Do you not want a male because you don't want to deal w/ two intact (unneutered) animals?
Because I really think a male and a female could make a much happier pair than 2 females. Two females can often have problems with dominance, moreso than a male and a female.
But I understand if you are concerned about dealing with an intact male and a female going into heat! Could someone watch the boy for you while the girl is in heat?
I just say all this because I originally wanted a girl (and I have 1 female lab already), but I could not be happier with my little boy. He is just so great and I am so glad I got a male. I also show him, and I just prefer the big pretty heads on the boys. And he is soooooo sweet and adoring. From others with males and females, the consensus seems to be that the boys are more adoring and there is just something really special about boys!
I am looking forward to hearing news of the puppies!!! Keeping fingers crossed for you!
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.