1st time in the labour room:-
Me: “Dr, what is it? I wanted a girl”
Doc: “Wait for 5 minutes.”
I apprehensively waited & the doctor said “It’s a boy”, showing me the baby.
My baby gender wish vanished the moment I saw my baby and held him in my arms.
Throughout my pregnancy, I kept praying for a girl. I didn’t like when anyone used to bless me saying, “Doodo nahao, puto falo”, which means may you bathe in milk and give birth to sons. In my heart I used to cry – why can’t people give blessings for a girl, why does it have to be ‘putravati bhava”?
When my son was born, most of the people said now that a boy is born first, I can sit back and relax. I kept telling them that being a female, I wanted a baby girl, not for any other…
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When pregnant with our second child, Jackie always insisted she wanted another boy. The baby was Becky. Jackie was delighted. She had wanted a girl all along, but didn’t dare hope for one 🙂
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