WordSearchSeries#16: Febrile + Choosing the sex of a Child

Early start for me this morning as work resumes today. We had Monday and Tuesday off work because of the Muslim holiday (Eid el Fitr) so it was a really long weekend.

Talk about the work week starting on hump day. *rolls eye* 

Anyway, Wednesday is always scheduled for #WordSearchSeries on the blog and the new word is Febrile


I had a different word planned for today but on my way to work this morning, I found ‘Febrile’ in an article I was reading on Facebook. 

I thought the word sounded like feeble but here’s what it really means:

  • Having or showing the symptoms of fever.

Example: The woman’s Febrile condition kept her in bed all day.

  • Characterised by a great deal of nervous excitement or energy.

Example: She sang with Febrile intensity.

The result riled up the contestants and plunged the audience into a Febrile state.

Basically, Febrile can be used in medical terms to refer to ‘ fever’ or refer to an ‘extremely active’, ‘exciting’ or ’emotional’ situation.

If you have just come across this word for the first time, feel free to add it to your vocabulary.

For #WonderWednessday, I’m wondering if it’s okay to plan the sex of the children you want to have.

A couple of weeks back, an instagram user posted a picture of her siblings. They were nine (9) girls and the last child was a boy of about 4 to 5 years old.

Of course, I thought the little boy looked so cute in the picture with his older sisters and I felt he was going to get so much love and extra attention from his parents and siblings. 

The comment section however had lots of contributions from who gives birth to 10 children anymore to oh! The couple must have been trying for a male child. Some people where even offering tutorials on how to plan for a male child, the period it’s better, what to eat, positions during intercourse and some ridiculous contribution.

In some African homes, the need for a male child is so important that it sometimes drive men to marry a second wife like it’s the fault of the woman she didn’t deliver a male child.

Some couples who merely by coincidence have all male children will swear they know the best way to conceive a male child and go ahead to give bogus information. 

Thankfully, people are now getting more exposed and less close minded. People are now open to consultation from medical professionals and finding out ways to plan the sex of the children they intend to have.
However, some others who are guided by religion prefer to allow nature take its course and accept whatever sex the baby comes in.

In my opinion, I think it is important to plan the number of children you will like to have and maybe plan loosely in what sex you will like them to come in.

However, I do not think planning the sex of a child should be a ‘do or die’ affair. If you start up that way, you’ll definitely put anxiety in the family for no reason. I think couples should be open to receive whichever sex the child comes in. A child is child….male or female.

I do not hve kids yet but I’m wondering what you think about planning the sex of a child.

Do you think it is important to plan the sex of the children you will like to have?

Are you open to planning the sex of the children you intend to have?

Do you think it is medically possible to plan the sex of kids at conception?

I’ll love to read from you

Love, Peace and Cupcakes



16 Comments Add yours

  1. Lara Olivia says:

    Hey, interesting post, but surely we all know that you cannot plan, choose or decide the sex of your child with a natural conception?! It is sad that in some parts of the world they still hope for boys over girls, but I think as education becomes more universal, these views will soon fade into non-existence. Same goes for having too many children. Our world simply cannot cope with the current rate of population growth. It takes all of us to change that. XO Miss Portmanteau

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    1. Hi Lara, Thank you for the contribution..I hope for better sensitization for people who strongly believe the male child is superior than female…and yea the population figures are climbing every minute…


  2. Jasmin N says:

    I’ve never thought you could affect to a sex of the child. It basically is all up to that sperm cell & egg cell combo and what cromosomes there are, XY or XX, usually.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I know right…I know the lessons from biology class but apparently some people think there’s another way to this


  3. I would like to keep it a surprise – if I was ever to become a parent, my only wish would be for the child to be healthy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I agree….that’s what’s important


  4. I don’t think there is any way to choose the sex of the baby even with the help of fertility professionals. A child is a blessing, not matter what sex they are.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. A child is definitely a blessing…Thanks for the comment

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  5. I find this soooo crazy.
    I would need to find out – I’m far too impatient!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha..let me know


  6. Perla Jacobs says:

    Normally, people cannot choose their child sex and I think there are no ways to influence it. But it a different story when comes about artificial insemination.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. We hear all sorts these days…too many theories out there


  7. Ivana J says:

    As always great theme to think about. Well, i definitely agree on the view of choosing the sex of the child, i think that we should not be much stressed about it and just let be the way it has to be. Girl or a boy it is all the same, most important is that baby is healthy. xo


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  8. Nellyslife says:

    Woah, this is new to me! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re welcome☺


  9. Katja Knox says:

    I know there’s a chance I could choose the sex as I am going through IVF – however I am not bothered about the sex as long as the baby is healthy and actually arrives one day!
    Katja xxx

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