Sunday, February 5, 2012

Am I having a Boy or Girl?

**I came in to work first shift on my day off (hey, more vacation time to bank for when Baby gets here), and in my sleep deprived state I decided to start looking up baby stuff which lead me to this blog and her 51 Old Wives Tales post.  So, I decided to share and make my own tally to see what these Old Wives Tales say!  I'm not going to copy all 51 lol.....And, for Dad's-to-Be, or Mom's-to-Be with a good sense of humor, check this out: Dad's Guide to the size of your baby Hilarious

Old Wives Tale #2: Umbilical Cord
If a pregnant woman lifts her hands above her head or does stretches above her hand, she will choke the baby because the umbilical cord will be wrapped around the baby.    The truth of this pregnancy wives tale is that the umbilical cord can wrap around the baby if the baby moves a lot while in the uterus, but it does not happen if you move a lot or stretch above your head.  The baby gets tangled in the umbilical cord in about 1/3 of all births, so it’s not so uncommon.
*Now this is just the silliest thing I may have ever heard
Old Wives Tale #3:  Cravings Curse
Basically if anyone denies a pregnant woman whatever she is craving, they will get a sty in his/her eye.  Personally, I think all men should read this and always give into whatever us pregnant women want!  For their own benefit, of course.
*HA!  Loving this one!  I'll have to pass this bit of info on to the husband!  

Old Wives Tale #4:  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.  
*First ultrasound Baby's heart rate was no real definitive answer there, but for the sake of fun we'll say Girl
Old Wives Tale #9:  Wearing a Lei
This Hawaiian superstition relates to the lei causing the umbilical cord to wrap around the baby.  Of course, it’s crazy and makes no sense why you could not wear a lei.  
*Again, this is just silly!
Old Wives Tale #12:  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.  
*Too soon to tell, only 9 weeks along..I'll have to get back to you on this one in a month or two
Old Wives Tale #13:  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.   
*I'm at work, with no string, again, get back to you
Old Wives Tale #14:  Shape of Mom’s Face
When your face gets fuller and rounder when pregnant, it means you’re going to have a girl.  If your face is long and narrow, it’s a boy
*So far, no changes in my face...this one is no help
Old Wives Tale #16:  Mayan Tale
The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception.  If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl.  If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!  
*Odd number, Score 1 for Boy
Old Wives Tale #17:  Drano Test
The drano test combines a tablespoon of Drano and urine together.  If the mixture turns green, it’s a girl.  If it turns blue, it’s a boy.  
*Not sure if I'm going to make a Drano-pee cocktail to find this one out
Old Wives Tale #18:  Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl.  It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.  
*Less acne/skin issues than pre-pregnancy.  Really dry skin though...Score for Boy
Old Wives Tale #19:  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.  
*Not really having cravings, but I really have avoided most sweets.  I say that as I have gummy Life Savers in front of me and had a chocolate pop-tart for breakfast (you can't expect much out of me after 4 hours of sleep, I grabbed what the gas station had convenient) So, because of the sweets and this is just for fun, we'll go with Score for Girl
Old Wives Tale #20:  Smell of Garlic
If a pregnant woman eats a clove of garlic and the smell does not come out of her pores, it’s a girl.  If the smell seeps out of her pores, it’s a boy.   
*I LOVE garlic, always have.  Husband hates when I eat it because my breath STANKS! So, we'll say boy for the sake of the game again
Old Wives Tale #22:  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 haven't gone pulling on my eyes to find this one out...not sure that I want to do that sitting in the middle of work lol  Get back to you, if I do this one
Old Wives Tale #24:  Wooden Spoon, Scissors, and Pink Bows
Apparently if you put a wooden spoon and a pair of scissors under your bed and a pink bow under your pillow, you’ll have yourself a little baby girl.  
*Wow.  I guess I might would think about this craziness if I cared either way what sex Baby is...but I don't
Old Wives Tale #25:  History of Parent’s Kids
You can find out the sex by going off of your parent’s kids and the order.  If you are the first born, you will have what your mother had but starting with her second child.  If you are the middle child, you will have what she said, but starting with the third child.  If you are the last child, you will have what your mother had in the exact order.
*Um, my mother's second child was a boy, and J's mother's second child was a boy...Score for Boy
Old Wives Tale #27:  Legs
If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy.  If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl. 
*Oh dear, this is not anything I'm looking forward to!  That said, too early to tell
Old Wives Tale #28:  Moodiness and a Little Pecker
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.
*I'm both.  I have days where I will BITE YOUR HEAD OFF, and days where nothing is wrong and I can let things roll where I wouldn't have tie, no score for either Boy or Girl
Old Wives Tale #29:  Bread
If you eat the ends of bread, it’s a boy.  If you eat the middle of the load, it’s a girl.  I’ve never liked the ends of bread
*I've never liked the ends, I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I've HAD to eat the we'll say Score for girl
Old Wives Tale #30:  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.   
*Score for Girl
Old Wives Tale #31:  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, you might just be having a little boy.  
*I feel really blah and unattractive, so Score Girl
Old Wives Tale #32:  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.
*Dreamed of a girl, Score Boy...though J has dreamed of a boy, and since this is my game/my rules, Score Girl
Old Wives Tale #33:  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 was a very clumsy person pre-pergnancy...My mother regularly calls me Grace (sarcasm is inherited, I'm sure of it).  I've noticed my balance being much better since.  Score Girl
Old Wives Tale #35:  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 can't get comfortable on my left, at all...I sleep on my right 75% of the time, the other 25% is on my stomach (though that's starting to get uncomfortable)  Score Girl
Old Wives Tale #36:  Hands
When the pregnant woman is asked to show her hands, it’s a boy if she keeps her palms down and a girl if she shows her palms up.  
*No one asks  me to show my hands...if someone does, I'll get back to ya on this
Old Wives Tale #37:  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.  
*J?  What do you think?  I don't think he's gained any, Score boy
Old Wives Tale #39:  Necklace Over Hand
Have someone hold a necklace over your hand.  If the necklace swings back and forth, it’s a boy.  If it moves in a circle, it’s a girl.  
*Back and forth, then circle, then back and forth again...Score Boy
Old Wives Tale #40:  What Do You Think?
71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.
*At first I thought Boy, now I'm undecided, what the hey Score Boy
Old Wives Tale #41:  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.
*So far, nausea and exhaustion, gagging but no puking...Score Girl
Old Wives Tale #43:  Protein
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.  
*I love me some cheese burgers and cheese and crackers....Score Boy
Old Wives Tale #44:  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.
*Always have had COLD feet until I get good and comfy in bed...nothing has changed, Score Girl
Old Wives Tale #45:  Hair on Legs
If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy. 
*No real change there, Score girl?  Score boy?  we'll just say no score lol
Old Wives Tale #46:  Hands are Dry
If your hands are constantly dry, it’s a boy.    
*My skin is SO dry, has been since day 1!...Score Boy
Old Wives Tale #47:  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.  
*Dull...but I drink 3 liters of water a day...but I don't think Old Wives care how diluted your pee is...Score Girl
Old Wives Tale #49:  Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy. 
*Nope, but never have been a headachy person...Score Girl
Old Wives Tale #50:  Drinking Water
Drinking water is really important when pregnant.  An old wives tale was that if the mom-to-be wasn’t drinking enough water daily, the amniotic fluid would be really dirty for the baby.  Drinking tons of water will help you stay hydrated, but has no correlation with how clean or dirty the amniotic sac is.  
*Like I said, 3+ liters of water a day, Baby is swimming in some clean amniotic fluid!
Old Wives Tale #51:  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 are pretty set on a boy's first name, and a girl's first name but not the middles...again, My Game/My Rules, Score both! lol
End result?

haha, we'll see.
I figure we'll know mid-April, I should be around 20 weeks then
Maybe my blogger block will leave, I just don't want to be someone who blogs about nothing but Baby, sickness, moaning, groaning, complaining.  lol


  1. haha this is pretty awesome! i didnt realize this many old wives tales existed!!!! guess we'll find out soon how accurate or true they are :)