Friday, June 27, 2014

The Gender Prediction Project Two: Part Seven

Less than four months to go, and The Gender Prediction Project is still going strong! I'm having a blast doing these, and I hope people enjoy reading them. Thank you for the suggestions so far. Please keep them coming.

Let's dive right in this week!

Beauty or Beast?

When you pass by a mirror do you flinch and look away quickly or are you looking so radiant that you have to stop and stare for a few minutes? Depending on your answer, the Old Wives claim that they can tell you what you are having. Apparently little boys are kinder and more loving towards their mothers (I've noticed this theme in several of these Old Wive's tales.), and they add to you beauty. If you are carrying a little boy your hair will be fuller, you're face will be free of acne, and you will literally be glowing! However, a daughter will selfishly steal all your former glory as her own and leave you looking harassed and worn. 

I looked back at old pictures with my past pregnancies to see how this added up with my boys. I don't think that there was much of a change with Parker. I did look tired at the end, but I think everyone does in those last weeks. So, no radiating beauty, but no boils either. :) He did destroy my hair, but I already covered that one. I'm going to call this one as correct for Parker. When it comes down to Sebastian, I personally think I looked good. I was tired, and oh so hot, but when I look back at my pictures you can actually see the glow. It sounds stuck up maybe, but I was really happy with how I looked during my pregnancy with Sebastian, so I'm calling this as correct for Bash too. 

This time...what can I say? I feel gross, and I feel like I look gross. My face, despite being very dry out here in Colorado, has broken out like it did when I was a teenager. (Who am I kidding? It's worse than it was when I was a teenager!) The dryness makes my skin flaky and spotchy, and I have walked around many days feeling like a giant blob from another planet. Michael assures me that I look beautiful, but he is my husband, and has amazing self-preservation instincts, so I would expect nothing more from him. I can't say I feel the glow right now though, which makes me lean towards calling this as a prediction for a little girl this time. 

Ramzi Theory

This was another one that I had heard about during my last pregnancy, but I didn't include it in the GPP last time around. This time I figured, why not? So many people swear by it, so I felt that it should be included. I also happen to have this information for both my older boys too, so I can't compare all three pregnancies.

The Ramzi theory actually does have some science to back it up, according to Ramzi anyways. :) The theory is that the placenta will form on either the right or the left side of the uterus depending on if you are having a little boy or a little girl. A little boy will be on the right and a little girl will be on the left. This is best seen in an early ultrasound (10 weeks or earlier), and it is important that you ask the person doing your ultrasound which side the placenta is on, because ultrasound images can be mirrored. You need to make sure you know what is truly right and truly left.

Despite the multitude of people who swear by this 110%, it only has a 50% accuracy rate with us so far. The boys placentas formed on completely opposite sides, but they are both 100% boy, so I'm not sure that I put a whole lot of faith in this "very scientific" method of sex prediction. Still, I asked my RE where the placenta was during my early ultrasound with Bean, because I was curious. Bean apparently implanted very, very high (which was a good thing), and also slightly to the right. Based on this, we can expect a little boy in October.

Left or Right?

Another very simple tale to test is the left or right test! Do you sleep on your left side at night? Congratulations. It's a boy? Do you prefer to sleep on the right? It's a girl! 

This one is difficult to call for me. I flip around a lot while I am sleeping, especially when I am uncomfortable and pregnant. I often go to sleep on one side and walk up on the other (sometimes several times during the night), and I've even woken to find myself on my back before. (Which is supposed to be a big no-no during pregnancy.) For the sake of a prediction though, I'm going to go with the side I fall asleep on most often, though I am not confident in this method giving me a correct result. Since my husband sleeps to my left, I usually fall asleep curled towards him, which would mean I fall asleep on my left side a lot...But not always. Between frequently waking to pee and legs that don't want to quit, it's a complete gamble whether or not this one is actually predicting a little boy for us. 

North vs. South

Grab your compass. You're going to need it. This Old Wive's tale requires that you know which way your pillow faces at night. If both your pillow and compass are pointing to the North, you can expect a little lad. If your pillow is to the South a lass is in your womb. ;) 

Though I didn't add this one to the original Gender Prediction Project, I can report my findings on this Old Wive's tale for all three pregnancies. During my pregnancy with Parker our bed was positioned with our pillows facing true North. You can't get more North than our pillows were, which made it accurate with Parker. With Sebastian's pregnancy the question gets a little more complicated, since I was home for much of that pregnancy and stayed several places with my pillow in different directions. However, my pillow would have been North again when we conceived him, so I am not sure that the other directions my pillow faced during pregnancy (which would have been West, East, and South) matter. It would make sense that it would matter most where your pillow was at conception, right? That's what I'm going to go with, which would make this particular Old Wive's tale accurate with Sebastian too.

With 100% accuracy so far, maybe I really will have a little girl this Fall. Our pillows were pointed South at the time of conception. (Even though our pillows are facing West now.)  

Two boys against two girls this post, which would hold with the 50/50 shot I generally give the Old Wive's tales anyways. All together it brings the count up to 24 predictions for a boy and 13 predictions for a girl. The boys are still winning it, it seems, but we won't know for sure until sometime in October. Keep reading to find out if the ladies can catch up, and keep playing along!

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*Disclaimer: This, and all posts for The Gender Prediction Project, is something I am doing for fun. I am not a doctor, and I make no claims that these methods of sex prediction work. This should in no way shape or form be taken seriously. Please do not go out and buy clothes, furniture, toys, paint, or wallpaper based on any of the prediction methods you see here. These blog posts should be taken with a grain of salt, and if you choose to participate in them along with me, realize that there is no way to know the sex of your baby 100% until they are in your arms and you are looking at the evidence with your own two eyes. Even ultrasounds can be wrong, so join in at your own risk! ;) Happy predicting!*


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