Family welcomes first baby girl in 137 years, so never, ever give up!

Carter Settle

While for most of us, gender does not maketh the kiddo, this US family were understandably keen to have a little more girlpower in their gang again!

Girl drought

It wasn’t until Will and Kelen Settle told their family they were expecting a baby girl that they did some serious thinking about the gender balance in their family.  

Will says they were stunned when they explored the family tree a little more carefully. Little Carter Louise Settle is the first Settle girl in a whopping 137 years!

“My father actually did some homework when we found out it was a girl,” Will, of South Carolina, told 11Alive News.

“He started to think back, ‘You know my father didn’t have any sisters, my grandfather may have had some sisters…’ and started to kind of move further back and found out there hasn’t been one in that long.”

Obviously they were aware that Settle girls were scarce of late, but the whole 137 year thing knocked their socks off. Luckily little Carter arrived to save the day!

“My two favorite people in the world,” Kelen posted alongside a photo of her newborn daughter and her hubby.

“Carter Louise Settle made her appearance on June 25 at 7:51 pm and is pretty darn perfect.”

Spreading the news

She looks pretty perfect to us too and it appears that Kelen and Will are not the only ones who are excited she’s arrived.

“A guy I work with said you need to drive to Savannah turn around and come back,” Will, who works in outdoor advertising, said. A quick spin revealed a GIANT billboard emblazoned with baby Carter’s pic.

“Welcome to the world, Carter Louise Settle!” it reads. Will said he could hardly believe his eyes (and is obviously excited that people are excited.)

“I know that we have a good number of billboards in that area… I went down and turned around and couldn’t believe… I couldn’t believe how bright pink the billboard was!” Will laughed.

Why so many boys?

A 2008 study by Newcastle University goes a little way toward explaining why this boycentric Settle trend may have occurred.

“Men inherit a tendency to have more sons or more daughters from their parents. This means that a man with many brothers is more likely to have sons, while a man with many sisters is more likely to have daughters,” the paper explains.

This is good news for settles as Carter’s arrival may have shifted the gender imbalance once and for all!

Nice one, Carter! The future is (a bit more) female! #Maybe

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