The great boy/girl debate

Friday, September 30, 2011

Early on in my pregnancy I was convinced our baby was a boy - I just had a feeling. About halfway through, I switched gears and both Peter and I started referring to it as "she", probably because I thought I saw a hot dog bun on the 20-week ultrasound as opposed to a hot dog. Lately I've been thinking boy again. But I definitely have no clear "mother's intuition" one way or the other, probably because it's my first pregnancy. I've heard that after you have a couple you can just tell what you're carrying.

The ladies at Five Blondes have a few babies in the family now and I remembered seeing these boy-or-girl old wives' tale tests on their blog, so I did a quick search to find them and try them out for myself. These old wives' tales come from Good Finking.

Boy or Girl? 21 Old Wives’ Tales That May Tell You

Sleep Position
Pay attention to which way you lay down in bed tonight. If you prefer sleeping on your left side, you’ll have a boy. Right side? You’re pregnant with a girl.
BOY - I always lay on my left side to get started but I think that's because I've read that you're supposed to lay on your left to prevent heartburn. I roll over dozens of times through the night. 

Upset Stomach
Little girls aren’t always sweet. Extreme nausea means you are having a daughter.
BOY - other than the Chicken Incident I've had zero morning sickness or nausea. 

Soft or Dry Hands
If your hands are dry during pregnancy, you are having a boy; soft—expect a girl.

Food Cravings
Your favorite pregnancy foods may tell you what sex the baby is. If you’re craving citrus while pregnant, you’re having a girl.
GIRL - I haven't really craved anything specific but I have been buying oranges in the groceries which I don't normally do. 

Adult Acne
If altering hormones makes your skin break out, expect a girl.
GIRL - not so much now, but midway I looked like a 13-year-old. 

Graceful or Clumsy Pregnancy
If you feel as though you’re gliding through they day, you’ll have a girl. Stumbling? It’s a boy.
GIRL - I'm clumsy to begin with but pregnancy hasn't made it any worse (shockingly!!) Still, I wouldn't call myself "graceful"

Face Weight Gain
If your face gets fuller, it means you’re having a girl.
BOY - my face hasn't changed. 

Sugar and Spice Food Cravings
Craving salt during pregnancy? Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn means a boy is on the way. Need a little something sweet? Ice cream, chocolate, and candy means you’re having a girl.
GIRL - definitely preferring sweet over salty things lately!

Mood Changes
If you’re experiencing pregnant mood-swings, expect a baby girl to arrive soon.
GIRL - I’ve been feeling cray-cray although Peter kindly tells me "You're not toooooooooo bad"

High or Low Pregnant Belly
If you’re carrying the baby low on your stomach, expect a boy. If it’s high, you’re having a girl.
BOY - I've been low all along

Baby Weight
If you’re carrying baby in front, it’s a boy. Is the baby weight spaced all around your middle? It’s a girl.
BOY - it's like I have a basketball shoved up my shirt. 

Pendulum Test
Dangle a chain with a charm over your palm. If it swings back and forth: boy. In a circle: girl.
BOY - we did this at my first baby shower and it swung back and forth every time. 

Model Your Hands
“Show me your hands.” If you would hold your hands palms up it’s a girl. Down? You’re having a boy.
GIRL - what this has to do with anything I have no idea...

Toddler Advice
Get baby advice from a nephew or friend’s little boy. If a toddler boy shows interest in your belly, you’ll have a girl. If he ignores you, it’s a boy.
I have no one to try this with! So we’re going green for neutral.

Eat Garlic
Guess the baby’s sex by eating garlic. If the smell seeps out of your pores it’s a boy. If there’s no scent it’s a little girl.
GIRL - thank God

Key to Pregnancy
If you pick up a key by the round end, you’re having a boy. If it’s by the long end? A girl.
BOY - I think??? 

Even and Odd Numbers
If your age and year of conception are both even or odd, it’s girl. One even, one odd means a boy.
GIRL - 29, 2011

Baby’s Heartbeat
If the baby’s heart beats more than 150 times per minute, you’re pregnant with a girl. Less than 150, it’s a boy.
BOY - It's been all over the place but usually in the 140s.

Stress Test
A child tends to be of the same sex as the parent who is less stressed at the time of conception.
BOY - Peter doesn't get stressed.  I'm a basket case.

Dream Meanings
If you dream about having a girl while pregnant, you will wind up having a boy and vice versa.
Both - so let's go with neutral again

Breast Size
If your right breast is larger than the left while pregnant, you are having a girl. If the left is larger, it’s a baby boy.
GIRL - I guess...the nuggets are mostly the same size.

Total tally:
Girl - 10
Boy - 9

That was fun...but not helpful. Guess we'll just have to wait and see!

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  1. I'm so excited for you! I *HAD* to know with both my pregnancies. I would have bought so many girl clothes for my son if I'd gone on what my body/brain made me feel. I will say that when I was pregnant with my Daughter, even the midwife knew it was a girl before the ultrasound confirmed it. The heartbeat was always 150-160 and OH MY WORD was I ever sick the ENTIRE pregnancy with her.

    Good luck! I hope the rest of your pregnancy is super easy. :)

  2. All our little clothes are white, yellow, green,'s hard to pick out a cute "going home outfit" without knowing if it's a boy or a girl in there :)

    Everybody seems to have an opinion too. A lot of people are guessing girl but there are others who've said boy from the start. We'll see, I guess!

  3. see, i've heard the opposite with carrying low/high and with the weight. my coworker was low and it was all in the front. she had a girl. my mom was the same way with me and my sister.

    BUT, my friend who just had a baby carried high and all in the front - boy.

  4. I've heard both too. Our neighbour is a nurse and she's been telling me it's a girl by the way I'm carrying. My mom gained all over for me and my sister, and all in front for my brother. Just depends who you talk to, I guess!

  5. I believe that you are going to have a boy! I don't know why, just a strange feeling.

  6. i thought ellie was a boy at first, but i think i only thought that because i subconsciously really wanted a girl and i thought repeatedly telling myself she was a boy would get me more excited about that possibility. then when i found out she was a girl i bawled and bawled and it was like a huge happy surprise :) btw, i would bet some dollas that you're having a BOYYYYY!