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The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World by Roger Thurow

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chapter six

IT’S A . . .

JESSICA HOPED SHE WAS CARRYING A GIRL, AND SO DID MARCO. Still, until they knew for sure, they hedged their bets; they pondered both boy and girl names and they browsed unisex outfits in the baby stores at the mall. Jessica also captured the suspense in her letters to her child. At fifteen weeks, as she listened to a song called “Stomach Tied in Knots” by Sleeping with Sirens, Jessica began her journal entry with a generic “Dear Sailor.”

           You are my sailor, okay? Why? Because I’m Sailor Jess. And your dad is Captain Marco. So your my little sailor. . . . Your father and I talk endlessly about you. We do not know your gender but your grandmother believes you are a girl and of course so does your father. And ...

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