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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Third Time May Be the Charm

A mother, a father, a son, and a daughter — what could be better? Hollywood's picture of the perfect family usually involves one child of each gender. Television and movies often perpetuate the image — you have Brenda and Brandon from the original 90210, Serena and Eric on Gossip Girl, and Ross and Monica on Friends. But a balance between the sexes isn't always in the cards. While there are countless myths about influencing the sex of a child, and science may allow parents to undergo procedures to determine a baby's gender, most parents are simply happy to have healthy children in their arms.

That doesn't always stop prying friends and family from asking about future children. When a colleague recently gave birth to her second son, the first words out of a friend's mouth were, "Now you can try for the girl!" She has been stopped by people on the street commenting how special the relationship is between a mother and daughter and someone even asked her if she was sorry she saved all of her Barbie dolls from her childhood.

If you had two boys or girls did you — or would you — have a third child in hopes of bringing a child of the opposite gender into the family?

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mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
My sister has 2 boys and now all she wants is a girl!
techkim techkim 7 years
I got two boys super happy with two boys. Might try for a 3rd but I want another boy LOL.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I'm a mother of a daughter and my boyfriend has admitted to being a little disappointed when we found out because he was really hoping for boy. But he quickly got really excited about having a girl. If we end up having another one I know he'll be hoping for a boy again and I would too, but if we end up with just girls we'd we happy. I don't want more than 2 kids, no matter what the next one may be.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I have two boys and I adore them. But, honestly, I will try for a girl. If it's a boy,I get it. I'm meant to mother sons.
Galonabudget Galonabudget 7 years
I'm pregnant for the first time and don't know the sex yet, so this is a really interesting concept. I imagine once I know the sex our little family may feel unbalanced and beg for another addition. Of course, I need to get through this pregnancy first :)
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