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Baby #3: Boy or girl?

The time has finally come!!! Tomorrow we will be finding out (if baby cooperates) whether we’re having a boy or a girl.

There have been a lot of people speculating about gender. Since I already have two boys, most people are leaning towards that “third times the charm” hope that we’re having a girl. It would be great to have a little girl, but I do have that nagging feeling that I may be getting another precious boy. I am hoping I might be pleasantly surprised and GIRL is what we hear tomorrow, but since we’ve still got time to guess I went through several wives’ tales for you to mull over and make a guess for yourself.

Old Wives Tale #1: Heart Rate
If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

The first time we heard the heartbeat it was 142. The second time it was 138.

Prediction outcome: Inconclusive

Old Wives Tale #2: Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.

I am definitely carrying low, but I have a round belly. With the boys I carried high up until the end. So according to this wives’ tale it’s a BOY, but according to my history it could be a GIRL.

Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #3: Ring Test
Using a string, hang your wedding ring over your pregnant belly. You are having a girl if the ring swings back and forth and it’s a boy if it swings in a circle.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #4: Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #5: Cravings
People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.

I craved salty stuff early on and there was even a time when sweet stuff was repulsive, but now I’m back on the “eat sweets” bandwagon and I’ve kind of steered away from salty.

Prediction outcome: Inconclusive

Old Wives Tale #6: Skin under Left Eye
The eye test is when a “V” or “branches” appear when you pull down the skin under your left eye. If you see a “V” or “branches” in the white part, you’re having a girl. I have a “V”, so one more point for a girl.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #7: Time of Conception
The person that is most aggressive in bed at the time of conception is the opposite of what the baby will be.

Prediction outcome: INCONCLUSIVE

Old Wives Tale #8: Legs
If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl. I think it’s too early for me to tell on this one.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #9: Moodiness and a Little Pecker (this one is odd, but funny)
If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you. Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you.

When I was pregnant with both of the boys I had pretty bad mood swings and was crankier than normal. It has been that way for this pregnancy. So according to wives tale, it should be a GIRL. According to history, does that make it a BOY?

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #10: Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived.

With Josiah and Samuel the gender chart said BOY. This time the chart says GIRL.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #11: Mom’s Beauty
Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, a little boy it is.

Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #12: Dream of Sex of Baby
If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.

Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #13: Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.

I’m not really sure…I’ve had more dizziness in this pregnancy than the last ones, but I don’t feel any less graceful than I did before.

Prediction outcome: Girl

Old Wives Tale #14: Side You Most Rest On
If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.

I ALWAYS prefer to lay on my right side…even with the boys.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #15: Dad’s Weight Gain
If the dad-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy.

Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #16: Breast Test
If a pregnant woman’s left breast is larger than the right breast, she’s having a girl. If the right breast is larger, it’s a boy.

Prediction outcome: INCONCLUSIVE

Old Wives Tale #17: What Do You Think?
71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.

Prediction outcome: BOY 

Old Wives Tale #18: Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.

With Josiah I had hardly any morning sickness or nausea. With Samuel I was sick daily from 7 weeks until about 16 weeks. This time around nausea set in at 6 weeks and I was nauseous until about 17 weeks. I was really sick from about 10-14 weeks.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #19: Areolae
If your areolae (the part around your nips) have darkened, it’s a boy. If they haven’t, its a girl.

Prediction outcome: Let’s not share…

Old Wives Tale #20: Protein
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.

I always like meat and protein, but honestly I’ve not noticed me craving it more…unless it’s Mexican food.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #21: Feet
Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant? If so, you just might be having a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you’re having a little girl.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #22: Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy.

Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #23: Baby Names
It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby.

We immediately agreed on a girl’s name, but I still toy around with making changes to the boy name we have picked.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #24: Urine
What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.

Prediction outcome: GIRL

If you didn’t keep count…it showed 5/24 inconclusive, 7/24 boy, and 13/24 GIRL. So the overwhelming idea is that this baby is a girl. The Chinese gender chart has always been right in the past and it says I’m having a girl. I have always been right from the day I found out I was pregnant because I always had a STRONG feeling. This time my feelings have changed back and forth. Early on I thought for sure it was a girl, but the closer I get to the gender reveal I think boy. I also keep referring to the baby as “he” instead of “she”. Maybe it’s intuition, maybe it’s habit…who knows.

Well, hopefully we will tomorrow!

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