December 20, 2013

Dear Frannie Friday--Gender Predictions

 One of the most exciting things about pregnancy is finding out (or trying to find out) whether you have a little mister or a little missy in that belly!  This time, we are going to be surprised and I am actually really excited for the surprise (regardless of my history with willpower and surprises), but it's still fun to guess!  So here are some of the most common gender prediction Old Wive's Tales, how it relates to this pregnancy and that of my other kids:

1.  Chinese Gender Prediction Quiz.  Supposedly, this is really accurate.  What it does is calculates your age at conception and the month of conception and gives you a prediction.  It was right for Kaden (18/February), but wrong for Conner (22/June or July) and Brielle (24/July).  Supposedly, according to this chart, this baby is a girl (31/August).

2.  Carrying High or Low.  The saying goes that if you are carrying high, you will have a girl.  If you are carrying low, you will have a boy.  I can't really compare this to my other pregnancies.  First of all, they were too long ago (13, 8 and 6 years).  Secondly, you'd be surprised to know that I only have one pregnancy picture of me with all three pregnancies--from 9 months with my daughter.  But in general, I'd say I'm carrying high, so this would indicate a girl.

3.  Carrying Wide or in Front.  Similarly, it is thought that if you are carrying all of your baby in the front like a basketball, you have a boy in there.  If you are carrying wide and in the hips and/or thighs, like a watermelon, a girl's in your future.  Again, I don't have enough memory or photographic evidence to compare to my other kiddos, but I remember carrying all my babies in all of my body, not just my belly, as with this one.

4.  Moody much?  Apparently, if you are moodier than usual, you can expect a girl because of the extra estrogen.  I don't know about this.  I think I've been pretty moody with all of my kids.  But with this one I certainly have cried a lot more than usual.  But I did with Kaden too.  I remember crying at a cell phone commercial early on with him.

5.  Breast Changes.  If your boob growth has been substantial, this can signify a girl.  If your nipples are darker, this can mean a boy.  I'm not going to comment on my nipples, but I will (gladly!) report that my boobs are HUUUUUUUGE right now.  As someone who is normally flat chested, I'm totally digging it.  And I very much remember this being the case with my daughter.  Not so much the boys. 

6.  Morning Sickness.  If you skate through your first trimester without the joys of morning sickness, you are said to have a boy.  If you spent the first 12 weeks hugging the toilet, a girl is in your future.  I was not sick at all with Kaden.  Not once.  I was a little queasy with Conner, but nothing noteable.  With Brielle, I hardly went a day without throwing up.  Everything made me nauseous--the smell of Chinese food, Mexican food, cigarette smoke and even brushing my teeth.  The same is true for this one.  Times two.

7.  Heartbeat.  They say that a faster heartbeat than 140 bmp indicates a girl.  Anything slower, means a boy.  I have no idea what the heartbeats were for my other kids, but this one has been at around 143 each time, so just on the cusp.

8.  Cravings.  Salty things--pickles, chips and sour candies?  Boy!  Sweets--ice cream, cookies and chocolate?  Girl!  They also say that craving fruits means it's a girl and craving meats and cheeses means it's a boy.  With Kaden, I don't remember having many actual cravings.  I know I loved spaghetti, cereal and cotton candy, but nothing specific.  With Conner?  Mashed potatoes--specifically from KFC.  I had to have them all day everyday.  With Brielle, I had no cravings.  Mostly because nearly all food made me want to vomit.  Though I do remember wanting a Big Mac once.  This baby has been all over the place--ice cream, chocolate cake, LOTS OF FRUITS!!!!, cheese, bbq chicken pizza, salads, sandwiches, sugar cookies, glazed donuts.  For the first three or so months, the sight, smell and thought of meat made me so sick and I couldn't eat it.  But for a week or so, an Angry Whopper was something I'd been into.  So nothing really indicative there.

9.  Skin Changes.  They say it's a boy if your skin is extra dry and your feet are extra cold.  And if you are having a girl, you'll break out more because girls steal your beauty and all the extra estrogen will cause some pimples.  My skin with this baby has been soooooo dry and my feet are always cold.  And luckily, I haven't had a single pimple yet.  So according to this myth, it's a boy!

10.  Linea Nigra.  If it's a girl, the linea nigra (a dark line that sometimes appears down the middle of your belly when it grows) will stop at the belly button.  If it's a boy, it will continue all the way to the rib cage.  I don't have this at all, but I do remember having one with Kaden though I'm not sure how long it was.

11.  Wide face.  If your face stays narrow, it's a boy.  A widening face indicates a girl.  My face is huge.  In fact, I have had several people (like the other paralegal at work and my sister in law) tell that "I'm gaining weight in my face."   But I'm nearly positive that this happened with all of my pregnancies.

12.  Legs.  If the hair on your legs grows faster, it's a boy.  If your legs swell, it's a boy.  If they stay slender, it's a girl.  The hair on my legs have not grown at all!  Girl.  But they are getting enormous.  Boy.

13.  Clumsiness.  If you are clumsier then expect a boy, if you are more graceful then expect a girl.  I'm forever clumsy without fail--BOY.

14.  Toddler Boys.  Supposedly, if you are around a toddler boy and they show interest in your belly, you are having a girl.  If not, then it's a boy.  I don't know nor have been around any toddler boys (I only have two nephews--five nieces--and they are 6 and 7).

15.  Sleep Time.  A preference for sleeping on your left side indicates a boy and sleeping on your right indicates a girl.  If your pillow faces the north, you can expect a girl and a boy if it points in the south.  I sleep on my right, but I have always had this preference even prior to pregnancy.  And my pillow faces west.  So . . . 

16.  Even and Odd.  If the year you conceived and the age you conceived are both odd or even, you can expect a girl.  If one is odd and one is even, then you can expect a boy.  For me, this would mean a girl.

17.  Dreams.  If you dream that the baby is a certain sex, then it is said you will have the opposite sex.  In the beginning, all my dreams were little girls.  Lately though, it is all little boy.  My mom has been having dreams that my baby is a boy too.

18.  Headaches.  More frequent or painful headaches indicate a boy.  I remember having the WORST headaches with Kaden, not so much with Conner or Brielle.  And I haven't really had any with this baby either.

19.  Heartburn.  Always reaching for the Tums means you're having a boy (supposedly with a lot of hair, too!).  I remember getting heartburn with Kaden ALL THE TIME.  But I never got it with Conner.  I don't remember if I had it with Brielle because I was always gagging anyway.  I haven't had any heartburn this time.

20.  Lovely Locks.  They say that if you are having a boy, your hair will be shiny and thick.  If you are having a girl, it will be thin and dull.  There is nothing I can do about the thickness (it's always super thick), but it is definitely duller.  I especially notice it when I leave it curly.  Hello Macy Gray! 

 There are several other "tests" you can do to guess the baby's gender.  If you go to grab a mug and you grab the handle, it's a boy, the mug, it's a girl.  If you grab a key by the round part, it's a boy, the long part, it's a girl.  If you put your wedding ring on a string and dangle it over your belly and it goes in a circle, it's a girl, back and forth means a boy.  If you won't eat the heel of the bread, you're supposedly having a boy.  If you put Drano in your pee and it turns green, you are supposed to be having a boy.  But there is only two ways to know for absolute certain--the birth or bloodwork.  Ultrasounds are a close second but even those can be wrong.  But in the mean time, it sure is fun to guess!

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