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KAD14 Sun 03-May-20 15:34:46

Okay so....we are trying to conceive our first child. My husband has 3 boys from a previous relationship. I have no children of my own.

I have always dreamed of having girls and because my husband already has boys he’d love a girl too.

I was raised by my single Mum and she is absolutely my best friend. We are really close, talk all the time and love going out for days together. I really hope I have a girl so I could have the same relationship with my daughter.

My question is, is it possible to have the same type of relationship with a son? I mean as they grow up? I’ve always thought when boys become men they have less to do with their Mother’s and eventually if they get married they’d spend more time with the wife’s family. As generally daughters are closer to their Mum.

The thought of not having the same kind of relationship with my child, that I have with my Mum fills be with dread. And I genuinely worry it won’t the the same if I don’t have a girl. It really scares me that my husband can only produce boys??

Am I being stupid? What experience do people with adult sons have? Is it the same as a Mother/Daughter relationship?

Thanks smile

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Strangerthanstrange Sun 03-May-20 15:37:37

You play a massive part in determining the relationship you would have with your adult children. I would imagine if a child grew up always feeling like a disappointment then your relationship wouldn't be that great. HTH.

Mrsfrumble Sun 03-May-20 15:45:06

I would imagine if a child grew up always feeling like a disappointment then your relationship wouldn't be that great.

Yep, this ^^.

I think the “boys aren’t as close to their mums” thing is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s also possible for a DIL and MIL to have a great relationship.

If it helps you to know, both of my brothers are closer to my mum than I am.

SuperficialSuzie Sun 03-May-20 15:48:25

What Stranger said.

I have one of each, I'm equally close to both of them. I would hate to be a child who felt like a disappointment because he was a boy.

Soontobe60 Sun 03-May-20 15:48:43

Well, seeing as you have absolutely no way of influencing the SEX of any children you have, you have two choices. Either get over yourself and be happy with either sex or forget having a child completely if having a boy would cause you so much angst.

SuperficialSuzie Sun 03-May-20 15:49:22

YY to MrsFrumble - gender stereotypes can be self fulfilling if they are repeatedly pushed on people.

TARSCOUT Sun 03-May-20 15:50:18

Congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope all goes well and you have a happy and healthy baby.

TARSCOUT Sun 03-May-20 15:50:55

Scrap that you aren't pregnant yet fgs.

StirCrazy2020 Sun 03-May-20 15:51:05

Boys are great! Mine are bookish nerds likee, give great hugs and make me cups of tea. If I could have a guaranteed girl on a future pregnancy not that I've got time I honestly wouldn't bother. In fact during lockdown my house has been an oasis of calm pottering.

Dangerousminds Sun 03-May-20 15:51:32

My brothers pop in and see my mum most days, much more than I do! If you have a girl there’s no guarantee you’ll be ‘best friends’ either.

K1999 Sun 03-May-20 15:51:42

Say that to my brother who worshipped my mum! Even now she's passed away he talks about her every day. Took care of her when she was dying, made her dinner, the works. They were closer than even me and my mum and we were super close

Hearhoovesthinkzebras Sun 03-May-20 15:52:15

Just because you have a daughter it doesn't mean you'll have the same relationship as you and your mum have. You know, because you aren't your mum and your daughter isn't you.

You can have close relationships with sons just as you can with daughters. You can have more distant relationships with daughters as with sons.

I don't think you should contemplate having a baby unless you can truly be happy with either sex.

firstimemamma Sun 03-May-20 15:57:42

Unfortunately there is lots of stereotyping in our society that conditions us to believe that having a boy is somehow 'second best' or 'just not the same'. In my opinion it's not true and lots of boys and men have great relationships with their mums. My fiancé is one of 4 boys and they all adore their mum to pieces.

I have a boy and I absolutely love being a boy mum. I actually wanted my first child to be a boy and was delighted when I found out my wish was coming true - I know this makes me a real outsider in the world of mumsnet but it's just how I feel.

A child of either sex is a blessing.

DramaAlpaca Sun 03-May-20 15:59:17

I have three adult sons, I'm very close to all of them in different ways and we talk a lot and spend time together, or did before lockdown. I don't have a daughter so I can't compare, but while I think a mother/daughter relationship might've been different, I can't imagine how it could be any better than my relationship with my boys.

It's quite concerning that you'd consider having a child when the sex of that potential child bothers you so much.

maria860 Sun 03-May-20 15:59:59

I've got three boys I raised them alone after their dad left my oldest two are at seniors my little one is seven. I can honestly say I'm closer to my own boys than I probably was to my own mother at their age.
They are so loving always asking if I'm ok and say you look beautiful etc we have lovely chats all the time. My oldest is 14 still come and hugs me everyday their all quite sheltered as they don't play out and things like some kids around here but I've bought them up well to respect women and respect each other.
They fight now and again but I have to say for boys their really good to each other and very close like best friends.
I always wanted a girl but I accepted I was a boy mom and completely happy with that as we are so close.
I'm not actually having a girl and I'm over the moon but was also a little sad I won't hold a sweet baby boy.
Your relationship is what you make it and all my brothers are still close to my mom we all are so I think the daughter thing isn't always set in stone so try to be happy with a boy as you would a girl.

KAD14 Sun 03-May-20 16:00:37

Thanks for your responses. It’s so lovely to hear from those who have great relationships with their sons. I’m sure it’s because it’s so different to what I know, so it worries me, and the thought of not being close to my future child is heartbreaking.

Who knows what the future will bring!

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maria860 Sun 03-May-20 16:02:08

It meant to say I'm now having a girl * also agree above post about stereotyping and I would rather have three boys then three girls any day of the week

BeingATwatItsABingThing Sun 03-May-20 16:07:05

If you wouldn’t be happy with a child of either sex, please don’t have one. All babies are unique and you can’t predict a fantastic, best friend relationship just because you’ve had a girl. My DD is a complete Mummy’s girl but her ‘best friends’ in the family are my dad and my sister.

I’m expecting another girl in September and people are already asking how DH will cope being outnumbered. hmm Exactly like he copes now. Brilliantly because he knows you can play with cars and bricks even if you have a girl. If we were expecting a boy, I would have done all of the same things I do with DD.

LolaSmiles Sun 03-May-20 16:07:54

My brothers pop in and see my mum most days, much more than I do! If you have a girl there’s no guarantee you’ll be ‘best friends’ either
I was going to say the same.

I do worry that there's a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy that happens where people idealise this mum and daughter best friends forever relationship, whilst also promoting the Mum and son oh no we'll never be close and then he'll dare to meet a woman and I'll no longer be the main woman in his life story.

DH gets on brilliantly with his mum, as do I.
I also know a lot of unhealthy mother/daughter relationships and some of them are strained precisely because of the mum pushing to be their daughter's BFF for life.

BeingATwatItsABingThing Sun 03-May-20 16:11:13

They are so loving always asking if I'm ok and say you look beautiful etc we have lovely chats all the time.

You’ve got loving children. Their sex has nothing to do with it. My DD is the same. I can’t stand the ‘boys are more loving’ crap you hear (looking at you, colleague) because it’s nothing to do with what’s between their legs.

mightym Sun 03-May-20 16:11:27

My DH is really close to his mum, as is his brother (and sister). We spend more time with his family than mine. Really don't worry about it!

Dangerousminds Sun 03-May-20 16:15:41

I didn’t realize wanting girls so badly was a thing until I joined Mumsnet! I would have been happy either way of course but secretly was hoping for boys, which I now have and they’re the best!

BeingATwatItsABingThing Sun 03-May-20 16:20:22

secretly was hoping for boys, which I now have and they’re the best!

You’d have probably said the same if you had had girls. Everyone thinks their children are the best. My DD is the best. If I’d had a boy, he would have been the best. I can’t wait for my next DD but if I’d been told I was having a boy, I wouldn’t be able to wait for him.

Please can we all stop saying that our children’s genitals decide if they’re loving or caring or the best friend you’ve ever had. They don’t!

Healthyandhappy Sun 03-May-20 16:22:19

Buy an ovulation kit I used it twice and have 2 girls everyone I know who used clear blue also have girls

Pinkblueberry Sun 03-May-20 16:24:57

The thought of not having the same kind of relationship with my child, that I have with my Mum fills be with dread.

It’s lovely that you have such a close relationship with your mum, but that’s never guaranteed just because your child is a girl. Plenty of mums and daughters don’t get on. Plenty of sons and mums do. I think this is a futile thing to worry about. Your daughter could turn out to be very much a ‘daddy’s girl’. You could completely clash with your daughter, as many mums and daughters do. Obviously we want to have great relationships with our children l, that’s always the hope and the plan - but I don’t think it’s wise to give birth with intention of creating a life long friend for ourselves. That’s putting a lot of pressure on the child too. I would be weary of ‘trying to hard’ if you do have a daughter.

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