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We’re Having A Baby! + Plus Some Old Wives Tales

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014



Jeremy and I are so excited to be able to, very soon, share our world with our child. As unexpected as this blessing is, we were both very quick to realize that it was, indeed, a blessing. One that will change both of our lives in ways that we cannot imagine. We are both so appreciative of all the support that we have received from friends and family and coworkers. We are looking forward to providing her with a loving family and a slew of siblings!

There will now be TONS of talk of baby and name choosing and our ever growing mile high to do list on this blog, so I’m tempted to apologize… but I won’t because this is our life now and we are so happy about it!

I thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the “old wives tales” that aim to determine whether you are carrying a boy or a girl. And then compare that to what has been the case during this experience.

So here it goes…

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. When we went to the ultrasound clinic, the first thing they checked was the heartrate. Immediately my mom declared it’s a girl. Turns out she was right…

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 have no idea; a big belly is a big belly (to me anyways). I guess it doesn’t help that I don’t have anything to compare to.

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. My feet are changing temperatures constantly. One minute I want socks, the next I’m taking them off and throwing them across the room.

Hands are Dry : If your hands are constantly dry, it’s a boy. It’s not my hands that are dry, it’s every single other part of my body that’s dry.

Nose : Do you feel like your nose is growing and getting wider? If so, you might be having a boy. Um, no… It’s the rest of my face that’s getting wider!

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. I had my heart set on a certain name if we had a girl; we didn’t have any options for a boy. Unfortunately, Jeremy just does not like the name I want so we’re back to the Name Game.

Headaches : If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy. I’ve always got headaches…

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. Well, in that case, I must be having triplets… all girls.

Protein : When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy. Does this mean I’ll never have a boy? Because I’ll never crave cheese, but sometimes chicken… just not right now.

What Do You Think? : 71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having. I thought it was a boy, so…

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. I always show them with my palms up. (Unless someone just wants to see my nails!)

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. We were just laughing about Jeremy’s belly yesterday. He’s been working out, but he’s definitely got the sympathy cravings and is almost always desperate for chocolate, resulting in quite the tummy.

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. So clumsy. There is absolutely no grace with anything I do.

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. Laying on my left side gives me heartburn and my stomach doesn’t stop making noises. I have to lay on my right.

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. My sister dreamt it was a boy. My grandma dreamt it was a girl.

Moodiness : 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. So moody. I get so frustrated with myself about it, too.

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 definitely have not been feeling beautiful. Definitely not.

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. Well that would be correct that it’s a girl.

Legs : If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy.  If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl. My legs haven’t gotten too big. It’s my face and my arms… and every other part of my body.

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. I feel bad for my little sister; she’ll have to try for more than three kids if she wants a chance of a boy.

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. It’s definitely getting rounder…

Acne : If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones. Thankfully, I’m not experiencing any acne.

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 crave both. I love my fruits, but I love my french fries too!

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! 26 (my age) + 2014 (the year) = 2040 (even number)

Looks like there’s way more pink than any other color, so for the most part these Old Wives Tales seem to be correct… Very interesting… I guess there’s a few things I’ll change around the next time we decide to have a baby!

These tales were found at His Boys Can Swim.

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