A new trend popping up among expecting parents is to have a baby gender reveal party! The gist is – instead of having the ultrasound technician simply tell you whether you are expecting a boy or a girl… you have them place the information inside of a sealed envelope. Then, you run off to the bakery as fast as humanly possible (because really – can you really resist opening an envelope containing the answer to the question that has been plaguing your mind for the last eighteen weeks? It takes ALL of your willpower!) and ask the baker to make you a cake with either a pink or blue filling depending on the contents of the envelope. Then… surrounded by family, friends and loved ones, cut open the cake and everyone finds out together!
We had our own gender reveal party recently, and of course I couldn’t just stop with cake… I needed to have all the details perfectly set! (Honestly, I think planning the gender reveal party simply gave my pregnancy-brain something else to do than focus solely on the big question – boy or girl?!?) From the time we went for the ultrasound to the moment we cut open the cake, time moved at 1/3 the speed of normal time.
There are a lot of old wive’s tales out there that people use to help predict whether your little one is a boy or a girl, and I mean A LOT. Most are cute, but some are really freakin’ weird. For example: “If a pregnant woman eats a raw clove of garlic and the smell does not come out of her pores, it’s a girl. If the smell seeps out of her pores, it’s a boy.” Um… okay? Chomping down on raw garlic?? My over-sensitive sense of smell and I will pass, thanks.
Another classic one is based off of how you are “carrying” (a high belly vs. a low belly), but frankly… everyone checking out and evaluating the new weight I put on and therefore what shape I was really just made me want to go hide under a rock. So, we skipped that one too.
I did, however – decide upon a few I liked:
Morning Sickness? If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.
Cravings? Craving salt? Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn means a boy is on the way. Need a little something sweet? Ice cream, chocolate, and candy means you’re having a girl.
Skin? If your hands are dry, you are having a boy; soft – expect a girl.
Show your hands? One of my Mom’s patient’s told her this one: If someone accuses the Mom-To-Be of having dirty hands, and she hold your hands palms up to check, it’s a girl. Down? It’s a boy. (The only trick to this one is, someone has to catch you off-guard. The bonus was, I hadn’t ever heard of it before so I wasn’t biased at all!)
Chinese Calendar? The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived.
Baby’s Heartbeat? If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 beats per minute (bpm), it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.
Heartburn? If you are having heartburn, count on a boy. If not – a girl is on the way.
Mayan Odd/Even Test? If your age at conception and year of conception are both even or odd, it’s girl. One even, one odd means a boy.
Hair Growing Faster? If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.
I made a sign with all the old wives tales I picked, the results and the totals, to help our guests make guesses of their own. I even included a few of the latest ultrasound photos in case someone thought they could get a more accurate guess that way:
We asked each guest to make a final decision about that gender they were predicting and to clip a small clothespin on their shirt to show what team they were on!
I even had ‘Baby Girl Pink Lemonade’ and ‘Baby Boy Blue Punch’ with coordinating straws available for our guests to enjoy!
We divided up to take “team photos” and clearly, Team Pink had a lot of members:
Although, a handful of guests decided to go against the old wive’s tales and join Team Blue:
Finally, the moment arrived – it was time to cut open our cake and see if we had BLUE or PINK filling…
…and it was PINK! We are expecting a baby girl! I guess those old wive’s tales have something to them after all.