Old Wives’ Tales on Predicting your Baby’s Gender

& How Correct Ours Were


Before we found out the gender of our baby, we were looking up all the tales and signs out there to make a prediction or give us any information, I was SO impatient and wanted to know asap. Those of you mamas who wait until birth…. amazing control! I don’t think I could ever!

From the very beginning, I thought our baby was a boy. I had this weird dream around 6 weeks, kind of like when you’re falling and you suddenly jerk awake, I was awoken by something screaming “BOY BOY BOY BOY” in my head haha writing it out it sounds super creepy. It definitely made me believe it was a boy from the very beginning, how could I not right?! We also had tons of little clues from life that all gave us “boy” results lol for example: pulling a wishbone apart boy vs. girl for each side, asking Franklin to shake our hand.. boy or girl (btw he predicted the presidency, where we would end up on our next tour, and now the baby’s gender all correctly) and receiving blue roses with a flower company collaboration, when they offer tons of different colors.

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1. Sweet vs. Salty

Wives’ Tale: If you find yourself craving all things sweet, that’s a sign you’re having a girl. Cravings for salty or even protein-rich foods mean it might be a boy.

Baby Dishman: My cravings are definitely savory. Before getting pregnant, I would always have sweet breakfasts like chocolate protein oatmeal or peanut butter, banana, and honey toast. With this baby, all I want are bagels with cream cheese or avocado toast and eggs.

Verdict: BOY

2. Morning Sickness

Wives’ Tale: If you're suffering from excessive nausea and morning sickness, it’s said you could be having a girl.

Baby D: I never threw up once throughout the first trimester, aka when morning sickness is supposedly most prevalent. I did feel nauseous in the morning if I didn’t have breakfast right away and take my prenantal vitamin with orange juice, kind of like a hangover. Definitely thankful because I’ve heard horror stories of morning sickness.

Verdict: BOY

3. Pregnancy Glow

Wives’ Tale: If your complexion is bright and your hair is shiny, you could be having a boy. If you’re breaking out and skin is dry, it may just mean you’ve got a girl growing. It’s said that “little girls steal Mom’s beauty.”

Baby D: I don’t know about the whole “pregnancy glow” thing, but I never had major break outs. I started lathering my body (and belly) in lotion and oils from the very beginning in hopes of helping to decrease stretch marks.

Verdict: BOY?

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4. Partner’s Weight Gain

Wives’ Tale: if your partner is gaining weight alongside you, that could be a sign that you’re carrying a girl.

Baby D: Lol this one makes no sense to me. Does that mean your partner gets more lazy?? Ryan is definitely the opposite and is out and about doing something active everyday. He was on board with getting back on track after the holidays - minus the random cravings every now and then ;)

Verdict: BOY

5. Moody or Mellow

Wives’ Tale: If you’re feeling more moody than mellow, you might be having a girl. If you’re more chilled out, legend has it you should get ready for a boy.

Baby D: Hmmm this one was definitely on a day-to-day basis for me. I would be very calm one day with the mindset “whatever happen will happen” and freaking out and crying for NO reason the next day. I would say overall, not chill.

Verdict: mostly GIRL

6. Carrying High vs. Low

Wives’ Tale: Carrying high means you’re having a girl, while carrying low means it’s a boy.

Baby D: We found out the gender at 11 weeks, so I wasn’t showing at all. The evening bloat was definitely real and I got so excited and would push my belly out at night after dinner haha. Also, don’t really know where “low” or “high” would mean so ??

Verdict: Inconclusive

7. Baby’s Heart Rate

Wives’ Tale: During your ultrasound, pay attention to baby’s heart rate. If that little ticker is beating faster than 140 beats per minute, get ready for a girl. If it’s lower, this signals a boy.

Baby D: The first time we saw the baby and listen to the heart rate was around 8 weeks, and we were so amazed there was really something in there and the heart was really pumping we didn’t pay attention to the pace of the heart rate! It is an indescribable feeling watching another little heartbeat pumping inside your belly.

Verdict: Inconclusive

8. Chinese Gender Chart

Wives’ Tale: Match the age you were when you conceived and the month of baby’s conception to see what the Chinese calendar reveals. You can find a Chinese gender predictor here.

Baby D: Age 26 and November conception leaves us with predicting a girl!

Verdict: GIRL

9. Headaches

Wives’ Tale: Extreme headaches while pregnant are said to mean you are carrying a baby boy. No real headaches? Girl.

Baby D: I’ve hardly had any headaches my entire life (thank you lord) but after becoming pregnant, I had a few in the afternoons and they were no joke. Nothing serious and they went away in a few minutes, but man headaches are not fun.

Verdict: BOY

10. Ramzi Theory

Theory: Depending on where the placenta is growing in your uterus (from 6-8 weeks), it will tell you if it’s a boy or girl. If your placenta is on the right side of your uterus, it’s a boy. Left side, girl. More information explaining the theory can be found here.

Baby D: This is superrrrr confusing to me so Ryan spearheaded this research and concluded my placenta was on the right of my uterus, therefore a boy.

Verdict: BOY


Wives’ Tale final Count:

Boy: 6 | Girl: 2 | Inconclusive: 2

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We are so blessed to welcome our healthy Baby BOY in July!!

Keep in mind this is all fun and games, but you have a 50/50 chance on being correct haha!

xx


Telling Our Family + First Trimester


It’s Official:

Okay, so you already read how we found out about our lil babe the day before Thanksgiving and seeing our entire family..! (post HERE)

So now we get home and I had scheduled the blood test for the next day. Pretty easy - you go in whenever you want, they draw a little bit of blood and then you are on your way, thinking about nothing else the rest of the day until they call with the results.

I went in to get the test before work and they said they would call me by lunchtime that day. 12….1…..2 pm rolls around and I still haven’t heard back, so I call them and ask for the results.

*Positive*

OMG.

I am out of my office taking a walk and have to sit down. I immediately call Ryan and tell him he's the father.. haha just kidding, not really. And we say okay here we go!

photography by:  Karyssa Costa Photography

We set our first appointment that week and went in to get all our information, sign up for a baby info class, and get our due date!

July 30, 2019

And just like that, I am in love.

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Telling our Family:

We kept our little secret from our family until Christmas Eve. Ryan’s family traveled to Tanzania, Africa to see his youngest sister who is serving there in the peace corps (!!) and were 12 hours ahead of us. My parents came to stay with us for the week! I ordered custom onesies on Etsy and wrapped them up really small, sent one to Ryan’s mom to pack in her suitcase and open on Christmas, and kept one for my parents.

We went out to dinner on Christmas Eve to Roy’s, kind of a tradition with my parents and one of their favorite restaurants. When my dad was asking about what everyone wanted to drink and if we wanted a bottle of wine, I broke out the little gift and handed it to them to open. They thought it was a gift card for the restaurant LOL. I was shaking and SO nervous for some reason ?? They opened it and immediately started smiling and crying and hugging :) The waiter even added a little touch to my mom’s favorite dessert, the chocolate lava cake ♡

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We got home from dinner, with our cheeks hurting from smiling so much, and got ready to FaceTime Ryan’s family in Africa! It was our Christmas Eve night, and their Christmas morning (because of the 12 hour time difference), so it worked out perfectly! Again, I was so nervous when they opened my double-layer-very-well-taped wrapping lol why?? They found the onesie and note we wrote for them since we couldn’t be there in person.. More laughing, crying, and smiling ♡

I secretly videotaped their reactions and you can watch them here :)

We called our grandparents and family on Christmas Day to share the news. It was such a weight off of our shoulders to tell our everyone. Phase I at least. (Phase II friends. Phase III social media) haha this is how I imagined it.

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Everything First Trimester:


H O W A R E Y O U F E E L I N G ?

Aside from the extremely sore tits and heightened sense of smell, I didn’t feel any different. A little more tired, but honestly I’m always tired let’s be real. Some days I would feel a little nauseous (kind of like a hangover) but I never had morning sickness, and that would go away after I took my prenatal vitamin and had breakfast. OJ every single morning for the win. Towards the end of the first trimester I started feeling a lot better and getting my energy back, and it made me realize how nauseous and tired I really was in the beginning.

C R A V I N G S ?

  • Avocado toast + eggs

  • Scrambled egg sandwich + mustard

  • Everything bagel + cream cheese

  • BBQ chicken + mac and cheese

  • Broccoli + ranch dressing

  • Diner butter lettuce salad + ranch dressing

  • Anything + ranch dressing

Honestly I thought “cravings” would be me crazy yelling at Ryan telling him to go find me peanut butter and pickle ice cream at 3 am, but it’s nothing like that (if you aren’t surprised). It is more of the feeling that nothing else sounds good to eat except that particular thing, aka salad with ranch dressing for me. Some days I would come home from work looking for a snack and eat a whole head of broccoli with ranch dressing - that’s all I wanted. Ryan has been such a trooper though when I throw out random food requests for dinner and going to pick up ingredients at the grocery store for bbq chicken and mac and cheese for the 4th night in a row :) love you babe.

In the beginning, I was trying to eat more frequently and just more in general because I was actually losing weight. Probably from not working out as much and cutting back on the weightlifting, bye for now little muscles. My starting weight was 138 and I am 5’10”. I used to eat protein oatmeal or PB & banana toast for breakfast every morning, but now all I want is savory for breakfast so it’s usually scrambled eggs and a bagel. There were moments when I was SO hungry and feel like I could eat everything, and then take two bites and be sick to my stomach thinking about eating more. The food aversions were real for the first trimester.

D R I N K I N G ?

I had given up caffeine earlier in the year, not even thinking about getting pregnant, so that was an easy transition to not drinking any. I drink a ton of water throughout the day and orange juice in the morning. It’s way easier to not drink alcohol than I thought. We went on a New Year’s Ski trip in Tahoe with 7 other couples and I honestly didn’t miss drinking and still had a ton of fun with everyone. Not going to lie though, I am very much looking forward to that first ice cold margarita after this little guy vacates :D

F A V O R I T E P R O D U C T S ?

I luckily started taking a prenantal vitamin a few months before getting pregnant under doctor’s advice if we were going to start trying in the near future - which we were, but we didn’t realize it was that near lol. I take one religiously every day thanks to a cute little pill box! An easy reminder for the day to take the vitamin and stay on track. I have been lathering myself in lotion and oil, especially my upper legs and belly, every night to try to combat some of the stretch marks. All products linked below! (click on the picture for the direct link)


Thanks so much for riding along on this journey with us :)

I cannot wait to share anything and everything with you! As always, if you have questions or requests - don’t hesitate to comment or reach out ;)

xx,

Rachel

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When we found out I was Pregnant


By now you know we are expecting a sweet bundle of joy in July of 2019! We are over the moon excited for all to come and the start our little family. Let the adventures begin!

photography by:  Karyssa Costa Photography

Ryan and I found out the night of November 20th.. and were flying home the very next morning for Thanksgiving to be with our entire family. We were hanging out in the kitchen after dinner, before we both had to finish packing, and jokingly said we should probably take a pregnancy test, just to be safe since Thanksgiving wine, port & cigars, and a friends wedding were all happening that week.

I went and took the test, set it down to wait for the results, then started packing.. not really thinking anything of it. Ryan was still in the kitchen and I brought the test to him from our bathroom, with my mouth dropped to the floor and my body literally shaking. He was like “yeah right stop messing with me” and totally thought I was pranking him.. until he saw those two little pink lines. One was faint, but definitely there, and we immediately started reading the box and looking up info online on how accurate the faint pink line was (even though I’ve taken plenty of tests before this one with absolutely no questionable second line).

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We started smiling like goof balls and kind of looked at each other like “welp, here we go!!” It still didn’t really hit me, is this legit? lol I didn’t feel any different besides how my boobs had been CRAZY sore that week.. like it hurt to wear a bra or hug someone, and I could smell EVERYTHING. I kept telling Ryan to brush his teeth because he smelled like old-man-breath and he would be like “I literally just brushed my teeth?!” LOL. So yeah, definitely got the sore boobs and heightened sense of smell almost immediately that lasted for the first month or so.

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So we found out the night before we left to see our entire family… with this big secret. We were so conflicted because this was the only time we have with all of them together planned for a while - do we tell them or is it too early?? We decided, and swore to each other, to not tell anyone and keep it our secret. We wanted to get a blood pregnancy test done and get it confirmed by my doctor before getting anyone excited… it was just too early!

One of the hardest things I’ve ever done is not telling our family, especially my mom, right away in person. Keep in mind, our families are very close so whenever we are home, everyone is together. In fact, my parents were staying at my in-laws guest house the whole time we were there. I seriously almost told my mom and mother-in-law 993984923 different times just wanting them to know, and because I tell my mom everything! Every night I would tell Ryan I felt so so so bad keeping something like this from them, and he had to assure me we didn’t want to get their hopes up until we were certain it was legit and confirmed by our doctor. He was right. We made the plan to get through this weekend, get home and go to the doctor, and if all goes well, we would tell everyone on Christmas. Even though Ryan’s family would be in Africa, we are hoping to FaceTime them and sent a little customized baby Dishman onesie with specific instructions to open ONLY on Christmas Day.

I’m actually surprised none of our family said anything because I was walking around with water in my wine glass. It helped that we had a big family gathering on Thanksgiving so it was craziness with everyone coming in and out and cooking all day. My mom actually texted me and said, “Is everything okay?” hinting that Ryan and I were in a fight or something LOL! I guess we were just trying to avoid each other because we were thinking the same thing the whole time and didn’t want to blow our cover haha! We later found out after telling our families they had a “hunch” of what was going on, but were still completely surprised.

The wedding on the other hand was a different story…

Andrew & Jess got married at the beautiful Naval Academy Chapel and Ryan’s Dad offered to let us drive his Jaguar for the festivities. We agreed because I obviously wasn’t drinking, not thinking anything of it or that someone would pick up on the fact that I was driving. Until we met up with our friends John & Lauren and Lauren immediately called us out saying, “Why are you driving, you’re not pregnant are you?!” And so they knew and promised they wouldn’t tell before we could figure out what was going on! The wedding reception was fine because the trick is to drink water with lime in a small glass to make it look like a vodka soda or gin & tonic. So that’s what I did all night drank about 22 glasses of water and had to pee every 5 minutes (nothing new there tho).

Luckily we made it through the weekend and wedding without our entire family finding out, and minimal friends finding out lol. I scheduled a pregnancy blood test with my doctor the very next day. They took a small blood sample that morning and by the afternoon, I got a call at work saying it was positive and scheduled my first OBGYN appointment the next day.

This is really happening!!!

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Up Next: First Trimester