Baby Poker

We’re coming to the end of the boy/girl predictions and we’ve gone straight from ogling her body changes to alchemy and mysticism.  I’m an unconventional girl myself, so it’s not a reach for me to hear someone suggest standing naked under the full moon and whistling twice to see if anyone whistles back.  That doesn’t, incidentally, mean either a boy or a girl.  I’m just saying.    So here’s the end of it:

Baby Roulette: Questions 20-27

Wedding ring to string – circles, boy.  Back and forth, girl.  The old wives tales suggest dangling a needle or the mother’s wedding band tied to a piece of string, over her belly or palm.  There seems to be no preference for clockwise, or counter-clockwise.  We tried both with my engagement ring tied to a piece of floss.  So, not exactly scientific method.  Over her belly, we got a gentle circular motion, though this was almost certainly because I was kneeling on the bed, giggling, leading to a skewed result.  I used a shorter strand of floss over her hand and got a back and forth motion.  This may have been because the gigantic cat was pushing the bed with his monstrous tail.  Unfortunately, these cancel each other out – one for a boy and one for a girl.

There’s also some faith in the color and content of urine.  Bright yellow (check), then it’s a boy.  And then there’s a Drano test.  Stop.  Wait.  Step away from the chemicals.  Let us be a lesson to you.  DO NOT POUR YOUR URINE INTO DRANO.  But we did.  There’s no science to this – ratio of urine to noxious chemical?  Color change consensus?  Nada.  But here’s what we did and you probably shouldn’t.  And we wouldn’t again.  No really, we wouldn’t.  We took a ½ cup drano and poured in a ¼ cup urine.  For a second, it looked like the liquid changed to a brown color and then mellowed to a yellow.  AND THEN EXPLODED.

Yes, you heard me.  I mixed a toxic cocktail that blossomed into a volcano of foam and turned the plastic cup containing it into a fiery vessel of poison.  Fortunately, D was at some distance away.  Unfortunately, there is no consensus as to what the color change means, probably though boy.  If only for the fact that a girl would have the good sense to STEP AWAY FROM THE CHEMICALS.

So let’s step over to more international means of prediction.  The Mayans say that if adding the mother’s age at the time of conception (32) to the year of conception (2009) nets an odd number (it does) it’s a boy.  The Chinese went so far as to draw up a fancy chart which, in short, says boy for us though I’ll  never know if I did the lunar month (8?)/Chinese age (33?) correctly.

Chinese or Mayan, we all dream and the wives tales take a contrary approach.  We dream of girls, so we’ll be getting a boy.

And finally, the internet tells me that mothers who don’t know the baby’s gender guess right about 70% of the time.  And D thinks it’s a girl.  And I think it’s a girl.  Furthermore, our friends and coworkers who have children think it’s a girl.  And we’ll see if we’re right.

Final tally?  The boys came in strong today with 4 more points (making 8) but finishes behind the girls with a whopping 17.  We only have another 2 months to wait!

3 Responses

  1. Wow. Good for you both for trying all those crazy things. We wanted to know from day 1. I’m usually pretty good at predicting things, but it took me until 48 hours before the ultrasound I had any inkling it was a boy. Ching never knows anything before it happens- sometimes even when it happens 🙂

    Glad things are going well!!

  2. i knew it was a girl from the very beginning. i just had this feeling. DP meanwhile was SURE it was a boy, because she wanted a girl so badly.

    and it was a girl. mother’s usually right.

  3. I’m vastly entertained by all these prediction games. I wonder if I can talk my wife into these, instead of an ultrasound gender check? (She strongly wants to know, I strongly don’t. We’ve been “debating” what to do about this since well before we got married.)

    If you want another prediction method, you could just go see my mom, who apparently has a 90% accuracy record. (If you ask her, that is. I don’t think she has any records to back up this claim, however.)

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