A week or so ago I met with our Obstetrician and had our 20 week scan. Pete was in Australia at the time and so we didn't want to find out separately the gender of baby number 2. And so I videoed the entire scan and had the OB write down the gender in a card. I looked away during the all important parts of the scan and have resisted the urge to peek at the card for the past week.
Due to some challenges early on, we didn't get to have any fun or romantic ways of learning that I was pregnant again, and after the highly stressful first trimester, I thought we could do with making a big deal out of one part of this pregnancy.
And so we came up with a plan.
Yhe plan is for Pete to look at the card and will then find a fun way to share the news with me. We thought that in the big exciting surprises in life, this is one worth making a big deal about, knowing whether Maddie will be getting a baby brother or sister is kind of one of the more exciting moments we can all share.
But before the big reveal, which we did actually do last week in the Seychelles, we had some fun with old wives tales. Old wives tales are of course all just speculation and founded in zero fact at all, but they are a bit of fun.
Here are are the 6 Old Wives Tales that we tested out and their very scientific findings!
Apparently if you are craving salty foods, you are expecting a boy, and the sweets are for sweet girls! Not only have I been craving salty foods, I have been extremely put off by anything remotely sweet.
2. THE RING TEST
This "test" involves taking a hair from the mother and hanging her ring off it and then holding it as still as possible over the pregnant belly. The ring will then start to move on its own, and it moves in circles if you are expecting a boy, and like a pendulum if you are expecting a girl. The ring swang around in crazy big circles!!! It is kind of amazing that anything happens at all, but it really does!!! It was a really strong pendulum with Maddie.
3. BABY'S HEART RATE
When you have your 20 week scan, you will find out your baby's heart rate. The theory goes that if the heart rate is less than 140bpm it is a boy, and between 140-160bpm, then it is a girl. For ours, it was 144bm.
4. THE CHINESE CALENDAR
Here's a link to this one the Chinese Gender Chart which takes the age of the mama-to-be at conception, and calculates based on the month of conception whether you are more likely to be expecting a boy or girl.
5. MORNING SICKNESS?
If you have been fortunate enough to go through the majority of your pregnancy without the nausea, you might be having a boy. But if you've had your fair share of sickness, you may be having a girl. My morning sickness has been fairly relentless and is still going on, and on and on. Week 22, come on baby, give mama a break!
6. WEIGHT GAIN
Expect some! Ha! But if you are carrying your additional weight mostly out the front, it's thought to be a boy inside, but if you have spread out sideways, that's a wee girl in there. Talking about weight distribution is always a lighthearted topic isn't it! But this time around I've actually mostly only gained belly weight so far. I wasn't allowed to exercise at all for the first 14 weeks, so I definitely lost overall tone and strength, but compared to last time when I'd already gone up two dress sizes at this point, the belly is taking the bulk of it.
So here we have it, 4 out of 6 of the old wives tales are predicting that we are expecting a little boy for baby number two!!!
All will be revealed just as soon as we can get a hold of all the Grandparents!!