Baby’s Gender – Old wives tales and guessing fun!

March 21, 2017

When we realised that we were expecting our 3rd child, I knew straight away that I didn’t want to find out what we were having.
With both Dexter and Paisley, we found out and I loved it. I was so happy with each of them. I knew I wanted a boy and I felt like I was bonding with a boy baby from the start with Dexter. Paisley was a little different – growing up with 4 sisters, I wasn’t keen on the idea of a girl but I still had a feeling that a girl was what we were having and when it was confirmed, I actually surprised myself with how happy I was.

But now we have one of each, and this is our last one, I really liked the idea of a surprise. I pictured the baby being handed to Liam for him to have a look and then him to hand the baby to be and say meet your Son/Daughter and then tell me the name – Or something equally as soppy.

For Liam though, the whole thing is completely different. He wanted to know as soon as we were able to find out. And he did.
So now, our house is split – With 50% of the adults in it knowing way more about our baby than the other.

It’s been quite good fun so far. I know Liam won’t tell me unless I specifically ask him too but I can see he’s just dying to spill the beans and I will totally forgive him if he accidentally lets slip, I mean, it’s a fairly big secret to keep! ( He wont read this so I know he won’t do it “accidentally on purpose”)

But earlier this week, something happened. We had our boy and girl name picked before our 20 week scan so that we wouldn’t have to discuss it and therefore wouldn’t give anything away. However… I realised that our boy name can also be a girl name and now I reeeeallly really like it for a girl.. Except, I can’t ask Liam if he likes it because his face or his tone might give something away.
I’ve come so close to just asking him this last weekend but I’ve resisted so far and now I”m more determined to not find out. I feel like when we announce the birth, this time I want it to be actual news Like ‘its a boy” or “it’s a girl’, you know?

So to totally distract me… I thought I’d let you have a go at guessing. I’ve gathered together some old wives tales for predicting the gender and thought I would leave it up to you.

Feel free to ask me any questions that might help your predictions in the comments if there is something else I’ve not covered.

High or low?

Apparently if you are carrying high, it’s a girl, if you carry low its a boy
If it’s all in the front it’s also a boy but if you expand out to the sides too it’s a girl. This is my latest bump shot… What do you think? I cant tell. It’s just in my way! My Verdict – Inconclusive

Blooming? Or Blooming Ugly?

Well, I’m certainly not blooming thats for sure. It is said that girls steal your beauty but dry hands and cold feet are signs of a boy. I’ve got dry patches everywhere, including my hands. My head is just gross and flakes about all over the place and you can see how thin my hair is but my feet are warm. So I’ll let you guys figure that one out. My Verdict – Inconclusive 

Heart Rate

If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bmp, baby is supposedly a girl, if its under 140, then it’s a boy. As of yet, despite being 25 weeks, I’ve not actually heard the heart beat so I have absolutely no idea what it is. My Verdict – Inconclusive

Ring Test

For this one, you are supposed to take off your wedding ring, tie it to a piece of string and hold it above your bump. If it swings back and forth, its a girl, if it swings round, its a boy. Mine didn’t swing round as such, just spun on the spot. My Verdict – Inconclusive

Chinese Gender Chart

This one is based on the age of the Mother at the time of conception and the month in which the baby was conceived.

Image Courtesy of BabyCentre

Looking at this chart, I was 29 when Dexter was conceived in the September so it correctly predicted a boy.
I was 31 when Paisley was conceived in the April so again it correctly predicted a girl. This time I was 33 when the current one was conceived in October, suggesting it’s a girl. I’d love to know if this is correct on yours. Either current pregnancies or previous ones as this one really has me intrigued… My Verdict – Girl
Apparently the Mayans used a similar method. They looked at your age at conception and the year your baby was conceived. If both are even or odd, it’s a girl. If one is even and one is odd then boy oh boy, it’s a boy! My Verdict – Boy

Nub Theory

Otherwise known as the ‘angle of the dangle’. On scans between 12 and 14 weeks there is often a ‘nub’ around the genital area and it is the angle of this that is said to predict the gender. If the nub is at a greater angle than 30 degrees to the spine, it’s a boy. Less than 30 degrees and you’ve got yourself a girl.. Well, here is our scan from 13 weeks and 6 days and I can’t even see a nub.. What do you think? My Verdict – Inconclusive

Cravings – Sweet or Savoury

I got my first craving towards the end of my first trimester. The only craving I’ve had in all three of my pregnancies and it only lasted a couple of weeks. That was for roast potatoes – nice and crispy with a bit of salt. Perfect. Apparently salty or savoury cravings indicate a boy and sweet stuff is all about the girls. With Paisley I did tend to drink a lot of that flavoured fizzy water but I wouldn’t say I craved it. And with Dexter, nothing. Take from that what you will. My Verdict – Inconclusive

So there you go, I have 6 inconclusive results, one boy and one girl… Place your bets. Results will be revealed in roughly 15 weeks!

Edited to add… Baby’s heart beat was recorded at 148 bpm indicating a girl. – Making the results…
5 inconclusive
1 boy
2 girl


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  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles March 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Haha Love that one of them helped in the slightest!!! Sorry but it made me laugh! The calendar thing was right with one and wrong with the other for me, the nub theory was right both times. I’m going with girl purely based on how rubbish you’ve felt xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby March 24, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Hahaha I have felt rubbish, thats true. I can’t remember if I felt worse with Paisley though.

  • Reply Irene March 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I say a girl they say if u carry all at front it’s a girl to carry all round the back it’s a boy xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby March 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Hmmmm This one seems to be at the front to me

  • Reply Tasha - Mummy&Moose March 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I am going to guess it’s a boy!

    Great post and I am impressed that your husband hasn’t blurted it out – I definitely would have!!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby March 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      He’s trying very hard though. I can tell he wants too hahaha

  • Reply Tinuke March 30, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Oh it’s so difficult! I would guess girl but at a 50/50 chance of getting it right what do I know!? My baby is due in 5 weeks and we have no idea what we are having, which has left me really anxious.
    I guess on the plus side, you don’t have tooooo much longer until you find out!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby March 31, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Ohhh you’ve got lots less left than me. I’ve still got about 14 weeks

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