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!):
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:
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!
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 …