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Girl child is precious.

This is what I was told in India. A lot. In fact, it’s everywhere you go. There are billboards emblazoned with this seemingly bizarre phrase towering over busy intersections and tall buildings. There are commercials on T.V. depicting young parents thoroughly enjoying their toddler girls at the park or the beach.

Girl children are, in fact, just about everywhere.

Although this might seem a bit out of the ordinary, there is a reason for this. Apparently, girl children weren’t always so precious. In fact, they were considered undesirable familial additions in India. So, in response, an educational trust teamed up with an entertainment channel and launched a massive campaign to convince the general population otherwise. Girl children are no bane. They are fun! Girl children are cute! Adorable!

Despite the sad reality of this campaign, we got a real kick out of it during our travels last year. I know we’re twisted, but we found the phrase hilarious for some reason. So, for some time afterward, we threw this phrase about in ordinary conversation or, really, whenever the opportunity arose to speak about girls or women. It always induced a good belly laugh.

Time passed and we stopped doing this after the memory grew distant. In fact, I sort of forgot about it until recently. That trip was over a year ago and so much has happened since then. Besides, I was on the brink of having my own children and they were both going to be boys. It’s not that I don’t find little girls precious. I do. I just always assumed I would have little boys.

Well, life is full of surprises.


As I lay on the gurney with K holding my hand, the ultrasound technician asked if we would like to know the gender of our child. We both eagerly said yes. She then placed her little device on my baby’s bum and I knew instantly. Well, it was actually pretty obvious.

“We’re having a little girl?”

“Yes, it’s a girl.”

Tears streamed down my face. It wasn’t disappointment, really. It was more of a shock. Although I thought I prepared myself for this possibility, I had not done so effectively. I knew the name of my little boy. I knew what he looked like and already imagined his calm temperate and sweet sweet disposition. He was going to be just like his father.

I looked at K. He looked as happy as he looked on our wedding day. Elated. His eyes were bright and twinkly. It was beautiful and sweet and I hope I never forget that expression.

He said, “Girl child is precious.”

I laughed through the tears. He was/is right. Girls are lovely. I have two amazing nieces, lots of wonderful girlfriends, an amazing mother, and a sister with whom I am extremely close.

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I am having a baby girl.

The news is out and I embrace her with a full heart. An achingly full heart. In just a few days after the news broke, I was admiring little girls on the street. Such rosy cheeks. Look at those bloomers! What was I thinking? Was I worried she would be prissy?

Probably.

But she will be whoever she wants to be. She will be amazing. She will be loved.

Girl child is, indeed, precious.

And, in honor of her existence, I am making you all a girlie dessert. Sugar, spice, and everything nice? Well, maybe just sugar. I hope you enjoy these meringues as much as I did. It’s my mother’s recipe, and and all-time favorite of mine.

It’s very easy. It should take no time at all and, when done, you will enjoy pretty and delicious meringues!

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Meringues
4 egg whites
a pinch of cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Prepare two baking pans. Grease and flour them or use parchment paper.
Beat the egg whites and tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in one cup of sugar until a consistency not unlike marshmallow cream forms. It should take only 1-2 minutes of beating. The meringue batter should hold together on a tablespoon.
Using a tablespoon, place a dollop of batter about 1 inch apart on the baking pan.
Bake until just growing golden about 20-22 minutes. Enjoy the meringues warm or at room temperature.
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38 Comments

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Yes, girls are precious! ;-P Awesome news. You'll have a lot of fun with her I'm sure…

    Those meringues are lovely!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congratulations! So exciting. :)

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Ahhhh congrats! A little girl, how amazing :-) Love the treats also! xoxo

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congratulation!
    Such a sweet and precious moment:)

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Oh, congratulations, Robin!!! I want a little girl so badly. I've been to India 2x and they must have started this campaign in the last few years since I've been. Good for them, and for you – girl child is precious!

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    congratulations! little girls are everything to celebrate for! : )

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congrats! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I made your blueberry muffin recipe, and it's the best to date! I blogged briefly about it too!

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Hey Robin, I love girl childs! They are, indeed, precious. You know, boys are wonderful too, and you obviously had a vision of what life would be like with a mini version of your husband (wink). There is nothing like a little girl though! At least that's how I feel as well as all of my friends that are parents… Girls are just extra adorable when they're little.
    Pretty meringues too!

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    terrific news! like you, i imagine having boy children someday — but as long as it's one of the two i'd be over the moon. time to channel your ultra feminine side b/c there are a lot of pigtails, lace and bunnies in your future.

    cheers,

    *heather*

    p.s. perfect sweet to illustrate your news!

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Oh, heck, yeah!!! I love my two boys more than life itself, but you know, girl child IS precious. Something else entirely. Happy happy!

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congrats! I was sure my first was going to be a boy, and when she came out, we were shocked! But we decided to keep her any way! ;)

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Eeeeee, a GIRL! I am sort of like you and assume I will have boys, so I can think I can understand your initial shock. But that's a pretty great surprise, as they go.

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Yay!! A girl! How exciting for you both. Your story brought tears to my eyes. If she is anything like either of you, then she will be one talented, fun, and sweet little girl. I wish you both all the best.

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    congratulations!! And thanks so much for sharing it with us :)

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    Such a sweet post, Robin. I feel lucky that I have gotten to have some of these conversations with you in person and I feel like I am constantly repeating myself, but your child is never who you think they are going to be, regardless of their gender. They are all on their own path to becoming their own person and we just help them along.

  • August 11, 2010 - | Permalink

    I am an only child; and therefore the only girl. And my mother has no complaints…but we like to block out 12 to 17 years old, those were my bad years.

    Congrats Robin (and K), girls are so precious, and just think of the clothes:)

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Yay, a girl! Yes, indeed, they are so very precious. How wonderful and exciting for you and your husband.

    Thanks for sharing that sweet news, plus the sweet little meringues.

    Cheers!

    p.s. as for India, I watched a show on it and think I cried…I am glad they are doing campaigns now to encourage people to keep and cherish their girls.

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Oh I'm so excited for you!!! I can't wait to see what good foods and experiences you spoil her with! :)

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Robin,

    I just started reading your blog and had to comment on this great post! Congratulations! Such wonderful news!

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Your meringues in celebration of her life are wonderful. There is an old saying that I think mother's of daughters hold dear – "A son is a son until he takes a wife, a daughter's a daughter all her life." I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    What a perfect thing to celebrate such good news! Hooray for you both!

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    There are no words that can describe the instant love that will literally pour from you, on her birthday. All we can do is try to share the feelings that we have/had and yet the words are flat in comparison to the actual emotion. You and K will forever be loved and loving in return. That is what a family is, love joined by additional love.

    Oh yeah the cookies are nice, but the baby talk brings my emotions up. I am a mother and grandmother, life is never the same after each journey. I am so happy for you two to be a part of the journey of family.

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    What a sweet post! And while you could've made meringues to celebrate boy babies, it's all the more appropriate for precious girls :) Congratulations!

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congrats congrats congrats! She looks beautiful already :) And what a way to welcome her with some meringues :)

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Yay! So amazing. Beautiful photo of the light shining through the meringue treats too!

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congrats! Little girls are AMAZING. So much joy and so different from boys. Our girl (after 2 boys) has become my buddy – the boys just want dad, and while our girl is a daddy's girl, she also relates to me in a way the boys never did. They were too busy tackling me to talk :) (ha ha)

  • August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Super fun! Girls rock (boys too just in different ways). I am so wanting a wee girl next!

  • Becky
    August 12, 2010 - | Permalink

    Robin,
    The blessing of such sweetness. Remember, many moons ago I woke softly from a dream in which you were having a beach picnic/tea party with 5 beautiful little girls, all of whom with soft freckles and waves of bouncy redish blonde hair and the most summery flower print dresses. Makes me smile for all the wonderful moments still yet to come. Congratulations! !!! Much love, Becky

  • August 13, 2010 - | Permalink

    just beautiful! congratulations and all the best wishes to your little precious family! a girlfriend of mine is expecting her first baby and baby girl as well! exciting!

    lovely greets!

  • August 13, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congratulations Robin! This is such a sweet post on discovering the gender of your baby. I can tell she is quite precious and is already well-loved.

  • August 13, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congratulations!
    Girls are amazing, you ll see

  • August 14, 2010 - | Permalink

    Congratulations on your "sugar and spice and everything nice"!!!! Those meringues look like perfect baby shower treats!

  • August 15, 2010 - | Permalink

    baby girls are precious! we're 3 sisters at home… first of my sis babies was a girl! now we're having a boy! yay!

    those meringues look amazing! i have to make some for my mum, it's been a crazy week but i'll sure work on some soon!

    btw! sure you can cook with booze for the baby! it evaporates all!

  • August 16, 2010 - | Permalink

    Yes, I agree! Girl child is precious 8). CONGRATS and thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences and mother's recipe with us.

  • August 17, 2010 - | Permalink

    how very, very exciting for you. i'm having a wee little lady too, and i must say, precious indeed! the joy overfloweth :)

  • August 17, 2010 - | Permalink

    I LOVE meringues, as a kid and still to this day one of my favorite dessert is made with meringues. It is called Meringue swiss – basically put all this in a bowl and stir and server: merigues, ice cream, whipped cream, bananas and chocolate fudge. I just drool thinking about it.

  • August 24, 2010 - | Permalink

    I totally had the same response when I found out I was having a boy — I had just expected somehow that I was having a boy (even though I knew that it was a possiblity (to have a boy) I just had been so certain it was a girl). It think it is very natural to mourn for a minute when you find out; then you can move on to be excited. I LOVE that I had a son and I know you will LOVE having a girl. Good luck with your pregnancy and great blog!

    xo, Abbey

  • November 3, 2010 - | Permalink

    i found your blog by accident and how fortuitous- my little girl wanted to make meringues for her school cooking competition and i’ve never done it so was a bit nervous. we’re going to put food colouring in them. little girls are great although mine has never let me dress her how i wanted so she ends up looking like a mad colour blind gypsy, the only disappointment- otherwise- pure joy!

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