Old Wives' Tales

I enjoy surprises and spontaneous events. But my other half, well more like my other three-fourths, is slightly anal and an organized planner by nauture. Thus the reason I am not one of those women that wants the gender of their baby to be a surprise.

The suspense is killing me.

We have an ultrasound tomorrow and I have had a few pep talks with the little peanut. Well to be politically correct, baby J is the size of an avacado this week, but that sounds weird. Nonetheless, I told the little avacado that there will be none of this leg-crossing shy business. We want to see spread eagle frog formation on camera tomorrow.

In the meantime I thought it would be entertaining to test a few wives' tales for kicks and giggles.

Chinese Prediciton Chart:
My best friend swears by this ancient method as it has worked on all 3 of her babies. But then again she is a little wacky. Basically you find the mother's age and then the month of conception.

Now I am a tricky grasshopper becasue my b-day is in February, and that's the month when the magic happened (TMI?) so I don't know if I was 25 or 26 which is the difference between a boy or girl.

Result: Non-conclusive.

Golden Pendent Test:
The test: Hang a gold pendant over the palm of the mother’s hand. If the pendant moves in a circular motion, it will be a girl. If it swings back and forth, a boy is on the way.

Well riddle me this old wives, what the heck does it mean if it swung in a circular motion over my left palm and a back and forth motion over my right?

Result: Non-conclusive.

The test: Craving sweets like chocolate? Then a sweet little girl is headed your way. However, if sour and salty things like citrus and pickles are your thing, then a boy is on the way.

I haven't had a ton of cravings but I certainly prefer saltier foods, which is soooo not usually like me. I am a usually a candy junkie and it pretty much sounds disgusting most days. The only things I have needed as a result of sudden impulse are: Taco Bell, Orange Chicken and Sonic Cherry Limeades. Super healthy.

Result: Boy

The Test: Take a a good look in the mirror. Zitty teen complexion, girl. Soft and smooth without a blemish, boy.

Result: Boy

Baby Heart Rate:
Now this one seemed to me to be the most scientific, but it has been proven to be just a myth. But we will play along anyway. The Test: over 140 bpm its a speedy little girl, under 140 and its a low key little boy. At ten weeks Baby J was 160 bpm.

Result: Girl

Soooo basically we have no idea and the old wives are full of it. However, my maternal insticnts are telling me boy, but the father says girl. Stay tuned.


Kara said...

Ooh, I can't wait to hear if you're having a boy or girl! I could never wait nine long months to find out- there's enough surprises in store for you.

Kristy said...

Can't wait for you to find out and to hear the exciting news!! My guess is boy!

Carolyn said...

tomorrow morning I'll start telepathy messages to your avacado..."spread em, Spread em frog frog frog!"

Berns and Shea said...

I say both. Booya. Get ready for twins.

jenorme said...

The golden pendant told me I was going to have twin girls and two boys. Quite the opposite. I really hope "she" cooperates for you. :) Don't forget to call me. I love you and your perfect baby.

Trevor and Brooke said...

Your calendar thing was right for me with Tyler. I also craved pickles for the first few months. Crazy!! Secretly I hope you have a boy because think how fun all these boy cousins would have!!! Hope baby cooperates!

Jensen Family said...

First off...I don't swear by the chinese calendar I just found it interesting that it worked on all of my kids, next - I'm slightly offended you called me wacky, I prefer quirky!

Ryan said...

Wow....that is a bit TMI on the first one....hahaha. As your brother, though, I probably shouldn't reading your blog.

Jill said...

eeeeeeeeeee! I can't wait!

Niels and Susie Jensen said...

Brooke - It would be pretty cute to have all these boy cousins. I will be calling you soon for all your wisdom as I start shopping around for the goods :)

heather said...

Can't wait! I'm guessing a boy.

Doug and Heather said...

Love the Chinese calendar :) I'm voting for a boy...

Clarke and Kamie said...


Parker and Jessica said...

We are stoked for you guys! Good luck on the ultrasound and we cant wait to find out who Siena will be playing with. Hopefully a boy!