“If you’re lucky, the next one will be a boy, too!” my grandpa Teddy exclaimed to my sister just over 11 years ago following the birth of her first child.
With three daughters, three granddaughters and only one grandson, he had no qualms displaying unbridled enthusiasm about the fact that his first great-grandchild added a little testosterone to the family. However, most people will only ever proclaim publicly that a healthy child — period — is what will make them happiest.
In fact, “a healthy baby” is the near-automatic response of every pregnant woman when asked what she’s hoping to have. But obviously many, many people have gender preferences. In fact, as my colleague Danielle wrote earlier this week, forty percent said they’d prefer a boy to the 28 percent who said girl and the rest who lied and just said they just wanted a healthy baby.
Me? I’m part of the 28 percent. Like, really, really part of it. And boy, am I glad that I’ve gotten what I wanted (and that so far everyone is healthy, of course), which are girls.
Here are some of the reasons why I’m glad to be a mom to the fairer sex:
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