One of the first questions asked when someone is told of the arrival of a new baby is usually "Boy or girl?"

It is a question that Canadian couple Kathy Witterick and David Stocker are choosing not to answer.

According to parentcentral.ca, there is nothing ambiguous about their four-month-old baby Storm's gender - Witterick and Stocker simply wanted to create "a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime".

The only people who know whether Storm is a girl or boy are Storm's parents, two older brothers, a family friend and two midwives.

The couple's decision to keep Storm's gender secret has been met with confusion and criticism, even amongst their own family members.

Storm's two older brothers, Jazz and Kio, have been allowed to pick their clothes from a very young age. Jazz's hair is long and kept in a braid, while Kio prefers to keep his hair to just below his chin.

Stocker says Jazz and Kio are always assumed to be girls. He says it is up to his sons if they want to correct people's assumptions.

Meanwhile, Witterick and Stocker say they plan to keep Storm's gender a secret for as long as their children are comfortable with it.

"Everyone keeps asking us, 'When will this end?" Witterick told parentcentral.ca.

"And we always turn the question back. Yeah, when will this end? When will we live in a world where people can make choices to be whoever they are?"

(Photo: Steve Russell/The Toronto Star)