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The wonder of genetics

by Clare Mansell
The wonder of genetics

One of the most surprising things for me about becoming a mother was producing a blonde child. My side of the family are all very dark haired and at first glance there is no fair hair on Jim’s side either. When Theo was born he had brown hair exactly as I expected and then at some point in his first few months what little there was of it gradually fell out and it grew back blonde.


Unbeknown to me, Jim did actually have blonde hair too as a child and as Theo grows up the similarities between the two of them are quite striking, but there are times when I stand next to my son as his dark-haired mother and am just amazed at how my genes seem to have had so little impact in shaping his looks.

With this next baby we have rolled the dice again and choices of which genes he or she inherits from each parent have already been made but are currently unknown to us. Not only do we not know the gender of this child, but we really have no idea what they will look like either. Will we get one who looks like Jim and a second one who looks like me? Or perhaps Theo will get a sibling who looks just like him? I am fascinated to see and we don’t have too much longer to wait now…

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Mummy & Bean September 21, 2015 - 6:07 pm

I read somewhere (can’t remember where) that, evolution means, the first child will always look more like their father, so that the father will accept the child as their’s and be more likely to protect and care for the child. The second child looks more like their mother as this child will now automatically be accepted as the father accepted the first one. Who knows if this is true, but it’s an interesting theory.

Emma T September 21, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Lovely pic of Theo. We were just the same – well, I was mousey but now mid brown, and the OH’s dark brown, almost black. But N had blonde hair – this is the norm with all his other cousins, but then their parents all had blond hair too. As he’s got older he has got darker though is is now similar to the mousey I was as a child.

Jenna September 21, 2015 - 8:23 pm

I was having the exact same thoughts about my daughter today, actually. She is the spitting image of her father (so everybody loves to tell me) and I don’t seen any physical similarities between she and I, at all.

I bet if I have any more children they will look just like their daddy too!


Carie September 21, 2015 - 9:26 pm

I always think my three look like H, right down to the blond hair as a child, though my sister was similar. I think Kitty has some of my expressions and gestures, and I think her colouring will be similar but it’s fun seeing how the genetics roll out. I was really really different to my sister as a child so it surprised me that my three are so similar!

You Baby Me Mummy September 21, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Great shot! My hubby used to be white blonde as a kid then went dark brown x


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