Thursday, August 30, 2012

Team Blue or Team Pink?


TOMORROW is our elective ultrasound to find out if we're continued members of Team Pink or if we'll be joining the ranks of Team Blue. I love hearing others' guesses, so I'd love to hear what YOU think we're having.

I don't put a lot of faith in the old wives' tales since there's a 50/50 chance each one is right, but they're still fun to think about. I found this wonderful compilation of pregnancy old wives' tales in a piece by a doula and am sharing them below, along with my own comments in italics.

Feel free to leave your guess in the comments!

Linea Nigra
Latin for ‘black line’, a linea nigra may appear on your belly during pregnancy (some women wont get it – doesn’t mean anything!). This is a purple/brownish line which extends down the middle of your belly to your pubic area, about 1cm in width. It’s known that hormones cause the linea nigra pigmentation, but it’s not known why it forms in the vertical line that it does.

The old wives tale is this – if you get a lĂ­nea nigra and it runs from your pubic area to your belly button only, it’s a girl, and if it goes all the way up from your pubic area to the bottom-most part of you rib cage, then it’s a boy.

Mine is from the belly button down, so GIRL. 

Carrying High or Low?
This is a well known old wives tale – so many people will want to look at your belly and think they can guess just from looking! So as the tale goes, if you are carrying low, it’s a boy, or if you’re carrying high it’s a girl. We won't tell them that the way the baby is carried is actually a reflection of your own body shape, muscle, baby’s position and other physical factors!

I'm not a great judge of this, but looking at my bump pics I'll say I'm carrying low-ish. BOY. 

The Draino Thingo
There is an old wives tale that involves mixing your urine with Draino but not only is Draino dangerous and bad for you, it’s bad for the environment too. So we don’t recommend this one.

Non-applicable because yeah, that's too strange.

Dry or Soft?
If your skin is dry, you’re said to be having a boy – and if it’s soft, then a girl is on the way. skin is dry in places, but I still think it's soft overall. GIRL. 

What’s Baby’s Heartrate?
First, to set the record straight, until it’s born, your baby’s heartrate will not be affected by it’s gender. But so they say, if you’re carrying a girl, then baby’s heartrate will be above 140bpm (beats per minute). A boy is said to have a heart rate under 140bpm. A study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine (1996) has dismissed this theory, as has other research. Your baby’s heart rate will change often during a pregnancy, depending on the baby’s age and it’s movement. Anything from 120-160bpm is normal for an unborn baby.

I put absolutely no faith in this one for the same reasons as the author, but if I'm playing along, our first two recorded heartrates were 155, and the latest was 140. GIRL. 

Your Flowing Locks
Has your hair become thinner and dull? Or full-bodied and glossy? Thin and dull says girl, gorgeous and glossy says a boy.

My hair isn't thinner, but it's definitely more dull than it usually is. The same thing happened with Em's pregnancy. GIRL. 

Where Are You Carrying Extra Weight?
Even those extra pregnancy kilos is said to give us an insight into your baby’s gender! If you are carrying extra weight at the front, then you’re having a boy… but if you are carrying extra weight on your bum and hips, then you have been carrying a girl.

I feel like my butt is bigger this time around. GIRL. 

Ahhh, Now I Know Why We Learn Maths At School!
Because if you combine your age at the time of conception with the number of the month you conceived and the resulting number is odd – then it’s a girl on the way. If the resulting number is even, then it’s a boy for you.

I was 34. We conceived in May (the fifth month of the year). 34+5 = 39. GIRL. 

Sweet, Salty or Sour?
Another well known old wives tale!!! Are you craving sweet foods like juice, fruits and chocolate? if so, old wives say that you could be having a girl. But if you’re craving sour or salty foods, then you could be having a boy. It’s also said that if you are having a boy, you will crave protein like meat and dairy. I have trouble believing this one because I think we’d be overrun by a population of females – we all love chocolate pregnant or not!

I'm all about juice and fruits, like I was with Em. I have had some recent cravings for steak, though. Sweet outweighs the protein in this case, though. GIRL. 

The Wedding Ring Over The Belly Trick!
Get your wedding ring (or other ring/needle/pin) and attach it with a strand of your hair or some string. Lie down and dangle the ring over your belly. If it starts moving in circles, you are having a boy, or if it moves like a pendulum from side to side, then you are having a girl.

I haven't tried this, so I can't weigh in here. 

Morning Sickness?
Did you experience morning sickness in early pregnancy? If you did, then you’re said to be carrying a girl, but if you didn’t have morning sickness, then it’s a boy. Oh! That one was actually true for me!

I didn't actually gag, but I was really nauseous in this early pregnancy. Having said that, I had absolutely NO morning sickness/nausea with Em's pregnancy, and she's obviously a girl. According to the old wives' tale, GIRL.

Cold Feet?
If your feet get colder than they used to pre-pregnancy, it’s a sign you have a boy on the way. If your feet are the same, then it’s a girl!

Not any colder. GIRL. 

How Do You Look?
Do you look better than ever while pregnant? Or has the pregnancy done your looks no favours? As it goes, if you look great during pregnancy, then you are carrying a boy. If you don’t look too flash, you’re having a girl, because she’s stolen all your good looks!

Hmm. Based on increased acne and the dull hair, I'll say GIRL. 

How’s Your Partner’s Belly?
Apparently, if your husband puts on ‘sympathy’ weight with you during your pregnancy, then you’re supposed to be carrying a girl. If he doesn’t put on any weight, then it’s a boy.

Brent, the bastard, has LOST weight and almost got smacked when he said, "I've lost whatever weight you've gained!" I'll take What Not To Say To A Pregnant Woman for $600, Alex. BOY. 

The Breast Test!
If you look in the mirror at your breasts, which one is larger? If it’s the right one, you’re carrying a boy and for a larger left breast, then it’s a girl. Which only leaves one question… if your breasts are both the same size, does that mean one of each? I’ll leave you with that to ponder!

Right. BOY. 

North or South?
No I don’t mean your boobs! When you sleep, is your pillow north or south? If it’s north, then expect a boy, or south means a girl is on the way.

Not sure how to answer this -- my pillow is technically east, as far as the compass goes. If we can to get technical, it might be southeast so GIRL. 

Pimples, Schmiples…
If you get acne during pregnancy, apparently you’re having a girl, and if you don’t, then you’re carrying a boy.

Ugh. GIRL. 

Are You A Lefty or a Righty?
So when you sleep, do you sleep on your left? Because if you do, then it’s a boy for you! On your right, a girl is in sight.

Left. BOY. 

Checking Out Your Wee!
Ooooookay…. now apparently if you have bright yellow urine, then you’re carrying a boy, but if it’s dull / clear, then you’re carrying a girl. On a serious note though, if you have dark urine, up your fluids intake as you may be dehydrated.

I keep hydrated enough to safely say GIRL.

What Does Your Belly Look Like?
A basketball or a watermelon? Because if it looks more like a basketball, then old wives say boy, but if it more resembles a watermelon then it’s a girl.

Watermelon. GIRL. 

Hairy Legs?
Has the hair on your legs grown faster than normal? Or has it grown just like normal? Because if it’s growing faster than it did pre-pregnancy, then you’re said to be having a boy.

Faster. BOY. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bump Watch 2012: 17 weeks

17 weeks (and 1 day) 
About to head out the door to Zumba

The evening of my last bump post, I felt the familiar flutters of the baby from inside me. A few days later at my prenatal check-up, my midwife was excited when I shared that news with her as it's relatively early to feel movement, but totally normal for second-time moms, who tend to recognize the movement earlier. As she used her doppler to listen to the baby's heartbeat, we heard it kick. And then the baby kicked so hard that I could feel it from the inside and my midwife could feel it through the doppler wand. Like my midwife said, it was "REMARKABLE!"

Like its big sister, the baby seems to love grapes and fruit juice -- that's what tends to get it moving. It also loves hearing Em's voice chatting to it through my belly. She tells it that "I'm so excited to see you and change your diapers!"

Em goes back and forth on her wishes for a sister or a brother. She's come up with some random potential names, but her latest recommendations if it's a girl are Mittney or Rinny. She's also suggested Sissy, if it's a girl, and Sisso, if it's a boy.

In other random pregnancy updates, I've already developed a linea nigre, a line on my belly. I feel like it didn't appear until much later with Em's pregnancy.

Brent was pleased to point out that since I've been pregnant, I've stopped snoring completely. Thanks to year-round allergies, I tend to snore a lot. When I was pregnant with Em, my snoring got so bad that I had to start using Breathe Right strips so Brent could get some rest. My sinuses have cleared up this time around, though. An unexpected pregnancy perk!

The most exciting update, though, is that later this week we're going to find out if we're giving Em a "Sissy" or a "Sisso." My official anatomy scan isn't until late September, thanks to my midwife's office policy on timing, as well as a weeklong vacation we have planned. Brent finally gave into my nagging for an elective ultrasound -- I'm impatient, if you haven't guessed. We found out with Em when I was 18 weeks, so having to wait until 21+ weeks with this pregnancy seems like FOREVER. First world problems, I know.

Before we go to our appointment, I'll probably do a separate post where you can weigh in with your guesses, based on your own hunches and some more info from me about what old wives' tales might apply.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bump Watch 2012, 15 Weeks

15 weeks 

Exactly 15 weeks today, and I'm feeling good. We're having random, mini heat waves, so keeping cool and hydrated is the name of the game. 

Em decided to join me in this week's shoot.

Mommy, let's get married!

marriage 2
We hold hands. 

And you have a ring. 

We live happily ever after. 

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Beachy Keen

Last weekend was our hottest weekend in Portland, so on what was forecast to be 100 degrees, this pregnant gal convinced her husband to leave our non-air-conditioned home for a daytrip to the coast.

Plans for our original destination were thwarted by gobs of traffic on a freeway filled with half the state's residents who had the same idea we did. After moving a measly 25 miles after an hour and a half, we changed plans and ended up at the lovely Rockaway Beach.





The water was freezing, but that was OK because Em was more excited about the sand anyway.

As she and Brent dipped their toes in the chilly water, I couldn't help but notice that my view of them from flat on my back was a bit obscured by my baby gut.


A trip to this part of the state isn't complete without a stop at the famous Tillamook Cheese factory.

As it was past 3 p.m., the factory workers were gone for the day, but we still got to take a peek at the massive factory equipment, as well as sample a few cheeses.

And we couldn't pass up some ice cream for the road! Em chose strawberry, her usual fav. Brent had a root beer float, and I was in the mood for root beer ice cream in a freshly made waffle cone bowl.

Although our time on the road was longer than we'd like, the day turned out absolutely lovely.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Bump Watch 2012, 14 Weeks

And so it begins -- Bump Watch 2012!

As some of you may recall, I did it throughout my pregnancy with Em.

I'm exactly 14 weeks today, and that's when I started my not-so-weekly belly pics with Em so here I am.

14 weeks 
Boo ya! 

To be clear, I had a bit of a gut before this pregnancy, but I was essentially the same size/weight as I was before Em's pregnancy. All that is to say -- I definitely feel like I look bigger this time around, even if Brent (and probably some of you) don't see it compared to this week last time. 

I tried to talk Em into joining me in a pic or two, but she was having too much fun art directing with Brent. "No, Mommy. Step back a little bit. Turn your body. Yes! Right there!"

This is the closest we got. 
14 weeks - with Em

She was showing me the pretend picture of me she took with her imaginary camera.

I'm officially in the 2nd trimester, or what as widely known as the Super Trimester because much of the 1st trimester annoying symptoms are supposed to ease up and you're feeling good as you're starting to show but not uncomfortably large yet. My nausea is completely gone, and the exhaustion has lifted. I'm still tempted to nap each day, but it doesn't take much of a pep talk to talk myself into doing something more productive instead, like laundry or a Property Brothers marathon. Don't judge. 

Brent and I are obviously very excited, but I think Em might be looking forward to the baby even more. She'll tell anyone who'll listen that "Mommy has a baby in her tummy!" Her preschool teacher, her classmates' parents, her swim teachers -- they've all gotten earfuls of it. For a while she kept asking if we could take the baby out to breakfast. And she claims to know exactly what she's looking at when I've showed her our ultrasound pictures.

She's excited to take the baby for walks in what used to be her stroller, to give it a bath, help put on pajamas, to show it the "Cookie Monster wants to share cookies video!"

I hope her enthusiasm lasts once her sibling is actually here.