US family welcomes newborn daughter — their first baby girl in 138 years
In September 2022, when a family in the US state of Michigan gathered for a gender reveal party, they were in disbelief to learn that a baby girl was going to be born — and rightly so.
After all, when Carolyn and Andrew Clark brought baby Audrey into this world on March 17, it marked the birth of the first daughter in their lineage in 138 years.
In a conversation with Good Morning America, the newborn’s mother explained that she first learned about the family’s unique chromosomal legacy while dating her now-husband and wasn’t quite convinced until his parents confirmed that the Clarks 'hadn't had a girl in our direct line' since 1885.
“I'm like, ‘Oh, it's a 50-50 chance every time. What do you mean?’” Carolyn recalled asking Andrew. “He goes, ‘No, legitimately, we have not had a girl in our direct line in over 100 years.’”
Last September, when the Clarks gathered to celebrate their pregnancy and sex reveal, it was nothing short of historic.
“We kept it a secret to ourselves as well,” Andrew told GMA. “So I just assumed it was going to be blue in the center of the cookies and it'd be another boy in the lineage.”
He recalled being “shocked” when he noticed the centre of the cookies was actually pink.
As for Carolyn, the birth of a daughter in the family after 14 decades only topped off the joy of welcoming her newborn — following a miscarriage in January 2021.
“It was just icing on the cake that it was a girl,” she said, noting that she just wanted the baby to be happy regardless of their sex when she first learned about her pregnancy.