When Christine and Chris Ziobro welcomed their daughter Eve on September 10, 2015, they broke their family’s 156-year “boy streak.”
“We named our daughter Eve because she’s the first girl in the Bible,” Christine Ziobro of Ridgewood, New Jersey, tells PEOPLE.
Before Eve, the last girl born into the Ziobro family came in 1860. Katerina Ziobro was born in Poland as the youngest of three sisters and two brothers. Katerina and her sisters had no children and her brothers all had only sons.
Those sons went on to have only sons and the trend continued for four generations, right up to the births of Chris Ziobro and his three brothers. Chris and two of his brothers have welcomed two sons each.
Christine learned about her husband’s family’s peculiar record only after the birth of the family’s fifth grandchild.
“After five male grandchildren were born, my father-in-law sent me an article about another family with all boys, and at that point I realized, ‘Oh my God, we are never going to have a girl,’ ” Christine, 34, recalls.
When Christine and Chris started trying for a third child, the couple was inundated with advice about how to influence the baby’s gender. “My mom said Chris needed to wear tighty whities,” Christine says with a laugh.
Christine was at the doctor for a routine blood test at 16 weeks when she asked for an early ultrasound to find out the baby’s gender.
“When I found out it was a girl I thought, ‘Oh my God, how am I going to tell my husband?’ ” she says. “Then when I told him, he asked ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do?’ ”
Chris’s family was equally shocked. The couple announced their baby’s gender at Easter dinner last year. Her father-in-law joked, “How could you do this to us?” and her mother-in-law congratulated with an emphatic, “You broke the curse!”
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Naturally, Christine’s in-laws were delighted to finally have the chance to buy cute, frilly baby clothes. “She has like a thousand bows and headbands,” Christine says.
When Eve was born, Christine’s mother-in-law was so excited to see her she was scolded by nurses for trying repeatedly to take her for a walk around the hospital to show her off.
“My mother-in-law tried to leave with the baby several times and the nurses kept telling her, ‘You can’t take the baby out of the room!’ ” Christine recalls.
The couple’s sons, Chris, 5, and Chester, 3, were equally excited for the family’s newest addition. “They love it, there’s no jealousy there and it’s just a different kind of feeling,” Christine explains.
Now 8 months old, Eve has already broken one major family tradition, but Christine hopes she might continue another special one. “I’m a nurse and my mom is a nurse and maybe she’ll choose to follow in our footsteps,” she says.
Christine says she’s just happy to have another girl around the house.
“I’m excited because we just started watching the Real Housewives together,” she says. “It’s the strangest thing, but that show really calms her down.”