A game of 20 questions

In a mere week, Kayla and I will be able to answer the question we hear the most. Are we having a boy or a girl?

We’ve been asked what we want, what we think B.K. is and told several ways to predict the baby’s sex.

Ah, yes. The old wives’ tales. Those great little indicators as to what you’re having. We’ve heard some that seemed to make sense, and others that just sound absurd.

We decided to ask ourselves the tough questions (Does your pillow face north or south?) to determine just what gender we can expect. These are the top old wives’ tales we’ve heard about, or read on the internet.

By answering these questions and totaling the answers, we’re sure to find out what it seems everyone has been dying to know. Is it a boy, or a girl? Here are the results.


1. If Kayla is craving things that are sweet (other than Scott), that’s a sign we’re having a girl. Cravings for salty foods mean it’s a boy.

Verdict: Girl. Donuts were eaten three days in a row.

2. If her body hair is growing thick and fast it’s a boy.

Verdict: Girl.

3. If the dark line on her bump continues above the belly button, it’s a boy. If it finishes below the belly button, it’s a girl.

Verdict: Inconclusive. What line? Where is this line? After staring at a line that turned out to just be left from her zipper, we gave up on this one.

4. Morning sickness means a girl. If there’s not much morning sickness, expect a boy.

Verdict: Boy.

5. If her complexion is bright and shiny, it’s a boy. If the pregnancy glow has faded, expect a girl.

Verdict: Girl. No, according to Kayla.

6. If her hair becomes thick and glossy it’s a boy. If not, it’s a girl.

Verdict: Girl.

7. If her right breast is bigger, expect a boy. If the left is larger, it’s a girl.

Verdict: Boy. Is this too much information?

8. If her significant other is gaining weight alongside her, you’re carrying a girl. Staying fit, it’s a boy.

Verdict: Girl. Don’t judge me.

9. If she’s feeling moody, it’s a girl. If she’s more chilled out, get ready for a boy.

Verdict: Girl.

10. Acne during pregnancy hints that you’re having a girl. A perfect complexion could be a sign that you’re expecting a boy.

Verdict: Girl.

11. Look in the mirror for about a minute. If your pupils are dilating, it means you’re having a boy. I assume this test is for Kayla, butI did it, too.

Verdict: Girl. After a minute of staring in the mirror, Kayla asked what she should be looking for. No change in the eyes.

12. Carrying high versus low: Carrying high means you’re having a girl. Carrying low means it’s a boy.

Verdict: Boy. Low? Lowish? These are harder than I thought to determine. But we ultimately agreed it was low.

13. Add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived in. If it’s even, it’s a boy. Odd number means a girl.

Verdict: Boy. I knew math was my friend.

14. Tie a ring on a string and hang it over her belly. If it swings in a circular motion, it’s a girl, but if it’s swinging side to side, it means it’s a boy.

Verdict: Girl.

15. If the baby’s heart is beating faster than 140 beats per minute, get ready for a girl.

Verdict: Girl.

16. Carrying a boy is said to give her dry skin, so if it’s silky smooth, expect a girl.

Verdict: Boy.

17. If she’s carrying all of the extra weight out front, it’s a boy. If those pregnancy pounds are piling on all over, expect a girl.

Verdict: Boy. This was all in Kayla’s opinion. I wasn’t touching this question with a 10-foot pole.

18. Cold feet indicate it’s a boy. Literal cold feet. But if her feet are as warm as ever, expect a girl.

Verdict: Boy. It’s worth noting though that her feet have never reached above 60 degrees in the decade we’ve been together.

19. If her pillow faces north, it’s a boy. If it faces south, it’s a girl. If it points east or west, move your bed.

Verdict: Boy.

20. And finally, if her urine is bright you’re carrying a girl. If her urine is dull or clear, it’s a boy.

Verdict: Boy. I didn’t check for myself, but am assured this one indicates a boy.


OK, let’s tally everything up. It was close, but our old wives’ tale tests lean slightly towards a female. The final score was 10-9, so that one about the line we found inconclusive could have prompted a tie. I’ll keep checking for that line and update the post if there’s a change. We’re planning to reveal the actual gender to our friends and family at a Fourth of July party. Interestingly, Kayla thinks there’s a boy in our future. I really have no preference. I just want he/she to be happy, healthy, and the first baby in human history who never poops.

If we left out an old wives’ tale you’ve heard of, please comment and let us know, as well as your predictions!

One Reply to “A game of 20 questions”

  1. From Charles and Cheryl, the old parents. It was a newer thing when we were having kids to reveal the sex. The doctor always asked and we always declined. We placed an order and took what we got! Healthy and happy, all else the little stuff.

    Enjoy this time, it is like nothing else in life!

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