When they are newborns, it is sometimes hard to make out the sex of a baby. Are they a boy? Are they a girl? It’s easy to put your foot in it and declare a boy a girl or the other way round. By the time the little ones have reached their first birthday, it usually becomes a little easier to say, if it’s a little boy or a girl who is smiling at you on the bus. Well, that’s what I thought!
Recently, Amy has been mistaken for a boy two days in a row and I have to admit that I got a little grumpy about it. I know it’s nothing serious, but one of the people was actually quite rude about it when we informed them that ‘He’s a girl’. Personally, I don’t think that Amy looks like a little boy, especially as she is usually wearing quite girly colours, but it doesn’t seem that obvious for other people. The first incident happened in a London souvenir shop at the Cybher weekend. We were on the lookout for a couple of postcards and Ben had a look at a London clock for the kitchen, when one of the shop assistants looked into the pram and asked ‘How old is he?’. I politely answered that ‘He’s a girl and a year old’. Amy wore a red and blue cardigan that day, so I thought I’d let him off. But then the sales assistant replied ‘Well, she still looks like a boy’. I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. How dare he be that rude and tell me to my face that he thinks my little girl looks like a boy? I actually couldn’t believe it and pushed the pram onto the pavement in front of his shop while Ben quickly paid for the postcards. When we walked back to the hotel, I was fuming and there might have been the one or the other not so nice word coming out of my mouth.
The next incident was on our way back from London to Bristol. We had just jumped onto the taxi when the driver asked the same question ‘How old is he?’. I gave the same polite answer, but this time we received an instant apology and we forgot about it. In my eyes, there’s no need to make a big deal about it. The taxi driver apologised and that was it. We can all get it wrong after all, but why did the shop assistant feel the need to be rude about it and make an evil little comment about my baby girl? Argh, unnecessary rudeness just winds me up!
Has your little one ever been mistaken for the opposite sex? How did you react? Let me know, if we are sitting in the same boat or if I am maybe over-reacting!?