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Baby Three Update … 38 1/2 weeks

May 7, 2014
FULL TERM BELLY COMPARISONS

Well … I’m thinking this is probably the last pregnancy update before the little man or little lady arrives! The last time I posted an update was at about 32 weeks (read about that here). At that time, I had all kinds of random ‘stuff’ that had happened (failed glucose test, ambulance call at work, etc). These last 6 or 7 weeks, though, I’m happy to report have been pretty uneventful. Uneventful in the pregnancy department … however, NOT uneventful in everything else that’s going on around here!! We’ve been working hard (especially these past couple weeks) at getting things ready for this baby!

Here’s a quick recap:

The updated belly pic (yikes!):

BABY BELLY 38 WEEKS

BABY BELLY 38 WEEKS

Now … shall we compare full term bellies from Owen (#1), Charlie (#2), and this baby? (the answer is yes because I already put the pics together). Check it out:

FULL TERM BELLY COMPARISONS

BABY 3 … ANOTHER BOY?

 

Belly looks pretty much the same to me (I, on the other hand, look waaay younger with Owen … hmmm). Now … I was measuring a bit smaller this time around. So much so, that about three weeks ago, I had an ultrasound to make sure everything was fine with baby (and fluid levels, etc). According to the ultrasound, the baby was right at the 50th percentile for one at that ‘age’. At my last appointment, the doctor predicted the weight on my due date to be between 7 and 7 1/2 pounds, so definitely smaller than my first two. Does that mean it’s a girl??

Since I don’t have many pregnancy related updates to share this time around (besides the complaints about my hips, being tired, not sleeping well, etc … I’m pretty much a blast to be around right now), I thought it would be fun to do some gender predictions using all the Old Wives Tales you hear about.

So … here we go:

Old Wives Tale #1: If you’re carrying low and narrow it’s a boy. High and wide … a girl.

Well … In all three of my pregnancies, I’ve carried high (at least according to everyone I meet …). I’m not so sure about the wide-ness. I generally just feel huge all over. So … jury’s out on this one. Not helpful.

Old Wives Tale #2: Girls steal your beauty.

Well … I’ve definitely feel less attractive this time around. This could, however, be due to the fact that I haven’t got my hair highlighted/cut for 6 months(!), and I haven’t purchased any new maternity clothes, oh … and the fact that I rarely get fully ‘ready’ since I have two very active boys around. We’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, though, and say this urban legend points to GIRL.

Old Wives Tale #3: Cold hands/feet = boy. Warm (and soft) hands/feet = girl.

I read this one on a Huffington Post article. This one definitely points to GIRL. I usually NEVER have warm hands/feet, but with this pregnancy I’ve definitely noticed a difference!

Old Wives Tale #4: Cravings; Sweet = Girl Salty = Boy

I definitely have been craving sweet things all along with #3, but I also did with #2. Owen (#1) was the only pregnancy that I’ve craved salty foods … and cereal. Massive amounts of cereal (odd?). So … I want to say that this one points to GIRL, but Charlie (#2) was the same way. Too conflicted to call on this one.

Old Wives Tale #5: You swell more with a girl.

Hmmm …. Maybe this is the exact OPPOSITE for me? I definitely was more swollen with my first two pregnancies (hello cankles!!). This tale … also not helpful.

Old Wives Tale #6: Linea Nigra: If it extends to your ribcage = boy. Stops at your belly button = girl.

I never really paid attention with my first two (I try not to look too closely at my enormous, stretched out belly). I just checked in the mirror this time, and it appears to stop at my belly button. We’ll call that a vote for GIRL.

Old Wives Tale #7: Whatever you dream about having (dreams at night, that is), that’s what you’ll have.

I’ve had dreams about boys only. We’ll call that one for BOY.

Old Wives Tale #8: Dangle wedding ring over belly. If it moves in a circle = boy. Side-to-side=girl.

I just made Matt do this (he gave me an odd look, but has learned to stop questioning my craziness at this point). I didn’t tell him what I was looking for … didn’t want that to skew his steady hand. Result? Definitely Side-to-Side. GIRL.

And one last test … the Chinese Gender Prediction Calendar.

According to this, I’m having a BOY. However, I checked this with Owen, and it said BOY (correct), but with Charlie it said GIRL (not correct). Therefore there’s a 50% chance that it’s correct this time. Not helpful, but we’ll call this a vote for BOY.

So … totaling up the urban legends: BOY = 2 GIRL=4 (and three inconclusive tales).

I am still 95% sure it’s a BOY. So much so that we don’t really even have girl names picked out yet (better get on that, huh?). I haven’t purchased one girly thing. In my head, I am about to have 3 boys, and I’m perfectly fine with that.

Time shall tell, however …

Be sure to follow me on Instagram, as I plan to post baby updates there first (maybe even during labor??? Yeah, we’ll see how that works out).

Next week, I’m planning on having a ‘baby week’ here on View From The Fridge. I’ll be sharing some more personal posts about Owen and Charlie’s birth stories. I’ll be sharing my opinions on ‘must haves’ for the hospital, for those first days/months home. Some fun ‘must take’ picture ideas, and some other random lessons learned. I might throw in a nursery craft or update, too, so stay tuned!

OWEN AND CHARLIE ... DAY 1

OWEN DAY 1 & CHARLIE DAY 1 (SAME ROBE … HA!)

Speaking of crafting, and blogging here on View From The Fridge in the coming weeks and months … I will most likely be cutting back on content I’ve created (though not completely!!). I do, however, have some FANTASTIC guest bloggers lined up to share some of their original, creative content with you! I would love for you to stick by and follow along with all of us as life gets a bit … well … different around here (what that means, however, I have no clue!).

If you’re interested in guest posting, I still have some spots to fill this summer, and would just LOVE the help! Send me an email for details.

Thanks for stopping by today! I’m so thankful to everyone that’s helped me grow this little blog so far, and can’t wait for the future! I’ll leave you with a shot of us on Easter this year (apparently, I’m a big fan of that wide striped tank top). Could this be our last picture of us as a family of FOUR??? Stay tuned …

EASTER 2014 ... Last family of FOUR picture??

EASTER 2014 … Last family of FOUR picture??

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14 Comments

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast May 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

    You have the cutest baby bellies EVER! I can only hope to be as cute as you when I am pregnant. I love the names Owen and Charlie, some of my favorites.
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    • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Jenna!
      Thanks so much … you’re too kind. Now … any ideas for a name for a third boy? or first girl?!?

      Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I’m the slowest person ever to respond. Hope you’re having a great week so far!

      XO,
      Katie
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  • Reply Savanna McCurry May 7, 2014 at 8:43 am

    You’re in the home stretch!! I only know girls, but if I was able to have anymore I’d want a boy to experience both., but at the sametime all of the same sex would mean they’d all be super close and you’re an expert by the third time!! So exciting, I can’t wait to find out you’re having!!
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    • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Savanna! I only know boys, so I have no idea what a girl pregnancy would be like (or if it would be any different). I can’t wait to find out, too! We didn’t have this suspense with our previous two … found out at 20 weeks, so this is different. I’m glad we waited, though. Soon enough … I’ll keep you posted :)
      XO,
      Katie
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  • Reply Lisa at Mabey She Made It May 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

    You’re so close! Good luck with delivery and everything!
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    • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! How much longer for you … I can’t remember?? I honestly can’t believe this baby is due in 6 days!! This pregnancy has flown by!!

      Have a great week!
      XO,
      Katie
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  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living May 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    You are too cute with you prego belly!! Your belly is exactly the same for all 3 pregnancies, how funny. I am still thinking it is a girl
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    • Reply Katie May 7, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      ‘cute’ is not really what I had in mind. After I took this picture, I decided I needed my hair highlighed and cut ASAP! I’m pretty sure it’s a boy, but I guess I don’t know for sure if my belly would look any different with a girl in there. We shall see … 11 days.

  • Reply Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline May 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    You look so beautiful! How wonderful to have a photo diary of sorts to correspond to the same timeline in each pregnancy. I honestly think I only have one picture of me pregnant and that was with my first. That’s just terrible on my part! As far as it being a boy or a girl, I was sure with my first that I was having a girl….my Mom said boy….she was right. With my second I was sure I was having a girl….my sister said boy….she was right. With my third I didn’t even bother to ask….it was another boy! 😉
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    • Reply Katie May 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks, Mary Beth! We found out with both our boys, and decided to be surprised this time. I’m really sure it’s another boy, but we’ll see soon enough. Pregnancies have been very similar (but I guess I don’t know any different). And I’m not bothering to ask anyone either … :)
      I will probably be joining you in the three boy club soon I think! Have a great week!

  • Reply Jennifer-Mommy Life After PhD May 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    So fun! We did all the gender tests with the two pregnancies of our four that we decided not to be surprised by the baby’s gender. Love all of these little tests, and I think the Chinese calendar was actually right on all counts? And the ring test too, so that doesn’t help much. Can’t wait to see more next week!
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    • Reply Katie May 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! The Chinese calendar was right for my sister on all three of her kiddos, too! Who knows …. We found out the gender with our first two, so this is a new experience for us!! I’m so glad we decided to wait, though! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Brittany May 9, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Katie you are the cutest pregnant mommy ever!!! The old wives tale tests are so fun, I have a feeling you are going to have a little girl! :)
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