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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.

Sooooo Coooool!!! Funny, I knew you were having a boy because, well, I just knew! And I’m obviously never wrong! =)
As for names, how about Guiseppe?
Jean - November 23, 2005 at 4:32 pm

And the Samoff Male Madness continues for another generation… frightening.
Dennis the Menace () - November 23, 2005 at 4:40 pm

great news tim! we’re praying for you guys.
Zach () - November 23, 2005 at 5:08 pm

ornery – now that is GREAT! Hahahah. Looks like I need to get a cubs jersey for HIM now! GREAT news!
jason () (URL) - November 23, 2005 at 6:07 pm

Hey, congratulations … you must be deliriously happy. Best wishes for the three of you.
john Grzywacz-Gray () - November 23, 2005 at 6:23 pm

How do you turn “Azilee” into a boy’s name??? :) I love you guys and STILL want him to be born on my birthday. Aunt Brenda
Aunt Brenda () - November 23, 2005 at 7:23 pm

Congrats! Tim you’re going to have the mini-me that you always dreamed of.
Rob - November 23, 2005 at 7:27 pm

Maybe you should at least blur that picture so you don’t embarrass the young lad.

john () (URL) - November 23, 2005 at 7:28 pm

Congrats, Samoffs! Thanks for the baby gender test education too, BTW. My wife and I should find out the sex of our baby (#3) right around Christmas. We might have to try some of these crazy tests ourselves.
Steve K. () (URL) - November 23, 2005 at 9:45 pm

whoo hoo. Sounds like you two have been having too much fun with the possiblities. Boys names are challenging. Good luck. Keep us posted.
Melissa () - November 24, 2005 at 12:57 am

Congratulations!!! Boys are a blast. Keep us posted. We love ya’ll and are so excited for you.
Cousin Kris () - November 24, 2005 at 7:25 pm

Jack Egorov () - November 25, 2005 at 10:24 am

Thanks everyboday! We sure appreciate it. :-D
timsamoff () (URL) - November 28, 2005 at 10:37 am

Another one that is supposedly 75% accurate. Early ovulation conceptions are girls, later ovulation: boys. It has to do with differing acidity and the X and Y sperms’ vitalities in the acid/ base settings. So, out of curiosity, was it an earlier or later ovulation conception? Acacia was definately an early ovulation conception. Love you!
Amie Beard () - November 28, 2005 at 1:24 pm


Glad to know everything is well with you two/three.

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p.e.horner () (URL) - November 29, 2005 at 12:14 am

This is so cool. Love the website! I’m so happy for you guys and cannot wait to meet the “little man”! Ours will be here in about 2 weeks and we are so anxious to find out what it is. I enjoyed reading about the different “tests” to determine the sex of the baby. I think I am carrying mine high. We’ll see. Merry Christmas and take good care of yourselves!!
Heather Cheaney () - December 14, 2005 at 10:28 pm

OH MY GOD!!!!! Tim…I can’t believe it. I just read this part of your bio. As usual I’m still the typical skimmer of info and dig later.
Congratulations to you both. Your folks must be ecstatic!! I am. I have to call Buff, I’m crying.
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