Today we headed to McAlester for the ultrasound. For most people, this is the day they’re looking forward to because it’s when they find out if their little womb raiders have innies or outies—and I’m not talking about belly buttons here. But since we’re not finding out the gender, it doesn’t have that same special significance to us.
Don’t get me wrong. We were excited to be seeing Squatch again and make sure the little thing is progressing okay. We saw it move around, hit itself in the head, heard the heartbeat and it was all awesome. We found out that it’s measuring at about 20 weeks, even though Karli’s at 19. Kinda freaked out that it looks a little like the rabbit from Donnie Darko when viewed from the front, but—y’know—unconditional love and all. We’re just not finding out about the indoor/outdoor plumbing situation. And since we’re not taking a peek at the Squatch crotch, I figured we could try out some of the folk legends that try to predict the gender. Should be good for a laugh, at least.
Baby Heart Rate: Above 140 bpm—Girl
Morning Sickness: Oh yeah, you betcha—Girl
Carrying High or Low: Can’t tell yet—Pass
Chinese Gender Predictor (American Calendar)—Girl
Chinese Gender Predictor (Chinese Calendar)—Boy
Baking Soda Test: No fizz—Girl
Mayan Gender Prediction: Age + Year of Conception=Even number—Girl
Ring on a String: Rotating in a circle—Girl
Dad gaining weight: For once, no—Girl
Prettier or Uglier: I don’t think I’m allowed to say anything besides ‘Prettier’—Boy
Hair Thicker or Thinner: Thicker—Girl
Nails Growing Faster or Stronger: Nope—Girl
Leg Hair Growing Faster or Thicker: Nope—Girl
Craving Orange Juice: Yep—Girl
My sister-in-law’s assertion that young children are smitten with women pregnant with a baby of the opposite sex: My youngest nephew loves Karli. Loves—Girl
Then, there’s Madame Zaritska:
The day you deliver, outside will be rainy. Your baby will arrive in the early evening. After a labor lasting approximately 15 hours, your child, a Girl, will be born. Your baby will weigh about 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and will be 18-1/2 inches long. This child will have dark amber eyes and curly red hair.
So I’m seeing a trend here. However, despite all the—um, scientific—evidence, Karli is sure Squatch is a boy.
All this stuff is just for shits and grins, but has anyone else done them? Can you vouch for their accuracy at all? I know of one person who was supposed to be having a hermaphrodite, but that proved not to be true. But does anyone else have any experience with these tests?
Ignore the terrible reflections in the photos. No easy access to a decent scanner at the moment, so I took pictures of the pictures with my phone. Enjoy the view of my office’s styrofoam ceiling!