July 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM ET
For all those moms whose households are filled with either all boys or all girls and who yearn for the next pregnancy to break that streak -- only to find out it’s not to be -- this photo is for you.
Meet the Frisbie family of Pleasant Grove, Utah: Mom Brittany, dad Isaac, plus four young boys. Mrs. Frisbie is pregnant with the couple’s fifth child, so at the 20-week mark she had her sonogram to determine the baby’s sex.
She already comes from a male-dominated family, growing up with four brothers, said Isaac Frisbie, who has two brothers himself.
“After having four boys of our own, my wife wanted a little girl to have some female companionship. Of course, we ultimately wanted a healthy child so it was (just a) preference,” he told TODAY Moms in an email.
When they found it would be a fifth boy, the Frisbies decided to celebrate with a gag photo showing all of the male members of the clan cheering the news while mom has a decidedly different reaction. The picture shows her bent over on the couch in mock misery, a box of tissues nearby on the floor, while dad and the four boys don manly costumes and smile triumphantly.
“We decided if it was a girl, I would be the one sobbing and she would be in a tiara and a tutu and a wand dancing happily,” Isaac Frisbie said.
“However, if it was a boy we would dress all our boys and me in various superhero or geek related outfits and have her pretend she was going to be overwhelmed having a fifth boy.”
The photo, recently posted on Reddit in an entry titled, ”We're gonna have another boy!!!” quickly prompted hundreds of comments, many from parents in a similar situation.
“After the third boy, I wanted to reach down my throat, pull my own uterus out and choke myself with it,” one commenter vented.
“My uncle has 7 girls… he's slightly insane at this point,” another wrote.
Back in Utah, a couple of the Frisbie boys were actually a bit “bummed” that they wouldn’t be getting a sister, but ultimately they were pleased as well, Isaac Frisbie said. The overall reaction has been happiness that the baby is healthy and all is well, he added.
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