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Bringing Blue Eyes Back...

So did you know that blue eyes are becoming increasingly rare in America?  According to a 2002 Loyola University study about half of Americans had blue eyes at the turn of the 20th century.  Now we're down to 1 in 6 Americans with blue eyes.  Some researchers think that it's mostly a result of intermarriage amongst different ethnic groups.  Since brown eyes are dominant in the gene pool they're slowly taking over and fewer and fewer blue eyed babies are being born...

My mother has blue eyes and my father has brown eyes.. Sure enough, out of 3 kids, only 1 ended up with blue eyes, but it wasn't me (one also ended up with insanely long eyelashes, again, not me).... Fortunately Paul has blue eyes so we're going to work on bringing blue eyes back! 

According to my vague recollections from high-school biology and a cool "eye color predictor" we have a 40% chance of having a blue-eyed baby, a 10% chance of green, and a 50% chance of brown...

Now, there's certainly nothing wrong with having brown eyes (although I had a highschool boyfriend once who told me "you're so full of sh*t even your eyes are brown!"...  Such a  lovely thing to say to your girlfriend, but it shouldn't have surprised me coming from him)... And then there's this cartoon that I clipped out of the paper years ago and keep on my bulletin board at work:



But there's something about blue eyes, and especially my husband's blue eyes that I really love...



So here's to having a blue-eyed baby- keeping my fingers crossed!

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  1. Really interesting post! Love the eye color predictor - but not the results... Henry has a 50% chance of brown eyes, a 12.5% chance of green eyes (?!), and only a 37.5% chance of keeping the lovely navy blue eyes he was born with. We shall see! And how weird that blue eyes are going away in the U.S...

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