Saturday, June 21, 2008

Aww, how can you tell? (& Polls are open!)

Any else remember a commercial from, maybe, the 80's, for Ziploc bags that went like this: Woman opens fridge and cringes from the smell. "Whose bag is open?" she says. Different foods in Ziploc baggies speak up and say, "Not me! Not me!" Finally one says accusingly, "It's the cheese!" And the cheese looks all sad and droopy and says, "She thought my bag was closed." The lady pulls out the bag of smelly cheese and exclaims frustratedly, "Aww, how can you tell!" Then it goes on to promote the 'yellow and blue makes green' technology.

As a person who has always appreciated a good commercial, I laughed at that one, and I still to this day use the woman's frustrated question when it seems appropriate. My sister is the only one who gets the joke.

People keep asking me if I can feel the baby kicking or moving. "How can you tell?" is my reply. Digestive rumblings, random little pains and twinges, none of these feel new to me. I am a constant testament to the gassiness of pregnant women, and there is usually a lot going on, abdominally. So I have no reason to think Uno is directly causing anything I feel, but, really, how can you tell?

On another note, others seem sure they can tell if Uno is a girl or a boy. Several woman say if the baby is riding high, like a beach ball under your shirt, it's a boy, and if the baby is low and inside, like a sideways watermelon, it's a girl. I am carrying Uno more out in front of me than low and wide. People who adhere to this method tell me Uno is a boy.

One stranger asked me what foods I was craving. If I was devouring all meat in sight, it's a boy, and if I instead prefer to nosh on salads and fruit, it's a girl. "What about if I crave pasta and Chinese food? She was stumped by that.

Personally, I look at HK's family and see how few girls are born into the family, and I think we are more likely to have a boy. HK, Mr. Master in Statistics, assures me it's a 50/50 chance every time, and the OB is backing him up on that.

So how do YOU tell? Any guessers out there? We still have 11 days until the big ultrasound, so use whatever method you prefer and take my poll, upper right. If you want to ask about other symptoms, facts about me, go ahead. Use your intuition and cast your vote, and then we'll let Uno prove us right or wrong.

One more thing: last week I had a dream about the ultrasound where we saw the bits, and it was clearly a boy.


Lost in Space said...

Hey, Kathy. It's nice to see you back to blogging a little.

My vote is for "boy" simply based on your dream. Mama's intuition can't be beat.

I hope baby cooperates for you at your big u/s. (:

sara said...

I voted for a girl, but only to go against the grain. Wow, now you have me wondering. I think I'm carrying high and craving meat. Maybe I'm having a boy. Just kidding, people say the craziest things, don't they. If you are craving pasta and Chinese then you are carrying a puppy. Didn't your doctor tell you that? (I'm so totally kidding :-) I'm glad you're doing well and I can't wait for your big ultrasound!

Tim said...

I might defy all odds! I craved fruit all the time with my boy! I started out enjoying fajita nachos and then I just wanted fruit! and sweets! ;) With my girl I craved MEAT and GARLIC BUTTER and Chinese! :) Hope this helps or adds to the mystery! I was also very comfortable my first trimester with my son -- my daughter on the other hand -- all day naseau on and off!

kaaron said...

I voted boy, mainly based on your husband's family and your dream. That, and I hope that we might have a play date with two boys in our future. :) Can't wait until you get to see the goods. You better not let a month go by before you post about it, either, missy!

As far as kicking goes, I thought it was gas at first as well. I figured things out when I felt what I thought was gas moving through and never farted.