We went in for our five-month checkup this afternoon… Can you believe it’s been five months already?! Everything checked out fine (more on this at the end) and we even got something extra this time…
We’re having a boy!
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The sonogram says it all (everything is quite evident as you can see), but we have been very curious about a number of theories that people have been telling us about — just to see if they yielded positive results…
1. Does the baby sit high or hang low?
There’s an age-old wive’s tale that says if your baby hangs low, it’s a boy, and if it sits high, it’s a girl. Well, Julianna has been showing fairly low up to this point, so I guess this one might hold some validity. I’ve heard stories of it not foretelling the proper result, but it seems true for us.
2. Hands by the head, hands by the crotch.
This is a new one to us. A friend of mine said that their sonogram tech told them that she was able to predict the sex of a baby by looking at the hands. She also said she has never been wrong. What she does is take note of where the babies hands are. If the hands are by its head, it’s a girl. If ther hands are in its crotch, it’s boy. (Make your own interpretations of that.) Anyway, our baby’s hands were by its head, so we can chalk this one up as a false test.
3. The “string test.”
Recently, Julianna found out that there was a hispanic tradition to do a “string test” to determine the sex of the baby. Since Julianna works with a number of Mexican women, she thought she’d give it a try. And, luckily, there was a woman who knew how to do it and, coincidentally enough, she had never been wrong either! The “string test” involves tying a sowing needle to the end of a length of thread. The “tester” holds the string so that the needle dangles above the pregnant woman’s wrist. The “tester” then lowers the needle and lightly touches it to the wrist of the preganant woman. Then, she lifts the needle up so that it’s dangling again. If the needle swings back and forth when the “tester” lifts it, you’re having a boy. If the needle swings in a circle, it’s a girl. Julianna’s “string test” showed that it would definitely be a boy. Fact? Or fiction? The outcome should make it clear.
4. The “quarter test.”
We just found out about this one the other day and, admittedly, we have not tried it yet. Supposedly, my dad’s mother had a test much like the test above (and, knowing that she spent most of her life in a primarily Mexican neighborhood, it’s not surprising). What you do is tie a quarter to the end of a length of thread. Hang the quarter over the pregnant woman’s belly. Let the quarter touch down and then lift it up into the air again. If the quarter then spins to the left, it’s a girl. If it spins to the right, it’s a boy. We’ll have to try this one out later.
5. What is the mother wearing?
We just learned about this one at our appointment today. Our sonogram tech looked at what Julianna was wearing — navy blue scrubs — and said, “Oh, you’re wearing blue. It’s a boy.” (I guess that if Julianna was wearing pink, it should have been a girl.) Anyway, at that point, Julianna responded, “But, we have to wear blue.” Hmmm… Dubious to say the least, but the outcome was exactly as the sonogram tech predicted.
So, with a three-out-of-four statistical advantage, who needs sonograms, right? We knew it was a boy all along.
As I said, everything checked out fine. The baby is the right size and even seems to be a little ornery — he was moving around a lot and, at one point, he began punching Julianna in her very full bladder! (By the way, an ornery baby is a 6th, but unofficial, way to determine that the baby will be a boy.)
The baby knows he’s fine too, I guess, because here he is telling us as much:
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Now, all we have to do is come up with a name we can both agree on.