10.30.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is- Day 15- Preferred Side of Sleep

Is there anything better in the world than a really good night's sleep?  I keep hearing that my days of zzzzz's are numbered so I am trying to soak up all that I can! 

Luckily I have still for the most part been able to sleep comfortably without Sweet Pea telling me to move. 

I know it is all Pregnancy PC to sleep on your left side.  It's what's best for the baby....I get that.  However...I just prefer to sleep on my right.  I fall asleep faster that way and it's just more comfortable for me.

So according to the old ladies....because my preferred side of sleep is on my right.....Sweet Pea is ........

a girl!

If I preferred to sleep on my left..those old wives believe that Sweet Pea would be a boy. 

I don't get it......

But anyway that brings our total to:
71% Girl
29% Boy

Less than two weeks to go!

10.28.2010

It's A Great Infertile Halloween Charlie Brown!

A favorite tradition of mine from my childhood is watching the holiday shows that came on TV....especially during Halloween and Christmas. 

I adored watching It's A Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown followed by Garfield's Halloween each year. 

As a matter of fact...I adore saying Charlie Brown's famous saying from It's A Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown...."I got a rock".  I use it often in my every day life....LOVE!!!

I was talking to my husband this past weekend about how this one line fit perfectly with infertility.

I got a rock.....

My four year infertility journey went something like this....

Fertile Friend #1-I got two lines...

Fertile Friend #2- I got twins.....

Me:  I got a rock. 

I got a rock.....I got a negative....I got another month of trying....I got a cyst.....I got bills coming out of my behind.....I got injections....I got a nervous breakdown...

Four years of getting infertile rocks in my trick or treat bag.

Four years of being the Charlie Brown of the group..

Trick or Treat...

Isn't that what we go through each month?  Trick or Treat? Each time at the end of those two weeks...we pray for the treat and feel angst about the trick!

Trick or Treat...an infertile understatement!!!

And then it happened....I held out my bag and said "Trick or Treat" ...I got the candy....I got the lollipop...I got the gumballs...I got pregnant. 

Maybe sometimes the pumpkin is great after all....

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 14- Hair On Legs

I know it's been a few days since I posted one of these.  I got the flu shot for the first time ever and have been in flu shot hell.  This is not a pleasant place to be.  I'm hoping to return to normal very soon...I'm not enjoying my stay here. 

But anyway...I figured that for today's tale I would put it all out there.....

I know I have casually mentioned my pregnancy Yeti leg hair in another post.  I've always heard all those great things about pregnancy.....of how fast your nails and hair grows.  Well I kinda just thought it would be the hair on my head growing fast....I was wrong. 

It seems that along with growing another human being inside of me...I have also acquired Yeti legs. 

Unsure what I mean.......Think....

.......Abominable Snowman....or...... 

...Harry from Harry and the Hendersons!
Catch my drift? 

Can I tell you how eternally grateful I am to be getting very pregnant during the winter where I can where pants....or at the very least pass my yeti legs off as a new fashionable pair of Uggs?!!?!?

So what does this mean besides having stock in Schick Razors and Skintimate Shave Gel? According to those Old Wives....this means Sweet Pea is ..........a boy!

This brings our total of tales to.....

69% girl
31% boy

Don't be surprised if you see razors and shaving cream on my baby registry =)

10.25.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 13- Toddler Boys

Yesterday I took on the tale by those old wives that states to ask a five year old what you are having.

So I did....my nephew said boy!

Today's tale has to do with toddlers.  According to the tale, if a toddler boy acts interested in you as a pregnant woman, you are having a girl.  If the boy shows no interest, it's a boy.

Of course, I have a story.

We were in church the other week and just behind us was this mom and her adorable son, dressed in their football attire for the day!  As we sat down, my husband and I marveled over how adorable the little boy was.  He would NOT stop staring at me.  I smiled at him and waved and he smiled back....and just kept staring.  His mom then said to me "It's crazy...it's like he knows you...".

So there you have it....of course almost all kids love me...so did this little toddler boy!

Based on the tale...Sweet Pea is.......a girl

Our tale total is now:
Girl - 75%
Boy 25%

10.24.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 12- Ask A Five Year Old

I'm not sure where I read this one but I found it interesting. 

As someone who has spent lots of time with kindergarteners ..I can attest to how perceptive they are! This old wives tale believes if you want to know what you are having....ask a five year old.

Lucky me....my nephew is five. 

Just prior to finding this interesting old wives tale...I had a conversation with my adorable nephew. 

It went like this:


Him: " Aunt Jenn, I saw the pictures of the baby in your belly. Mommy showed me!"

Me: "You did?  That is your little cousin."

Him: "I get presents?"

Me: "No silly...that's your cousin".

Him: "Oh.  It's a boy."

Me: "You think so?  If it's a boy, his name will be "

Him: "And if it's a girl?"

Me: "Then we will call her "

Him: "WHY?!?!"

Me: "Because Uncle Frank and I like that name."

Him: "It's going to be a boy anyway"

My nephew proceeded to tell his father later that night that he found out we were having a boy.  My brother in law asked my sister how we found out so fast.  She told him we didn't...it's just what my nephew thinks. 

So there it is folks.  My five year old nephew thinks its a boy....so I'm ruling this one.....a boy!

This brings our total to:
Girl- 73%
Boy- 27% 

Don't kids just say the darndest things?!?!?

P.S.  Our names will be withheld for awhile...possibly until birth.  I have had issues with name stealers!!! 

10.22.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 11- Intelligender

Ok so maybe...just maybe..there isn't any old wives behind this tale....

I suppose science has something to do with this one....

However since I have seen the first picture of this test completed by a preggo...I knew I NEEDED to do it when I could!!

And here it is...I FINALLY can!

As you all know because you are such avid readers of my blog..I went to a few stores last weekend looking for this!  I found it yesterday and bought it in a fit of excitement. 

I couldn't wait.  Of course this is like all other old wives tales....there is a 50/50% chance it is right or wrong.  But still...I think of it as a fun rite of passage. 


We get the package home and I heard the worst possible thing come out of my husbands mouth when he looked at the box

Not recommended for women with PCOS.  

CRAP! I swear those four letters ruin so many things....It's like being branded with a HUGE scarlet letter.  Why not just stamp PCOS across my forehead.

So I did some research....apparently all PCOS women get a boy reading. Well...a boy reading is still a reading...as still has a chance of being right.  I mean it's not like I am going to get a reading that says "Birl" or "Goy".  So I figured what the hell...

I'm doing it!!

So there I was this morning at first morning urine reading the directions and peeing in yet again ANOTHER cup! 

Here are the results:

Nice and dark green....so obviously a boy reading and being that I have a 50/50% chance of having a boy...I'm keeping the ruling. 

I'm officially calling this tale ............a boy!

That brings our totals to:
80% girl
20% boy

10.20.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 10- Clumsy VS Graceful

Today's tale results should be no surprise to those who know me.....

Clumsy vs. Graceful?

I am not ashamed to admit it....I am clumsy as a baby learning to walk.  I often wonder to myself how I do not fall down more.  I am famous for tripping up the stairs (which is a sign of intelligence I hear).  I often twist my foot if I am walking in a pair of uncomfortable high heels.  I drop things....a lot! And you know those times when you are trying to act cool....I trip or stumble...ALL THE TIME!

I would love to tell you all that this has gone away since I got pregnant....I would love to say I am as graceful as a ballerina.  But it has gotten worse...think more bull in a china cabinet.

Those old wives believe that if you are graceful, you are having a girl and if you are clumsy you are having a boy....

THAT MEANS....TODAY...THE OLD WIVES BELIEVE THAT I AM HAVING.....wait for it.......

A BOY!

I know...you can pick your jaw up off the floor now!

This brings the total of tales to

89% Girl
11% Boy


We find out in three weeks...I just know you are all "TOO EXCITED TO SLEEP".  Enjoy my favorite little kid in my favorite commercial ever! 

10.19.2010

Lullabies of Love..

I interrupt your regular scheduled blog post release for this important message..................

I love singing!

What is that you say?  You ALREADY knew that?!!?  You feel like I have told you a bazillion times before?!?!?  Oh that's right...I told you here.

I credit my parents for my love of music.  My mom used to sing with us all the time....random songs.  How many kids know the theme song to "Beverly Hillbillies".....Let me tell you a story of a man named Jed.......

My dad loved to dance with us.  I have fond memories of listening to records (YES I AM OLD) and dancing with my dad.  My father....also famous for substituting his own words into the songs!  The most comical... Heart's song "Alone"...He sang "How do I get you alone" and then proceeded to say "You go to the bank".....get it?  Alone....a loan.....Yes that's my dad =)

It's really important for me to pass this love onto Sweet Pea. 

I decided to start now....I read recently that Sweet Pea can start to hear my voice.  There was even a suggestion to start singing.....It has been proven that babies will recognize certain songs that their heard in their womb....

* CUE MUSICWHERE is my microphone!?!?

I have always related Michael Buble's Just Haven't Met You Yet to my journey for Sweet Pea. That song has surrounded my life...It's even the ringtone on my phone!  The song will always be dear to my heart....

But I need new songs....

As much as I LOVED Ross and Rachel's rendition of Baby Got Back on Friends. I figured I needed some new tunes.  Ideally Rumpshaker or Rehab aren't the BEST choice of lullabies.  So I set out on a mission. Find songs for Sweet Pea to listen to in the womb and that I could sing when they are born. 

It was difficult finding good songs....so I of course asked Dr. Google.  The first one that came up....I downloaded......

.....Baby Mine!  Tears rolled down my cheeks as I listened to the words and pictured swaying my sweet baby to sleep singing those words.  I'm not sure how long it will take for me to be able to sing that without crying....It might sound like a squeaking sound at first.  I better start practicing now. 

I also asked on Twitter.  Someone suggested A New Day Has Come by Celine Dion.  I have heard this song a billion times before...I did not know that it was about her overcoming infertility.  So for the first time today I LISTENED to it.  *INSERT SOBBING*  Full body sobbing...all started with the lyric....


And the world thought I had it all  But I was waiting for you

(by the way...I'm crying again now!)

It's perfect!  I have received some great suggestions...

What are your favorite songs about a baby or about having a baby?  Don't worry I can handle it...I got the tissues ready!

10.18.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 9- History of Parent's Kids

Today's old wives tale comes from His Boys Can Swim again.  I read the craziest tales on there.  If any of these sound crazy..they probably came off there! 

Ok so today's tale is based on the history of the parent's kids.  This only works if there are three kids in the family.  Surprise Surprise...that's exactly what my parents had.  So theory is you can tell the gender of the child by looking at the other children.

The first child - will have the same gender as the middle child
The middle child-will have the same gender as the last child
The last child- will have the same gender as the first child.

Ok so I am the oldest child...my sister is the middle child and my brother is the youngest child....which means...I will have a girl...my sister will have a boy and my brother will have a girl.

My sister was the first to have a child and she DID have a boy! So according to this tale..the old wives say I am having..........a girl!!!!

This brings our eight tale total to:
100% girl
0% boy

Of course my grandparents also had three kids....My mom the oldest...my aunt the middle and my uncle the youngest.  My mom had a girl first...My uncle had a girl first (which according to the tale is correct)...however my aunt had a girl...which should have been a boy....hmmmm? 

Are there three kids in your family?  Is the tale correct?

10.17.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 8-The Fail of the Drano Test

So I slacked yesterday. Well I didn't mean to slack...it just kind of happened.  I figured all of the greatest writers (like Poe, Shakespeare, Hemingway and me) need days off every now and again right?

You will forgive me...won't you?

Of course you will...moving on.

So my husband and I went apple and pumpkin picking yesterday....well we meant to go apple and pumpkin picking.  We drove an insanely long way to the orchard that we normally go to only to find out that the apple picking was at the OTHER location.  Ok so we will just go pumpkin picking...We walk up to the long line and find out they are charging per person JUST to walk into the patch.  You still need to pay for the pumpkin afterwards.  Because we were only getting one pumpkin, this was silly for us.  We decided to pick our pumpkin from their pre picked pumpkins and go on our way....

Two and a half hour drive round trip and we were there for 15 minutes TOPS. Fun stuff people...fun stuff.....

However the day wasn't a total waste.....we did end up going to the place where I want my crib from and seeing it...and falling in love =)  Crib and changing table is picked out!

Ok so now that you guys feel like you spent the day with me yesterday..let me tell you my drano story.  I have heard mixing drano with urine is an old wives tale on gender.  I figured I would venture out and pick up drano and intelligender (another urine type gender test).  I planned to do the drano test yesterday and the intelligender test today.  We went to store one...got drano...no intelligender. 

We go to store two ....out of intelligender.....so I just figured I would find the intelligender during the week and just do the drano this weekend. 

Got home...all ready to pee in a cup and start to read about the drano test......

USE ONLY CRYSTAL DRANO!

Wait...what?!??!  What is crystal drano?  There is more than one kind of drano?  On top of that below EVERY explanation of the test was the warning of lethal fumes because of the reaction.  Screw that people.  No Drano test for me! 

So this weekend I am prepared for a clogged pipe and old wives tale less-  We will resume our gender old wives tale counting tomorrow =)

P.S.  Can I just tell you how I truly adore everyone sharing their stories with me about these tests?!?!?  I love that I am doing this and I love that you all love reading it!  I know that none of these really matter for anything.  We aren't picking bedding out based on it.  Each old wives tale has a 50/50 shot of being right or wrong...it's just fun =) 

10.15.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 7- Morning Sickness

Oh...that wonderful little symptom of pregnancy called Morning Sickness.  Imagine my surprise...it's not just in the morning...oh no my friends...it's ALL DAY LONG SICKNESS!

I have had BAD morning sickness. From the second I found out I was pregnant, it was non stop nausea.  As if the nausea was not bad enough, you can add in "at any time" puking.  There was no rhyme or reason to it.....if I tried eating something that Sweet Pea did not want...it came up! 

I'll spare you all my wonderful stories from the past 4 months of getting sick....but let's just say...Sweet Pea came in between me and an Almond Snickers.  Sad...so SAD!

I would say in the last couple of weeks things have gotten better...still not 100%!  Certain textures get to me......even the dentist got to me.....

The old wives believe that if you deal with bad morning sickness, you are having a girl.

So that brings our seven day...seven tale total to:
100% girl
0% boy

Ok ....who has had awful morning sickness?

10.14.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 6-Acne

Acne....pimples....zits...no matter what they are called, nothing brings back the horrors of being a teenager faster than a big blemish on your face. 

All I kept hearing about before I was pregnant was this pregnancy glow that so many people have. 

However, I have noticed that I have a lot less glow...and a lot more of those unsightly skin irritations. 

It's official...you can call me pizza face

According to those old wives, acne during pregnancy means a girl is on the way. 

So I guess if you played connect the dots on my face it would spell....A GIRL!

This brings the six day six test total to:
100% girl
0% boy

Of course when push comes to shove, I would much rather blame my face "issues" on these old wives than my hormones (because I AM NOT acting irrational....EVERYONE else is!).  So for the next month..I will be content blaming those old wives for these issues. 

Anyone else have crater face while pregnant?  Did you end up having a girl?

10.13.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 5- Dreams

I had a dream.....not like Martin Luther King's dream or anything....but a dream about Sweet Pea...a dream about our baby.

It was right after I found out that we were expecting.  The dream was as vivid as anything. It was a boy..we called him by the name we have chosen.  He was an adorable mixture of my husband and I.  That was our baby. 

So I woke up thinking...Ok ...I'm having a boy. 

That was my only dream about Sweet Pea so far in which I clearly know what the gender is.  I took it as a sign...Sweet Pea is probably a boy.  But imagine my surprise when researching old wives tales and I came across a one about dreams and gender from Jane over at His Boys Can Swim (seriously awesome article over there...go read it! I got a lot of my wacky gender old wives tales from there).

According to Jane's list of old wives tales...a dream about a certain gender was OPPOSITE of what you were really having.  So my dream of my sweet little boy actually means I'm having a girl?!?!?

I have nothing to compare this to yet of course.  I have only had one vivid dream so far and that was it.  Of course, if it turns out Sweet Pea is a boy..then it will be easy to explain that my subconscious already knew.  Even though..I'm not sure Sweet Pea even knew at that point in which I had the dream =)

But basing this strictly on the old wives tale, Sweet Pea is........a girl

This brings our Five Day - Five Tale Count to:
100% girl
0% boy

Have you guys ever had dreams about the gender of your baby PRIOR to finding out what you were having?  Were these dreams right or wrong?

10.12.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 4-Mayan Gender Prediction

Yesterday, we did the Chinese gender prediction ....today I tackle the Mayan gender prediction. 

According to the Mayan gender prediction, you look at both the mothers age and the conception year. If both are odd or even numbers, it's a girl.  If there is one odd and one even number...it is a boy. 

I am (and was) 30 at the time of conception. I conceived in 2010.

Both even numbers.

So according to the Mayan old wives...Sweet Pea is........

A GIRL!!!

That brings our four day- four test total to:

100% girl
0% boy

We find out for REAL in one month!  What did the Mayan old wives say for you....were they right?

10.11.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 3- Chinese Gender Prediction

Hello my friends!

Today's fun old wives tale is the Chinese gender prediction.

I never even heard of this until I became pregnant and people started asking me what my Chinese gender chart said.

So I found this website.  The Chinese gender prediction bases the mother's age at the time of conception and the month of conception.

I was 30 at the time of conception and the baby was conceived in July so according to the chart....These Chinese old wives say that Sweet Pea is ..........................................

A GIRL!

Here is the tally for what the old wives think after three tests:
Girl -100%
Boy -0%

Click the link above and tell me if your was right or wrong =)  

10.10.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 2- String Test

Ok so today's test of these old wives tales was an experiment.  We did the string test. 

For those unfamiliar with the string test....you tie your wedding ring to the end of a string, hold it over your belly...give it a swing and watch the motion. 

I had my hubby help me with this one.  I knew what the string swings meant and I didn't want to be in any type of manipulative position with the string.  I tied my wedding ring on a shoe lace, laid down and had him hold the string over my belly.  I told him we were looking to see if the string was swinging back and forth or in circles.  I did NOT tell him what each meant. 

He swung the string and there it was..swinging back and forth. 

According to the old wives....swinging in a circle meant boy and back and forth meant girl. 

So today our reading for gender was......A GIRL!

This brings our two day old wives tales total to:

100% girl
0% boy

Did anyone do this?  What were your results?

10.09.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is? Day 1-Heartbeat

I figured there was no better way to start off these old wives tales then to start with the most famous...the heartbeat. 

Almost everyone I know always comments about the gender based on Sweet Pea's heartbeat.  The saying is if the heartbeat is over 140 it is a girl and if it is under 140 it is a boy. 

Sweet Pea's last two heartbeat readings were in the 160's. 

So based on that...those old wives are saying Sweet Pea is..........

A GIRL!  

So that leads the tally of those old wives to be:
Girl -100%
Boy-0%

What are your experiences with heartbeat and gender? 

10.08.2010

Do These Old Wives Know What My Baby Is?

Hello my friends!

It was not even a discussion...when we found out we were expecting...we KNEW we would find out what we were having.  If you know us, you know we couldn't wait.  My husband HATES surprises and I am so not a yellow type person.  Pink or Blue...I love them both!

Of course, we wanted to know as soon as possible...and then my mom and dad wanted to be here and suddenly my priorities changed.  I no longer wanted to find out as early as possible.  I wanted my mom and dad there.  They scheduled a visit around my 20th week....and they will get to be there when we find out.  Nothing in the world is more special to me! 

With this being said...of course, I have to WAIT until I'm 20 WEEKS!  We have a little over a month to go so I figured what a better way to spend this month then doing all those tests people tell you to try to guess the gender. 

Who are these old wives??!?!?  and what are their tales?!?!

I picture the old wives as a group that looks like this...


Sitting around and chatting about their experiences and their children. 

"In my day....."

You would hear lots of this:

"MY Edward......" "Well MY Judith......" 

So in my head...those are the old wives...and I'm honoring them.  Now of course I know this isn't accurate....It's really a fifty fifty shot!  Each tale has a change of being half right or half wrong.  Sweet Pea is already a boy or a girl.  This whole series is meant for fun....

I will have fun doing it and I hope you have fun reading it!

My first tale will be posted tomorrow morning and I will post one a day until our anatomy scan!  I will keep a running total each day about what the chances for each gender is based on that group of old wives and then of course...we can compare when I find out =)

oh and P.S.-Any experience you have with the tales I tell each day...please share! I love reading about others experiences!

So to start...what are some of your favorite gender old wives tales?

10.07.2010

Happy October!!!

                                              I love me some Yankee's baseball!

                                                 and I love me some Derek Jeter

                                                      OOPS!  Wrong picture =)