Had to go old school Salt-N-Pepa for this one!
I have spent a good many days throughout my pregnancy wondering about the sex of my unborn child. I am pretty much 100% positive that every mother-to-be goes through the exact same thing. Eventually, of course, gender is finally determined via ultrasound (or sometimes genetic testing), but this is usually around the 18 to 20 week mark. In other words, you have plenty of time to drive yourself mad with trying to predict the sex by way of old wives tales, Chinese gender calendars, internet quizzes, and at-home chemistry tests! Yes, there are oh so many different ways to ponder the gender genetics of your little bundle. And yes, I went through most of them and the results are about to be revealed (along with the results of my ultrasound)! So sit back, relax, and get ready for some free entertainment!
I should preface the following little tidbits of information with that while absolutely none of these methods are scientific nor foolproof, they are amusing and fun to play around with. What else do you have to do while waiting around for the most ultimately exciting ultrasound in the entire world?
1) The Chinese Gender Predictor
There is an age-old legend that a ancient Chinese chart, one which predicts a baby's gender based on the mother's Chinese lunar age at conception and the Chinese lunar month in which she conceived,.was found in a royal tomb some 700 years ago. Now that chart is all over the net for anyone to amuse themselves with. I am one of those people and here are the results of all that gibberish.
Step one was to enter in my date of birth so my Chinese lunar age could be determined. Just an FYI, the Chinese begin counting your age the day you are conceived. So basically you are already 9 months old when born.
Step two was to enter the date of conception. This step was quite easy for me since I knew exactly when that happened thanks to the wonderful world of IUI.
|Drum role please...
|Am I really having a boy? Keep reading to find out!
2) Ring around the belly time!
This method of sex determination is one of the simplest and oldest out there. All you have to do is dangle your wedding ring if you've got one (whatever!) on a string above your pregnant stomach. Of course, with the modern times of single parenting, a wedding ring is no longer required. You can use a threaded needle, another ring, a pendulum, or other such object that is able to be looped by thread (or stand of hair in some discussed methodologies). Some say you can also hold the ring or other object above the wrist, but I think that just sounds odd, so I went with the old-fashioned belly dangle.
Once you have the ring or other object dangling (I just love that word!), then you slowly wait for it to move. If it starts swinging back and forth, then you are supposed to have a boy. If it swings in a circular motion, that indicates you are toting around a precious little girl.
As for me, I used my college graduation ring at one time and a pendulum from my mom's altar (my mom is Wiccan) another time. Both times the ring swung back and forth.
My class ring dangled by a strand of hair!Ring method = BOY
3) The Baking Soda Test
Now this test is one that I had not heard of until last weekend. For this test you simply place 1TBS o f baking soda into a cup. Then you pee in another cup. You then add the pee to the baking soda. If the mixtures fizzes you're having a boy. If it just sits there and does nothing you're having a girl.
|Yep, that's my fizzy pee!
Baking soda & pee test = BOY
4) The Comet Test
This uber scientific and slightly toxic test requires yet another sample of, you guessed it, pee! For this method you basically follow the same guidelines as above except this time you use Comet cleanser (the blue-green kind) instead of baking soda. Now there is another similar test out there using either Drano crystals or Ajax, but those items were not amongst my cleaning supplies and the Comet was readily available. Upon mixing the pee and Comet (be careful to do this in a well ventilated area and try not to breathe any of the fumes), if the pee stays the color of the Comet (sort of light green) you are having a girl. If it turns a tropical blue color, then expect a boy.
|I'll refrain from another pee pic here!
Comet test = GIRL
5) Random Simple Questions
A. Did you have morning sickness? Not even a hucklebuck! Supposedly girls cause morning sickness and boys don't. No morning sickness = BOY
|I say have a big cup of better you than me!
B. Are you carrying high or low? I think low right now. Supposedly boys sit low and girls are on the up and up. Sitting low = BOY
C. Is your skin clearer or more broken out right now? Definitely more broken out! I feel like I'm back in junior high. Supposedly girls steal your beauty while boys make you even more beautiful. (I even had a spell of extremely dry hair, ugh!) Beauty succubus = GIRL
|I sometimes feel like the Death Star is on my face!
|Thank goodness I don't have to fool with beeping when I back up!
Candy is good in the mouth! (play the video!)
G. If you pick a key up off the ground do you grab the round or the straight part? Technically I have't had this one puuled on me, but I usually always pick up by the round part. Supposedly if you grab for the round end you're having a boy. Grab for the straight and you're having a girl. Key to my heart (just a guess) = BOY
H. Which of your boobs is bigger? I'm going with the right one on this. Supposedly left boob expansion means a girl and right means a boy. Right Boobiliciousness = BOY
I. Is your pee bright or light yellow? Yes, another pee test! Mine is definitely lighter in hue. Supposedly bright is for boys and light is for girls. Pee break = GIRL
J. Are you're nipples dark or light? Definitely not dark. Supposedly if they turn dark you're having a son. If they remain light you are having a daghter. Tune in Tokyo = GIRL
K. Do you have more hair on your legs now? Nope, thank goodness!!! Supposedly if you turn into Chewbacca then expect a boy. If you remain not so werewolfy, then it's a girl! Not hairy like Wookie = GIRL
|Wookies need love too!
|I rock at homemade picture art!
So now that we've covered a ton of tests and questions, let's add up the results and see where my odds lie.
|BOY = 9 GIRL = 8
Well there you go! As per the remarkably scientific methods of the old wives tale universe I should be having a boy, just barely. If you've been keeping up with the blog or my Facebook page then you know I've been predicting I'm carrying a boy all along. I've always thought I'd have boys and I have just always known baby boys were in my future. Well, I went this past Wednesday on Nov. 7th for my 17 week follow-up ultrasound with the high-risk doctor. By the way, my tests came back so perfect that I went from a 1 in 81 chance of having a Down Syndrome baby to a 1 in 10,000 chance! The doc was uber pleased at how spectacular my little one is at this point (yeah, I'm a proud mama!). But I'll save all that for another entry, cause right now I know you are dying to know what he said about the baby's sex....aren't you?
I took my mom and dad to the appointment with me. My mom has been to every one, but this was my dads first experience. He had never seen an in-utero ultrasound before. Don't forget, when my parents were pushing out pups there was no such thing. My dad was ecstatic and amazed by the technology and the results. When he found out the baby's gender he teared up...as did we all. It was the most wonderfully, exciting, spectacular moment of my life. And here are the results!!!!
|IT'S A GIRL!
All in all, the ultrasound results for sex were quite a surprise to say the least. I honestly have to admit, even though I was excited when I thought I was having a boy, I am over the moon about having a little girl. Being a single mom I'm sure a little girl will be easier. Besides that, I was once a professional ballet dancer and I would love for her to enjoy dancing as much as I did. I will of course put her in ballet lessons, but if she absolutely hates it then I definitely won't push her. But oh how I hope she adores the music, the movement, the lights, the costumes...everything my world revolved around until my early 20s. And if she does I hope she is talented and doesn't have two left feet, although I'd let her dance even if she did, hahahaha!
What a remarkable thing, knowing now the gender of my child. It somehow makes everything even that much better. Now I get to call her by her name Piper Amelia, start planning the nursery, start shopping for tutus, and I just love how people's faces light up when I tell them I'm having a girl. People seem to have a stronger reaction to me carrying a girl over a boy...aren't we just the luckiest sex!
I'll wrap things up this time around with a few pics from the ultrasound. I know they are not the greatest pics in the world, but I have no scanner and had to take pics of them with my phone. Some are better than others but all I think are breathtaking in their own right. I think little Piper is just beautiful as can be already, even if she still looks a little alien!
|Full body view
|Sweetest face ever!
|Another face shot
|Face closer up
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