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Family Surprised by First Baby Girl in Generations — & a Billboard Announcing Her Arrival

Jenn is perhaps best known as the author of the popular parenting blog Breed ‘Em and Weep (2005-2012). She’s written for many magazines, newspapers and websites, including Brain, Child Magazine, Literary Mama, and The Boston Globe. Jenn’...

This family waited 137 years for a baby girl

Best or worst co-workers ever? Our vote: best.

We think Will Settle's work pals are pretty awesome. When Settle (director of sales for Marlin Outdoor Advertising) and his wife welcomed a baby girl — the first girl born into the family in 137 years — Settle's co-workers decided to surprise him with a 24-foot-by-12-foot highway billboard outside of Bluffton, South Carolina, announcing her arrival.

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Settle and his wife, Kelen Settle, were definitely surprised — by the baby girl and the huge pink billboard.

“When I first saw it, it was an ‘Oh my God’ moment... It is so pink [and] so large. It’s pretty obnoxious, I hate to say," Will Settle said. "It is so in your face, you wouldn’t believe it.”

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The baby girl at the center of all the fuss? Carter Louise Settle, born on June 25. (We're guessing Carter Louise will have a lot of pink clothing to choose from.)

The family has waited a long, long time for a little girl to come along — more than a century and a quarter — and is clearly over the moon.

“I just assumed I was going to have another boy,” Will Settle said. “I was like, ‘What’s going on? This just can’t be possible.’ I was absolutely shocked. We had the whole family there. My mother just went nuts. My mom always wanted a daughter

“She’s going to have to be strong with all the men she’ll deal with in the Settle family,” he joked.

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How is her mom feeling about the massive public announcement of her daughter's birth?

“I think it’s a very, very cute idea and it’s going to be a fun story for her," Kelen Settle said. "It’s exciting."

Kelen tweeted thanks today to anchor Amy Robach at Good Morning America for all the well wishes with a very sweet picture of the newest Settle:

Are there plans to try to populate the severely female-deprived Settle family with more girls? That would be a yes.

“If there’s a No. 2, we’re going to have do a bigger billboard,” said Will Settle.

We're kind of hoping they go really big next time. Maybe girl triplets?

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