Friday, November 05, 2010

17 weeks

We got back from our trip south late Monday night, and it's been a non-stop week ever since. Our suitcases aren't put away, our cupboards are bare, and the laundry hasn't been touched. I still have a few pictures to upload to recap our nice long (but too short) weekend. But today marks Week 17 (I think?). And apparently this week the baby is the size of a turnip. (I told you this one was a doozy).

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I honestly had to Google "turnip," because in my head I was thinking of a parsnip. Which would be a really odd metaphor. I continue to be cracked up by these vegetable comparisons. At no point did they say that the baby was the size of a Twinkie. Or Ding Dong. Or a pint of Ben & Jerry's. True confession: I've never had a turnip.

Next week we are scheduled for an ultrasound, and we are really excited! Hopefully, if baby cooperates, we will be able to know the gender of the baby. I know there were lots of votes to not find out, but ultimately we are practical, impatient people. I'll just have my surprise 20 weeks earlier, and then I will feel like I can really get to work getting ready.

Prior to our big reveal (hopefully) next week, I looked up some of the ways that people claim you can predict the gender of a baby. So how do I fare on these wholly unscientific tests? (Please note that I know these have no basis in reason or science, but it's fun to guess...)
  • Chinese Conception Calendar. My co-worker swears by this one. The original chart was buried in a tomb for some 700 years. And the interwebs claim that it is 99% accurate. The chart uses the age of the mother at the time of conception and the month of conception. The Chinese would say, "It's a boy?"

  • Heart Rate. The tale goes that if the baby's in utero heart rate is more than 140 beats per minute (bpm) then it will be a girl; below 140 bpm, then it will be a boy. At our very first ultrasound, the heart rate was 165 bpm. So, it's a girl?

  • Cravings. When I suggested on Facebook that if this baby was a boy, his name should probably be Ben Jerry, my friend said that it meant that I was having a girl. Apparently, the tale goes that if you crave lots of sweets, then it will be a girl. If you crave salty or sour, then it will be a boy. As of late, I'm not exactly ravenous or having extreme cravings, but I'm definitely eating more than a month or two ago. I give the edge to sweets (ice cream, sugary cereals, hard candy), so it's a girl?

  • Drano. This tale says that if you add Drano to a pee sample, it will turn a color. If it turns blue, then it is a boy. If it turns green, then it's a girl. I'm confident that there is no scientific evidence linking the pH of urine with baby gender. And I'm unwilling to try this one even for blog fodder.

  • Even or Odd Numbers. This one apparently dates back to the Mayans. You look at the mother's age at the time of conception (31) and the year of conception (2010). If both are even or odd, then it's a girl. If one's even and one's odd, then it's a boy. The Mayans would say, "It's a boy."
  • Breakouts. Legend has it that if you have a lot of acne during pregnancy then it's a girl. The story goes that the baby girl is stealing her mother's beauty. So far no more than normal, so it's a boy?
  • The Wedding Ring. Even I had heard this one. You tie a string on your wedding ring, and have someone hang it over the expectant mother's belly. If it swings in circles, then it's a boy. It if sways back and forth, then it is a girl. Rykert was reluctant to help out, but he did, and it swayed back and forth, so it's a girl?


Other popular tales from around the interwebs...

It's a boy if:

  • You didn't experience morning sickness in early pregnancy
  • You are craving protein -- meats and cheese (the opposite, actually)


  • Your feet are colder than they were before pregnancy


  • The hair on your legs has grown faster during pregnancy


  • Your hands are very dry (no, but other areas of skin are unbelievably dry, and I've had seriously chapped lips for weeks; probably due to the change in weather)


  • Your pillow faces north when you sleep (sometimes)


  • Dad-to-be is gaining weight, right along with you (This will never happen!)


  • Your nose is spreading (I don't know what this means.)


  • You are having headaches


  • It's a girl if:

  • You had morning sickness early in pregnancy

  • Your hair develops red highlights (no, but I paid for some highlights last week)

  • You are craving sweets

  • You are craving fruit

  • You crave orange juice (but sadly, I can't drink it, or I pay the price)
  • You are moodier than usual during pregnancy

  • You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread

  • Your pillow faces south when you sleep (sometimes)

  • I would say that due to the conflicting tales, the results from the old wive's tales collected from the interwebs are inconclusive.

    I asked Rykert's mom last weekend if she had a guess. Her initial thought was that it was a boy, but she changed her mind after seeing the ultrasound profile. My mom thinks it's a girl too. Of course, my mom who has 3 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and no sons, thinks all babies are girls until proven otherwise. Rykert thinks it is a boy based on the law of averages and the number of girls in my family. And I go back and forth on an hourly basis. Anyone else have a guess?

    6 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

    Debbie said...

    My dad, who was an obstetrician in the days before it was possible to know the gender of the baby before birth, used to claim that when mothers-to-be asked him about the gender of the baby he would tell them either boy or girl (guessing at what mom wanted to hear) and then write in the chart that he told her the opposite. So when she challenged him later for being wrong he could point the chart and say "see, I wrote it down!" I'm pretty sure it was just a tall tale, though. I'd like to think my dad wouldnt' have lied to his patients.

    I wanted a girl (don't tell my son), but was happy with what I got. Until he hit the awkward teenage years. I'm sure that would have happened with a girl, too.

    Emily said...

    According to the Chinese calendar, I was having a boy. It turned out to be twin girls...

    As far as the nose spreading thing... I know exactly what they're talking about. Fortunately not first hand but some women's noses get bigger. Oh and their feet, too.

    I haven't decided what gender it is yet, but since you're finding out soon I'll have my mind made up by Sunday. With any luck the baby will keep it's legs crossed and you won't find out! MWUHHAHAHAHAHA

    Martha Stetzel said...

    Well the Mayans may have been on to something. That method holds true with all three boys at our house. So--I think it is a boy!!!

    Bridget said...

    I think it's a boy too. I've said that from the beginning. I'm right 50% of the time. ;) I'm glad you decided to find out and I hope the baby isn't shy and you are able to find out.

    Abby said...

    So glad you're going to find out! CAN'T WAIT. I barely had morning sickness with Ella, and it was horrible with James. With Ella I craved Sonic and pickle juice, with James I craved grapes and tomatilla salsa. And I don't know if you knew this, but my OB told me that James was a girl - and we bought clothes and a custom upholstered pink nursery chair - only to find out during an amnio that SHE was more of a HE. Major game changer. My gut tells me you are getting a boy - but my gut (and my stupid OB) told me James was a girl, so there you go.

    Emily said...

    Here's our guesses:
    Anna-girl
    Grace-girl
    Emily-boy

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