Thursday, June 30, 2005

Lai Genome Project

karyotype_46Drum roll please...

We're having a GIRL!!!

This morning we went in for Mary's 20 week ultrasound and found out in no uncertain terms that our third child will indeed be a girl! We are incredibly excited, especially in light of the Lai family history of having children of only one gender or the other, but never both - and we were well on our way to having all boys (though we love them both beyond imagination!).

This brings me to my family gender theory (the Lai Genome Project)...

My eldest sister, Elsie, has three lovely girls. My next eldest sister, Marj, has three equally lovely boys. And while my brother Paul has managed one boy and one girl thus far, he has Tsao family genetics on his side. As far as the Lai genome is concerned, it's strictly one gender per family. Until now.

It appears that the key variable in the equation is the gender of the individual Lai family member contributing to the chromosomal makeup of the child. The two Lai females (my sisters) have either three girls or three boys. I, a Lai male, will now have two boys and one girl. My father, obviously a Lai male, has managed both boys and girls.

This leads to two deductions in my family gender theory: 1) Lai sperm, whether X or Y, show no signs of power struggles - neither one dominates nor is a better swimmer/impregnator than the other; and 2) Lai eggs cooperatively choose early on in their life cycle which chromosome (be it X or Y) they will accept into their domain.

Now the final proof for the Lai Genome Project lies in newlywed brother Joey...

1 comment:

dan said...

How did I get so caught up in this Blogge anyway… oh yea, I remember, I love to hear about how things are going in your life… It is about life isn’t it.? Each and everyone of us wants, no needs, to have that sense of connectedness…. Dan, thanks so much for including me in this very intimate adventure. I am truly honored. And I an equally excited to hear that you are going to have a baby…. Wow… all I can really imagine is that happy go luck couple that picked me up ant the Grand Hotel…

So, when will I get the change to introduce all of those kids to the snow and more importantly Horse…..

By the way, there is one problem with your theory… the indomitable spirit of women in general. This very significant power leads men to think they have it all figured out, and at time crush our bubble…… :-) you better check your theory with your wife!