Boys, girls and family history

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?

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. We are overwhelmed by boys! My parents have 5 grandchildren- 4 of them boys. On my OHs side there are 6 grandchildren- 4 of them boys. And my OH has a grandson- with another grandchild on the way in June- wonder if we might finally have a baby girl in the family again!

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  2. We are boys. My fil is an only child but he had 2 sons then we’ve had 3! further back in my husbands family and the last girl was born in 1912! She only lived a few weeks too.
    My parents families going back are a good mix and i am the oldest of 2 girls and a boy. However they have 5 grandsons! Not a pink babygro in sight. Funny isn’t it?

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  3. My Mum had 4 brothers and 1 sister, my Dad was an only child! There were more boys than girls among my cousins. Then when it comes to my brother and I it’s a bit particular… 3 girls and 1 boy in our family, 2 girls and 1 boy in theirs. Plus two little boys we lost in pregnancy, and one for them (they also lost 2 other babies but too early to tell). So, it would really be even numbers here. As someone working with new mothers I have noticed that there is often a ‘trend’ according to the month. I suppose in the big scheme of things it always evens out somehow!

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  4. Boys really dominate my family. I have two brothers and no sisters and out of all the grand kids I’m one of 21, of which 15 are boys and 6 are girls. Needless to say we all know how to kick arse on the Super Nintendo and how to deliver a punch :)

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  5. Very boy heavy in my husband’s. Less so in mine, but more boys than girls.

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  6. Thank you all for sharing your stories, I love to hear them! Looks like boys seem to dominate everywhere!
    21 grandchildren is loads, Notmyyearoff! How did your family keep up with everyone?
    Interesting point about one gender dominating in a particular month, Mother Goutte! Certainly there are lots of March girls in my daughter’s class (including her). Very sorry to hear about all the lost babies :(

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