We already have two beautiful girls – Miss 9 and Miss 5 – who are very excited to welcome another little sister to the family later this month.
Yes, that’s right, we are having another girl (so long as the scans are right!). So that will make three girls. Three girls who have their own futures ahead of them and in this day and age can be anything they want to be regardless of their gender.
Which is why the reaction to having three girls really perplexes me.
“Oh your poor husband,” they say. Actually my husband loves his girls.
“Tell him to get the shotgun ready for when they are older.” Um, we don’t own one. So how about we just try to raise three confident, resilient girls with a good head on their shoulders instead?
“Oh wait til you have three teenage girls in the house.” And what if I had two teenage girls and one teenage boy in the house, would that make it any better?
“Oh well, at least you’ll have lots of hand me downs to use.” OK, this is true, although we already got rid of most of our baby things. Also, every child is different – Miss 5 is quite sensitive to particular clothing so she didn’t wear all that much of Miss 9’s clothes anyway.
“Better start saving for three weddings.” I really don’t think this is the case anymore, I think I would be contributing to my children’s weddings regardless of their gender.
“Is your husband disappointed he’s not going to have a son?” I have to say I found this question the most offensive. If you knew my husband I think you’d realise that while he would love a son, he loves his daughters just as much.
“Do you think you’ll go back for another boy?” No.
So seriously, when is having a girl such a terrible thing?
The way I see it, when I welcome my little one in my arms at the end of the month, I think I will feel pretty fortunate to have three healthy, happy children. Gender makes no difference to me.
Do you have three or more children of the same sex? What are your experiences?