When Myla Lawrie was born in October last year, she was the first girl to be born in her family since 1809. When she was brought home from hospital, a veritable sea of pink greeted her, with clouds of balloons filling the sitting room, along with cards, bunting and ribbons in every shade of girliness.
It was a big celebration put together by the excited mom who wanted to enjoy all aspects of having a baby girl. Hannah Lawrie, the mother, has now revealed to Mail Online that using ovulation kits was the key in her journey to becoming the mother of a baby girl.
Hannah says the last girl to be born in the Lawrie family was their great-great-great Aunt Bessie, born more than 200 years ago. Bessie and her brother had only sons, and all their descendants after them. Hannah's husband Mark has one brother Glenn. Glenn has one son, Reece, who’s 14. Mark has two other boys, ten-year-old Ben and seven-year-old Zac, from a previous relationship.
Hannah told DailyMail,
"When Mark and I first got together, he told me how everyone in his family, for five generations, had produced boys. He warned me that the chances of us ever having a daughter were pretty remote. I even questioned whether there could be a genetic condition that meant Mark produced only male sperm.
I asked numerous doctors and consultants in the hospital where I work if this was the case, but was told time and again that it wasn’t. Every time a baby is conceived, the chances of it being a girl are 50/50, they told me — but in Mark’s family, for some reason, it never was."
Following in the family tradition, Hannah became pregnant soon after her marriage, and gave birth to son Mason, who’s now three.
When she was ready to have her second child, she was determined to have a baby girl, so Hannah used ovulation kits to work out when she was ovulating.
Love-making was allowed only early on in Hannah’s cycle. As soon as the kit showed she was approaching ovulation, intercourse was banned for the rest of the month.Hannah admits it was far from romantic, but says she wanted to give it their best shot.
Hannah fell pregnant straight away but was convinced the technique hadn’t worked and that she was expecting. Then, at the 20-week scan, they received the astonishing news that they were expecting a girl. But it was only when her baby was finally placed on her chest following an emergency Caesarean at 39 weeks, that she truly believed it.
This story is definitely a testament to the science of genealogy, reproduction, XY chromosomes and the determination of one woman to play dress up and pink barbie dolls with her own baby girl. Glad it worked out for her.