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:
It's a girl if:
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?