That exclamation is becoming more and more rare. I miss hearing it at every birth, now that so many docs have in-office ultrasounds and clients bring their families to pay-per-view 3-D and 4-D ultrasound "Discover the Sex" parties. These days, the baby's birth is often pretty quiet...no exclamations of "It's a BOY! or It's a GIRL!" anymore.
For me, waiting until the baby is born to discover the baby's sex is one surprise that I truly enjoy.
At the most recent birth - what a rush - we were ALL convinced that it would be a boy. But the parents hadn't wanted to find out the sex in advance. After two boys, I don't think mum, dad, doc, or doula could even entertain the thought of this baby being a girl. They just believed they were having another boy, and that was that...
So, when baby came flying into the world after a whirlwind labour (yes, mum was chattering with us about boy names only half an hour earlier, and we were only in the birthing room for, what? nine, ten minutes? before the birth). I really did a double-take when I checked between baby's legs. "No penis...where's the penis?" said my mind. Dad had already seen that it was a girl, and whispered it into mum's ear.
"I can't believe it!" she cried. She laughed. "I'm in shock!"
No longer can she see herself as the "mother of boys". No longer can she call, "Boys!!!" when dinner's ready. She says her own image of her future changed with the realization that she had carried a girl for 9 months.
There still can be surprises in this world.