Friday, January 20, 2012

Gender Imbalance...It's a Boy!

The Captain and I are proud Grandparents of three adorables,  5 1/2 to 2 years old.  It was with baited breath that we awaited the outcome of  yesterday's "definitive" ultrasound of Grand #4, back home in Canada.  Our daughter gave us the news over Skype today that she is officially 26 weeks pregnant (there had been some debate about the date), carrying a healthy looking, MALE fetus.  The boys are really outnumbering the girls in our family, but it's not because we are doing anything to make that happen.

At Christmas, this Crafty Granny Good Witch came up with two pairs of the cutest booties ever.  One pair for a boy and one pair for a girl.  Everybody got presents this year, even "New Baby"  :)

Maybe Mummy knew ahead of time.  Some women just know, or so they say.

This week, the Globe and Mail published articles about the Canadian Medical Association Journal calling for a ban on revealing the sex of a fetus by ultrasound until 30 weeks gestation, or later.  It seems that some immigrant groups in Canada are aborting unwanted female babies.  Even some second-generation Canadian couples are doing what their forefathers have done for a long time overseas.  We are not talking about China, India or's happening on our own home turf, IN CANADA!

As a result, studies are showing a gender imbalance in many areas of our country.  Words and phrases like "eugenics",  "violence against women",  "sexual discrimination" and "barbaric practices" are flying hot and heavy as the debate about abortion in general continues.

Last week, Steadfast met a lovely family from Australia who is expecting their third child.  They already have two sweet boys, 4 and 2, and have been trying every-which-way to conceive a girl, even consulting a Chinese herbalist.   What an ironic but refreshing change!  They are still a few weeks away from their 20 week ultrasound, still waiting to see what the luck of the draw has for them this time.  I expect there will be great hoopla and happy goings-on at the MyLittleDeers blog site when they get the news.

This "unbalanced" family, has four more months to wait to meet our new grandson.  Here too, you will read the celebratory recitals of the new arrival.  Every child is a wanted, loved, accepted and rejoiced-over child in our Canadian neighbourhood.

Any thoughts out there about this?   Reactions?


Unknown said...

Congrats on another handsome grandson! (soon-to-be!)

I know around here not every ultrasound place will do this particular ultrasound.

I think 30 wks is a little unnecessary though if you'd like to find out the sex of the baby. Wherever the point is that you may not have an abortion, I see no reason why a parent may not be told a wk or two after.

I completely understand their (rule makers) motivations though... too bad that we even have to make this rule up in Canada. ;(

Sush said...

Congratulations as the OB told me after my third son was born...pre ultrasounds that enlightened us early...Boy oh Boy oh Boy!
We are balancing out your boys..we just got word that grandbaby number 5 is a girl. We will be thrilled grandparents of 3 girls and 2 boys. I know you are looking forward to when you can cradle that new bebe in your arms!

Lucy said...

How exciting!!!

Oh, goodness, I try to stay away from such hot topics, you know me and my venting LOL!

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi there Rosemary. Or should I say, "Ahoy there?!" It's funny how it runs like that in some families, where they have all boys, or all girls. Me personally, I think that each and every baby is a little miracle and should be cherished, whatever their sex. A healthy baby is what matters most.

LibraryDragon/Storykeeper said...

Congratulations! It sounds like an exciting time in your family. Healthy and Happy is what I wish for all the new grandbabies.

Karen and Gerard said...

Congratulations! I really like the cute little bunny slippers!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Congrats lovely lady and those bunny booties are super adorable.

Unknown said...

CONGRATS! I'm so excited for you!

We have only 1 girl in Jakes generation. I don't know what to do with girls. Boys are all trucks and wrestling, easy stuff.

Again. Congrats and can't wait to see the cute little one!

Veronica Lee said...

Congrats!!!! Love the super cute booties!