The Gender of the Baby

“Sadie, Chloe, Sammy, or Max, chillin’ in a baby sack.  Tristan, Evan, Lily, Zoey, or Jack…” -Candy Butchers, “Let’s Have a Baby”

Nineteen weeks.

After my grandmother’s dream and my wife’s co-worker’s psychic’s prediction of it being a girl, it was pretty obvious to us what the gender of our baby would be.  I drove down to the appointment yesterday full of excitement, knowing that I could finally tell everyone that our intuition was correct once I would get the official confirmation.

Several anxious moments passed as the nurse showed us pictures our  our baby, then finally she asked us, “Do you want to know what it is?”

Laughing, full of confidence, we told her that we were quite sure already, but yes, tell us for sure.

“You’re having a boy.”

I wish I had a YouTube clip of our reaction.  “WHAT?!  NO WAY!  ARE YOU SERIOUS?!”  Etc., etc.  All exclaimed while hysterically laughing.

Not that it mattered either way to us.  I just don’t think I’ve ever been more surprised in my life.  I wish there was a way to type in a “laughing font” to better show my tone here.  I’m so happy!  We’re having a boy!

This is an "under the scrotum" shot.

Of course now it’s time to answer the other question: What are you naming him?

First name: Jack

Middle name: William

Last name: Shell

Here’s how we came up with the name:

He will go by “Jack”, which is my dad’s name.

Which is an alternate version of John, which is Hebrew (Jewish) for “God’s grace”.  Which just sounds like a cool name.  It’s simple, not too popular, and easy to spell and say.  And Jack also happens to be the name of the lead character of the best show ever made, LOST (played by Matthew Fox, who is also part Italian.)

Jack is the size of a mango.

Plus, my wife’s name is Jill… so it’ll be “Jack and Jill”.

His middle name, William, (my wife’s dad’s name) is German and loosely translates as “protector”.

His last name, Shell, (originally spelled “Schel” at some point in American history) is German and loosely translates to “loud and noisy”.

That being said, Jack William Shell is a Jewish-German-German name which fully translates as “God’s gracious gift of loud and noisy protection.”  I’m already picturing a little boy wearing a pot on top of his head, running around the house, banging a pan with a wooden spoon, being “loud and noisy”.

Most importantly, Baby Jack is healthy, thank God!

Jack, the boy.  Who knew?

All pictures with the “JHP” logo were taken by Joe Hendricks Photography:



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  1. by Angela

    On June 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! woohoo!! You did however steal our baby boy name,but since it appears we can only make really cute little girls no hard feelings :)

    Seriously happy for you.There is nothing as wonderful,overwhelming and outright amazing as having a little one!


  2. by DJ

    On June 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I knew it would happen, you were far too sure of yourselves… not good for the ego to be right. ;)
    Now, good luck in announcing that to the family. Grandma will not be happy that you are going to rub that in her face for months and years to come!

  3. by nickshell1983

    On June 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Ha ha, you’re right :) By the way, who are you?

  4. by nickshell1983

    On June 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Ha ha. I purposely stole your name. Thanks :) And by the way, which Angela is this?

  5. by sarah issac

    On June 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    So excited for you!!! We are getting the opposite predictions, and I’m sure on the last two scans I saw something that looks very much like what yours showed, but our doctor just smiles and says, “We can’t be sure,” which is incredibly frustrating!

  6. by Paula

    On June 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Congratulations! I totally called that! Now our little guy will have a southern buddy! :)

  7. by nickshell1983

    On June 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks Sarah. I didn’t realize how much fun it is to find out the sex of the baby! But it’s fun! :)

  8. by nickshell1983

    On June 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    That’s right, and they’ll both be 1/4 Italian! :)

  9. by Christi M.

    On June 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Our son’s name is Jock–the SCOTTISH version of John! (When we tell people his name, they often double check and ask, “Jack?” and we verify that we did indeed give our son an American slang for athlete.)
    Very excited for you guys. Glad you found out the truth, before going with your assumptions, painting the room pink, buying bows and stockings, etc….

  10. by nickshell1983

    On June 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks Christi :) That’s interesting, I didn’t know that about your son’s name!