I don’t know if it’s because of the exhaustion or the nausea or the holiday craziness but I have actually not been obsessing about this like I did for my first two babies.
However. Now that it’s just THREE DAYS away, it’s pretty much all I can think about. And so like all logical, educated, practical moms-to-be, I have turned to the Google.
Y’all. I cannot believe how many different
old wives’ tales (ahem) theories are alive and well on the internet. Some I’ve heard before and some are brand new information to me. (Which makes me wonder… If it has just become a thing in the last six years, is it really an old wives’ tale or just internet legend and lore?)
I’m gonna take one for the team here and explore some of these theories and how it applies to my baby. I’d love to have your guesses in the comments on what you think. On Friday, I’ll share what actual science and technology suggest and we’ll see how it all turns out! (Disclaimer: “Actual science and technology” have led us astray once before when the ultrasound said my son was a baby girl. Whoops.)
Alright. Here we go!
The Mayans According to the Mayans, the age of the mother at conception added to the year of conception can tell you what to expect. If the result is an EVEN number, then you’re having a girl. If it’s an ODD number, expect a boy.
** I was 34 years old at the beginning of this pregnancy (and I have five more weeks, thank you very much, before I turn 35). So 34 + 2014 = 2048. So according to the Mayans, this baby is a girl. **
The Chinese The Chinese have a gender prediction based on lunar ages and months of conception. I’m not even going to attempt to explain the background on this one but if you’d like to try it, here’s a widget on Babycenter.com that I used. You know. Just for the purposes of this post. Mmhmm.
** I put in my due date and scrolled way down to find my birth date. Just press enter and find where your assigned lunar info overlap. They bold it for you so you don’t get too lost. According to the Chinese, this baby is a boy. **
Morning Sickness According to a popular old wives’ tale, and I’m totally summarizing here: If it’s a girl, you’re gonna hurl. Charming, I know. Based on my first two pregnancies, this is one I would’ve supported wholeheartedly. With my first, I thought I knew what morning sickness was. HA. My second pregnancy landed me in the hospital once due to hyperemesis gravidarum. Zofran became my favorite thing.
** This baby is somewhere in the middle of the two extremes I’ve experienced. On one hand, I’ve had more food aversions and nausea than actual vomiting. Then again, I was on the Zofran for much longer to prevent vomiting. According to the theory, I have no idea. Total toss-up. **
Skin This old wives’ tale says that if you have dry skin, you’re expecting a boy. If you have soft skin, you’re carrying a girl.
** My skin is definitely super dry right now. If you ignore all those other pesky possible causes for dry skin (like a thyroid condition or oh, I don’t know, winter), then according to this theory, baby is a boy. **
Feet This one is very similar to the skin thing. If your feet are colder than normal, you’re having a boy. If it’s all average temps on your toes, then it’s a girl.
** Again, ignoring the fact that it’s December, this theory would predict our baby is a boy. **
Skull Theory This was one of the many new-to-me theories out there. This high-tech theory uses an ultrasound from around 10-12 weeks. If baby’s skull is very round, it’s likely a girl. If baby’s skull seems more angular or sloped, a boy is predicted.
** I’m not a very good judge of this one. Based on the very scientific google examples, my first guess would be that baby’s skull is on the more angular side. According to skull theory, baby is a boy. **
Baking Soda Test Remember that old tale that said to combine your urine with Draino but then there were explosions and chemical burns and all that fun stuff? Yeah. Don’t do that one. Now, the old wives have adjusted the theory to use baking soda instead of a harmful chemical. Apparently, if you combine your urine with baking soda and it fizzes, you’re having a boy. If nothing spectacular happens, you’re carrying a girl. I actually can’t believe I did this one. But hey. It’s all in the name of, um, science. Right?
** Yeah. Nothing happened. Of course, nothing happened in any of the YouTube videos I watched either. Except for one major reaction but she ended up having a girl so, go figure. But according to the baking soda theory, baby is a girl. **
The Ramzi Method Another theory using ultrasound scans, this one actually has a ring of real science behind it. Dr. Ramzi is not an old wife but an actual doctor. He did real live research on placental location and how it relates to gender. According to his data, they found that you could look at a 6-week ultrasound and there were crazy high statistics (over 97%) that male babies had a placenta on the right side of the uterus while female babies were on the left.
** This is our 8-week ultrasound and it looks as though baby is connected to the left side of the picture which would be the right side of my uterus. According to the Ramzi theory, baby is a boy. **
I hope it goes without saying that all of this is just for fun. We are not picking out paint colors or buying clothes based on this. It seems that the majority of our “theories” are pointing to baby being a boy but we’ll just have to wait another few days to find out for sure. Hopefully, baby will not be modest and will show off!
What do you think? I’d love to hear your guesses based on your own experiences with tales and theories, legends and lore. Just let me know in the comments and we’ll update you on Friday!