That’s my boy…

April 23, 2012

Today Eliza and I took a trip back to King’s College Hospital for my final post-pregnancy appointment at the haematology clinic. It was strange being back with a baby this time, especially considering the amount of time I’d spent there before she put in an appearance.

Anyway, here’s a conversation which took place today, with the doctor who had met her pretty soon after she was born:

Doctor – peering into pram: “Oh look at YOU, you’ve changed so much – you look like a proper little boy now!”

Me: “She’s a girl…”

Doctor: ‘I know!”

Mistaking her for a him has been a common theme recently; it happens a lot when random strangers stop and talk to us in shops when we’re out and about (people are so lovely when you have a baby, it is most un-London like). I think it’s mainly because she has a more-than-healthy head of hair, and unless she’s wearing top-to-toe pink people assume otherwise – and I much prefer to dress her in a whole spectrum of bright colours and patterns.

However, following the conversation today at the hospital I think it might finally be time to bring out more drastic measures, such as her completely ridiculous giant hairband (bought from H&M – such brilliant baby clothes).

Poor Eliza, or, as Alex is fond of ironically saying at the moment, “that’s my boy”.


  • JJ

    April 24, 2012 at 3:17 am

    What a fantastic photo, Eliza is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Not at all boy-like. Personally. I love the headband. Can’t wait to meet her in person xx

    1. gillian

      April 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      She’s very happy to hear that someone as super-stylish as your lovely self approves of her accessory! Thank you 🙂 Can’t wait for you to meet her either, and for us to go for cocktails and gossip xx.

  • Melaina25

    April 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I’ve had someone call Blondie Boy a girl when he was in boy’s swim trunks about to go swimming– no top on and before his hair was long. People are idiots lol

    1. gillian

      April 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      They really are. I know it can be hard to tell with babies – especially when they’re not wearing stereotypically coloured clothes – but were the boys swimming trunks on Blondie Boy not a massive clue?! Oh dear…

  • Michael

    April 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    We have the same problem. I’m sick of people thinking Sammy is a boy! Do they make the headbands for dogs??

    When her little cousin comes along she’ll not be wearing pink. Keep her colourful don’t let the system win!

    1. gillian

      April 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Sammmmmy! She’d look so good in a headband, but I imagine it would be seconds before she tore it to shreds 🙂

  • Esperanza

    May 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    What a very cute son! You’re truly blessed!

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