I have friends who have only sisters, daughters and nieces. All their cousins are female and they have no uncles by blood. Other friends have only sons, brothers, nephews and uncles. It quite fascinates me. It got me thinking about the boys and girls down the generations in my own family.
My dad is one of four boys, my mum has only a brother. Needless to say, they expected me to be a boy. But I wasn’t! I was me. After me there was a boy and then another girl.
My Nana (my dad’s mum) adored boys, unsurprisingly. But when it came to grandchildren, the boys were outnumbered – four granddaughters and two grandsons. It looked like my generation were going to turn things round again for her – the first four great-grandchildren were all boys. But they were followed by three girls. She had the privilege of meeting all but one of them – my lovely niece who is only 14 months old.
My Grandma (mum’s mum) loved girls. She was the only one who thought I was having a girl first time round. Not thought so much as WISHED. At her age it was OK to voice disappointment at the gender of your first great-grandchild. She would have loved my daughter to bits. She died when my younger son was 18 months old. My Grandad died a few months later, knowing I was pregnant, but not that I was expecting his first great-granddaughter. Since then, lots more great-granddaughters and no more great-grandsons have come into the world. One cousin had two girls, then my other cousin had a girl and my sister had my niece.
My mum and dad are lucky enough to have two grandsons and two granddaughters. My mother-in-law shares the majority of her grandchildren with my mum, but she’s got four grandsons and only one granddaughter.
They’re all very happy with the happy, healthy grandchildren they have – boys or girls.
Do boys or girls dominate in your family? Does anyone in your family favour one gender over the other?