hispanic and white child

Susan Faith - posted on 06/14/2012 ( 143 moms have responded )

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ok i am sorry i am new at this site so i have a few questions about my daughter. i have never had an hispanic child before and alot of people are saying that my daughter isnt hispanic because she is to white has light brown hair and blue eyes. when she was born she also had blue eyes but jet black hair. but her dad is hispanic but in the whiter side except for where the sun hits. i am a white woman and i am just wondering if a hispanic man and white woman can have a child who looks more white than hispanic i guess.

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I got a milk man comment from someone when my daughter was around 6 months. She had blue eyes and my husband and I have brown. Her eyes are now hazel like my grandmother's. I still get comments on "Oh where did those eyes come from?" I often respond with, "Genetics." If I'm in a snippy mood I simply say, "Does it matter?"

Here's the thing. Your husband most likely has a lot more Spanish than Native blood in him; hence the litter skin. In the end it doesn't really matter. Genetics isn't as simple as so many people think (which is a good thing).

I had a teacher in high school, who was black, his wife was white, they had twin girls, one had dark skin the other had very light skin.

It just plain happens, so your daughter got a lot of recessive DNA.

Michelle - posted on 06/14/2012

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Susan, I wouldn't worry about the way you worded it. Some people make a big deal out of nothing.
I wouldn't worry about what the characteristic is of hispanic. I would be worried about your daughter being healthy. This is what is important. But, if your daughter has the characteristic of white, she can still have a hispanic side to her. It doesn't always show. Put it this way, my dad had indian in him. He was white, but he had red also in his skin.

It all depends on the gene..of what is more dominant than the other. If your child is healthy and happy go lucky..That is what matters.

Rosa - posted on 06/17/2012

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My daughter is white as a ghost people don't think she's my daughter other than the fact that she looks just like me. Both my parents are dominican so I have the olive skin dark hair and eyes. My youngest daughter looks both white and hispanic it funny. She has the olive skin, she's actually darker than ME both kids dads are white. So it all goes down to your genetic mix. I have 6 sisters and we all vary in skin tones so Even having both hispanic parents some of them are white.

Amy - posted on 06/15/2012

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Susan,
I have three children by my ex-husband who is from Mexico. All of them physically take after their father. I do understand the comments that people can make and how it can hurt your feelings. I have had people ask me if I am their babysitter, and if they are internationally adopted! When people ask me where my kids are "from" I always say they are "from" my belly! So I know people can be hurtful with their comments, particularly about childrens looks, I have just learned to look for the compliment in some ignorant comments. I have even had some hispanic people tell me that my middle son looks too "puerto rican" to have a mexican daddy. Some people do not understand that it is hurtful and that I take their comments as an accusation that I cheated on my husband, and he has a different daddy. Their daddy and I love our kids, just as I am sure you love yours, so what others say really shouldn't matter. Kiss your babies and thank God for the blessings you have, and don't let others opinions of what a baby should or shouldn't look like bother you.
Best of luck to you and your babies.
Amy

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/14/2012

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Michelle "Susan, I wouldn't worry about the way you worded it. Some people make a big deal out of nothing."

You are right Michelle, and that is EXACTLY what I think Susan is doing. Making a big deal over nothing.


It doesn't matter any that you have not had a hispanic child before. This line of questioning is truly absurd in my opinion.

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Kristen - posted on 06/03/2014

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i have hispanic children and I am white. one of my son is blond green eyes and lighter than me. my next is dark dark brown eyes looks like me. some of them are in between but if they are out in the sun they get real dark

Droslady09 - posted on 05/02/2013

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I am white with blond hair an blue eyes. My husband is Hispanic with brown hair an brown eyes. Both of our children have blond hair an blue eyes. Our daughter looks just like me our son looks just like his father only with blond hair an blue eyes so yes it is very possible. ....

ElsaGuzman - posted on 04/29/2013

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Hispanic is not a race, it simply means that either you or your family speaks Spanish or somehow in the family lineage ended up with a Spanish surname. Also just because you speak Spanish doesn't mean you should call yourself Spanish. Spanish or Spaniard are from Europe. We speak English here in the USA does that mean we can call ourselves Brittish or English, no of course not. It's not so confusion people. Again Hispanic is not a race-you have all races that fall into the Hispanic category just like you have Americans that fall into that same category. I was born in Cuba, and I am caucasian, I am blonde and blue eyed, so my race is caucasian not hispanic. I also have friends who were born in Cuba that are black so they are Black (or to be more correct from the Negroid race) not Spanish. Get it? It's all a language thing not a race thing. The USA termed the hispanic word to be able to group immigrants in a box but within that box there are subcategories such as caucasian-black-asian-indian-mixed. Just like Americans. Go figure.

Isolina - posted on 01/03/2013

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Rachel - posted on 10/07/2012

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I have three daughters that are part Cuban & part white & so far with the 2 oldest they look white the youngest is only 3 weeks old so I guess we will see with her which she will look more like but right now she is Cuban looking. LOL!

Melissa - posted on 10/01/2012

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My husband is Hispanic and Native American. Our oldest son has blonde hair and lighter skin than the rest of our kids. People do ask where his blonde hair come from and I either say "from his mommy" or I tell them "it doesn't matter". Your son's hair color could change as he gets older. My son was born with black hair and now it's blonde. I was the same way, except now my hair is brown, so his prob will be too.



Like others have said genetics are a funny thing. Your child could look like family members from generations past. People will talk because they have nothing better to do.



Tell people to mind their own business and just enjoy your babies.

Ellie Richardson - posted on 07/27/2012

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Kids dont have to be dark just because they have one dark skin parent. My mother is hispanic and is white skin. My dad is african american and im light like my mom.

Rebecca - posted on 07/19/2012

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My husband is half puerto rican half german and I am of mexican descent. Our first daughter looks like the all-american white girl...Dark blond hair and blue eyes, all of our four kids have matching features, and the other three have darker features..(shrugging shoulders).. who knew..

Melissa - posted on 07/16/2012

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My niece and nephew are both half hispanic/white and my niece inherited more of the hispanic gene than my nephew. She is dark olive skin/brown hair and eyes, while my nephew is white, light brown hair and the beautifulist blue eyes you can imagine. So yes, you can definately have a hispanic baby that has more of your traits. Just matter what gene's were dominant when you concieved.

Rosalinda - posted on 07/15/2012

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Of course! Hispanic is a not defined by a color of skin, eyes or hair. Just as those who classify themselves as white come in many different shades & colors. If you study the history of Mexico you wil know that it was overtaken by the mainly light skinned, fair eyed Spaniards who then mixed with the Indians and citizens who were already there. This gives the Mexican decendants a beautiful range of light to dark skin, eyes amd hair. I'm sure your daughter is a beautiful mix of both of you!

User - posted on 07/14/2012

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lol yes your daughter is Hispanic unless the father isnt lol. doesn't matter if shes a blonde with blue eyes and her dad has black hair brown eyes its still her father and hes Hispanic!!

Laura - posted on 07/13/2012

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My daughter is white (brown hair/huge, vivid blue eyes); her husband is Chinese. They refer to their son as "our mutt"....he is medium complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes; he has HER rosy features and enormous eyes but they are almond shaped. He's totally gorgeous and a good mix of the two.

Maite - posted on 07/10/2012

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Being Hispanic has nothing to do with race. It has to do with being apart of the Hispanic culture that originates in Spain; such as customs, traditions, beliefs and art forms that's generally shared by peoples in Hispanic regions, but which can vary considerably from one country or territory to another. The Spanish language is the main cultural element shared by Hispanic peoples. You can be from Spain and be white, or from Mexico, South/Central America and Carribean and have Indian or African roots mixed in as well....

Stephanie - posted on 07/10/2012

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My husband is Vietnamese and only dark if he hangs out in the sun. I am white, green eyed, blonde hair. Our daughter actually looks completely white. She has dark hair, but not the straight, black Asian hair, more of a Caucasian eye shape too. She is starting to get a little tan this summer now that she is two, but is mostly fair-- esp. as a baby because, hey, babies shouldn't be out in the sun! :) Its really up to the genes, I sure thought we would have a predominantly Asian looking child, because that is what I was used to seeing with mixed couples, but she came out the way she was meant too and we love her to pieces!!

Monique - posted on 07/08/2012

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Hi Susan!
I am of Latin American decent, I am fair skinned, have blue eyes, and light brown hair. My husband is of Caucasian and our son looks like a total little gringo. both of my parents have a lot of European in them and neither one of them is dark skinned. It's possible! LOL!

Clarinda - posted on 07/05/2012

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my Husbands white & I'm hispanic & believe it or not all my kids look white but my last has blonde hair & blue eyes so yes definitley! Some people don't even think she belongs to me but I am also light skinned:)

MISTI - posted on 07/05/2012

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YES THEY CAN I HAVE A HALF HISPANIC DAUGHTER AND SHE DOES LOOK HISPANIC LOL I GUESS IT JUST DEPENDS ON HOW DARK YOUR GUY IS I GUESS AND WHICH GENES THE BABY TAKE IVE SEEN MIXED BABIES THAT LOOK LIKE THERE IS NO WHITE BLOOD IN THERE BODY LOL AND THEN I HAVE SEEN BABIES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE TOTALLY WHITE AND JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE WHITE DOESNT MEAN THERE LESS HISPANIC IT JUST MEANS THEY TOOK AFTER YOU I SEEN THIS ONE KID LOOKS LIKE A MEXICAN KID BUT HAS THE MOST BLUE EYES

Mariah - posted on 07/03/2012

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I'm white and my husband is Mexican. We have 5 kids; four of them have different shades of brown hair like their dad, all five of them have various shades of brown eyes from their dad, and they all have different shades of tan-brown skin tones. Our third, right in the middle of them all, is blonde! He's our only blonde so we call him our blonde sheep. They are all our children and we love 'em all. People often ask if the blonde has the same father because he's lighter than the rest. It's kinda rude because he's right in the middle and I don't like what that kind of question suggests about my fidelity. So, yes a white parent and hispanic parent can create all kinds of cute kids in lots of different shades. I've had to get a thicker skin to deal with the rude people, but wouldn't trade my kiddos for anything.

Stephanie - posted on 07/01/2012

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I am 100% white, fair skin, straight brown hair, brown eyes and my husband is 100% hispanic (puerto rican), tan skin, dk.curly hair, brown eyes. Our first child is completely "white", fair skin with blond hair and brown eyes. You would NEVER guess he has one ounce of hispanic in him LOL. Our second child has the tan "hispanic" skin tone with dark curly hair and brown eyes. Quite frequently people ask if 1. are they brothers? or 2. do they have the same dad? The answer is YES to both. So you see...it's all in the genetics as to what your child will look like and it's just the luck of the draw of what you will get :)

Lisa - posted on 06/29/2012

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Oh, and I was born pinkish, so yes sometimes babies do go darker, other times not :)

Lisa - posted on 06/29/2012

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My father is black, my mother is white. 2 of my brothers are more fair skinned, one reddish hair brown eyes, the other dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. Myself and my other brother are darker, but not even close to my dads skin tone. Mixed children can look like literally anything :)

And second point... My husband is white, our daughter we thought would eventually become a little darker but she did not, her hair ended up actually going lighter over time :)

Kim - posted on 06/28/2012

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There is no "standard" color for anyone. Every ethnic group has a rainbow of color, from light to medium to dark. Even "white" people are different hues. My skin is reddish, my daughter's skin is olive. Everyone's blood is the same color -- red. We are all connected.

Janette - posted on 06/28/2012

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Im hispanic and i dont have light eyes but im so white you will never know where im from unless i start speaking spanish. My point is a hispanic person doesnt have 1 look. Our genes are so mixed up that u'll never know what the next generation will look like. My mother is so white that she is almost pink and has green eyes and light brown hair. Even hispanic people talk to her in english cause they wont even imagine her true background, half the time they think she is european. Now my husband is puertorican but he looks indian and other indian people speak to him in hindi because they assume he is too. Our two daughters are extremely white brunettes.they look just like him but have my skin color.l Bottom line, hispanic people can have many looks that are in our genes as well. Tell those people to read about our very diverse history and inform their ignorance. Enjoy ur beautifull baby.

Jacob - posted on 06/28/2012

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Labels why are they so important ?
I have blonde hair blue eyes and fair skin .. my father has brown eyes, black hair and olive skin
my mother has auburn hair blue eyes and olive skin ...
My great grandmother had blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin ...
it's just genetics maybe your beautiful daughter will take after you or as she grows older she will take after her Father .as long as she is loved and knows she is an amazing child loved and adored . does it really matter ? give her a cuddle and tell her she is loved :-)
( blue eye gene is the dominate gene if I remember right :-)

Viktoria - posted on 06/28/2012

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I am of varied Caucasian European descent, and My husband is also Caucasian, with a tiny touch of Native American, but he most resembles the irish side, with fair skin, freckles, red-ish brown hair. He has blue eyes, and I have brown. All three of our children have different skin tones. The oldest has very dark brown, curly hair and pale skin, brown eyes and freckles, our middle girl has medium-tone olive skin, light hair and light brown eyes. Our youngest daughter is very fair skin, medium brown hair, and hazel eyes.
The beautiful part of having such a wide gene pool is that your children will surprise you how different they may look from one another. Celebrate who she is, tell her the many reasons you think she is beautiful ("I just love your wavy hair, it really frames your eyes!!") and watch her grow and change. She may change drastically when she gets to puberty as well. kids have hair, skin and eye changes when the hormones change, so get ready!!!

Laura - posted on 06/27/2012

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My stepdaughter's mother is 1/2 Mexican 1/2 Scots/Irish; she has very dark brown hair and eyes, her dad is English very fair....making the kid 1/4 Mexican and the rest very Caucasian....however, in our family portraits she looks adopted due to her coloring...both of her kids are quite fair. You just never know!

Cynthenia - posted on 06/27/2012

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@ Lisa Stiles - just FYI...Jamaicans or any person of African decent that are from the Caribbean, were African slaves that were dropped off various islands en route to America...Jamaican/Black Caribbean (particulary of the West Indies) roots are all from Africa. Actually, Jamaica became a melting pot of slaves, Chinese, Indians, Native Americans and Africans.

Lisa - posted on 06/26/2012

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When a lot of people say "Hispanic", they mean Mexican. I don't know if that's what you mean or not, but if your husband is Spanish, many Spaniards had fair skin, blue eyes and dark hair. Mexicans are basically two races that interbred so much, they became their own race (the original Mexican natives with the Spaniards), which is why Mexicans come in a variety of shades. Spanish is actually Caucasian, and Mexican is half Caucasian, half Mongoloid. If I am remembering my high school history correctly, there are only three main "races" in the world, Caucasian (most of your white and Europeans), Negroid (Africans, African Americans, Jamaicans) & Mongoloid (Native Americans, Asians). Mexican is the unique race in that it has combined two different races together to become one.

Anyway, your daughter is probably pulling the European side of her father's heritage, or she's pulling from your side, or perhaps both. Hope that helps and didn't sound too boring. :)

Tricia - posted on 06/26/2012

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Of course. My sons father is Hispanic. I'm white and we have a son with blur eyes and brown hair. My son is white and grew up and now has a daughter with a pacific islander women and their baby looks very Hispanic and Indian. The Indian is from a few generations back.

Laura - posted on 06/26/2012

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I love questions like these....my grandmother was Welsh (small, black hair, black eyes), my grandfather was Celt (strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, 6'3"). They had 8 of the strangest looking kids you ever saw...3 girls, 5 boys, no hair/eye color combination was the same. 3 blondes (one brown eyes, one green eyes, one blue eyes), 2 redheads (one gray eyes, one russet brown eyes), 2 brunettes (one brown eyes, one black eyes) and one black hair (black eyes). 2 were short, 3 average height, 3 taller than average....my grandson (2 generations later) has gray eyes (his dad's are blue, mom's light brown)...you just never know.

Your daughter is 1/2 of whatever part Hispanic her father is.

Isaura - posted on 06/26/2012

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Iam from Puerto Rico my gandfather was from PR and has blue eyes my mother also have blue eyes. In Puerto Rico there is slogan that ask "and you grandmother where is she?" I have brown eyes I have 3 sons brown eyes. One with very light complexion, the other a very littler dark, the 3er one have dark skin. I tu abuela donde esta? Love them the same no matter color of the skin.

Anel - posted on 06/26/2012

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I'm latin, Puertorrican btw. I just think you should know that we are a mix from white, black and Indians. If you ever come to my country you will see diversity. A lot of colors and shades.
I want to give you an example. I have 3 siblings. One sister is blond, beautiful green eyes and whiter than me. My other sister dark eyes, blackest hair color and a beautiful suntan skin tone you can imagine (reminds me of Jlo, but natural suntan). I have a "fair-suntan" skin tone, dark brown hair and brown eyes. None of us look alike.
My brother married a Russian and gave me one nephew and one niece. The boy looks like my brother mini-me, fair skin tone brown hair brown eyes, and my niece white as milk, beautiful blue eyes and blonde hair...
That's what we are... You can't say what a Latin kid will looks like. Amen!

Kim - posted on 06/26/2012

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I know a little blond haired blue eyed girl who is half hispanic. It happens that way sometimes.

Molly - posted on 06/26/2012

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Sure you can! Genetics is a strange thing. I have two adopted children who are latino. One has dark skin, eyes and hair, the other has light skin and hair and much lighter eyes. I wish we could all just be who we are without people questioning. wouldn't that be nice? :)

Jennifer - posted on 06/26/2012

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Believe it or not, I've heard of a white couple giving birth to a black baby (yes it was theirs) because the DNA strands were abnormal even though the baby was perfectly healthy. It's your family... Don't worry about others' opinions!

Christine - posted on 06/26/2012

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hunni i am half italian and half english and i look more english then italian so it does happen

Triny - posted on 06/26/2012

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OMG that is so ridiculous. Of course you can have a white child even if you are Hispanic. Just because you are of latin heritage does not mean you are not white. I am Cuban and am white just as my parents, grandparents. We have family with blue, hazel, blond, red, brown hair just like my children are fair complected. Their father by the way is also Cuban. Please educate yourself. Only in this country do people have a misconception that just because you are hispanic means you can't be white. I am a white Cuban female and proud of it. Personally it doesn't make any difference to me if you call me brown,white, or black. I know who I am.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/26/2012

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Yes, just as a black and white couple can have a child that is more white then black. Sometimes you can't even tell they are either way. My daughter has several friends who are mixed. And you can't tell it until you meet the parents. Their is no dominate race in the dna make up like their is with what kind of hair or color eyes. But I have a question for you. What does it matter? You and her dad know she is hispanic and it doesn't matter what everyone else says. Just make sure she knows her hispanic culture and back ground.

Chaska - posted on 06/26/2012

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Your daughter is mixed - not one or the other - despite of how she looks. This is a hot topic even among Latinos but Hispanic/Latino is not a race - but one generalized group that speaks Spanish. There is not one way that Latinos look - like there is no one way Americans look. In fact Latinos are of mixed race! We are indigenous, white, black, Asian and middle-eastern and any or all mixes. Though according to scientists there are only 4 races - the rest are mixes. :)

Fannie - posted on 06/26/2012

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Hi, Me and my husband are Mexicans but we dont look like Mexicans we both are ligth skin, and we know a lot of couples that one is latin and the other is canadian or american and their kids are white and blue eyes, so dont worry .

Gina - posted on 06/26/2012

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I have a mix child also (black and white) he is my (im white) twin with a little color in him...he is wonderful. i have been asked where i adopted him from...lol people are just IGNORANT...dont worry she will come around and look like both of you. your genes are just more dominant. I agree with the others...1. dont worry about what others say (probably just jealous) 2. Happy & healthy child!! Good luck be strong and proud!!

Cynthenia - posted on 06/26/2012

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sounds like there's more to your story....perhaps you are questioning the father of your child? You are spending waaay too much time and energy on "i never had a hispanic baby before" as if you are experiencing chicken pox or a new pet....I'm really wondering why you care so much about what your side of the family/heritage you child favors the most....I do believe the "baby daddy" is in question...i'm just saying.....otherwise your concern is ridiculous.

Maambomuleya - posted on 06/25/2012

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Its amazing how people like getting into other people's business.I have two boys.the first is dark skinned like my husband and i whilst the youngest is light.Since he was born i had to contend with questions of how come he is lighter than all three of us.I always tell them its in the genes.Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers were very light.to make things even more interesting my mother inlaw is light and has a sister who is VERY light.
But i find it so time consuming to explain all that and i just shrug it off.I could not be bothered to answer to people that do not know me at all.Its not like my not answering them will make me lack in anything.I love my boys just the way they are.so find a polite way of telling them to mind their own business.Don't let such things come between you and the people that matter the most.

Shawn - posted on 06/25/2012

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I am white and my boyfriend is Spanish my son has light hair and green eyes and white skin. He had black hair when born. We just had a daughter and she has darker skin than her dad but light eyes. It just depends on what genes are prominent.

Stephanie - posted on 06/24/2012

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Yep! My husband is hispanic, and I am white. Both of our babies look more white. Unless you have a question about who her daddy is (which I don't think you do) don't worry about what others think. I'm pretty sure my brother-in-law still thinks my babies are the "milkman's!" :)

Anna-Maree - posted on 06/24/2012

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Does it really matter whether or not your daughter looks hispanic or white? A child can look like either the mum or the dad. It all depends on whose genes are the strongest. My little boy doesn't look like me or my husband. He looks like his grandfather. It doesn't matter - people will love her for who she is and not what she is.

Plushette - posted on 06/24/2012

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It all comes down to genetics. Your daughter is 1/2 caucasian and 1/2 hispanic. My daughter is the same mix and beautiful. I would ignore ignorant people. What is important is that YOU love, support and encourage your child/children.

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