Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Sex Speculation

We aren't going to find out the sex of the baby, so everyone is speculating and sending us all of the sure-fire, urban legend sex predictors available.

If you know any, we welcome them!

When Cousin was carrying her first, she travelled to Los Angeles for a conference. While walking through LAX, out of nowhere a woman, now embelleshed with the lense of retrospect as a beveiled Roma fortune-teller, hunched over after having long ago given over to the degeneration of osteoporosis said to her:

Your baby is boy.

I picture Cousin herded away in slow motion with the crowd, glancing back in ernest at the woman as she slowly grasped the implications of the woman's statement.

I have a feeling that our baby, too, is boy.

We have a short tape of its heartbeat on BioMom's dictaphone. It sounds suprisingly relaxed. Like Lance Armstrong's 30 resting beats per minute. I expected a quick whoosh whoosh whoosh but this kid's heart pumps out at only about 100 beats per minute.

Legend has it that slow heart beats live in babies with penises.

6 comments:

Rachel said...

I work in part on the history of reproduction in colonial india, and have read a number of guides to pregnancy in Hindi. All of them say rather conclusively that if the pregnant woman desires foods that are gendered male (hindi nouns are gendered -- aka like mango, banana, coconut, karela and parval are all male) then it is boy and vice versa. There are other indications: "In the second month, if it’s a boy, it appears like a lump. The pregnant woman’s right eye appears a bit bigger and milk can be seen first in the right breast."
- if the thigh grows heavy and begins to turn a blackish colour then it is a girl

Anonymous said...

Have you done the pencil test?

giddings said...

What's the pencil test?

Anonymous said...

The pencil test should tell you, in order, the sex of a particular woman's child(ren).

Supplies needed: old fashioned pencil with a decent eraser, sewing needle, a little thread(6-8 inches).

Directions: thread needle, knot thread, stick needle into eraser.
To do the test: assistant holds knot in thread so pencil is dangling over pregnant's wrist(palm side up). Pencil should come to a stop. After a bit of time(you might have to be patient) the pencil should start either swaying back and forth or swinging in a circular motion. The pencil should then come to a stop and will begin again to predict next child's sex, and so on.

Myth: If pencil swings in circular motion, sex is girl; if pencil sways back and forth in linear motion, sex is boy. Some people also say that this test will predict miscarriages(how? not exactly sure, but I think the pencil starts to move, but comes to a stop before it tells you what sex it would have been).

I know a lot of people who have done this and it has been right. . .my first(and only child at this point) was predicted correctly using this silly method. . .

Have fun, and let us know your results!!

Anonymous said...

ok so mine said boy and then the pencil went diagonal. then a girl boy girl. i was told when it swings in that motion its twins. so does anyone know if its twin boy and girl or twins boys or am I having 4 or 5 kids?

Anonymous said...

Actually, I've heard every circle is a birth...then if it swings up down up down it's a boy and if it swings side to side it's a girl...so far it predicted all of mine right that way...