Baby Girl Born After 6 Boys Celebrates First Birthday
Early last year, a video of Cher Lair's reaction to cutting into a cake went viral. That's because the cake's filling revealed the gender of the seventh child for Lair and her husband, Stephen, already parents to six boys. It was a girl.
One of the Lair boys, Houston, age 5 at the time, ran out the door upon learning the news. "I'm sick of girls," he told ABC 11. Others dreaded the color scheme a little girl would bring into their lives. "It was like, 'Eewww pink!'," Cher, 37, toldPeople.
But the baby, Ruby, now a year old, has grown on her brothers. The Lair family, who live in Apex, North Carolina, celebrated her first birthday last weekend with pink decorations and pink party supplies. Brothers Jackson, 14, Campbell, 11, Sawyer, 8, Houston, 6, Shepherd, 5 and Knox, 3, even wore pink shirts for the occasion.
Peoplereports that the boys argue over who "gets to take her out of her crib in the morning, who gets to hold her," and even who spends their chore money on gifts for their only sister.
"We always fight over who gets to pick out her dress," Campbell, 11, told the magazine.
What's more, Cher said Ruby's presence has been good for the boys. "I think it softened them a little bit," she toldPeople. "They're stillLord of the Flies-level crazy, but she just piles in with them and they're very protective of her."
Protective, indeed: The young men are already talking about how they'll receive Ruby's future suitors when she starts dating.
"Oh, that's gonna be a milestone," said Jackson, 14. "It's gonna be tough for whoever she picks."
Campell said he can't wait to make fun of her boyfriends: "I'm sure I'll do what most big brothers will do – intimidate them."
For now, though, they'll focus on improving their manners in the presence of a girl. "Dad says if you need to [burp or fart], go to the other room because she's a lady," Sawyer, 8, said.
Video: Priceless reaction to daddy blowing the candles out
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