One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked during my pregnancy is whether I’m expecting a girl or a boy. With two months to go, I still don’t know, by choice and am looking forward to finding out at his or her birth. Still, it’s a lot of fun to have people guess or flat out tell me what they believe I’m having.
This post is inspired by a friend who is also expecting. Recently she and her husband found out the gender and she sent me one the appropriate “It’s a ________” picture below. I’m happy for all of them and recognize that most people, including Matt, do choose to find out for a variety of reasons such as planning a nursery theme or choosing names.
While I haven’t been keeping a running tally of numbers, by my estimation at least 3/4 of those who have a guess ready have decided I’m carrying a boy.
The first person to make a guess was a family member of Matt’s and did so based on just a feeling that it was a boy. This person averages about 67% on their gender guesses being accurate.
Another person who was a coworker told me they thought I was having a boy as they saw me wearing more dark clothes than light. Most clothes I own are dark, so there is no correlation there that I know of. A few weeks later the same person, who is quite religious told me that while reading her devotional God told her my baby was a boy, she just hadn’t wanted to put it like that, so gave me the clothes theory.
I’ve been told my bump is one being carried low by several people and so it’s a boy based on that.
Last weekend at a restaurant I used to frequent a waitress told me I looked diffenet and that only part of it was my hair which is definitely more blonde than she’s seen it, was only part of it. When I showed her it was my bump she along with her manager and another customer all said as the bump was all in front and basketball shaped, it’s a boy.
Conversely, the first relative of mine I told that I was pregnant told me it was a girl as there are typically more girls born in my family then boys. While this is true, the gender determination is due to which chromosome is on the sperm released by the father and as such the amount of boys and girls born on Matt’s side, which is about equal, would be more relevant.
I’ve been told my bump was high (ironically in the same week I was told it was low), so therefore it was a girl.
An artist friend has gut feeling our baby is a girl, however, she said her guesses for gender are often wrong so perhaps her guess should really mean it’s a boy.
A friend has three other friends who are about my age having babies in October and all of them are having girls, so by statistics mine should be as well.
Additionally, two people have guesses but won’t tell me what they are, which I suppose considering I can’t confirm for them is fair.
One is a relative going on a new gut feeling. The other is a coworker of Matt who wants to put the guess in an envelope and have us open later. Her guess is based on seeing pics of me, yet, she said after seeing me and my bump in person, she is even more sure of her original guess.
My baby shower is in a week and a half and I wonder if we will have guests vote on what they think baby’s gender is. I actually have in baby’s book a sealed envelope with a folded card inside with the gender on it, I’ll be opening it for the first time after the birth and using it for pictures with baby. Though I don’t know if baby is a mini me or mini he, s/he is healthy and active and I’m so looking forward to meeting him or her in about two months.