11w4d old wives tales and baby z’s gender

We don’t find out Baby Z’s gender for a few more weeks, but J and I are taking bets on whether Baby Z is a boy or a girl.

For the record:
I think I’m having a boy.
J thinks I’m having a girl.

We would be excited whether we have a son or a daughter, but it’s still fun to speculate.  I’ve been looking up old wives tales on gender prediction, and here’s how I score:

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.

Score:  +0:  At our last appointment, our baby’s heart rate was exactly 140 bpm, so I don’t know where that leaves us…

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.

Score: +1 Boy.  It’s a little too early too tell whether I’m carrying high or low, but I think I’m starting to get a low bump, so maybe…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.

Score: +1 Girl.  Believe it or not, I just tested this one out.  Um, what kind of string wouldn’t swing back and forth versus in a circle??  C’mon!  But I’ll play along.  Girl it is.

Old Wives Tale #4:  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.

Score: + 1 Girl.  Sadly, my face, like the rest of my body, has definitely gained some chub.

Old Wives Tale #5:  Key Test
This test involves a key.  If you pick up a key at the top (the roundest part), you are going to have a boy.  If you pick up the key at the bottom (smallest part), you are going to have a girl.  If you happen to grab the key in the middle, congrats, it’s twins!

Score: +1 Boy.  I always pick up my keys by the roundest part (mainly because I’m always digging for them in my purse, and the roundest part is the easiest to feel for).

Old Wives Tale #6:  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!

Score: +1 Girl.  I was 30 when Baby Z was conceived and this is the year of 2012. 30+2012=2042.  Even.  Girl.

Old Wives Tale #7:  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.

Score: +0.  Sorry, I just can’t do this one.  Too grossed out!

Old Wives Tale #8:  Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl.  It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.

Score: +1 Boy.  My skin is surprisingly clear these days!  In fact, I’m probably having better skin now than I’ve had my entire adult life.

Old Wives Tale #9:  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.

Score: +1 Boy.  Oh hello, Cheez-Its.  I’m always craving salty foods, even before pregnancy.  Oh…boy.

Old Wives Tale #10:  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.

Score: +1 Boy.  This one made me laugh.  I love garlic in everything except maybe ice cream (although I wouldn’t rule that out either since I’ve never tried garlic ice cream before…), but I need at least half a bottle of Listerine afterwards to help get rid of my dragon breath.  Again, this one happened even before pregnancy.  Boy!


Old Wives Tale #11:  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.

Score: +1 Boy (?)  I just pulled down my left eye, and I have no idea if I see a “V” or “branches”.  What does that even mean??  Also I see are…the whites of my eyes.  So…I guess boy?

Old Wives Tale #12:  Previous Kids
This tale only applies if you have had previous kids.  If you have and that child’s first word was momma, you will have a girl.  If your first child’s first word was dadda, you’ll have a boy.

Score: +0.  I have no previous kiddos so I don’t know.

Old Wives Tale #13:  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.

Score: + 1 Boy.  In this case, we’ll be having a boy.  Look, I’m not usually such a tiger in the bedroom, but it was late, and I was ovulating, and J had an early meeting the next day.  Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get it done.

Old Wives Tale #14:  Legs

If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy.  If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl.

Score: +1 Girl.  I think it’s too early for me to tell on this one, but wishful thinking tells me that my legs will stay nice and lean…please?  

Old Wives Tale #15:  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.  

Score: +1 Girl.  This one made me snort water all over my computer monitor.

Old Wives Tale #16:  Bread
If you eat the ends of bread, it’s a boy.  If you eat the middle of the load, it’s a girl.  

Score: +1 Girl.  Who likes the ends of bread versus the middle?  Not to mention there are only two ends and, like, 50 middle slices.  Another point for a little girl.

Old Wives Tale #17:  Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%.  It is based on the mother’s Chinese age at the time of conception and the lunar month that she conceived in.

Score +1 Girl.  This one definitely tells me that I’m having a girl.  In fact, it looks like EVERYONE ages 30-32 will be having a girl in 2012.  Hmm, I have my doubts on this over 90% accuracy thing.

Old Wives Tale #18:  Mom’s Beauty
It is said that a baby 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.

Score: +1 Girl.  Uhh, other than my skin is looking a wee bit better than before, I just feel fat and tired.  Scratch that, I am fat and tired.  All the effing time.  So no, I don’t think pregnancy is making me look more beautiful.

Old Wives Tale #19:  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 sex of what you are having.

Score: +0.  Um, this may be TMI, but I just dream of sex lately.  Is that normal?

Old Wives Tale #20:  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.

Score: +1 Boy.  I don’t see how anyone can possibly be graceful while carrying around a bowling ball in her stomach.

Old Wives Tale #21:  Toddlers
If a toddler boy expresses interest in a pregnant woman, she is having a girl.  If he doesn’t show interest, she’s having a boy.

Score: +0 TBD.   I need to find myself a toddler boy.  (That didn’t come out right)

Old Wives Tale #22:  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.

Score: +1 Boy.  I usually sleep on my back, but I’ve been preferring my left side lately.  Hmm.

Old Wives Tale #23:  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.

Score: +1 Boy.   I read somewhere that women in general how their hands palms down, while men show their hands palms up, but whatever…boy it is!

Old Wives Tale #24:  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.

Score: +1 Boy.  Even though J’s current (beer) belly is bigger than mine, unfortunately, the belly is nothing new.

Old Wives Tale #25:  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.

Score: +1 Girl.  Whoa!  I just told J the other day that my left boob is much bigger than the right one.  (For the record, he agreed with me, in case y’all think I’m making this up).

Old Wives Tale #26:  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.

Score: +1 Girl.  I just made my coworker do this for me, and we think the necklace moved in a circle…before not moving at all.  Should I be worried?

Old Wives Tale #27:  What Do You Think?
71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.

Score: +1 Boy.   I think I’m having a boy.  I don’t know why, I just do!

Old Wives Tale #28:  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.

Score: +1 Boy.  As I’ve mentioned many times before, I have been pretty blessed in the nausea department.  Other than a couple of mishaps here and there, I haven’t been spending much time over the toilet.  On it is a different story…

Old Wives Tale #29:  Areolae
If your areolae (the part around your nips) have darkened, it’s a boy.

Score: +1 Boy.   ‘Nuff said.

Old Wives Tale #30:  Protein
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.

Score: +1 Boy.  I’m mainly craving the medium rare steak and unpasteurized brie that I can’t have.

Old Wives Tale #31:  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.

Score: +1 Girl.  I’ve always had pretty toasty feet.  But then again, it’s been at least 90 degrees out every day so it’d be pretty difficult to get cold feet, unless you mean the metaphorical kind.

Old Wives Tale #32:  Hair on Legs
If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.

Score: +1 Boy.  They are growing thicker, longer, and not just on my legs.

Old Wives Tale #33:  Hands are Dry
If your hands are constantly dry, it’s a boy.

Score: +1 Boy.  Dry, leathery, flaky.  Yup, check.

Old Wives Tale #34  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.

Score: + 0.  Um, what about neon green?  My urine has taken on the color of my prenatal vitamins…

Old Wives Tale #35:  Nose
Do you feel like your nose is growing and getting wider?  If so, you might be having a boy.

Score: +1 Girl.  My nose is as big and wide as it has always been.  Curse the Asian genes!  Please don’t let it get any bigger…

Old Wives Tale #36:  Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy.

Score: + 1 Boy.  I’ve definitely experienced some dull throbbing in my head lately, but that can always be from J’s nagging…

Old Wives Tale #37:  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.

Score: + 1 Girl.  Although I think I’m having a boy, J and I can only agree on a name for a girl.  Because I refuse to name our son Johnny Danger.


And the GRAND TOTAL is:


Looks like I’m having a boy!  I can’t wait to find out for sure in a few weeks (and prove to J that I am, once again, always right)!

In other news, our second prenatal exam is tomorrow morning.  I’m counting down the minutes.

It’s a good thing that writing this post killed about 4 hours (of work time).  Oops!