Friday, February 11, 2011

Gender Prediction and Something About Draino

I was a little disappointed when, at my last doctor's appointment, my due date was changed from July 19th to July 31st.  The disappointment stems from the fact that had it not changed, I would be finding out the gender of our baby next week.  Now I have to wait a little longer.  Let me just tell you this: a week to a pregnant woman can be a very, very long seven days.  Especially for a particularly impatient pregnant woman like myself.

Truth be told, I really don't care what the gender is, and I mean that.  I know Kyle is anxious to someday have a boy and so I would be very happy to have a boy first because I know how happy he would be.  And really, this poor man of mine needs a son to play catch with him.  I'm not a very good substitute. 

On the other hand, I have no brothers and all my sisters had a girl first and I feel it somewhat of a tradition in my family for the eldest child to be a girl.  And who am I to break tradition??  Also, baby girl clothes are just so, so very cute.

Either way, we are both going to be so thrilled and I can hardly wait for March 2nd to finally get here.  In the meantime, I've been entertaining myself with a series of gender prediction tests, most of which are based on old wives' tales. (But who were these old wives anyway?) 

Heart Rate
So it goes that if the baby's heart rate is 140 bpm or more, it is a girl.  If it is under 140 bpm, it is a boy.
At the last doctor visit, the heart rate was 160 bpm. 
Result: Girl

Wedding Ring
You put your wedding ring on a string and hang it in front of your belly.  If it swings side to side, it's a boy.  If it swings in circles, it's a girl.  I've done this test probably 7 times and it almost always sings side to side.  However, it might have worked better had I actually put my ring on a string instead of a rubber band...
Result: Boy

Gender Quiz
Then I found this quiz.  After the first 5 questions, the result was 60% chance it's a boy.  After the next 5 questions, the result was 50/50. 
In the end it came up with 67% it's a girl.
Result: Girl

Carrying High, Carrying Low
I'm not terribly far along, but so far, everything seems to be low. 
This wives' tale indicates we are having a boy.
Result: Boy

They say if you are craving sweet things, it's a girl and if you're craving sour it's a boy.  This has no mention of the hot sauce, eggs and cheese I can't get enough of, but given the fact that I've lately been eating a lot of vinegary pickles, mustard, and olives, I will say I'm leaning more towards the sour.
Result: Boy

The Face
Another wives' tale is if your face is getting rounder, it's a girl.  While I may have a self-conscious and biased opinion, I think I've already gained weight in my face.  I say it's getting rounder.
Result: Girl

If your left boob is larger than the right, it's a boy.  If the right is larger than the left, it's a girl. 
(This one makes me laugh)
Result: Girl

Chinese Gender Prediction Chart
This chart was apparently found in a royal tomb in Beijing and is said to be over 90% accurate. There are a lot of charts you can find online, but I'm sticking with this one because the graphics are really cute. I mean, that has to count for something, right?
Result: Boy

The Totals:
Girl: 4
Boy: 4

This is getting me nowhere. 
There's one test I've yet to do and it involves peeing in a cup of Draino.  But... I'm not sure I'm curious enough to even go there.  You already have to pee in a lot of cups when you're pregnant.  The good news is we'll find out the gender in a few weeks and then I can stop dangling rings in front of my belly.  Until then, I have absolutely no clue what we are having and I am still window shopping for lots of yellow and green baby clothes. 

{did you make your guess on our side bar poll?}


bequi said...

I just took that multiple question test based of my pregnancy with Sarah, and it said I would have a boy. I don't think it's very accurate.

Rich and Brianne said...

I did not know about the boob predictor. I can tell you though, now that I know, my proportions are making much more sense. haha. And that's after a year! :)

Crystal said...

The one gender predictor that I find to most often be right is the one about the heart rate. I mean, of all of them, that's the one that would make sense to be accurate, right?! Since it has to do with the actual baby itself?!? Yes. It was right with both my girls. And it was right with all my mom's kids. I say yours is a girl :)
I remember in like 9th grade you said you wanted all girls (and yet I know how these things can chance...) so I hope I'm right on this one!!! :)

Crystal said...

typo ^^ it's supposed to say "and yet I know how these things can CHANGE" :)

It Started With a Wink said...

My babies heart rate was like 170, they all start really high and than get slower and the chinese predictor said it was a girl both were wrong!! I am carrying low though and I read that more boys are conceived in times of plenteous nutrients and I was sure eating a lot of great nutritious food at the time.

Kim & Warren said...

Hey Kourtney....we had no idea you guys even had a cool....I'm always asking how you are doing, how far along, etc etc and NOW I can keep track and find out how things are going.

If you don't want to wait till your appt, there is a test you can buy at Target that is "SUPPOSE" to be very accurate...Drawback though it is like $40 to pee in a cup or on a stick and of course it's not 100%. I almost bought one till I saw the price! lol....So glad to hear all is well with you guys!

I did all those gender tests and EVERY SINGLE one said Karli was a boy! I was so bummed and I remember at our U/S the tech saying when she asked if we wanted to know, "I saw it right away"...we were SOOOO sure it was a boy. We were super shocked when we found out it was a girl! Guess the u/s tech meant she saw the 2 lines right away right? lol..:)

Kara said...

Don't listen to the wives tales!!! I had dreams it was a boy BUT his heart rate was in the 180's so everyone told me it was a girl. So I geared myself up for a girl and then found out it was a boy!!! They are wrong, I have seen it proven wrong. But I suppose its fun to speculate. Good luck!!!