I am really curious to see what happens to this family in a few years. By the way, I've ...more