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 Africa...it'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?